The Associate Dean for Development and AlumniRelations (DAR) for Vanderbilt's Peabody College is part of the Department of Alumni Relations (DAR)Development Team at Vanderbilt University and is a manager responsible for leadingthe major gift fundraising effort and coordinates with the school-based alumnirelations programs to drive greater levels of engagement and support.
TheAssociate Dean participates in setting fundraising goals, manages a portfolioof top prospects, oversees a budget for operations and travel, and serves as asenior representative within the college's leadership teams. The Associate Deanis also required to develop and maintain a strong working relationship with theDean of Peabody College to facilitate partnerships around goals, priorities andoutcomes.
The Department of Development and AlumniRelations (DAR) assists Vanderbilt University in securing the resources, bothhuman and financial, that are required to achieve its mission and goals. The Department is responsible for theidentification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individuals andorganizations whose charitable objectives are consistent with those ofVanderbilt University's teaching and research programs.
Duties and responsibilities
Design,implement, and coordinate Peabody College's development programs, consistentwith the overall development program at Vanderbilt University.
DAR's university development team isresponsible for seeking new resources from alumni, parents, friends,corporations and foundations to support key fundraising priorities at the PeabodyCollege and Vanderbilt University. The Associate Dean is expected tocoordinate, plan and work directly with the Dean of the college and serve onthe senior administrative team. TheAssociate Dean is charged with setting, tracking, and assessing progresstowards Peabody College's fundraising goals in coordination with other DARteams (e.g. Annual and Leadership Annual Giving, Corporate and FoundationRelations, the Parents and Grandparents Campaign, and Planned Giving). The Associate Dean also works with the Deanto effectively engage boards, committees, or councils whose membership includesalumni or other supporters and whose responsibilities – in part or solely –include increasing philanthropy.
Secure major andprincipal gifts.
The Associate Dean serves as a major giftofficer for Peabody College – driving forward the identification, cultivation,solicitation, and stewardship of approximately 85 prospects that are capable ofmaking gifts of $100,000 or greater. Outright gifts, pledges, corporate and foundation awards, and plannedgifts at this level are all part of the Associate Dean's portfolio.
Increase theoverall fundraising success for Peabody College.
The Associate Dean is charged with overseeingthe comprehensive fundraising program that will drive larger success insecuring funds to support key priorities, which could include, but are not limitedto -- endowed scholarships and chairs, academic program support, researchfunding, and capital projects. The Associate Dean also works closely with theDean and the Assistant Vice Chancellor for University Development in the goalsetting process each fiscal year to set targets that are both ambitious andachievable.
Serve as liaisonto other development teams, university offices, and school leadership.
To maximize the success of Peabody College's effort,the Associate Dean will work in collaboration with other members of DAR staffto be successful and support university-wide objectives. Offices thatcontribute to the success of Peabody College's development outcomes include:Principal Gifts, Annual and Leadership Annual Giving, Planned Giving, Researchand Prospect Development, Parents and Grandparents Campaign, Corporate and FoundationRelations, Athletics Development, Campaign Communications, Alumni Relations,Special Events, and Stewardship. In many cases, DAR colleagues serve asextensions of the Schools' development staff. Collaboration with other schools, colleges, and programs as well asdeveloping prospect strategies for the effective utilization of the Dean, andpossibly the Provost and Chancellor, around the most significant fundraisingopportunities that support the academic and research mission of Peabody Collegeis also part of the Associate Dean's role. As a member of the Deans' leadership teams, the Associate Dean will needto establish strong relationships with Peabody College's senior staff inadmissions, finance, communication, career services, and faculty affairs.Strategic planning and advice are highly valued by the Dean, as these areskills frequently utilized to compliment the School's efforts beyonddevelopment.
Establish oneselfas a knowledgeable staff member by:
Learningthe Vanderbilt mission and being knowledgeable about Vanderbilt and theassigned school/college's responsibilities to the mission
Attainingan in-depth understanding of the development programs and their goals in theassigned school and/or department.
Collaboratingwith DAR staff to build and maintain 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
Understandingand effectively communicating departmental policy and procedures
Clearlycommunicating concerns and questions to team
Conveyingthoughts/ideas to the leadership team on improving departmental performance
Approach eachsituation with a professional attitude by:
Exercisinggood judgment in discussing issues and results with the team
Maintainingcomposure and a calm demeanor during challenging situations
Respectingthe need for confidentiality of donors and colleagues
Performingother duties as assigned
This position has supervisory responsibility ofan Associate Director of Development, an Associate Director of LeadershipAnnual Giving, a Development Coordinator, and an Administrative Assistant.
This position reports administratively andfunctionally to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for University Development.
ABachelor's Degree, or the equivalent is required.
Advance degree ispreferred.
Experience and Skills
The Associate Dean must be a seasoned andpolished fundraising executive who understands and is able to articulate thenature and importance of a major research university, and in particular, thesignificant role of Peabody College within this larger academic community.Leading candidates should have:
ears of experience, or the equivalent .
5years of experience, or the equivalent is necessary.
Seven or moreyears of development experience preferred, with a background in a higher education setting
Willingnessand ability to personally solicit gifts of $100,000 and larger
Excellentorganizational skills, oral and written communications skills and the abilityto articulate the needs, interests and accomplishments of Vanderbilt Universityto 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, and Vanderbilt'sdonor management system
Aproven record of achievement in major and principal gift fund raising fromindividuals
Abilityto plan, articulate and implement a major gift program that will include notonly alumni, parents and friends, but also corporate, foundation and plannedgiving
Experiencein managing and leading volunteers and/or boards
Superbwritten and oral communication skills, specifically in the areas of proposaland presentation development
Demonstratedsuccess in working across teams and disciplines – facilitating solutions,designing new ideas, and driving forward priorities
Aworking understanding of education and research that will help drive forwardnew interdisciplinary initiatives
Familiaritywith Vanderbilt and/or solid understanding of a major research universityenvironment is preferred.
Thecapacity to perform in an intellectually rigorous and complex academicenvironment
Abilityto work independently, take initiative, manage multiple projectssimultaneously, meet deadlines, and adapt to ever changing priorities areessential
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
Value of theimportance of equity as an organizational operating principle and commitment toequity, diversity, and inclusion
Routineovernight travel is required
Someevening and weekend work, as needed
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Commitment to Equity, Diversity andInclusion
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