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Assistant Dean, Advancement, Liberal Arts & Human Sciences

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Assistant Dean, Advancement, Liberal Arts & Human Sciences
Faculty Rank: Lecturer
Role Title: Administrative Faculty
Posting Number: AP0170156
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

Serving as a member of the dean’s senior management team, the Assistant Dean of Advancement (Assistant Dean) is a newly created role responsible for planning and implementing an integrated approach to the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences (LAHS) advancement program by overseeing development, alumni relations, and marketing and communications programs to maximize the support and exposure of the college. The Assistant Dean serves as chief development officer and manager of the college’s advancement program, with responsibility for securing private philanthropic support and producing targeted alumni and constituent engagement opportunities, as well as strategic marketing and communications that shape and extend the college’s brand while furthering admissions, programmatic initiatives, or otherwise highlight college priorities. Dually reporting to the LAHS dean and to the centrally-based associate vice president of development for colleges, the Assistant Dean oversees a staff of four, including the associate director of development, development associate, director of alumni relations, and director of marketing and communications.

Required Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree and experience or Master’s degree.

A minimum of seven to 10 years of experience in progressively responsible development leadership positions, which includes work in all functional areas (individual giving, institutional giving, planned giving, stewardship, alumni relations, board relations) and participation in a major capital campaign (planning, implementation, management, and successful conclusion), for an institution of higher education, nonprofit organization, or other environment of similar complexity with multiple stakeholders.

Demonstrated ability to provide management oversight, leadership, and direction with at least five years of significant supervisory experience, including experience creating and managing a budget. A strong record of recruiting and developing exceptional people and fostering a transparent work environment where collegiality is a key to success.

Particular strength in developing the case for support and strategic and complex fundraising plans, and executing against those plans to achieve goals and objectives. Experience working directly with the most senior levels of an organization is very important, as is the ability to effectively strategize and engage various groups and constituents. Demonstrated ability to translate concepts into multi-stakeholder initiatives.

Demonstrated ability to think strategically and to shape messaging in order to move individuals and institutions across the spectrum of prospect development, culminating in solicitations appropriate to organizational priorities and donors interests. Hands-on experience with six and seven-figure gifts and greater, including cultivation through solicitation and stewardship, as well as experience working with alumni and annual fund strategies for grooming the next generation of annual leadership and major gift donors.

Success in securing gifts from both defined and undefined constituencies.

Demonstrated ability in planning and executing strategic communications to complement advancement initiatives and achieve goals. Ability to understand and distill complex academic and scientific topics and projects for external audiences. Experience identifying and coaching project spokespeople. A functional understanding of how to effectively leverage various communication mediums and distribution channels for optimal exposure and impact.

Experience identifying, nurturing, and motivating volunteers, and an appreciation for their role in building an effective fundraising network.

Skill at goal setting and measuring success, and agility in addressing alternate program directions to meet goals when necessary.

Experience in developing, implementing, and monitoring strategic plans.

The ability to extract and analyze data to make effective, efficient decisions about donor strategy and process. A working knowledge of modern data management practices and techniques, including database information systems, data modeling, and analysis.

Familiarity with technology and other innovations that can streamline the development process and contribute to the integration of advancement functions.

Ability and willingness to travel domestically.

Preferred Qualifications:

An advanced degree and strong academic credentials that will be credible to donors and alumni are preferred.

Previous work experience in higher education, in liberal arts & human sciences, and/or in a hybrid centralized-decentralized fundraising model involving multiple units is preferred.

Employment Conditions: Must have an acceptable and safe driving record, Other (Describe Below)
Must have a conviction check: Yes
Describe Other:

Must have a criminal background check to include a driver’s check.
Must have an acceptable and safe driving record.
Regional and national travel required for the purposes of conducting field research, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship, which may include overnights and weekends. Must have the ability and willingness to travel utilizing standard, commercial, and/or personal modes of transportation.
Reports to the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Human Sciences and the Associate Vice President of Development for Colleges.

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How to Apply for this Job:

To apply for this position, candidates must submit a Virginia Tech faculty application online at, search for posting AP0170156 and send resume, cover letter and five references to:

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Employee Category: Administrative and Professional Faculty
Appointment Type: Regular
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FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Range: Commensurate with Experience
Location: Blacksburg
Department: University Development
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: 8 am - 5 pm M - F + as needed
Job Posting Date: 06/12/2017
Review Begin Date: 07/03/2017
Job Close Date:
Restricted to university employees only? No
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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Required Documents

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  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
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