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Adjunct Instructor - Fundraising and Institutional Giving

Carnegie Mellon University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Sep 19, 2023

Adjunct Instructor: Fundraising and Institutional Giving

The Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University seeks an adjunct instructor for the Fundraising and Institutional Giving course. This is a graduate level required core required course within the Master of Arts Management program which is a joint degree program between Heinz College and the College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University. We highly encourage professionals from diverse backgrounds with nonprofit institutional giving and grants management experience including demonstrated knowledge in identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding foundation and corporate donors to apply.

Cours e Description:

The Learning Objectives of the course:

· Understand the roles of grantees and grantors and how to position the work of nonprofit arts organizations to meet organizational fundraising goals.

· Evaluate grant applications using scoring guidelines, critical thinking, and peer review panels

· Formulate appropriate documents associated with institutional giving such as project budgets, line-item justifications, and letters of inquiry

· Understand the objectives of public funders and compose a grant narrative and budget that meets these objectives

This course examines how fundraising theory works practically to support sponsorship programs and grant activities in nonprofit arts organizations of various sizes. The course aims to help students understand the funding landscape, as defined by public agencies, private foundations, and corporations. Students learn the ways in which planning, research, data collection, evaluation, budgeting, relationship-building, and clear messaging are key to conducting any fundraising effort.

This class is typically taken in a student’s first year of study. It is sequenced after a required course on fundraising and individual giving; the instructor should assume that the students have knowledge of the fundamental concepts associated with fundraising and philanthropy in the U.S.

The Fundraising and Institutional Giving course is a half-semester (i.e., 7 weeks) during the Spring 2024 semester. Course times could be afternoons (two 80-minute class sessions per week; example Tuesday and Thursday 4:30 – 6:20pm) or evenings (one 170-minute class from 6:20 – 9:10 PM, inclusive of breaks, per week), as preferred.

The course design should at minimum include relevant readings (textbook, research papers, news articles, etc.), in-class discussions, and appropriate evaluations of mastery of concepts for grading purposes (homework, quizzes/exams, etc.).

Candidate should demonstrate:

· Relevant, and culturally sensitive, experience as a practitioner with direct experience in institutional giving, sponsorships, and grants management in the nonprofit arts sector.

· Effective, engaging, and compelling culturally responsive communication, with the capacity to guide students through class discussion and hands-on examples and exercises.

· Recent experience in teaching in higher education is preferred.

· Availability to teach in person on the Pittsburgh campus of Carnegie Mellon University

  • Master’s degree in a relevant area or bachelor’s degree combined with 7 years of nonprofit fundraising experience specifically focused on grants management, corporate sponsorships, and institutional giving
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities
  • Experience in culturally-responsive engagement with students, mentoring, and/or presenting for the purposes of education
Application Instructions Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Carnegie Mellon University shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR §§ 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that covered prime contractors and subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status or disability.

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