Assistant Dean, Development, Journalism in New York

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted January 23, 2014
Type Executive
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

Position Description:

Reporting to the Associate Dean, Alumni & Development, the Assistant Dean of Development is responsible for the planning and implementation of effective strategies related to the schools top development priorities, manages a team of development professionals, and is also be responsible for management of other development operations.


The Assistant Dean has a leadership role and serves as a strong partner with the Associate Dean in developing, with school leadership and university colleagues, cultivation, development and stewardship plans for important initiatives, as well as for donors and prospects. The Assistant Dean solicits major and leadership gifts from assigned prospects, and from prospective identified donors.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Builds and maintains relationships with both new and current donors; develops a prospect portfolio.
  • Engages, cultivates, solicits, and maintains these identified high level donors; creates giving opportunities; Stewards existing prospects, and identifies new funding opportunities they may find attractive.
  • Manages relationships with other school offices including in academic affairs, the deans office, finance, career services and financial aid.
  • Partners with Associate Dean to ensure fundraising meets budget needs.           
  • Collaborates and works closely with other departments, including communications and alumni relations; supports assigned volunteers with all aspects of solicitation work; identifies and enlists new prospects; and undertakes other development assignments.
  • Provides direction and ongoing feedback to development staff and conducts regular performance evaluation discussions; performs other related duties and special projects as assigned.


This is an exciting time for the School and its alumni and development office, with a new dean, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Steve Coll, and a growing, talented alumni and development team.


Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree required. Advance degree desirable. A minimum of 5 years of related experience. Must possess demonstrated experience in soliciting high-level gifts. Proficiency in Microsoft Office needed. This position requires evening work and travel, as necessary. At least 1 year of previous management experience, or leadership role preferred. Prior experience at an academic research institution desirable.


Must be detail oriented, use excellent independent judgment and initiative, and have a proactive customer service attitude when interacting with alumni and other constituencies. Demonstrated ability to work in a high pressure, fast-paced environment. Must possess the ability to work with changing priorities and multiple projects. Excellent analytical, organizational, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, including a high level of attention to detail and active listening skills. Must be able to problem-solve and troubleshoot, in addition to the ability to work independently in a dynamic team environment. Demonstrated ability to effectively partner with a diverse group of administrators and academic leaders.


The successful candidate must be a strategic thinker, effective in moving strategic agendas, politically savvy, ensure the utmost discretion in all matters, as well as possess an ability to work well with all levels of management, both internally and externally, be flexible in nature, have a sound judgment with a collaborative style that fosters teamwork and cooperation beyond the immediate team to the broader organization. Must have a passion for excellent customer service and commitment to exceptional 

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