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In conjunction with NU’s Development team, the Associate Director will actively develop the Center’s national academic profile and enhance its national recruitment and partnership development in line with University goals. The Associate Director of Development creates and oversees the implementation of a strategic approach to fundraising which may include major gifts, corporate donations, grant solicitation, and in-kind resources. The Associate Director works closely with the Director, Co-Director/s, the Senior Advisory Board, and NU Development team in all development and fundraising endeavors.
Initiate outreach to Native and non-Native organizations, individuals, and media intended to broaden the impact of the Center’s research and enhance understanding of the political and cultural issues shaping and being shaped by Native communities.
Establish effective communications with research partners, prospective donors and supporters on a continual basis; work with NU Development to grow donor base and major gifts program; and represent Northwestern and CNAIR in meeting with potential funding sources. Under the direction of the Center’s Director and Co-Director, develop and manage timelines for various fundraising activities to ensure that strategic plans and critical fundraising processes are carried out in a timely manner.
Deliver progress and financial reports to the Center’s Senior Advisory Council. Identify, promote and contribute resources to developing the Center’s strengths and managing its portfolio. This will include identifying and supporting opportunities for research and fellowships internally, externally and nationally, both within existing funding streams, and where possible, through multi-disciplinary collaboration across and beyond the University.
Achieve income generation targets from research funding agencies, private foundations, corporations and individuals and support and promote knowledge transfer between the University and non-academic users of research through appropriate mechanisms. Maintain communication and links with relevant professional and regulatory bodies. Fully participate as a Center staff team member in creating and executing academic, institutional, and public programming to meet organizational goals as assigned.
Strong expertise in the political and cultural history of Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian peoples and federal policies and political relations. Understanding of urban Indian populations is desirable.
Degree in an appropriate area of specialization plus 5 to 7 years of relevant professional experience.
Successful track record of leadership and team building.
Successful and sustained record of fund raising.
Experienced in research initiatives and collaboration.
Demonstrable track record in strategic and operational management and planning.
Experience of financial planning and resource allocation.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Ability to communicate effectively.
Demonstrated relationship building skills.
Degree in finance, economics, business, nonprofit leadership, or related field plus a minimum of 10 years of experience in executive management, development, and/or fundraising.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Familiarity with and experience working with Native American communities.
Understanding of indigenous issues and policies.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Ability to network.
Demonstrated success with development and fundraising.
As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 33741
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