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Chief Development Officer

Institute for Advanced Study
Princeton, New Jersey
Posted Date
Jul 26, 2023

Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with the Institute for Advanced Study in the search for a Chief Development Officer. 

Reporting to the Associate Director/Assistant Secretary, the Chief Development Officer will be responsible for the generation of both annual and capital support for the Institute and play a central role in both the near- and long-term future of this singular institution.

The Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) is one of the world’s leading centers for theoretical research and intellectual inquiry. Founded in 1930 by philanthropists Louis Bamberger and his sister Caroline Bamberger Fuld, the Institute’s 800-acre campus in Princeton, New Jersey provides a tranquil environment for pure, curiosity-based scholarship.

IAS provides some of the world’s most promising researchers the freedom to explore, without predetermined constraints, and to mentor others with similar potential. With a permanent Faculty of 26 and approximately 200 visiting researchers and scholars (known as Members) annually, the Institute’s four Schools—Historical Studies, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social Science—have generated some of the most important discoveries of the past century and nurtured some of its most important minds, including 35 Nobel Laureates, 44 out of 62 Fields Medalists, 23 of the 26 Abel Prize Laureates, and many winners of the Wolf and MacArthur prizes. This work is made possible by philanthropic contributions, which ensure the Institute’s vital independence through the growth of its approximately $1 billion endowment and annual support of its $74 million budget. Currently, a permanent Faculty of 26 eminent academics guide the work of the Schools and each year awards fellowships to some 200 of the world’s most promising post-doctoral scholars and researchers from over 100 universities and research institutions throughout the world.

In the more than 90 years since its founding, the work of the Institute’s Faculty and Members has been transformative, in both intellectual and practical terms. At the beginning of computing, one of the first stored program computers was designed and built on the Institute’s campus, and its structure (von Neumann architecture) has influenced the development of today’s computers and formed the mathematical basis for computer software. 

Past Faculty have included Albert Einstein—who remained at the Institute until his death in 1955—and distinguished scientists and scholars, such as Freeman Dyson, Clifford Geertz, Kurt Gödel, Hetty Goldman, George Kennan, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Erwin Panofsky, Homer A. Thompson, John von Neumann, and Hermann Weyl. The Institute’s more than 6,000 former Members hold positions of intellectual and scientific leadership throughout the academic world. 

IAS is a community of intellectual inquiry resolutely committed to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. IAS affirms equality and embraces its differences as it works to transform principles into action and grow new forms of scholarly community. Ensuring that diverse voices are present and active in all aspects of its organizational life is fundamental to its founding values: to expand the possibilities of discovery and to ensure access to all who can contribute to such discovery, regardless of origin. 

A bachelor's degree is required for this position as is at least ten years of progressively responsible, hands-on leadership experience in a development program of similar or greater complexity and scope. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of the Institute for Advanced Study and the responsibilities and qualifications presented in the prospectus. 

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