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Chief Advancement Officer for the College of Engineering (CoE) accountable for planning and leading individual development, alumni relations programs and closely coordinating on corporate and international development.
Plan, manage and monitor programs to drive increasing gift production for strategic CoE objectives;
Provide advancement leadership and support for CoE divisions and departments;
Create and execute campaign initiatives;
Lead the College in developing innovative approaches to fundraising including the integration of novel technologies and data intensive methods;
Represent CoE interests with appropriate UM central administration offices;
Collaborate with colleagues across campus on joint programs;
Plan and direct the preparation of unit budgets;
Align communication efforts to support development programs;
Serve as a member of the Dean's Group and Dean’s Cabinet; contribute to the development of CoE strategic plans and the formulation of CoE policies and procedures;
Work closely with the Chief of Staff and the Sr. Executive Director of Resource, Planning and Management to align programmatic financial needs with fundraising strategies;
Initiate special projects as necessary or conduct special assignments as requested by the Dean;
Supervise senior management reports in the Office of Advancement;
Strengthen internal and external relationships and partnerships to benefit the College; and
Set a personal example of fundraising success for the entire advancement team; carry a portfolio of principal and major gift prospects and donors.
The ideal candidate must possess strong leadership skills, a keen understanding of best practices in fundraising, experience working closely with a multi-faceted communications and marketing effort, and a proven ability to meet objectives with a record of accomplishment in developing successful strategies to build a highly efficient, effective and creative advancement program.
The candidate must demonstrate a high level of integrity and trust, be a self-starter and have the ability to adapt to changing circumstances in a complex environment. S/he should exhibit the credibility and sophistication to effectively engage and leverage the dean, faculty, volunteers and other key internal and external stakeholders in the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of key prospects and donors.
The selected candidate will have extensive experience working with senior-level fundraising volunteers as well as the charisma, cultural sensitivity, and communication skills necessary to be an effective representative of Michigan Engineering and a key liaison to its highly-successful alumni base. A collegial, collaborative and accessible leadership style, well-suited to management in a complex university setting, is a prerequisite, as is the creativity and energy needed to introduce and champion new ideas.
A bachelor's degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred.
Experience in higher education fund raising
Demonstrated personal interest or professional experience in highly technical disciplines
Ten years plus of demonstrated success in development and fundraising
Knowledge of University policies, procedures and culture
Michigan Engineering’s vision is to be the world’s preeminent college of engineering serving the common good. This global outlook, leadership focus and service commitment permeate our culture. Our vision is supported by a mission and values that, together, provide the framework for all that we do. Information about our vision, mission and values can be found at: http://strategicvision.engin.umich.edu/.
The University of Michigan has a storied legacy of commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). The Michigan Engineering component of the University’s comprehensive, five-year, DEI strategic plan—along with updates on our programs and resources dedicated to ensuring a welcoming, fair and inclusive environment can be found at: http://www.engin.umich.edu/college/about/diversity.
U-M EEO/AA Statement
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
Internal Number: 171603
About University of Michigan, Office of Development
The Office of University Development maximizes private support for the University of Michigan through high-quality collaboration with the development programs of schools, colleges, and units. We also provide fundraising leadership through the stimulation and facilitation of healthy, productive and life-long relationships with our colleagues, alumni, friends, foundations and corporations.
U-M EEO/AA Statement: The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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