Cornell University, a nationally ranked Ivy League institution, is looking for an Associate Vice President of Colleges and Units to join the Alumni Affairs & Development division in the appealing city of Ithaca, NY.
Reporting to the Senior Associate Vice President of Alumni Affairs and Development, the Associate Vice President for Colleges and Units (AVP) leads a team of 35+ staff, including 9 direct reports, which include Assistant/Associate Deans and Directors of Alumni Affairs and Development in 8 colleges and units, and the University Foundation Relations and Corporate Philanthropy Program.
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In partnership with the college-unit AAD teams, lead the planning and execution of the annual fundraising and engagement strategy and the long-range planning towards campaign success.
Drive and track the progress toward goals and inspire innovative ideas that will identify and result in new gifts and donors.
Strategically partner with the deans and directors, with a particular focus on the maximization of Principal Gifts and Major Gifts.
Actively engage as a senior leader in efforts to advance the goals, mission and values of the Division.
Recruit, on-board and supervise in partnership with the dean or director, AAD program directors for the colleges and units.
Be a resource for the college-unit based teams in the development of career pathing and professional training.
Foster an inclusive and respectful environment, promoting an environment of continuous and open feedback.
Oversee the University Foundation Relations and Corporate Philanthropy program.
To accomplish these duties, he/she works closely with the Senior Associate Vice President for Alumni Affairs & Development, AAD senior leaders, Deans/Directors, the Provost, faculty, staff, alumni and friends to advance the university mission and priorities.
A bachelor's degree
A minimum of 10 years of experience in progressively responsible development leadership positions, which includes work in all functional areas of development and campaign execution (planning, implementation, management, and successful conclusion).
Demonstrated track record of managing complex relationships and ability to provide management oversight, leadership, and direction with at least five years of significant supervisory experience.
Particular strength in developing strategic and comprehensive fundraising plans and executing against these plans to achieve goals and objectives. Creating and managing a budget is critical.
Experience collaborating directly with the most senior levels of an organization; ability to effectively strategize and engage various groups and constituents, including the dean, faculty, senior administrators, major and principal gift officers, alumni, donors, and major benefactors.
Experience with major gifts, including cultivation through solicitation and stewardship, as well as experience working with related areas that may include planned giving, corporate and foundation relations, alumni affairs and annual fund strategies for grooming the next generation of leadership donors; success in securing gifts from various constituencies.
Ability to articulate Cornell's mission, traditions, excellence, priorities and goals with enthusiasm, energy, and creativity and to compel others to action.
A strong record of recruiting and developing exceptional people and fostering a transparent and inclusive work environment where collegiality is a key to success.
Ability to develop trust and strong collaborative working relationships; experience nurturing and motivating high-level volunteers and expressing appreciation for their role in building an effective development network.
Possess the ability to think strategically and creatively, apply critical thinking and analysis skills, and to develop and transform new ideas into executable and successful programs with an eye towards the future.
Possess a high degree of personal integrity and a commitment to AAD's values of Service, Unity, Respect, and Excellence.
Strong computer skills, which should include desktop software, databases, and networked information systems; familiarity and comfort in leveraging data to elevate our work.
An advanced degree and strong academic credentials that will be credible to donors and alumni.
A demonstrated track record of successful frontline fundraising for a complex institution of higher education, not-for-profit organization, or other environment of similar complexity with multiple stakeholders; previous work experience in higher education and in a hybrid centralized-decentralized fundraising model involving colleges/schools.
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