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Assistant Dean for Alumni Affairs and Development, College of Architecture, Art and Planning

Cornell University
Ithaca, New York

A leading, privately-endowed research university and the federal land-grant institution of New York State, Cornell University strives to be a model university for the interweaving of liberal education and fundamental knowledge with practical education and impact on societal and world problems. This Ivy League university has earned a reputation as one of the top ten research institutions in the world while also offering the highest level of education possible. With an extraordinarily loyal alumni base and deeply committed volunteers, Cornell University is considered one of the nation’s highest-performing fundraising operations, historically ranked in the top five to ten annually. Its most recent campaign, Cornell Now — The Campaign for Cornell, raised over $6B and set new records for dollars raised and participation.

The College of Architecture, Art and Planning (AAP) teaches and practices architecture, fine arts and city and regional planning as complex powerful forces with the potential to improve the world. AAP provides rigorous theoretical training and studio experiences, encourages imagination, technical creativity, critical thinking, a sense of history, and the development of a social, ethical, and artistic perspective. The College is committed to preparing graduates for their role as world citizens in a diverse yet inclusive society and for advocating for the rights of all communities and all individuals to participate in the planning of their futures.

The Opportunity

Entering an exciting time in its history with the recent arrival of the College’s new dean and on the eve of its next multi-billion dollar campaign, the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning seeks a strategic and collaborative development leader to serve as its next Assistant Dean for Alumni Affairs and Development. Serving as the primary thought partner to the dean, and possessing a demonstrated ability to secure major gifts, the Assistant Dean will play a critical role in developing and translating the top priorities of the College into a comprehensive alumni affairs and development program. S/He will provide management, mentoring and training, forge collaborative working relationships across Cornell, and ensure that goals are achieved. The Assistant Dean will inspire a culture of discovery and awareness as Cornell focuses on building its constituency to its greatest potential.

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