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Executive Director of Advancement, Hajim School of Engineering Rochester, NY

The University of Rochester seeks an experienced and ambitious executive director of advancement for the Edmund A. Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences. Both the University and the Hajim School find themselves at exciting and transformative moments in their history. In July 2016, the University completed the $1.2 billion Meliora Challenge comprehensive campaign, raising over $1.37 billion, and the Hajim School welcomed its eighth dean, Wendi Heinzelman. Shortly afterwards, Advancement leadership launched The Rochester Model: 2021 Strategic Plan for University Advancement to leverage the momentum of the campaign and foster a sustained culture of philanthropy and engagement between the University and its constituencies. In addition, the University recently appointed Sarah Mangelsdorf as the University of Rochester’s the 11th president; Mangelsdorf will assume that position in the summer of 2019. These significant milestones present an exceptional opportunity for a dynamic and accomplished person who continually surpasses prior accomplishments, sets clear strategic goals, and has a strong and ongoing commitment to excellence.

Founded in 1850, the University of Rochester is one of the nation’s leading research universities and is the cultural, artistic, healthcare and educational leader for the region. The University’s motto, Meliora, embodies the goals of the University, which are to “learn, discover, heal, create – and make the world even better.” The University is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities; a founding member of the Consortium of Financing Higher Education (COFHE), a group of the 35 leading private colleges and universities in the United States; a founding member of the UAA athletic conference (along with Brandeis University, Carnegie Mellon University, Case Western Reserve, Emory, NYU, University of Chicago, and Washington University in St. Louis); and is regularly ranked in the top 35 national universities by US News and World Report.

The Hajim School, a top 50 engineering school, is part of Arts, Sciences, & Engineering (AS&E). It offers a variety of programs, including audio and music engineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, and computer science. The school is home to substantial academic research enterprises and to a robust graduate program in several disciplines.

Reporting to Lisa Hall, executive director of Advancement of the College, the executive director serves as the primary development officer for the Hajim School and works closely with University Advancement colleagues, the dean, and other University leaders to set the strategic direction for fundraising and alumni relations. The executive director manages a select portfolio of prospects, including some of the most important supporters of the school, and supervises a staff of two. S/he will oversee an operating budget of $117,500 and work collaboratively to set new benchmarks for success in philanthropy and donor engagement, creating an institutional drive to greater efficiency and effectiveness.

The ideal candidate will be a seasoned fundraising professional capable of managing and mentoring a small staff in a complex environment. The candidate will be a thoughtful strategist, a natural collaborator and convener, and an exceptional steward of internal and external relationships. The executive director will have at least ten years of progressively responsible experience in philanthropy as both a manager and front-line fundraiser with a track record of bringing development programs to even higher performance levels across all metrics. S/he also will have personal success in cultivating, soliciting and stewarding major and principal individual and institutional gifts, preferably in higher education. Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred.

Jack Gorman with Elizabeth Neustaedter, Cathy Cotton, and Kaleigh Hoffman.

University of Rochester is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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