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Assistant Dean for Development

Employer
University Advancement
Location
Washington, United States
Salary
$170,000.00 - $175,000.00
Closing date
Dec 31, 2022
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POSITION PURPOSE

The School of Nursing is dedicated to educating the next generation of nurse leaders, advancing nursing science and improving the health of communities locally, regionally and globally. The Assistant Dean for Advancement develops and oversees the implementation of a strategic approach to fundraising and alumni/constituent relations. This includes creating programs, activities and initiatives that attract private support, volunteerism and engages alumni and friends on behalf of the school. The Assistant Dean for Advancement works closely with the School of Nursing team and UW’s Office of Advancement to lead and drive support for a comprehensive fundraising program including Corporate and Foundation relations, Major Giving, Planned Giving and Annual Giving, The Assistant Dean for Advancement reports jointly to the Dean of the School of Nursing and the Vice President for Development.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Frontline Fundraising

Focus the school’s advancement related activities, including corporate and foundation relations, on securing major gifts ($100,000 and above).

Manage a portfolio of individual major gift prospects and develop and implement cultivation and solicitation strategies for each assigned prospect.

Oversee the management of the school’s portfolio of corporate prospects and develop and implement cultivation and solicitation strategies for each organization. Oversee the development of volunteer engagement strategies for corporate partnerships, as appropriate.

Oversee the management of the school’s foundation relations program. The Advancement team will collaborate with the Office of Nursing Research and Advancement central Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations to support faculty on grant identification. Collaborate with faculty, administration, and advancement staff to review and consult on letters of inquiry, proposals, and other materials that garner foundation support.

Coordinate Nursing’s Advancement efforts with the overall Advancement efforts in alignment with the university’s mission and goals. Prepare briefings and support for all leadership and principal gift donor contacts.

Provide strategy and counsel to the Dean and members of Senior Administration to mutually plan and share information enhancing efforts to identify, engage, solicit and/or steward major donors, SON Advisory Board Members, friends, alumni, community and corporate leaders.

Prepare written proposals, informational materials, endowment agreements and other materials needed to secure major gifts. Participate cooperatively in the University’s prospect management and tracking system.

Leadership and Team management

Provide leadership of and oversee the day-to-day operations for the School of Nursing Advancement Team.

Manage a team of professionals who will build strong and mutually beneficial relationships between the school (its Dean, faculty and staff) and external audiences such as donors, volunteers, alumni, business and community leaders, and select foundations.

Create and manage the budget of the School of Nursing Advancement Team with discretionary authority.

Responsible for management, staff development and career enrichment for the School of Nursing Advancement team.

In collaboration with the Assistant Dean of Marketing and Communications, provide strategic direction for creation of a communication plan that will promote the objectives of the College. Coordinate College outreach efforts to significant external constituencies

Strategy Development

As part of the University-wide Advancement planning process, and in concert with the Dean of the School of Nursing and VP for Development, establish both long-term and short-term fundraising strategies for the school’s overall Advancement activities.  This includes annual gifts, major and planned gifts, corporate and foundation gifts, donor recognition, and stewardship. Create strategies and direct the external outreach activities of the school with an aim of building and significantly expanding the school’s relationships with external constituents, including donors, volunteers, future and past students, the professional community, and policy makers.

Regularly evaluate fundraising programs, assess progress toward goals, and report on results to the Dean and Vice President for Development.

Facilitate and manage partnerships and shared resources with central advancement in support of programs and strategies for securing private support for the school.

Program Development and Management

Direct and implement the School of Nursing’s advancement programs, including annual gifts, major and planned gifts, corporate and foundation gifts, donor recognition, and stewardship. Create strategies and direct the external outreach activities of the school with an aim of building and significantly expanding the school’s base of fundraising constituents.

Coordinate advancement activities throughout the school with central development programs and services. Work in partnership with the central development manager of these programs, sharing information and jointly developing strategies for securing private support.

In collaboration with the school’s marketing and communications team, provide strategic direction for creation of a communication plan that will promote the fundraising and advancement objectives of the school. Collaborate on the School’s advancement outreach efforts to significant external audiences and constituencies.

Prepare budgets, forecasts and manage finances within the Advancement unit. Prepare and present quarterly and annual financial reports outlining trends, fundraising progress and gifts by type or source of funds to the Deans and Chairs (Senior Executive/Management Team).

Volunteer Engagement

In support of direct fundraising, provide strategy, counsel, staffing to the School’s Advisory Board and participate in related committees with respect to advancement functions. Build strong and mutually beneficial relationships between the school (Dean, faculty and staff) and external audiences.

Other duties as assigned.

Supervision Exercised

This position supervises three budgeted positions, allocated as mutually determined between the School and University Advancement.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

A bachelor's degree and at least seven years of progressively responsible experience in institutional development/advancement, with an emphasis on cultivating and soliciting major gifts.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Ability to understand schools’ key priorities and balance the Dean and faculty priorities-discerning the ways in which they present Advancement opportunities and identifying sources of support that direct giving to the School’s key objectives.

Proven track record partnering with Dean, ED, or equivalent.

Demonstrated ability to improve organizational effectiveness and results by providing strategic positioning, direction, and leadership.

Demonstrated strong computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for correspondence, special reports, spreadsheets, databases, forms, etc.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Fundraising experience at a comprehensive research university or health-care institution. Demonstrated success at major gift fundraising and working knowledge of gift planning vehicles (charitable trusts, gift annuities and complex outright gifts).

Demonstrated ability to initiate and maintain corporate and foundation contacts.

Demonstrated experience working with volunteers and not-for-profit boards, proactively identifying opportunities to engage volunteers as ambassadors and stakeholders and supporting their work.

Strong personnel and budget management experience or ability.

Self-motivation with enormous energy and a capacity for hard work within an intensely goal-oriented environment.

Superior interpersonal skills, working equally comfortably and effectively with scholars, administration, professional and administrative staff, and alumni(ae).

Knowledge of alumni relations/development/advancement principles.

Certified Fundraising Executive or master’s degree. 

The ideal candidate for this position will be an experienced leader with a demonstrated track record as a successful fund-raiser, preferably in higher education, with management, operational, direct major gift fundraising and volunteer management experience.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

Ability to work evening and weekend hours, as necessary, on short or limited notice.

Must have regular and reliable transportation for local travel and willing to travel when necessary.

Frequent local travel expected.

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