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Assistant Dean for Advancement

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Job # 033109
Department Code 21601-2080
Department S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
Job Title Assistant Dean for Advancement
Location Syracuse, NY
Pay Range Commensurate with experience
Salary Grade S6
FLSA Status Exempt

Standard University business hours

8:30am -5:00pm (academic year)
8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)

Hours may vary based on operational needs.

Job Type Full-time
Campus Syracuse, NY
Unionized Position Code Not Applicable
Job Description

The Assistant Dean for Advancement for the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications reports to the Dean and to the Vice President for Development; and is responsible for the development of the strategic plan for the Newhouse Advancement Office and coordinates the School’s fundraising efforts, solicitation and stewardship of a portfolio of major prospects and donors.

This individual also works closely with the School’s Advisory Board. This individual serves as a liaison between the Newhouse School and the Division of Advancement and External Affairs with regard to fundraising priorities and coordination of Advancement initiatives.

The Assistant Dean partners with Alumni Relations as well as with staff and faculty colleagues both within Newhouse and the University’s central offices for Annual Giving, Corporate, Foundation, Major and Principal Gifts.


A Master’s degree is preferred.

Considerable experience in Development work in higher education is required.

Job Specific Qualifications

The Assistant Dean will demonstrate success in major gift fundraising and the ability to lead and manage a comprehensive development operation.

He/she must possess outstanding communication skills, both written and oral, and the ability to build collaborative relationships. He/she must have an in-depth understanding of Academic Advancement and Development.

Ability to effectively manage and direct an experienced, professional staff.

The Assistant Dean must be a team player with excellent interpersonal skills.

A background in marketing is a plus.


Cultivate relationships between donors and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, including an active and philanthropic Advisory Board; and will serve as a liaison to all the school’s various alumni and advisory boards.

Direct the department in planning, organizing, and managing all aspects of operational functions including direct supervision and oversight of professional and support staff of the Newhouse Advancement team.

Travel nationally to cultivate, solicit and steward donors and prospects.

Direct the department’s efforts in planning and executing Newhouse events and special initiatives aimed at cultivating donors, engaging alumni and enhancing the reputation of the school.

Coordinate with the Dean, the Senior VP for Advancement, and the Vice President for Development regarding strategy and alignment with central Advancement’s objectives. Includes collaboration with the Associate VP of Principal Gifts for identified donors.

Work with faculty to involve them with fund development and alumni affairs where appropriate.

Work with academic leaders of the Newhouse School Centers and Institutes to inspire financial support consistent with overall advancement initiatives.

Physical Requirements

Not Applicable


Not Applicable

Application Instructions

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private research university of extraordinary academics, distinctive offerings and an undeniable spirit. With a gorgeous campus in the heart of New York State, a global footprint and a history that dates to 1870, we embrace diverse backgrounds and viewpoints.

Our student population includes nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students, representing all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. Our proud commitment to veterans and their families is unrivaled in higher education. Home to 11 schools and colleges, Syracuse University blends the foundational power of the liberal arts with the intense focus of professional programs. We offer undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Education, Engineering and Computer Science, Sport and Human Dynamics, Information Studies, Law, Management, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Public Communications, and Visual and Performing Arts.

A medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of the state, Syracuse, N.Y., is approximately a four-hour drive from New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto and Montreal. With a metropolitan population of 700,000, Syracuse is a center for cultural, recreational and artistic events, including the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse Stage, Symphoria, Destiny Mall, multiple sporting events, and festivals including Jazz Fest and Winterfest. The outdoor enthusiast will enjoy having the Adirondack Mountains, the Finger Lakes, Lake Ontario, and the Thousands Islands Region within easy driving distance of the Syracuse campus.


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

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Job Posting Date 10/31/2016
Application Deadline
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Job Category Staff
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