The College of Science & Engineering (CSE) at the University of Minnesota seeks an experienced, strategic, and collaborative advancement leader to serve as its Assistant Dean for Advancement. Joining the Dean, the Assistant Dean will provide strategic vision, leadership, and direction for all fundraising, alumni engagement, corporate engagement, advocacy, marketing, volunteerism, other advancement activities, and operations for the College.
The College of Science & Engineering is one of the premier programs in the country leading the creation and dissemination of knowledge in both scientific endeavors as well as engineering pursuits. Our faculty are world class educators, scholars, and innovative leaders whose impact is felt across Minnesota and the world. Our rich history of top ranked departments has produced more than 75,000 living alumni, many of whom lead name brand companies. CSE alumni, students, and faculty have launched more than 4000 companies, with nearly 500 patents and 50 companies created in just the past 5 years. The college graduates more than 2,300 undergraduate and graduate students each year – positioning it as one of the leading producers of scientific talent in the Midwest. In the recent Driven Campaign, CSE supporters contributed more than $300M in philanthropic gifts to advance CSE priorities, and the potential for further growing private support at CSE has been identified as a significant growth opportunity. More information on the college can be found at cse.umn.edu
The Assistant Dean for Advancement has responsibility for strategy, planning and implementation related to the College’s overall fundraising, alumni relations, and corporate engagement strategies. S/he serves as the lead fundraiser for the college and oversees all alumni relations and engagement, donor relations, marketing, and related advancement activities. Reporting directly to the Dean of CSE, the Assistant Dean works to implement the Dean’s vision of high impact philanthropy and engagement with a broad range of CSE stakeholders. The Assistant Dean communicates the strategy, policy, key issues, and annual reporting with college and campus leadership and serves as a member of the College leadership group. The position leads an overall team of approximately 15 professionals.
The Assistant Dean works closely with the University of Minnesota Foundation to utilize and leverage the central resources and services that support and enhance the CSE advancement program. The University of Minnesota Foundation is the philanthropic foundation that accepts and manage gifts for the University of Minnesota, and serves as the official fundraising arm of the University. It provides centralized fundraising programs and services for the entire University development community.
Strategy and Goal Setting (40%)
Plan and implement a comprehensive strategic plan and goals for the College’s advancement program in support of the University’s mission, vision, and goals.
Lead the planning and implementation for the College’s participation in any University-wide campaigns.
Provide guidance as the Dean’s chief advisor in matters related to advancement, and as appropriate seek the counsel and expertise of University partners at the University of Minnesota Foundation, University Relations, and the University of Minnesota Alumni Association.
Build and maintain productive working relationships with academic department heads, associate deans, faculty and administrators throughout the College of Science and Engineering to thoroughly understand their programs, priorities, and constituents and to collaborate on engaging alumni and donors in support of advancement activities.
Facilitate effective collaborative relationships with other advancement offices across campus including the University of Minnesota Foundation, University Relations, and the University of Minnesota Alumni Association.
Serve as a member of the Dean’s Leadership Team and the College Administrative Council. Work with other senior administrators and faculty across the college to identify and define priority needs to be funded through private support.
Participate as a member of the Chief Development Officer community by attending monthly meetings, and participate in work groups that inform and advance policies and activities of the University Development Community.
Principal and Major Gifts (30%)
Facilitate the overall engagement with a portfolio of the College’s top principal and major gift donors, prospects, volunteers, and advocates. Guide their engagement with Dean and department heads as appropriate, and regularly travel locally, nationally, and occasionally internationally with the Dean to meet alumni, friends, corporate and foundation leaders.
Manage a targeted portfolio of ~25 high-level principal prospects, using a focused and accountable approach of strategy development, engagement with the Dean, and implementation.
Lead a team responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding principal and major gift donors; creating, coordinating and writing funding proposals directed at individuals, corporations and foundations; and ensuring consistent message throughout the College and its units. Encourage and facilitate collaboration with other advancement professionals across campus.
Volunteer and Board Management (10%)
Manage the Dean’s Advisory Board and College’s Campaign Committee.
Provide guidance to departmental volunteer advisory boards that support the priorities of the College.
Identify, recruit, and orient board members, lead board meetings, and evaluate board performance. Prepare volunteers to participate in cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major gifts as needed, as well as other activities aimed at engaging stakeholders.
Staff Management (20%)
Lead and manage 5 advancement staff members responsible for development, alumni relations and annual giving, stewardship, marketing, corporate relations, and special events.
Provide overall direction to the fundraising team’s strategy and work to interact effectively with current and prospective donors, alumni, corporate partners and other key individuals to achieve annual fundraising goals.
Manage the team, including recruitment, retention, performance management, and coaching of staff. Work with individual staff members on development planning and training resources.
Provide exemplary management and coach team members toward improved performance to enhance annual fundraising production and overall stakeholder engagement.
Manage the overall budget for the office by anticipating costs and prioritizing needs.
Work collaboratively with the Director of Communications and Marketing to advance the goals of the College in philanthropic donations and international reputation.
Work collaboratively with the development, alumni relations, and events team members to design effective, strategic, and high-impact alumni engagement and donor cultivation and stewardship events for the College and its departments.
Minimum seven (7) years of advancement experience.
A minimum of three (3) years’ experience managing multiple advancement staff, including selection, performance management, and coaching.
Demonstrated success in qualification, cultivation, solicitation, gift closure, and stewardship of seven-figure or larger gifts.
Demonstrated strong organizational and management skills.
Superb oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
Evidence of the ability to lead cross-functional teams and to work effectively and collaboratively with multiple groups and diverse constituencies.
Master’s Degree or professional degree preferred.
Effective advancement management experience in a higher education environment.
Ten (10) years’ of advancement experience.
Five (5) years’ experience managing multiple advancement staff, including selection, performance management, and coaching.
Knowledge of the advancement programs, fundraising, and administration in higher education.
Demonstrated experience in prospect development and stage management.
Ability to maintain a travel schedule, including some evenings and weekends.
Proven experience with volunteer board management.
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.