TheDepartment of Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) assists VanderbiltUniversity in securing the resources, both human and financial, that arerequired to achieve its mission and goals.The Department is responsible for the identification, cultivation,solicitation, and stewardship of individuals and organizations whose charitableobjectives are consistent with those of Vanderbilt University's teaching andresearch programs.
The AssociateDean for Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) for Vanderbilt's School of Nursingleads the major gift fundraising efforts and coordinates with the school-basedalumni relations programs to drive greater levels of engagement and support.
Duties and Responsibilities
The AssociateDean participates in setting fundraising goals, manages a portfolio of topprospects, oversees a budget for operations and travel, and serves as a seniorrepresentative within the school's leadership teams.
The AssociateDean, who is one of nine individual directors assigned to a University Centralacademic college or school at Vanderbilt, reports to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for University Development. They are also required to develop andmaintain a strong working relationship with the Dean of the School of Nursing tofacilitate partnerships around goals, priorities and outcomes.
Design, implement, and coordinate theSchools of Nursing's development programs, consistent with the overalldevelopment program at Vanderbilt University. DAR's university development team is responsible forseeking new resources from alumni, parents, friends, corporations andfoundations to support key fundraising priorities at the School of Nursing. TheAssociate Dean is expected to coordinate, plan and work directly with the Deanof the school and serve on the senior administrative team. They are charged with setting, tracking, andassessing progress towards School of Nursing fundraising goals in coordinationwith other DAR teams (i.e. Annual and Leadership Annual Giving, CorporateRelations, Foundation Relations, the Parents and Grandparents Campaign, andPlanned Giving). The Associate Dean alsoworks with the Dean to effectively engage boards, committee, or councils whosemembership includes alumni or other supporters and whose responsibilities – inpart or solely – include increasing philanthropy.
Secure major and principal gifts. The Associate Dean serves as a majorgift officer for the School of Nursing – driving forward the identification,cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of approximately 75 prospects thatare capable of making gifts of $250,000 or greater. Outright gifts, pledges, corporate andfoundation awards, and planned gifts at this level are all part of theAssociate Dean's portfolio.
Increase the overall fundraisingsuccess for the School of Nursing.The Associate Dean is charged with overseeing the comprehensive fundraisingprogram that will drive larger success in securing funds to support keypriorities, which could include, but are not limited to -- endowed scholarshipsand chairs, academic program support, research funding, and capital. TheAssociate Dean also works closely with the Dean and the Assistant ViceChancellor for University Development in the goal setting process each fiscalyear to set targets that are both ambitious and achievable.
Coordinate with the Alumni RelationsPrograms. The Schoolof Nursing currently maintain a school-based alumni relations program that facilitiesthe specific volunteer leadership needs for the school, provides alumniprogramming, and focuses on the broad engagement of graduates in the life ofthe school. They also conduct reunionand class related activities for their alumni. The Associate Dean works with the leaders of these programs to ensurethat alumni activities have a defined purpose/outcome, exhibit a high level ofprofessionalism, provide the appropriate personalized touch to participants,and are executed in a way that offers meaningful engagement of allparticipants. They also participate in staffing both on-campus and off-campusevents sponsored by the program, as well as those activities hosted inconjunction with national conferences and association meetings for theprofession.
Serve as liaison to other developmentteams, university offices, and school leadership. To maximize the success of the Schoolof Nursing's effort, the Associate Dean will work in collaboration with othermembers of DAR staff to be successful and support university-wide objectives.Offices that contribute to the success of the Schools of Nursing developmentoutcomes include: Principal Gifts, Annual and Leadership Annual Giving, PlannedGiving, Research and Prospect Development, Parents and Grandparents Campaign,Corporate Relations, Foundation Relations, Athletics Development, DARCommunications, Alumni Relations, Special Events, and Stewardship. In manycases, DAR colleagues serve as extensions of the Schools' development staff. Collaboration with other schools, colleges,and programs as well as developing prospect strategies for the effectiveutilization of the Dean, and possibly the Provost and Chancellor, around themost significant fundraising opportunities that support the academic andresearch mission of the School of Nursing is also part of the Associate Dean'srole. As a member of the Dean'sleadership teams, the Associate Dean will need to establish strongrelationships with Nursing's senior staff in admissions, finance, careerservices, and faculty affairs. Strategic planning and advice are highly valuedby the Dean, as these are skills frequently utilized to compliment the Schools'efforts beyond development.
Establishoneself as a knowledgeable staff member by:
Learning the Vanderbilt mission and being knowledgeable about Vanderbilt and the assigned school/college's responsibilities to the mission
Attaining an in-depth understanding of the development programs and their goals in the assigned school and/or department.
Collaborating with DAR staff to build andmaintain best practices in soliciting major gifts
Enhancedepartmental performance standards by:
Maintaininga level of reliability that generates stability in the department
Meetingor exceeding department performance standards
Fosteringa spirit of cooperation
Understanding and effectively communicating departmental policy and procedures
Clearly communicating concerns and questions to team
Conveying thoughts/ideas to the leadership team on improving departmental performance
Approach each situationwith a professional attitude by:
Exercising good judgment in discussing issues andresults with the team
Maintaining composure and a calm demeanor duringchallenging situations
Respecting the need for confidentiality of donorsand colleagues
Performing other duties as assigned
This positionhas the supervisory responsibility shared with a colleague of managing anAssociate Director of Leadership Annual Giving, a Development Coordinator, anda DAR Assistant.
This positionreports administratively and functionally to the Assistant Vice Chancellor ofDevelopment.
Profile and Ideal Candidate
The AssociateDean must be a seasoned and polished fundraising executive who understands andis able to articulate the nature and importance of a major research university,and in particular, the significant role of the School of Nursing within thislarger academic community. Leading candidates should have:
Abachelor's degree with 5 years of experience, or the equivalent, is required. However, an advanced degree is preferred.
Seven or more years of development experience preferred, with a backgroundin a higher education setting preferred.
Willingness and ability to personallysolicit gifts of $100,000 and larger
Demonstrated success in working across teams and disciplines – facilitating solutions, designing new ideas, and driving forward priorities
A working understanding of the basic sciences and research that will help drive forward new interdisciplinary initiatives
A proven record of achievement in major and principal gift fund raising from individuals
Ability to plan, articulate and implement a major gift program that will include not only alumni, parents and friends, but also corporate, foundation and planned giving
Excellent organizational skills, oral and written communications skills and the ability to articulate the needs, interests and accomplishments of Vanderbilt University to a wide range of audiences
Interpersonalskills and judgment suitable for exercising appropriate discretion and demeanorwhen dealing with alumni, parents, friends, and employees
Abilityto exercise good judgment in the handling of confidential information
Abilityto use current computer technology, such as Windows, Excel, Word, andVanderbilt's donor management system
Experiencein managing and leading volunteers and/or boards
Superbwritten and oral communication skills, specifically in the areas of proposaland presentation development
Familiarity with Vanderbilt and/or solid understanding of a major research university environment is preferred.The capacity to perform in an intellectually rigorous and complex academic environment
Ability to work independently, take initiative, manage multiple projects simultaneously, meet deadlines, and adapt to ever changing priorities are essential
Exhibitpersonal characteristics enabling effective interaction with importantconstituencies and possess a genuine commitment to the advancement ofeducation, research, and to the principles governing Development and AlumniRelations
Routineovernight travel is required
Someevening and weekend work, as needed
Internal Number: 1802227
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