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Assistant Dean for Advancement, Whitman School of Management

Posting Details

Posting Details

Job # 034373
Department Code 21201-2010
Department School of Management
Job Title Assistant Dean for Advancement, Whitman School of Management
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

The Assistant Dean for Advancement holds executive responsibility for envisioning, planning, implementing and managing all components of the school’s development programs. The Assistant Dean (AD) is the senior executive liaison to the faculty and staff in the area of fundraising. The AD serves on the senior management team of the Dean, and will oversee a staff of 4 that includes principle, major, and leadership gift officers.


• Bachelor’s degree is required, master’s degree preferred.
• Minimum of 7-10 years of significant achievement in a broad-based development role in a complex matrix organization, ideally with experience in higher education.

Job Specific Qualifications

• Record of significant achievement in major and principal gift fundraising; Proven success in building productive, long-term relationships with senior university leaders, faculty, staff, advisory boards, volunteers, and donors.
• Proven success in working closely with senior leaders and providing the support necessary to ensure their success in development activities .Campaign planning and execution experience.
• Supervisory experience and proven record of accomplishment in managing a high performing team.
• Strong organizational and managerial leadership skills. Highly developed writing and public speaking ability.
• Ability to balance the needs of WSOM and those of the University.
• Collaborative, team-oriented style allied with the ability to be strong & decisive.
• Demonstrated ability to recruit, organize, direct, and motivate staff.
• A high level of initiative, energy, and creativity, sound judgment, a passion for higher education, results-orientation.
• Ability to work effectively in a large, complex, and dynamic organization.
• Maintains familiarity with philanthropic issues related to business school education and research.


Working collaboratively with the Dean and VP Development, develops and implements a comprehensive development program for the Whitman School of Management (WSOM). Focuses development programs and activities on securing leadership, major, and principal gifts from individuals, corporations, and foundations:

In partnership with WSOM leadership and University leadership, plans and implements WSOM’s portion of the next comprehensive University campaign. Collaborates with central leadership to develop a campaign prospectus, mapping goals of the school-level strategic plan and WSOM-related aspects of the University’s Academic Strategic Plan into a set of campaign goals and strategies.

Provides professional fundraising guidance to the Dean and other academic and administrative leaders in defining fundraising priorities. Establishes an accountability system with clearly defined fundraising goals, objectives, and measures for WSOM development officers and staff. Regularly evaluates programs and assesses progress towards goals. Ensures that all development professionals comply with University policies and standards governing development.

Recruits, selects, and evaluates experienced and competent professional and support staff in collaboration with the appropriate University administrators. Manages the development staff, including making all key personnel and job assignment decisions. Monitors and evaluates the performance of development staff. Establishes appropriate mechanisms for the reporting of all WSOM fundraising results, including all cash receipts, life income gifts, bequests and other expectancies, pledges, gifts-in-kind, and all other fundraising progress. Develops and administers the department’s operating budget.

Works collaboratively with other WSOM staff units to support achieving WSOM’s objectives with regards to student full-time and internship placement, professional development, curriculum design and delivery, mentoring opportunities, experiential learning opportunities, and other key goals of WSOM’s strategic plan.

Physical Requirements




Application Instructions

About Whitman School of Managment

The Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University educates students to become successful entrepreneurial leaders in a rapidly changing global economy. The Whitman School offers B.S., MBA, M.S. and Ph.D. programs, all accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The school’s faculty includes internationally known scholars and researchers, as well as successful entrepreneurs and business leaders. Whitman continues to be ranked among the nation’s top business schools by U.S. News & World Report, Bloomberg Businessweek and the Financial Times.

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.


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Job Posting Date 03/12/2018
Application Deadline
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