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Assistant Dean for Advancement and External Affairs, College of Engineering & Computer Science

Posting Details

Posting Details

Job # 034146
Department Code 21401-6001
Department Advancement and External Affairs
Job Title Assistant Dean for Advancement and External Affairs, College of Engineering & Computer Science
Location Syracuse, NY
Pay Range Commensurate with Experience
Salary Grade S6
FLSA Status Exempt

Standard Syracuse 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

Syracuse University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science and its Division of Advancement and External Affairs are seeking an accomplished leader with demonstrated experience to serve as the next Assistant Dean for Advancement & External Affairs for the College of Engineering & Computer Science.

It’s an exciting time to be at Syracuse University! As we prepare for the 150th anniversary of the University’s founding in 2020, we’re strengthening our engagement and fundraising efforts across all aspects of the University. Simply said, SU is on the move!

The Assistant Dean, who reports jointly to the Dean of the College and to the University’s Vice President for Development is a key member of the College’s leadership team responsible for the development and execution of the college’s fundraising strategic plan, and directs and coordinates all of the College’s fundraising and engagement efforts.

The position directly oversees the College’s advancement, external relations, and communications and marketing staff, and has direct, front-line responsibility for solicitation and stewardship of a portfolio of major donors and prospective donors.

The Assistant Dean works closely with the Dean’s Leadership Council, which serves as the College’s advisory board.

This individual serves as a liaison between the College and the University Division of Advancement and External Affairs and is a member of the University Advancement Leadership Team, which is collectively responsible for the development and execution of Syracuse University’s fundraising and engagement strategy, cultivating and stewarding the University’s alumni and friends to build life-long relationships and to bring resources to SU for its institutional priorities.

At the University level, the Assistant Dean partners with Alumni Engagement, Annual Giving, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Planned Giving, Major and Principal Gifts. At the College level, the Assistant Dean partners with the offices for Research, Corporate Engagement and Career Services as well as with staff and faculty colleagues within the College.


• Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
• Considerable experience in fund-raising work in higher education is required
• A valid driver’s license is required

Job Specific Qualifications

• Strong experience in major gift fundraising with a demonstrated record of successfully soliciting six and seven figure gifts
• Prior experience leading and managing a comprehensive development operation, including the effective leadership and direction of an experienced, professional staff
• Possession of outstanding communication skills, both written and oral, and the ability to build collaborative relationships. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of academic alumni engagement and development activities
• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with partners and colleagues across a complex institutional framework
• Strong team player with excellent interpersonal skills


• Serve as the College’s Chief Advancement Officer creating strategy for the college and the AEA Team that includes alumni, corporations and foundations
• Lead and participate in campaign planning, implementation and achievement of stated goals
• Direct the College in planning, organizing, and managing all aspects of operational functions including direct supervision and/or oversight of professional and support staff of the College AEA team
• Cultivate relationships between donors and the College, including an active and philanthropic Advisory Board
• Serve as a liaison to all the Colleges various alumni and advisory boards
• Travel nationally to cultivate, solicit and steward donors and prospective donors
• Direct the College efforts in planning, executing and marketing College 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 & prospective donors at the highest level as well as the Associate VP for International Advancement for all international activity
• Work with faculty in the College and leaders in the offices for research, corporate engagement and career services to involve them with fund development and alumni engagement where appropriate
• Work with the College Budget Office to align gift accounts and operational budget

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Application Instructions

About the College

Established in 1901, the College of Engineering and Computer Science is located on Syracuse University’s 270-acre campus in the heart of Central New York. Syracuse is recognized as a student-focused global research university renowned for academic rigor, richly diverse learning experiences, and a spirit of discovery.

The College of Engineering and Computer Science offers more than 30 programs in four departments—Biomedical and Chemical Engineering; Civil and Environmental Engineering; Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Our community of scholars is united in our commitment to the advancement of knowledge. The success of our College and, most importantly, our students stems from a special combination of rigorous thinking, deep knowledge, empathy, responsiveness, creativity, and the agility necessary to span the boundaries of disciplines, job descriptions, and cultures. We are equally committed to education and research and seek to achieve nothing less than a higher quality of life for all by building a safer, healthier, and more sustainable world.

The College is led by Teresa Dahlberg, who has served as Dean since 2015. Dean Dahlberg, with undergraduate preparation in electrical engineering and doctoral preparation in computer engineering, is widely known and recognized for her interdisciplinary work. She previously served with the National Science Foundation as an expert in the Computer Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate (2011) and was a member of the CISE Advisory Committee (2011-2013). She has lectured and published widely on wireless networking research, with a focus on resource management, routing and fault tolerance for hybrid network architectures. More recently, her lectures and publications address novel approaches to education and broadening participation, with a focus on preparing global-minded science and engineering innovators and leaders.

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private research university, with over 14,000 full-time undergraduate and over 4,000 full¬time graduate students representing the 50 states and 124 foreign countries. Founded in 1870, it is home to 11 schools and colleges offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Education, Engineering and Computer Science, Human Services and Health Professions, Information Studies, Law, Management, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Public Communications, and Visual and Performing Arts. Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000 and offers many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, a symphony orchestra, professional regional theater, and numerous malls and movie theaters. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites and wineries along the Finger Lakes to biking trails along the Erie Canal. According to the latest edition of the Places Rated Almanac, Syracuse ranks in the top 10% of Best Places to Live.


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 veteran support through education, transition, and hiring. Syracuse University was ranked #1 in New York State and 17th in the nation at the end of 1947 in veteran enrollment as a result of participating in the Serviceman's Readjustment Act of 1944 – the original GI Bill. Today, SU is strongly committed to the Yellow Ribbon Program which is a provision of the Post 9/11 GI Bill to assist in tuition educational benefits and other support. In addition, SU provides a career path for veterans to become Syracuse University employees.

Job Posting Date 12/01/2017
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