Los Angeles, CA - University Park Campus under the general direction of the Associate Dean, the Assistant Dean, External Relations has overall responsibility for leading the operations function for External Relations for the USC Marshall School of Business (the School).
As a key member of the leadership team in External Relations, the Assistant Deanâs responsibilities include helping to establish and implement the School's overall advancement strategy and ensuring the achievement of annual goals and objectives; and ensuring the development of an effective alumni relations program that includes broad representation from various alumni groups. The Assistant Dean will also oversee stewardship, donor communications, operations and the departmentâs budget.
As a leader and a mentor, the Assistant Dean oversees a team of development professionals, who together have the aim of empowering the School to advance its strategic priorities, engage its stakeholders, and enhance its reputation.Â This position requires professional, senior level expertise in proactive leadership and team building skills, and outstanding communication and interpersonal skills. Diplomacy, tact, and an ability to work collaboratively with other teams are also critical as the Assistant Dean must be sensitive to the needs and interests of other divisions, departments, and units with competing advancement objectives.
Principal responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Leading a robust stewardship program and an alumni relations program to meet the School's advancement goals.Â
Developing an integrated advancement strategy for the School, in collaboration with the Associate Dean, the Dean and Leadership of the School, faculty, and staff. Promote the School's values, programs and contributions to the community and profession.
Fosters strong relationships through initiatives that encourage high-level commitment and support from alumni, faculty, staff, friends, foundations, corporations, and organizations.
Enhances the image and visibility of the School at the local, national, and international levels, by working closely with the Associate Dean for Communications and Marketing as needed to create a communications strategy for alumni relations and development. Â Maintains communications with key stakeholders (faculty, alumni, and students) on development strategies, activities, and achievements.
Supervises the management of the fiscal year operating budget.
Management/Supervision of department staff including hiring, training, performance assessment, counseling, employee relations, and salary administration. Implementing measures to develop and maintain a strong team environment and a goal-oriented and evaluative approach to all advancement activities.
Oversees the management of stewardship programs that are designed to enhance the interest and involvement of prospects in the School and University.
Masterâs degree: MBA, non-profit management, philanthropy, or related field
5+ years of leadership experience managing teams, alumni relations professionals, volunteers and/or donor services officers
3+ years of progressive advancement experience or in a donor stewardship role or senior alumni relations role for a school, hospital or other similar institution
Demonstrated success in major gifts and annual solicitations, preferably in an institution of higher education
Excellent and persuasive verbal and written communication skills with sensitivity to donor concernsÂ
Exceptional interpersonal skills, internally and externally beyond the immediate department
Experienced with effectively motivating and engaging diverse audiences
Adaptable, responsive, and customer service oriented with a collegial, diplomatic and collaborative style
Strong organization and follow-through skills
Demonstrated ability to be self-directed, take initiative, and manage multiple projects simultaneously and effectively
Affinity for detail, data and numbers
Experienced with software-based data collection and analysis
Creative, innovative, and adept with multimedia, graphic design and social media marketing
Passion for and knowledge of higher education and business schools
Experience interacting and communicating with senior administration and faculty.
Directly related program management experience in alumni relations and donor communications
Ability to manage sponsored projects and fundraisers
Strong written and oral communication skills
Required Documents and Additional Information
Resume and cover letter required (may be uploaded as one file). Please do not submit your application without these documents.
Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended, so please apply on the same business day if interested.
USC is requiring all students, faculty and staff to submit proof of vaccination for COVID-19 in order to access campus facilities for the fall semester. Your safety is our top priority.
USC has excellent benefits, including health benefits for staff and their family with access to the renowned university medical network; eligibility for retirement plans with employer contributions*; tuition benefits for staff and their family; free Professional Development classes; central Los Angeles location with easy access to commuter trains, buses and free tram pick up services; discounts to sporting and other campus events.
The University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer that Values Diversity.
* University employer contributions may be subject to change due to financial impact of COVID-19
Why join the USC Marshall School of Business?
The USC Marshall School of Business is ideally positioned to address the challenges of a rapidly changing business environment and is ranked as one of the countryâs top schools for accounting, finance, marketing, consulting, entrepreneurship and international business studies.
USC Marshall builds on the unique opportunities that stem from its Los Angeles location on the Pacific Rim, its interdisciplinary and impactful research, the momentum generated by the University of Southern California, and the unparalleled engagement of the Trojan Alumni Family. With ready access to industries defining the new business frontier, including bio-technology, life sciences, media, entertainment, communications and healthcare, this vast network offers USC Marshall graduates exceptionally strong support for success in the global marketplace. Â
Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum educationMinimum Experience: 7 years, Combined education/experience as substitute for minimum experienceMinimum Field of Expertise: Major campaign and fundraising experience.
USC is the leading private research university in Los Angeles—a global center for arts, technology and international business. With more than 47,500 students, we are located primarily in Los Angeles but also in various US and global satellite locations. As the largest private employer in Los Angeles, responsible for $8 billion annually in economic activity in the region, we offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic and diverse environment, in careers that span a broad spectrum of talents and skills across a variety of academic and professional schools and administrative units. As a USC employee and member of the Trojan Family—the faculty, staff, students, and alumni who make USC a great place to work—you will enjoy excellent benefits, including a variety of well-being programs designed to help individuals achieve work-life balance.