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Assistant Dean of Development, Faculty of Arts & Science New York, NY

New York University (NYU) seeks an assistant dean of development for Arts and Science to join the university at an exciting moment in its remarkable trajectory and lead the development operation of the university’s largest academic unit and one of its central intellectual pillars. Reporting directly to the Associate Vice President for Schools and Institutes in central development and partnering closely with the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science (FAS), the assistant dean will create and execute the overall strategy for philanthropy and alumni engagement for this critical component of the university. The next assistant dean will bring a strong track record as an advancement leader—as a fundraiser and as a leader and manager—along with the strategic skills to build upon NYU’s impressive trajectory and leverage the spirit of innovation and creativity that sets NYU apart from other universities.

New York University has established itself as a leading research university, distinctive in its cosmopolitan character, global outlook, and the boldness of its ambitions. The largest private university in the United States, NYU has a breadth and depth rivaled by few others, ranging widely over the core arts and science disciplines. Arts and Science is the academic heart of the university. NYU’s reputation for scholarly excellence and impact is in large part due to the rapid ascent of many departments in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Fourteen departments are ranked in the top 10, and an additional 12 are ranked in the top 20 in their respective disciplines. The quality of the faculty is partly attested to by the fact that nineteen faculty members in FAS are members of one of the National Academies.

Arts and Science at NYU is home to the College of Arts and Science, the Graduate School of Arts and Science, Liberal Studies, several international houses, and numerous centers and institutes. Arts and Science executes its two fundamental missions—to create and impart knowledge—at an exceptionally high level. The teaching experience in Arts and Science is highly personalized for both faculty and students. The faculty use imaginative and innovative approaches that not only communicate critical information, but also make the subject matter come alive for the student. In addition to their teaching, the faculty are also engaged in exciting, ground-breaking research and scholarship. This not only contributes to the high profile of NYU among research universities globally, it also affords students the opportunity to engage in cutting edge research projects that capture their imagination and open new worlds for them to explore.

This is a rare opportunity for an enterprising, collaborative individual to join a dynamic university at an exciting moment in the organization’s history. The next assistant dean will be an accomplished, strategic fundraising professional with at least ten years of proven, successful leadership experience in advancement, management and performance coaching, constituency engagement, and campaign management, preferably in a complex academic environment. Ideal candidates must possess strong analytical, managerial, strategic planning, and motivational skills; a keen understanding of advancement best practices; a comprehensive knowledge of all major advancement functions, and a track record of significant personal success cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding donors at the major and principal gift levels. In addition, ideal candidates must demonstrate a high level of integrity and character, and exhibit the maturity, sophistication, and credibility to effectively engage and partner with key internal and external stakeholders. Equally important are extraordinary communication and negotiation skills as well as political savvy and flexibility. Finally, ideal candidates must have a deep understanding of and passion for the mission, goals, and aspirations of New York University. A bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred.

Jack Gorman is leading the search with Kennedy Kearney and Devon Benjamin.


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