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Associate Dean for Advancement

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Position Details

Position Information

Position Title Associate Dean for Advancement
Department Thayer School of Engineering
Position Number 1125775
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Position Purpose

To lead and direct the planning and execution of the Thayer School of Engineering’s program for the engagement and solicitation of alumni, corporations and friends in conjunction with the current fundraising priorities of Thayer School and the College, ensuring integrated, development planning, rigorous goal setting, and ongoing monitoring of results.

Skills & Knowledge

• Leadership and management skills.
• Demonstrated analytical and strategic thinking capabilities.
• Expertise in the creation and marketing of gift opportunities.
• Ability to build relationships and to work collaboratively with a wide range of constituencies.
• Effective verbal and written communication skills and interpersonal and presentation skills.
• Proven planning and organizational expertise.
• Demonstrated negotiation skills and an understanding of prospect-centered fund raising
• Commitment to diversity and to serving the needs of a diverse population in an educational environment.
• Ability to handle sensitive and confidential matters with appropriate discretion
• Demonstrated integrity combined with a hunger for success
• Technical computer literacy essential
• Ability to analyze information and prioritize decisions

Minimum Experience

• Nine plus years of experience in educational fund raising.
• Campaign experience is essential
• Experience working in a large, complex development operation is essential
• Experience and visible success cultivating and soliciting major donors and closing gifts.
• Demonstrated experience working with senior administrators, trustees and top volunteers
• Understanding and comfort with the intricacies of business travel
• Staff management experience

Minimum Education

• Bachelor’s degree

SEIU Level Not an SEIU Position
FLSA Exempt
Employment Category Regular Full Time
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Equal Opportunity Employer

Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please note:
This search is being handled by Isaacson Miller. Please submit your application directly to their website: www.imsearch.com/6318

Employment in this position is contingent upon consent to and successful completion of a pre-employment background check, which may include a criminal background check, reference checks, verification of work history, and verification of any required academic credentials, licenses, and/or certifications, with results acceptable to Dartmouth College. A criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify an applicant from employment. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Key Accountabilities

Key Accountabilities

PROGRAM PLANNING/LEADERSHIP
• Develops, plans, leads, and executes a long-range advancement plan for the engagement and solicitation of alumni, corporations, and friends that support the fundraising priorities of the School and the College.
• Plans an advancement outreach and communications strategy and an appropriate infrastructure and budget for the plan.
• Earns reputation as good citizen and ambassador for Thayer School of Engineering through strong representation of the School to both internal and external diverse constituencies; serves as a trusted advisor, collaborative colleague, and effective mentor.
• Implements strategies for communicating with donors; drafts and customizes institutional correspondence, proposals and other written materials for assigned prospects.
• Oversees the preparation of necessary materials, including funding proposals, briefings for senior officers and scheduled stewardship reports for assigned prospects.
• Establishes performance goals for Thayer in consultation with the Dean and others, as appropriate, and is accountable for these goals, monitors progress and devises strategies to ensure success in in meeting goals.
• Recruits, organizes, trains, motivates and support Campaign volunteers responsible for soliciting leadership gifts.
• Incorporates the needs of diverse populations in program planning.
• Partners with the Dean in formulating strategies for approaching key donors and for increasing major gift activity in support of the new building, financial aid, and other initiatives. Serves as a co-strategist on cultivating and soliciting transformational gifts, ensuring sustainable long-term growth in philanthropic contributions.
• Designs, coordinates and implements major development programs.
PROGRAM PLANNING/LEADERSHIP (CONTINUED)
• Designs and implements programmatic reviews and evaluations of areas requiring strategic attention to improve effectiveness in achieving fund-raising priorities.
• Assesses the effectiveness of current and proposed programs for alumni and volunteer engagement and for enhancing the School’s efforts to identify and attract a new generation of volunteer leadership.
• Develops strategies and advancement plans that are consistent with the overall strategy and goals of the Thayer School.
• Creates and implements thoughtful, multi-step plans that deepen the relationship with all core clients and ensures stewardship program and planning is designed to further loyalty, engagement and financial support, setting new benchmarks in philanthropy, stewardship and donor engagement and recognition.
CULTIVATION/SOLICITATION
• Builds relationships with the faculty, inviting their ideas for creative fundraising opportunities.
• Directs all fundraising activities and assumes their own portfolio of major gift prospects.
• Collaborates with the Dean in the planning and execution of Thayer’s portion of a major, college wide capital campaign.
• Develops knowledge base of tax, investment, and legal aspects of charitable giving and articulates this knowledge clearly and effectively in discussions with prospective donors, their counsel, colleagues, and volunteers.
• Serves as resource to staff on matters of prospect strategy; offers new approaches and techniques; and seeks to provide creative solutions to complex solicitations. Relies on past experience in the field and keeps current with evolving trends in philanthropy.
• Reviews and analyzes the currently identified prospect pool to assess accuracy of research, and amends and expands profiles as appropriate. Leverages smart use of data to inform decisions and efficiencies.
STAFF DEVELOPMENT/MANAGEMENT
• Hires, supervises, trains, mentors, and evaluates a subordinate staff to meet changing department needs.
• Assesses current structure, staffing and resources to define and develop an effective organization.
• Establishes appropriate metrics to assess individual and team performance; such systems should inspire all staff and engender commitment to reaching personal goals and to raising maximum dollars for Thayer.
• Implements effective management strategies that will enable him/her to participate in planning, strategy development and fund raising.

STAFF DEVELOPMENT/MANAGEMENT (CONTINUED)
• Ensures a culture where effective teamwork, collaboration and innovation are expected, recognized and rewarded. Leads by example with regard to appropriate risk-taking, cross-organizational cooperation, and clear standards of conduct.
REPRESENTATION
• Represents Thayer School to the broader development community.
• Serves on College committees and represents the interests and perspectives of Thayer School.

OTHER
• Demonstrates a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural awareness through actions, interactions, and communications with others.

-- Performs other duties as assigned.

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