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Associate Dean, Alumni Relations & Development

Columbia University, School of Professional Studies
New York, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Dec 7, 2021

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Position Type
Executive, Fundraising, Alumni Affairs, Annual Fund, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Major Gifts, Membership, Planned Giving, Other Fundraising, Special Events, Programs, Community Outreach, Grant Administration, Other Programs, Program Administration and Management, Administrative, Other Administrative
Academic Centers, Community Development, Community Foundations, Education, Research
Employment Type
Full Time
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Position Summary

Reporting to the Dean of the School of Professional Studies and serving as a member of  the School’s Executive Committee, the Associate Dean is responsible for the following duties:

    Contributing to the strategic planning and operational oversight of the School as a member of the Executive Committee Developing and administering a coordinated effort to establish and strengthen relationships with targeted internal and external School constituents Raising private funds and developing external sponsorships to support the priorities of the School Overseeing effective recognition and stewardship for all alumni, donors, and friends.
The Associate Dean will work closely with the Dean in providing leadership and management support for Alumni Affairs including governance, public relations, communications, and outreach.  The Associate Dean oversees the budget of the Alumni Relations & Development team, including funds earmarked for business development, fundraising, and alumni affairs.


Specifically, in partnership with the Dean, the Associate Dean will focus on the following core areas:

    Stakeholder Management: Cultivates and provides leadership and oversight to the Board of Overseers; Executives in Residence; Alumni Advisory Council; and targeted list of ‘SPS Friends’. Development: Fosters relationships with corporate partners, donors, and other friends that result in financial support and sponsorships that advance the School’s priorities      Alumni Engagement: Cultivates an engagement and support community for the School’s global network of alumni.        Outreach: Serves as a representative for the School including speaking engagements, convenings, meetings, and written communications.       
Perform other duties and special projects as assigned or requested.  

Minimum Qualifications

    Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree is strongly desirable
  • Eight years of related experience


Other Requirements

Demonstrated expertise is required in the following:

  • Business development, fundraising, alumni affairs, and/or community affairs
  • Relationship management and in cultivating/pursuing institutional and corporate relationships
  • Strategy, organizational management, and leadership.
  • Experience in leading and managing teams and an ability to be a high-level representative of the School. Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail and strong organization and time management skills.

Ability to perform non-routine work with ever-changing priorities, have an entrepreneurial spirit, and a proven consultative and client service approach to solving business problems and addressing new opportunities.


Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.

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