Assistant Dean for Development

Washington, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Jul 14, 2021
Aug 12, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time


The UW College of Education (CoE), the nation’s No. 5-ranked public school of education, dedicates its resources to make excellent education a daily reality for all students and is committed to solving real-world educational challenges. Members of the Office of Advancement are responsible for representing the College’s mission to transform inequitable educational systems, explicitly focusing on sustaining BIPOC students, faculty, staff, and the communities with whom the College partners. Thus, we invest in recruiting colleagues who demonstrate experience with, knowledge of, and a commitment to working with culturally diverse and minoritized communities to address pressing educational challenges and foster a more just and caring society.

UW Advancement 
is globally recognized for its best-in-class program that integrates the core disciplines of advancement: alumni and stakeholder engagement, development, and marketing and communications. University Advancement is committed to attracting, retaining, and promoting diverse staff and to providing an environment where staff feel welcomed, heard, and valued, as well as a sense of belonging. Our values guide everything we do: it starts with me; we do our best work together; and we create impact.
The University of Washington also acknowledges the Coast Salish peoples of this land, the land which touches the shared waters of all tribes and bands within the Salish Sea (Puget Sound) region as well as tribes whose traditional homelands are on the Pacific Coast, east of the Cascade Mountains, along the Columbia River, and throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Position Overview

The Assistant Dean for University Advancement is primarily responsible for directing how the College of Education, its image and its work, is projected into the surrounding community, and for securing private resources to support College priorities. In accomplishing this work, the Assistant Dean must work with four audiences:

  1. Community members, including research partners in youth-serving organizations, donors and potential donors, members of the business community, and regional political and education leaders;
  2. Alumni of the College;
  3. Relevant professional audiences (educators, policy makers, etc.); and
  4. Internal stakeholders, i.e., representing the College to and building strategic relationships across University Advancement including the Executive Leadership Team, Principal Giving, Development Programs and Alumni and Stakeholder Relations.

The Assistant Dean must exercise their nuanced understanding of structural inequities in education and institutional philanthropy, and their lived experiences and/or strong translational skills to build relationships with those whose stories the CoE is committed to elevating. This position must stay versed in relevant and historical dynamics related to Native, Black, Latinx, Asian, and Pacific Islander communities to co-design CoE’s development, communications and marketing strategies.

This is an outstanding opportunity for candidates who share the College’s mission and are excited to be part of a team that is making an impact in transforming educational systems in real time.

The Assistant Dean reports jointly to the Dean of the College of Education and the University's Vice President for Development.