Assistant Dean of Advancement, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Overview
The College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences (LAHS) at Virginia Tech combines the liberal arts' passion for exploration with a land grant institution's sense of civic engagement and the technology of a top-25 public research university. The college is intellectually rich, programmatically diverse, and academically multifaceted. Recognizing that technology alone is never a solution and that innovation is a fundamentally human achievement, programs prepare students to bring perspectives from the arts, humanities, and human and social sciences to understand and achieve meaningful solutions to complex human problems.
The college comprises 560 dedicated faculty members, 11 departments, and two schools. LAHS offers more than 1,000 courses across 29 majors and 53 minors, enrolling a total of 4,506 students (3,392 undergraduate, 1,114 graduate) during 2016-2017.
LAHS research spans a broad spectrum of quantitative, qualitative, historical, and creative scholarship. Award-winning professors also work with undergraduate students to help them pursue their own research projects, with 79 percent of undergraduates participating in research. Research takes many forms, from poetry to data analytics, from cinema production to marriage and family counseling, from African history to fashion design. The college's strength lies in its breadth and depth. The college hosts 16 research centers, addressing complex societal issues concerning children and elders, families, education, technology, careers, housing, and culture, and works closely with two university institutes. In keeping with Virginia Tech's motto Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), the scholarship pursued by faculty and students makes an impact in the local community and around the world.
Virginia Tech Overview
Founded in 1872, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is a public land-grant university serving the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world community. Through its focus on teaching and learning, research and discovery, and outreach and engagement, the university creates, conveys, and applies knowledge to expand personal growth and opportunity, advance social and community development, foster economic competitiveness, and improve the quality of life. As the Commonwealth of Virginia's most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers more than 250 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 33,000 students. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.
A renewed commitment to significantly enhancing College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences external relations is converging with university-wide changes in development, alumni relations, and communications – defining a new era of partnership, integration, and “thinking bigger.” A university-wide advancement model is being implemented under the guidance of Charles D. “Charlie” Phlegar, who was appointed Virginia Tech's first vice president for advancement in 2015, heading a unit formed by the merger of development, alumni relations, and university relations. LAHS is an early adopter of the advancement model at the unit level. Serving as a member of the dean's senior management team, the Assistant Dean of Advancement (Assistant Dean) is a newly created role responsible for planning and implementing an integrated approach to the LAHS advancement program by overseeing development, alumni relations, and marketing and communications programs to maximize the support and exposure of the college. The Assistant Dean serves as chief development officer and manager of the college's advancement program, with responsibility for securing private philanthropic support and producing targeted alumni and constituent engagement opportunities, as well as strategic marketing and communications that shape and extend the college's brand while furthering admissions, programmatic initiatives, or otherwise highlight college priorities. Dually reporting to the LAHS dean and to the centrally-based associate vice president of development for colleges, the Assistant Dean oversees a staff of four, including the associate director of development, development associate, director of alumni relations, and director of marketing and communications. Additionally, the Assistant Dean will lead all campaign-related activities for the college, including the college's participation in Virginia Tech's next comprehensive campaign, and will be a central figure in all related college planning and strategy. Recognizing the potential risk associated with appointing the Assistant Dean prior to the appointment of the next dean, the Division of University Advancement will make a commitment to the successful candidate's long-term relationship with Virginia Tech.
Required qualifications and experience: a passionate advocate for the liberal arts and humanities, and dedication to the mission and goals of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and Virginia Tech; bachelor's degree required, advanced degree preferred; minimum of seven to 10 years of experience in progressively responsible development leadership positions, which includes work in all functional areas (individual giving, institutional giving, planned giving, stewardship, alumni relations, board relations) and participation in a major capital campaign, for an institution of higher education, nonprofit organization, or other environment of similar complexity with multiple stakeholders; previous work experience in higher education and/or in a hybrid centralized-decentralized fundraising model involving multiple units is preferred; demonstrated ability to provide management oversight, leadership, and direction with at least five years of significant supervisory experience, including experience creating and managing a budget; particular strength in developing the case for support and strategic and complex fundraising plans, and executing against those plans to achieve goals and objectives; demonstrated ability to think strategically and to shape messaging in order to move individuals and institutions across the spectrum of prospect development; hands-on experience with six and seven-figure gifts and greater, including cultivation through solicitation and stewardship, as well as experience working with alumni and annual fund strategies; demonstrated ability in planning and executing strategic communications to complement advancement initiatives and achieve goals; experience identifying, nurturing, and motivating volunteers; skill at goal setting and measuring success, and agility in addressing alternate program directions to meet goals when necessary; ability to extract and analyze data to make effective, efficient decisions about donor strategy and process.
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Gerard F. Cattie, Jr.
Practice Leader – Development & Philanthropy
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