Assistant Dean for Advancement

New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Mar 12, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Posting Details

Job # 036795 Department Code 21401-6001 Department College of Engineering and Computer Science Job Title Assistant Dean for Advancement Location Syracuse, NY Pay Range Commensurate with Experience Staff Level 06 FLSA Status Exempt Hours

Standard University business hours

8:30am – 5:00pm (academic year)
8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)

Hours may vary based on operational needs.

Job Type Full-time Campus Syracuse, NY Unionized Position Code Not Applicable Job Description

The Assistant Dean for Advancement and External Affairs ( AEA ) for the College of Engineering and Computer Science ( ECS ) reports to both the Dean of the College and to the University Vice President for Advancement for Schools, Colleges, Libraries, and Administration.

S/he is responsible for the development and execution of the College’s fundraising strategic plan and management of the College’s advancement staff, as well as directs and coordinates its engagement efforts. The position comprehensively manages the School’s advancement program and directly oversees the College’s external relations, communications and marketing staff.

S/he has front-line responsibility for solicitation and stewardship of a portfolio of major donors and prospective donors. The position works closely with the Dean, and also supports the College’s Leadership Council.

This individual serves as the liaison between the College and the University Division of Advancement and External Affairs with regards to fundraising priorities and coordination of initiatives. At the University level, s/he partners with Alumni Engagement, Philanthropic Engagement (Annual Giving), Corporate and Foundation Relations, Planned Giving, Major and Principal Gifts. At the College level, s/he partners with the offices for research, corporate engagement, and career services as well as with faculty and staff.


Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred.
Considerable experience in fundraising work in higher education is required.
A valid driver’s license is required.

Job Specific Qualifications

Ability to lead and manage a comprehensive advancement operation.
Strong experience in major gift fundraising with a demonstrated record of successfully soliciting six and seven figure gifts.
Possess outstanding communication skills, both written and oral, and the ability to build collaborative relationships. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of academic alumni engagement and development activities.
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with partners and colleagues across a complex institutional framework.
Strong team player with excellent interpersonal skills.
Willingness and availability to travel domestically.
Experience or interest in development and engagement activities in support of engineering, STEM, technology, and the entrepreneurial enterprise preferred.
Experience in working with a professional/graduate school constituency preferred.


Serve as the College’s lead Advancement Officer creating strategy for the College and the AEA Team that includes alumni, parents, friends, foundations, and corporations.
Lead and participate in campaign planning, implementation and achievement of stated goals.

Direct the College in planning, organizing, and managing all aspects of operational functions including direct supervision and oversight of College’s advancement and communications staff.

Cultivate relationships between donors and the College, including an active and philanthropic advisory board.
Serve as liaison to all the Colleges various other alumni and advisory boards.
Travel nationally with the Dean and individually to cultivate, solicit and steward donors and prospective donors, through the management of an assigned portfolio of donors as well as proactive qualification of assigned prospective donors.
Coordinate and ensure the accuracy of data entry and maintenance of ECS related development records, interactions, and donor/prospect files via CITRUS in collaboration with AEA central units.

Direct the College efforts in planning, executing and marketing College events and special initiatives aimed at fostering strong collaboration with the College’s advisory board, cultivating donors, engaging alumni, and enhancing the visibility and reputation of the College.

Coordinate with the Senior VP for Advancement and the Vice President for Schools, Colleges, Libraries and Administration regarding strategy and alignment with central Advancement’s objectives. Includes collaboration with the VP of Principal Gifts for identified and prospective donors at the highest levels as well as the Associate VP for International and Regional Advancement for all regional and international activity.

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In addition to completing an online application, please attach a resume and cover letter.

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience.

The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: a pioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200 majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges; nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For more information, please visit

About the Syracuse area

Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal.


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

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