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Chief Advancement Officer, Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy

Carnegie Mellon University
Pennsylvania, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Mar 16, 2024

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Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Carnegie Mellon University in its search for a Chief Advancement Officer, Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy, who will help lead the effort to develop the philanthropic support that will enable CMU and its academic units to fulfill their potential and continue their ascent. The Chief Advancement Officer will partner with the Dean of the Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy to set a strategic advancement vision for the college, with oversight of a broad range of unit-level advancement functions encompassing major gifts, donor relations, annual giving, events, alumni and constituent engagement, and management of the unit’s advisory board. The Chief Development Officer also will serve as members of the Dean’s leadership team. The Chief Advancement Officers will be a senior leader within the Division of University Advancement and serve as a member of the CMU Advancement Leadership Council.

The Chief Advancement Officer will manage the advancement staff assigned to their academic unit and will carry a portfolio of the unit’s top prospects, executing cultivation and solicitation strategies and securing major, leadership, and principal gifts. They also will be responsible for identifying, refining, and articulating their unit’s fundraising needs, communicating those needs to internal and external audiences, and generating excitement for the Dean’s top priorities while ensuring that frontline fundraisers across the university are equipped to advocate for their vision. The Chief Advancement Officer will collaborate with fundraisers across CMU’s schools, colleges, and centrally based units to develop cultivation and engagement strategies to achieve maximum impact across the institution. The Chief Advancement Officer will also partner closely with Advancement Information Services to define, measure, and report on their unit’s success. CMU seeks a Chief Advancement Officer with the skills to ensure the Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy plays a defining role in the continued evolution of the field, and in the future of Carnegie Mellon.

Carnegie Mellon University is a global, research-intensive university with more than 14,000 students, more than 120,000 alumni, and approximately 5,000 faculty and staff. In 2023, U.S. News & World Report ranked CMU #24 among national universities, #4 in terms of Most Innovative Schools, and in 2024, Times Higher Education World University ranked CMU as #24 among global research universities in the world. Many of CMU’s seven schools and colleges and their departments maintain top national and international rankings in computer science, computer engineering, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, engineering, business, drama, and music, among others. CMU is also one of a small number of academic institutions in the nation boasting a fully-fledged Federally Funded Research and Development Center, the Software Engineering Institute. CMU’s confluence of scholarly excellence, robust federal and industry interface, and heritage of innovation has consistently placed it among the world’s most dynamic and impactful research institutions.

At Heinz College, students gain the skills and experience to become tech-savvy policymakers and ethical tech leaders who embrace the unprecedented collaboration that today’s problems demand. As the only academic institution that is home both to a school of information systems and management and a school of public policy and management, the college traces the interconnections and effects of technology on human life and work. The solutions it designs and deploys reach into every corner of our lives: smart, connected cities; responsible use of AI and unbiased algorithms; and data-enhanced health care systems, to name just a few. Heinz College educates a population of over 1,200 students from all 50 states and more than 30 countries across over a dozen master’s and Ph.D. programs alongside a new and growing undergraduate enterprise. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Heinz College’s Information and Technology Management and Cybersecurity programs #1 and its Public Policy Analysis program at #8.

Carnegie Mellon University is a richly varied community, united in the pursuit of excellence with a wealth of perspectives, identities, backgrounds, and cultures. CMU is committed to fostering an environment where all members of the community have a sense of belonging. This commitment drives its pursuit of creating a space where every voice can be heard. The university seeks to cultivate diverse populations and perspectives and promote equity and inclusion. Its devotion to these ideals springs from a core belief in the power of education to be a transformative and enriching force for every person, irrespective of their background, identity, or life circumstances. Inclusion and belonging are intricately interwoven into the very essence of the university, helping to shape its values, policies, and practices. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are not only central to the university's ethos but also indispensable to its pursuit of academic excellence and innovation.

A bachelor's degree is required for this position. A master’s degree or equivalent combination of training and experience is preferred. At least 10 years of progressively responsible development experience is required for this position; experience leading and supervising teams for at least three to five years is preferred. Experience in a campaign environment is desirable. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of Carnegie Mellon University as well as the responsibilities and qualifications stated in the position prospectus.

Carnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran and offers a diverse environment with a flexible benefits package, including a generous retirement plan, tuition remission, and paid time off policy, as well as many professional development, health, and wellness opportunities. A background check is required.

Carnegie Mellon University is committed to the inclusion of all qualified candidates. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, or participating in the selection process, please contact Kim Farr at

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