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Chief Development Officer

American Academy in Rome
New York, United States
$230,000.00 - $250,000.00
Closing date
Feb 15, 2023

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The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with American Academy in Rome in the search for a Chief Development Officer.

Reporting to the President and CEO, the Chief Development Officer will serve as the lead executive responsible for a comprehensive fundraising strategy and program that is seamlessly integrated into American Academy in Rome's programmatic, operational, and financial priorities. The Chief Development Officer will work closely with the President in all major gift initiatives, including identifying and responding to major gift opportunities, maximizing trustee contacts to leverage their relationships and identify new donors, thoughtfully deploying key individuals to cultivate targeted prospects, closing leadership gift opportunities, and communicating about fundraising activities.

The American Academy in Rome is a leading American overseas center for independent studies and advanced research in the fine arts and humanities. It is home to a private residential community at its 11-acre campus on the Janiculum Hill in Rome, Italy. It also maintains a home office in New York City near the southeast corner of Central Park and will be moving to new a new office space in the DIA foundation building in Chelsea. The larger arc of the institution’s identity and priorities is developed here in consultation with the Board and where the annual Rome Prize competition is conducted, trustee relations are maintained, and the Academy’s financing and fundraising efforts are managed.

The Rome Prize Fellowship supports upwards of thirty artists and scholars representing eleven academic and creative fields who live and work in a collaborative atmosphere that supports cooperation and individual achievement. Each year, the Rome Prize winners are selected from a pool of about 1,000 artists and scholars by experts in their respective fields. In addition to the Rome Prize Fellows, the Academy community includes invited Residents who are leaders in their fields, Affiliated Fellows sponsored by American and global institutions, as well as Visiting Artists and Scholars. The community is close-knit and allows for uninterrupted stretches of time for creative thought and scholarship. A robust series of programs, lectures, conferences and exhibitions enriches the experience.

The mission of American Academy in Rome is based on equal access and the open exchange of ideas. At the Academy, diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and equal access are fundamental requirements for scholars and artists to thrive and achieve their full potential. As an institution abroad, the Academy realizes it is even more critical to represent the diverse composition of the United States. Over the past decades, American Academy in Rome has become an increasingly diverse and global community, a trend that has been beneficial to all Fellows and community members. The Academy fosters a democratic model in which all individuals are valued for their talent and vision.

A bachelor's degree is required for this position and a master's degree is preferred as is at least five years of experience in a senior leadership position within higher education or an arts and culture non-profit environment. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of American Academy in Rome as well as the responsibilities and qualifications presented in the prospectus.

The salary range for this position is $230,000 to $250,000 annually.

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