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Emory University Senior Director of Development/Assistant or Associate Dean - Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia


Plans, directs and coordinates fund raising activities and provides strategic planning for a major unit/school of the organization. Activities will consist primarily of seeking major gifts from alumni, non-alumni individuals, corporations and foundations in support of students, faculty, programs, and facilities. Oversees the development process including prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship. Builds relationships among prospective donors and volunteers to support programs and priorities; visits donors and prospects asking for contributions. Builds relationships with faculty and leadership to assist in presenting needs to prospective donors. Directs events or receptions to maintain current and cultivate potential donors. Develops short and long-term goals and objectives. Designs specific fundraising campaigns within identified framework. Interprets faculty needs internally and externally to request clearance, determine fundraising plan and increase support. Identifies foundation support and directs grant writing proposals. Aids faculty and staff in preparing proposals. Prepares supportive materials, reports, and plans. Plans and directs communication methodologies and oversees the development of written materials, videotapes, and informational workshops. Reviews and identifies need for brochure updates and changes. Coordinates public relations, the generation of departmental budgets, and publications/proposals. Assists in developing and interpreting priorities of deans and faculty, and represents concerns of staff to appropriate personnel. Supervises clerical and professional staff. Oversees and ensures timely correspondence and maintenance of files in order to keep donors and others informed. Performs related responsibilities as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A bachelor's degree. Seven years experience in higher education, development, fund raising or equivalent experience in a non-profit institution. Effective written and oral presentation skills.

Additional Details

The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Emory University in the search for a Senior Director of Development/Assistant or Associate Dean.

The Senior Director of Development/Assistant or Associate Dean will work with senior leadership to develop, fund, and implement a strategic plan for the Candler School of Theology. The Senior Director of Development/Assistant or Associate Dean will be a leader within the Division of Advancement and Alumni Engagement (AAE) and meet regularly with colleagues from across the university to set goals and collaborate on shared interests. The Senior Director of Development/Assistant or Associate Dean will supervise a team of advancement professionals and maintain an effective working relationship with the school’s Dean, staff of the Candler Advancement and Alumni Engagement program, AAE staff, staff andfaculty of the Candler School of Theology, alumni, and friends of the university.

Candler educates faithful and creative leaders for the church’s ministries throughout the world. One of thirteen seminaries of The United Methodist Church, the school is grounded in the Christian faith and shaped by the Wesleyan tradition of evangelical piety, ecumenical openness, and social concern. Many of the greatest minds in theological education are on Candler’s faculty. They are passionate about engaging students; challenging and reframing theological and social thought; serving parishes, denominational bodies, and communities locally and around the world; and driving positive transformation in the church and society. Candler's students experience rigorous academics, extensive fieldwork, and intentional reflection–a combination offered by no other seminary. Candler's alumni live their call. Seventy percent are pastors in churches; others minister in colleges, hospitals, the military and social service organizations. They advocate for social change, educate others, and lead Christian agencies and denominational bodies.

The Senior Director of Development/Assistant or Associate Dean will be a member of the Dean's Council and will report jointly to the Assistant Vice President, Graduate Schools and Units and to the Mary Lee Hardin Willard Dean of Candler School of Theology, Jan Love.

Principal Opportunities:

The Senior Director of Development/Assistant or Associate Dean will

  • have an opportunity to build upon a successful annual and major gift program within Candler School of Theology;

  • expand the school’s donor base, and further engage a strong alumni community, which is comprised of more than 8,200 alumni;

  • fully implement and provide any necessary updating of campaign funding priorities in partnership with the Dean, senior leaders of the school, and senior leaders from the division of Advancement and Alumni Engagement, and;

  • staff and provide leadership for a major campaign effort on behalf of a school, which will be anchored in a major university-wide multi-billion-dollar comprehensive campaign effort.

Candidate Qualifications and Qualities:

Emory University seeks a Senior Director of Development/Assistant or Associate Dean with

  • a proven record of cultivating and soliciting gifts and working strategically with stakeholders to achieve stated goals;

  • a deep appreciation for the history, achievements, and aspirations of Candler School of Theology and Emory University, and the ability to effectively articulate the Dean's vision to a diverse audience of students, alumni, and friends;

  • a familiarity with programs of theological education and a working knowledge of The United Methodist Church;

  • the credibility, maturity, and sound judgment required to effectively engage, influence, and leverage the Dean, faculty, Boards, and other volunteers in the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of key prospects and donors;

  • the political savvy to navigate a complex academic community as well as the ability to build bridges and strong collaborative relationships with all members of an operation across the school, university, and a diverse body of alumni and constituents;

  • a genuine passion and energy for contributing to the growth and evolution of a school in a rapid change environment with the ability to work effectively with a broad range of internal and external constituents–providing strong support, inspiring them to action, and making the experience rewarding;

  • supervisory and management skills, both strategic and operational, with value placed on organizational loyalty, commitment, pride, integrity, and collegial openness;

  • a demonstrated ability to build, manage, mentor, and motivate an effective team, providing strong support and an opportunity for growth and development; and

  • a proven track record of operational and management excellence and demonstrated experience building strategic and operational plans that engage external constituencies, particularly in an integrated, complex, multi-unit organization.

Application Instructions:

All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and resume. Before submitting materials, please read them over for accuracy. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the successful candidate has been selected.

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Job Number 31111

Job Type Regular Full-Time

Division Advancement &Alumni Engagement

Department ADV: AVP Grad Schools/Units

This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues: Not Applicable

Job Category Advancement & Fundraising

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