Associate Dean for External Relations, Graduate School of Education
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The Associate Dean (AD) for External Relations will serve as a principal advisor to the Dean on all aspects of development, alumni relations and community engagement for the Graduate School of Education and the Transforming Learning Accelerator (TLA). In addition to being a member of the Dean's Cabinet, the AD is the chief development officer for the school and TLA, and responsible for ensuring the team achieves its yearly fundraising and external relations goals. The GSE's AD will also be a member of a handful of leadership and fundraising teams in the Office of Development and serve as the primary liaison for the GSE.
The Associate Dean and their team work closely with the Dean, the Dean's Cabinet, the faculty and senior Development staff to develop proactive strategies to advance diversity, equity, belonging and inclusion and 1) Promote the work of the GSE and TLA and build advocacy for that work among the Stanford community and beyond; 2) Increase the involvement and engagement of GSE alumni in the life of the school; 3) Partner with academic leadership and campus partners to achieve school and TLA priorities through the annual fund, corporate and foundation relations, bequests and transformative major and principal gifts; 4) Recruit, maintain and engage an influential corps of volunteers and supporters to advance the work of the school and TLA, through meaningful opportunities and best-in-class stewardship; and 5) Increase the number and size of gifts to the GSE and TLA, including bequest intentions. The Associate Dean and their staff involve faculty, volunteers and alumni in the development process and advocate for school and TLA funding priorities.
The responsibilities of this position include:
Serve as a member of the GSE Dean's senior Cabinet and collaborate frequently with GSE Operations team leaders.
Promote and support an environment of diversity and inclusion.
Foster a culture of collaboration and enable work life balance as we transition to a Hybrid work model.
Manage a team of 11 highly professional and productive external relations team members.
Lead, support and inspire the GSE external relations team to achieve both the GSE's and TLA's ambitious visions as well as short and long-term goals.
Work with senior ER staff to help guide fundraising and alumni relations strategies as well as community engagement for the school. This includes making decisions around Alumni Weekend and alumni relations regional events.
Work with the Dean, the Dean's Cabinet, faculty, volunteers, and ER senior staff to continue the development and marketing of GSE and TLA priorities.
Carry an active portfolio of 7- and 8-figure donors/potential donors to the GSE and TLA as well as oversee the strategic development of donor portfolios among the team.
Coordinate and lead development meetings with the Dean, donors and fundraising colleagues across campus
Support Dean's Advisory Council, the senior development volunteer board at GSE. Work closely with the Chair of the council on the recruitment of new members, agenda setting and execution of the council meetings.
Launch a new TLA Relationship Building Committee
Preferred Experiences and Skills Needed for the Role:
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, belonging and inclusion.
Bachelor's degree and ten years of relevant experience and management experience, preferably in an educational institution or nonprofit, or a combination of education and relevant experience. Advance degree is a plus.
Demonstrated managerial talent and leadership skills in guiding a team or colleagues during an unstable time with grace and compassion.
Significant major gift fundraising experience, with a demonstrated record of success and a shared belief that fundraising follows strong relationship building.
Experience with opening new portals for prospect identification; the GSE aspires to expand its philanthropic partners beyond its current donors.
Excellent judgment, interpersonal and communication skills. Ability to lead and motivate others and earn the respect of associates at all levels.
Demonstrated experience recruiting, evaluating, mentoring, and developing staff. Ability to cultivate talent and inspire the team to reach aspirational goals while creating positive environments in which every team member feels empowered, valued and supported.
Capable of seeing the big picture while utilizing strategic skills to craft both overarching and personalized fundraising plans, alumni relations and community engagement opportunities.
Proven ability to meet fundraising goals with a strong track record in managing and balancing donor and faculty relationships. Ability to guide faculty and help them achieve fundraising success.
Ability to manage multiple fundraising activities simultaneously while also collaborating with OOD, school and unit colleagues where and when necessary. A commitment to transparency and donor-centricity is a must.
Strong verbal and written communication skills.
Demonstrated experience engaging and motivating groups of diverse individuals, including strong volunteer management skills.
Other duties as assigned.
Why Stanford is for You:
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A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
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The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.
Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.
Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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