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COLLEGE OF EDUCATION MISSION & VALUES
The UW College of Education (CoE), the nation’s No. 5-ranked public school of education, dedicates its resources to make excellent education a daily reality for all students and is committed to solving real-world educational challenges. Members of the Office of Advancement are responsible for representing the College’s mission to transform inequitable educational systems, explicitly focusing on sustaining BIPOC students, faculty, staff, and the communities with whom the College partners. Thus, we invest in recruiting colleagues who demonstrate experience with, knowledge of, and a commitment to working with culturally diverse and minoritized communities to address pressing educational challenges and foster a more just and caring society.
UW Advancement is globally recognized for its best-in-class program that integrates the core disciplines of advancement: alumni and stakeholder engagement, development, and marketing and communications. University Advancement is committed to attracting, retaining, and promoting diverse staff and to providing an environment where staff feel welcomed, heard, and valued, as well as a sense of belonging. Our values guide everything we do: it starts with me; we do our best work together; and we create impact. The University of Washington also acknowledges the Coast Salish peoples of this land, the land which touches the shared waters of all tribes and bands within the Salish Sea (Puget Sound) region as well as tribes whose traditional homelands are on the Pacific Coast, east of the Cascade Mountains, along the Columbia River, and throughout the Pacific Northwest.
The Assistant Dean for University Advancement is primarily responsible for directing how the College of Education, its image and its work, is projected into the surrounding community, and for securing private resources to support College priorities. In accomplishing this work, the Assistant Dean must work with four audiences: (1) Community members, including research partners in youth-serving organizations, donors and potential donors, members of the business community, and regional political and education leaders; (2) Alumni of the College; (3) Relevant professional audiences (educators, policy makers, etc.); and (4) Internal stakeholders, i.e., representing the College to and building strategic relationships across University Advancement including the Executive Leadership Team, Principal Giving, Development Programs and Alumni and Stakeholder Relations.
The Assistant Dean must exercise their nuanced understanding of structural inequities in education and institutional philanthropy, and their lived experiences and/or strong translational skills to build relationships with those whose stories the CoE is committed to elevating. This position must stay versed in relevant and historical dynamics related to Native, Black, Latinx, Asian, and Pacific Islander communities to co-design CoE’s development, communications and marketing strategies.
This is an outstanding opportunity for candidates who share the College’s mission and are excited to be part of a team that is making an impact in transforming educational systems in real time.
The Assistant Dean reports jointly to the Dean of the College of Education and the University's Vice President for Development.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES
Leadership and Team management
•Provide effective and inclusive 360-degree leadership and management to the advancement programs for the College. •Investing in and supporting the team members who comprise the College of Education Advancement team with a deep commitment to an inclusive culture and understanding that our people are the drivers of our success. Mentor and develop team members, advising on best practices and addressing individual areas of growth. •Incorporating an inclusion, diversity, and equity perspective into every decision made in the Advancement process. Growing the College of Education network to include a greater diversity of donors, corporate and community partners. •Provide training and leadership to the Dean and members of Senior Administration to mutually plan and share information enhancing efforts to identify, engage, solicit and steward major donors, advisory board members, friends, alumni, community and corporate leaders.
As part of the University-wide advancement planning process, establish annually with the Dean goals, objectives and strategies for the College's advancement activities, including key fundraising priorities and goals. Regularly evaluate programs, assess progress toward goals, and report on results to the Dean and Vice President. The CoE Advancement Team, at the request of the Dean and faculty, works to center DEI practices and implement community-centric fundraising – a set of principles founded here in Seattle, Washington. The Assistant Dean will: •Lead the College’s efforts to co-create development, communications and marketing practices that reflect our community’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. •Lead the COE Advancement Team’s ongoing efforts to shift development, communication and marketing practices to reflect our values of diversity, equity and inclusion. •In collaboration with College leadership, develop fundraising priorities and practices that reflect our mission of diversity, equity and inclusion. •Develop and drive budget/resources to provide effective holistic advancement support to College of Education Advancement programs.
Marketing and Communications
In close collaboration with the Director for Marketing and Communications, shape, coordinate and drive execution of College of Education marketing and communications efforts and brand strategy, ensuring alignment across all campus marketing and communications efforts and with overall University Marketing and Communications (UMAC) strategy. Coordinate College outreach efforts to significant external constituencies (OSPI, WASA, ASCD, etc.) and facilitate greater integration of the activities of the faculty, research-practice partnerships, and the various Centers within the College.
Alumni and Stakeholder Engagement
Develop and assess strategies to amplify donor and alumni engagement efforts (including advancement events) to expand and deepen connections to College of Education’s alumni and relevant education stakeholders. Provide strategic counsel to ensure best practices and alignment of various College of Education programs with the University’s central Alumni and Stakeholder Engagement efforts.
In partnership with the fundraising team, direct and assess College of Education’s fundraising programs — including annual giving, major and planned giving, corporate and foundation relations, donor recognition, and stewardship — to increase private support for the College’s funding priorities. The Assistant Dean oversees, manages and co-created with the Dean and the Advancement Services Officer all efforts to recruit, steward and engage members of the dCollege of Education’s Ambassador Board, including three meetings per year. •Create strategies and direct the external outreach activities of the College with an aim of building and significantly expanding the College's relationships with external constituents, including donors, future and past students, professional educators, and policy makers. •Lead the coordination of College of Education’s participation in interdisciplinary/enterprise-wide fundraising partnerships. •Facilitate and manage partnerships and shared resources with central advancement in support of programs and strategies for securing private support for the College. •Coordinate fundraising activities throughout College of Education with central Development Programs – setting and meeting advancement-wide metrics, sharing information and actively participating in prospect management systems and jointly developing strategies appropriate for securing private support.
•Qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward alumni and friends for major and principal gifts in support of the College’s fundraising priorities. •Facilitate development efforts of the University leadership, as requested. Prepare briefings and support for all such efforts. •Prepare written proposals, informational materials, endowment agreements and other materials needed to secure major gifts. Participate cooperatively in the University’s prospect management and tracking system. Other duties as assigned.
Supervision Exercised Supervise advancement and communication staff of seven including: •Director for Advancement •Director for Marketing & Communications •Two Associate Directors of Advancement •Advancement Services Officer •Stewardship and Events Manager (Haring Center) •Marketing and Communications Specialist •Multimedia Content Specialist
Effective communications: Expresses oneself clearly and empathetically in interactions with others in all forms of communication, i.e., verbal and written, one-on-one and group, etc. Interpersonal Awareness: Builds and maintains positive relationships and actively contributes as a member of working teams to achieve results. Professional Credibility: Takes responsibility for meeting goals, objectives, obligations, and solving problems while representing the mission, vision and values of the organization. Critical Thinking: Obtains, analyzes and evaluates information effectively in the face of ambiguity. Makes appropriate decisions based on relevant information and experience. Ethics and Trust: Models and upholds the values of candor, openness, inclusiveness and honesty despite internal and external pressures. Acts consistently with Washington State ethical guidelines and organizational core values and beliefs. Valuing Diversity & Inclusiveness: Respects, values and contributes to the UW’s commitment to inclusiveness and diversity.
People Builder: Committed to developing others to become leaders. Driving Results: Effectively communicates objectives and guides direct reports and team members to make decisions and achieve goals. Organizational Planning: Develops and manages comprehensive team goals and measures team progress while balancing short-term and long-term priorities that are consistent with the organization’s mission, priorities and goals. Managing Conflict: Recognizes and addresses conflicts and disagreements in a safe and respectful environment, manages conflicts collaboratively, and builds consensus with the best interests of the organization in mind.
Donor Focused: Establishes, cultivates and stewards strong relationships with donors and friends to build and maintain lifelong partnerships and trust with UW. Results Oriented: Acts decisively to achieve results. Planning & Implementing: Develops fundraising strategies and plans that integrate into the organization’s mission, priorities and goals. Conflict Resolution: Works to resolve conflicts and differences through dialog and open communication in a timely manner. Sees every difference as an opportunity for growth and change.
Visioning: Anticipates emerging trends and issues and develops a clear sense of purpose and goals that focus and drive the creative energy of the organization in alignment with the organization’s mission, vision, and values. Organizational Acumen: Analyzes a situation, balances reason and the interest of others, and acts in a decisive, timely and appropriate manner that is congruent with the organization's values, goals and mission to achieve success. Selflessness: Demonstrates ambition first and foremost for the organization and concern for its success rather than for one’s own personal gain. Professional Will/Fearlessness: Displays an inner intensity and dedication to making everything the best that it can be. Shows resolve and determination to make the organization great. Focused on Organizational Sustainability: Communicates uncompromising desire to make the organization even more successful in the next generation.
The ideal candidate for this position will be an experienced leader with a demonstrated track record as a successful fundraiser, public relations officer, and/or communicator, preferably in higher education, with management and operational experience. The candidate must thrive on working with individuals and groups, of varying types, in diverse settings, and for differing purposes. The successful candidate will have experience leading integrated teams of frontline fundraisers and communications and marketing staff using a non-hierarchical approach that builds a culture and environment that values and respects input from everyone. Within this overall picture, the successful candidate will have: •Bachelor’s Degree and seven years of progressively responsible experience in institutional advancement. •Strong personnel and budget management experience and/or ability. Experienced in holding team members accountable through motivating and generous leadership. •Self-motivator with enormous energy and a capacity for hard work within an intensely goal-oriented environment. •Strategic big thinker who looks ahead to what’s next and plans accordingly, and who is motivated to bring together and lead the CoE Advancement Team to the next level of success and impact. •Superior interpersonal skills, working equally comfortably and effectively with executives, scholars, administration, professional/administrative staff, alumni, and external constituents. Adept at navigating different spaces and situations while building strong authentic relationships. •Knowledge of alumni engagement/development/ communication and marketing principles. •Proficiency using PC computers. Experience with donor-constituent CRM. Demonstrated strong computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for correspondence, special reports, spreadsheets, databases, forms, etc.
Conditions of Employment
•Ability to work evening and weekend hours, as necessary, on short or limited notice. •Must have regular and reliable transportation for local travel and willing to travel when necessary. •Frequent local travel expected.
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