University of Southern California
Associate Dean for Advancement, Viterbi School of Engineering
Senior Associate Dean for Advancement
Organization: University of Southern California
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Reporting Relationship: Dean, Viterbi School of
The University of
Southern California is seeking a dynamic and innovative fundraising
executive to serve in the role of Senior Associate Dean for
Advancement within the Viterbi School of Engineering. As one of the
leading engineering schools in the United States with a ranking in
the top 5 of all private schools of engineering,
the USC Viterbi School of Engineering is innovative,
elite and internationally recognized for creating new models of
education, research and commercialization. The school’s pillars are
attracting the best talent in faculty, students and staff and
provide the environment for them to thrive; leading in thought and
innovation; and impacting positively the society, the nation and
the world through engineering education, research and innovation.
As the school’s faculty and students extend the frontiers of
engineering knowledge through their research, they also apply
engineering and technology to address societal challenges, in a
mindset of Engineering +. The school stimulates and encourages
scholarship, leadership, ambition and character that mark the true
academic and professional engineer. The Senior Associate Dean for
Advancement will be joining the School at a critical juncture as it
continues advancing the engineering discipline in the future, while
expanding their impact and overall reach.
Reporting directly to the Dean of the USC Viterbi School of
Engineering with a functional reporting relationship to the
University's Senior Vice President for Advancement, the Senior
Associate Dean for Advancement will provide strategic vision,
leadership, and oversight for the advancement function for the
School, garnering tremendous support from constituents, friends,
alumni and corporations and foundations. In this highly visible
role, the Senior Associate Dean collaborates with a broad set of
stakeholders including the Dean, academic leadership, faculty,
Chairs, Directors, and staff as well as the Viterbi Board of
Councils and other Boards to significantly increase philanthropic
support for the School’s priorities and strategic initiatives. With
overarching responsibility for the School’s advancement operation,
the Senior Associate Dean will oversee all facets of development
including major gifts, corporate and foundations, alumni relations,
and planned giving ensuring proper stewardship.
As a key leader within the Viterbi School of Engineering, the
Senior Associate Dean, with the support of a team of two dozen
talented development professionals, has the aim of empowering the
School to advance its strategic priorities, thoughtfully engaging
its stakeholders, and enhancing its overall reputation through
leadership in alumni relations and fundraising.
The University of
Southern California is one of the world’s leading private research
universities. An anchor institution in Los Angeles, a global center
for arts, technology and international business, USC’s diverse
curricular offerings provide extensive opportunities for
interdisciplinary study and collaboration with leading researchers
in highly advanced learning environments.
As the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles, USC
is responsible for $8 billion in economic activity annually. They
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. With more than 46,000 students, USC is a leading private
research university in Los Angeles – a global center for arts,
technology, and international business.
Of the 150 universities surveyed in the western U.S., USC ranks
No. 3. Among the top 25 schools, USC ranked No. 2 in engagement and
No. 5 in environment, a measure of diversity and inclusion. For
more information on USC, please feel free to visit their website at
University of Southern California
The Viterbi School of Engineering
in 1905, the USC Viterbi School of Engineering is named for Andrew
and his late wife Erna Viterbi. Andrew developed the algorithm that
now connects all the world. Located in Los Angeles, a global center
for arts, technology and international business in the heart of the
Pacific Rim, USC Viterbi is a hub for thought leadership and
innovation and entrepreneurship that connects students from more
than 60 countries. With solid financial footing and a rapidly
growing study body, its unrestricted annual budget (excluding
external research) exceeds $250M. The Viterbi Advancement office
has secured more than $500M in gifts and pledges during the
university’s most recent campaign.
In the U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) 2020 rankings of
graduate programs in engineering, USC Viterbi was ranked #12
overall and #5 among private engineering schools, after MIT,
Stanford, Caltech and CMU. A pioneer in offering online programs,
USC Viterbi is consistently ranked among the top 5: Best Online
Graduate Engineering Programs (ranked #5) and Best Online
Information Technology Programs (ranked #2). Under the leadership
of Dean Yannis C. Yortsos, the school helped re-imagine the 21st
century engineer, pioneering the Grand Challenge Scholars Program
in schools across the globe. The School’s mission is to serve
California, the nation and the world.
For Fall 2021, the school enrolled 3,340 undergraduate students
and 6,300 graduate students. USC Viterbi has the largest number of
female graduate students (about 32% of the total USC Viterbi
graduate enrollment) nationally and achieved gender parity in the
entering fall classes of 2019, 2020, and 2021. It counts about
80,000 living alumni. During this period of time, the school
counted 189 full-time, tenure track faculty; 117 full-time,
non-tenure track faculty; 76 faculty with joint or other partial
appointments; 21 part-time lecturers; more than 100 adjunct
faculty; and 118 endowed chairs, professorships or distinctions.
Additionally, USC Viterbi faculty includes 91 NSF CAREER
recipients, 33 affiliated NAE members, 4 NAS members, 18 National
Academy of Inventors Fellows, 13 recipients of the PECASE Award, 3
recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science,
Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM), and 18 MIT TR-35
recipients (of whom 9 are women). Two faculty members have won the
National Medal of Science and one the National Medal of Technology
and Innovation (NMTI).
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to the mission of
the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, which strives to enhance
diversity in all sections of the engineering pipeline. For
engineering to remain society’s engine of innovation, the School
recognizes they must change the narrative about “what we do, who we
are, and what we look like”. USC Viterbi believes that changing
“the conversation about engineering” is a necessity. The School is
increasing their capacity through the diversity of thought and
ideas by engaging the whole society in science, technology,
engineering, and mathematics. It led the 2015 ASEE diversity
initiative, now adopted by more than 230 engineering schools in the
With a strong global reach, the School has multiple partnerships
with a number of overseas institutions, including Peking
University, Tsinghua University, Technion Israel Institute of
Technology, the Technical University of Aachen, the University of
Sao Paolo, and many others. Its unique educational technology
platform, iPodia, offers joint courses with a number of these
schools. USC Viterbi has two overseas offices, in Shanghai, China
and Bangalore, India. It is advised by several advisory boards,
including the Board of Councilors, an Emerging Leaders Board, the
Corporate Board, a China and East Asia Board, and an India
As a vital member of
the Dean's senior leadership team, the Senior Associate Dean for
Advancement's responsibilities include establishing and
implementing the School's overall advancement strategy ensuring the
achievement of ambitious annual goals and objectives; formulating
the overall development plan and designing, implementing and
overseeing fundraising initiatives and major gifts programs; and
ensuring the development of an effective alumni relations program
that includes broad representation from various alumni groups.
The primary responsibilities of this role include but are not
- Leads the School's advancement function, ensuring the alignment
of the fundraising (e.g., major gifts, foundations and corporate)
and alumni affairs to meet the School's advancement goals.
- Develops an integrated advancement strategy for the School, in
collaboration with the Dean, the Sr. Vice President for
Advancement, faculty, and staff.
- Represents advancement in all its facets to all stakeholders
(donors, parents, alumni, faculty, departments, students,
university administration, etc.) and ensures the involvement of
stakeholders in supporting the School and contributing to the
direction of the advancement function.
- Promotes the School's values, programs and contributions to the
community and profession; embraces diversity, equity and inclusion;
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
- Develops and implements School advancement policies and
procedures, ensuring consistency with University-wide policies and
- Provides strategic oversight to the advancement office
including day-to-day operations as well as fiscal
- Directs department staff, implementing measures to develop and
maintain a strong team environment and a goal-oriented and
evaluative approach to all advancement activities.
- Prepares development plans in regular periods outlining the
School's advancement goals, priorities, and objectives. Establishes
fundraising goals in conjunction with various stakeholders and
ensures that goals are achieved.
- Develops a business plan to increase donor base and plans,
implements, and actively participates in fundraising
- Oversees the management of major gift prospects by ensuring the
development of tailored cultivation and stewardship programs that
are designed to enhance the interest and involvement of prospects
in the School and University.
- Oversees gift planning activity for the School, ensuring that
the program is fully functional.
- Provides input on key messages to enhance the image and
visibility of the School at the local, national and international
level as they relate to fundraising and alumni relations.
- Establishes the infrastructure to integrate the School's
academic units into the overall advancement strategy and annual
plan for the School.
- Effectively engages with the Executive Director of Alumni
Relations to ensure the development and implementation of the
School's alumni relations activities, ensuring consistency with the
overall advancement strategic goals and objectives. This includes
establishing Annual Fund goals and ensuring achievement of
- Collaborates with Chairs and Directors on strategic plans and
policies relating to advancement and provides direction to ensure
the development and implementation of appropriate, effective, and
coordinated programs at the departmental level to advance prospects
and steward donors.
- Maintains communications with key stakeholders (faculty,
alumni, and students) on development strategies, activities, and
- Closely coordinates efforts with the School’s communication
team ensuring consistent and compelling messaging.
- Works closely with all the School's Vice Deans to identify
opportunities for pursuing donations related to all their
portfolios in all educational, student and programmatic
- Plans and implements the activities of the Board of Councilors
under the guidance of the Dean and Chair of the Board. Coordinates
activities of the standing and ad hoc committees of the Board.
- Engages Board members in support of the School's advancement
- Provides strategic leadership and thought partnership for all
other Viterbi Boards.
Associate Dean for Advancement must be a goal-oriented, strategic,
and agile leader with a passion for higher education coupled with
demonstrated success working at the senior level of an academic
unit or complex organization to set and achieve ambitious
fundraising goals. The ideal candidate will bring a proven track
record of senior level expertise in fundraising and alumni
activities, proactive leadership and team building skills, and
outstanding communication and interpersonal skills.
The ideal candidate must have exceptional relationship skills
along with diplomacy, tact, and an ability to collaborate and
partner with academic and governing leadership, colleagues across
campus and other key stakeholders. The Associate Dean must possess
a high degree of emotional intelligence and be sensitive to the
needs and interests of other divisions, departments, and units with
competing advancement objectives.
Other desired qualifications and leadership characteristics
- Minimum 10 years' experience in senior leadership with proven
fundraising and major gift experience within the Advancement field,
preferably in higher education.
- Advanced knowledge of the major gift process:
identification/research, cultivation, solicitation and
recognition/stewardship in a complex environment.
- Solid understanding of university or non-profit institutions
and advancement communications. Knowledge of the field of
engineering is an asset.
- Demonstrated leadership skills with the ability to oversee and
motivate a group of front-line fundraising professional to achieve
- Strong embracing of diversity, equity, and inclusion as a
foundational value central to the School’s mission.
- Exceptional written and oral communication, presentation, and
interpersonal skills coupled with the ability to relate to donors,
volunteers, colleagues, faculty and administration.
- Strong focus on results coupled with an ability to work in a
hectic and results-oriented environment.
- Detail oriented and strong organizational and analytical skills
along with the ability to demonstrate initiative, tact, diplomacy,
University degree or equivalent
acceptable combination of education and experience. Graduate degree
and/or CFRE designation is strongly preferred.
Compensation and benefits
will be competitive and commensurate with experience.
Please apply online
through the application portal:
Candidate nominations and interested and qualified candidates
are welcome to submit a resume and cover letter to: USCViterbiAdvancementSrAD@KornFerry.com
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