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Associate Vice Dean for Advancement Philadelphia, PA

The University of Pennsylvania School of Arts & Sciences seeks a creative and collaborative Associate Vice Dean for Advancement to provide leadership and strategic direction for the School’s fundraising efforts. This is an exciting opportunity for a senior fundraising professional with strong management and frontline fundraising skills to make a substantial contribution and lasting impact during and beyond the University’s $4.1 billion The Power of Penn campaign.

The University of Pennsylvania (Penn) is one of the oldest universities in America and, as a member of the Ivy League, one of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in the world. The School of Arts & Sciences (SAS), which has the largest undergraduate and overall enrollment of the University’s 12 schools, forms the foundation of the scholarly excellence that has established Penn as one of the world’s leading research universities. 

Reporting to Jean-Marie Kneeley, Vice Dean for Advancement for Arts & Sciences, the Associate Vice Dean (AVD) will serve as the second-in-command in the SAS Advancement Office and provide leadership for major gifts and parents programs, alumni outreach, and planned giving initiatives on a global scale in order to systematically solicit and engage the interest of a larger group of individual donors who have potential to make significant philanthropic contributions to the SAS. Serving as a member of the Vice Dean’s leadership team, the AVD will manage and provide strategic guidance to nine professional and administrative staff. Leading by example, the AVD will maintain a portfolio of principal and major gift prospects.

The successful candidate will be an inspiring leader and an effective advocate for the value of the liberal arts with all constituents. The AVD will work closely with other school- and centrally-based colleagues, including those in Principal Gifts, Major Gifts, Gift Planning, Alumni Relations, Annual Fund, and Donor Relations and Stewardship to execute a comprehensive fundraising and engagement strategy for the School. The AVD will maintain the strong partnership between SAS and centrally-based staff, and encourage a culture of collaboration and cooperation.

The successful candidate will have at least 10 years of progressively responsible experience, including management and oversight of a comprehensive development program within a complex academic setting. The AVD will possess a collaborative and collegial style, strong work ethic, and enthusiasm for the mission and goals of SAS and the broader University. A bachelor’s degree is required. In accordance with its core values and mission, Penn is especially interested in recruiting members of diverse communities and individuals with a commitment to multiculturalism.

Jack Gorman is leading this search with Elizabeth Neustaedter, Rachel Partin, and Kaleigh Hoffman.

The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or status as a Vietnam Era Veteran or disabled veteran in the administration of educational policies, programs, or activities; admissions policies; scholarship and loan awards; athletic, or other University administered programs or employment.


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