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Reporting to the Dean of the School of Social Policy & Practice and the AVP of Development, School and Center Program, the Associate Dean for Institutional Advancement is responsible for the school’s overall development and fundraising activities, as well as public relations/communications activities, for the School of Social Policy & Practice of the University of Pennsylvania. Working closely with the Dean of Social Policy & Practice, the Associate Dean is responsible for conceptualizing, planning and executing a coordinated program of fundraising including major gifts, planned giving, corporate, foundation and government support, annual giving, and donor development and stewardship, within the framework of the School’s top priorities. S/he also oversees the School’s overarching public relations/communications strategic planning, management and outreach on behalf of the School.
SP2 is currently in the early public phase of a $38 million fundraising campaign being executed as part of the University of Pennsylvania’s overarching comprehensive campaign. The campaign is currently slated for completion in 2021. The Associate Dean will be responsible for leading the ongoing planning and execution of this campaign and integrating SP2 initiatives into the University’s overall campaign planning and programs.
The Associate Dean for Institutional Advancement also serves as an important member of the Dean’s senior leadership team at SP2. As a part of the School’s strategic planning and administrative infrastructure, the Associate Dean plays an integral role in programmatic, financial, and physical planning at the School and helps to provide leadership for incubating and fostering major strategic initiatives that promise to further the School’s mission and momentum. S/he will develop appropriate communications, development and fundraising strategies to support the prerogatives that emerge from this process. The Associate Dean also works closely with the Dean and the School’s financial team to help maximize resources, partnering to best structure and position programs to attract external interest while meeting strategic priorities, guiding the appropriate implementation of donor-driven programs and ensuring that the School is able to effectively steward donors.
The Associate Dean works with the Dean in mobilizing volunteer leadership to advance the School’s mission and quest for external visibility and support, and specifically its primary advisory body – a 25- to 30-member Board of Overseers comprised of the school’s leading volunteers and donors. The Associate Dean will work closely with the Dean and the Chair of the Board of Overseers to manage recruiting, retaining and rotating Board members and otherwise fully engaging the board in the culture, work and community of the school with an eye to maximizing their involvement and support.
The Associate Dean also works closely with the University’s central development organization, drawing on its support services, and integrating Social Policy & Practice’s initiatives within the University’s overall strategic and fundraising design. The Associate Dean serves as an important bridge between School and University Development activities.
The Associate Dean for Institutional Advancement supervises related staff which currently includes 7.5 staff: two Associate Directors pointed at the team’s development mission, an Associate Director of Communications and Public Relations, a Marketing and Communications Staff Writer, an Associate Director of Alumni and Student Engagement, an Administrative Coordinator, and an Administrative Assistant. S/he also will co-manage the Director of Development for SP2’s Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research in partnership with the Field Center’s Faculty Director. The Associate Dean for Institutional Advancement will also work closely with other SP2 Centers and Programs to promote development activities for these critically important school initiatives.
1. With the Dean, provide strategic leadership and oversight of the marketing, communications, publications, development, and constituent relations activities of the School.
2. Develop metrics and strategies for advancing and achieving the University and school’s key goals and priorities; engage the Dean, faculty, staff and volunteers as appropriate in executing these strategies.
3. With the Dean, establish and execute a plan to engage and expand the School’s Board of Overseers, its leadership volunteer organization. This includes working closely with the Chair of the Board as well as various subcommittees and their leadership to plan and promote the board’s activities.
4. Analyze potential funding sources and evaluate their potential to support the long and short range goals of the School; develop and implement strategies to secure funding from such sources.
5. Cultivate, steward and solicit major and principal gifts for the School with a primary focus on the School’s highest level prospects, consistent with the strategic priorities of the School.
6. Continue to prioritize and maximize prospect pool penetration and design and execute strategies for expanding the School’s prospect pool over time.
7. Establish effective stewardship procedures for sustaining donor interest and cultivating new gift opportunities.
8. Oversee the development and promotion of key engagement strategies pointed at alumni and other primary stakeholder groups.
9. Lead and direct Office of Institutional Advancement staff to achieve optimum results by: * Communicating and monitoring financial and key performance indicators and results to staff members * Establishing priorities and goals for all staff. * Managing staffing needs and identifying areas for organizational development updates or changes * Guiding the talent identification and professional development needs, processes and outcomes within the entire unit in line with the University’s diversity and inclusion priorities * Setting clear performance expectations and holding staff accountable for outcomes through frequent feedback and coaching * Ensuring open communications among team members, engaging in team building efforts and holding regular staff meetings that embrace and support the group’s diversity * Inspiring and motivating staff to achieve optimum results * Connecting office staff with the SP2 community in order to promote relationships among the various constituencies within the school.
10. Serve as a member of the Dean’s senior administrative leadership team and participate in key School-wide initiatives where Institutional Advancement is a meaningful partner.
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