Adjunct Instructor: Fundraising and Institutional
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
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
· Availability to teach in person on the Pittsburgh campus of
Carnegie Mellon University
Application Instructions Equal Employment Opportunity
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
- Experience in culturally-responsive engagement with students,
mentoring, and/or presenting for the purposes of education
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.