Director of Advancement

Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico

Deadline April 07, 2017
Date Posted March 13, 2017
Type Executive
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

Title: Director of Advancement
Reports to: President
Category: Administrative Exempt, Full-Time
Salary: Commensurate with experience

The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) is seeking a Director of Advancement to help support our world-renowned research institute.

Responsibilities: Working in close collaboration with the President and Vice-President for Strategic Partnership, the Director of Advancement will help reconceive and run SFI’s advancement pipeline.

  • Develop and maintain relationships with major donors
  • Advise and support president's and vice presidents' fundraising activities
  • Refine and oversee strategies to engage a large base of annual individual donors
  • Reconceive and implement advancement research program

For the right candidate, SFI's Director of Advancement position represents an unparalleled opportunity for career advancement.

Qualifications: This position would be an ideal stepping-stone for someone who already has major gift officer experience, and aspires to become the VP of Advancement at a major research university.

About SFI
SFI was established in 1984, and its early intellectual leaders included George Cowan, David Pines, and Nobel Laureates Murray Gell-Mann (Physics), Kenneth Arrow (Economics), and Phil Anderson (Physics). Today SFI is the leading institution for complex systems theory research, and enjoys a notable reputation within academia. Our 12 resident faculty and 20 postdoctoral fellows are augmented by approximately 120 external faculty from top universities around the world. Arizona State University’s president Michael Crow has called us "a modern version of Plato's Academy." Rolling Stone Magazine called us "a sort of Justice League of renegade geeks, where teams of scientists from disparate fields study the Big Questions." Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Cormac McCarthy comments on SFI can be found here:

It is difficult to understate the impact complex systems is currently having on science. Writing for in 2016, David Auerbach argued that complexity theory "has been one of the most important responses to the ballooning of knowledge." Complex systems are not merely complicated. Rather, complex systems exhibit highly nonlinear behaviors, such as phase transitions, emergence, and feedback loops. These systems can also adapt and evolve, making their behavior hard to predict and control. In addition to its academic implications, the applications of complex systems science are growing rapidly. 

SFI is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization. For more about Santa Fe Institute, its history, and the science of complex systems, visit


  • Comprehensive insurance coverage, including medical, dental, vision, and life/disability
  • 403(b) Retirement eligibility with company match
  • Generous sick leave, vacation, and holiday pay

How to Apply
To apply, e-mail PDFs of the following: a cover letter describing your interest in the position and your qualifications, your resume, and a list of three references to Please note in your subject line that you are responding to the “Director of Advancement Ad.” While e-mail submission is preferred, you may mail these materials for receipt by the deadline to the below address. Alternatively, you may also fax these materials to (505) 982-0565.

Human Resources
RE: Director of Advancement Ad
Santa Fe Institute
1399 Hyde Park Rd
Santa Fe, NM 87501

The Santa Fe Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We actively seek and encourage applications from minorities, women, and people with disabilities.

No phone calls please. Applications will be accepted through Friday, April 7th, 2017.