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Executive Director of Advancement, Simon Business School

University of Rochester
New York, United States
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Dec 3, 2022

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University of Rochester

Executive Director of Advancement, Simon Business School

Rochester, NY


The University of Rochester seeks an experienced and ambitious executive director of advancement (executive director) for the Simon Business School (Simon). Both the university and Simon are at exciting and transformative moments in their respective histories. The university welcomed Sarah C. Mangelsdorf as its new president in July 2019, and in July 2020, Simon welcomed its eighth dean, Sevin Yeltekin, who most recently served as the Rohet Tolani Distinguished Professor of Economics and senior associate dean of education at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business. These milestones present an exceptional opportunity for a dynamic, seasoned, and forward-thinking advancement professional to join the university and Simon as they chart a new course into the future, and to play a key role expanding the philanthropic capacity of Simon.


Founded in 1850, the University of Rochester is one of the nation’s leading research universities and is the cultural, artistic, and educational leader for the region. The university’s motto, Meliora, embodies the goals of the university, which are to “learn, discover, heal, create – and make the world even better.” The university is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities and is regularly ranked in the top 35 national universities by U.S. News and World Report. Simon, one of the nation’s leading graduate education institutions, offers full-time, part-time, and executive MBA programs, as well as other master of science programs. In addition, the school offers an undergraduate business program, substantial academic research opportunities and PhD programs in several disciplines.


Reporting to the associate vice president for annual giving and school programs, the executive director is Simon’s primary development officer and works closely with university advancement colleagues, the dean, and other university and school leaders to set strategic direction and conceive of and execute fundraising and alumni relations plans. The executive director manages a select portfolio of prospects, including some of the school’s most important supporters, and supervises a staff of six. In addition, the executive director oversees an operating budget of approximately $250,000 and works collaboratively across advancement and the broader university to set new benchmarks for success in philanthropy and donor engagement.


The ideal candidate will be a seasoned advancement professional capable of managing and mentoring a diverse staff in a complex environment; a thoughtful strategist; a natural collaborator and convener; and an exceptional steward of internal and external relationships. The executive director will possess ten or more years of progressively responsible management and fundraising experience in advancement with a track record of significantly elevating development programs. They will have personal success cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major individual and institutional gifts at the five-, six-, and seven-figure levels, preferably in higher education. Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred.


The University of Rochester has retained Jack Gorman of the national executive search firm Isaacson, Miller to assist in this important recruitment. Inquiries, nominations and applications may be directed to the search firm at


University of Rochester is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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