The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) is internationally recognized as a bold, ambitious leader in research and higher education. A member of the prestigious Association for American Universities (AAU), UT Austin is one of the nation’s premier centers for academic excellence and has more than 40 programs ranked among the top 10 in the country. The flagship campus of The University of Texas System (UT System), it is the fifth-largest university in the United States, with approximately 40,000 undergraduate students and over 11,000 graduate and professional students from across the nation and more than 118 countries.
The College of Natural Sciences (CNS) is focused on meeting the 21st Century needs of today’s students as the demands for a STEM-educated and science-literate workforce grow. The College’s centers for research and education stretch across Texas. In 2013, CNS launched a strategic plan with three objectives: to develop scientific leaders, promote world-changing discovery and create impact. The plan specifies the actions necessary to prepare the next generation of scientists and citizens, develop leaders in the university community, promote innovation and shape the future of science, and strengthen Texas, the nation and the world.
The Chief Development Officer, College of Natural Sciences (CDO) will be an entrepreneurial self-starter interested in elevating the College’s fundraising program and securing resources for the College’s first-rate departments, centers, programs and research. Reporting to the dean, the CDO will play an essential leadership role in advancing overall College fundraising and, in doing so, position CNS to contribute significantly to a forthcoming and highly historic campaign for UT Austin.
The successful candidate will develop a comprehensive fundraising plan that optimizes the best of the College’s resources, which include an outstanding faculty, committed alumni and a University development program that is well-resourced and on the rise by every measure. The ideal candidate will manage development staff, including establishing and communicating fundraising goals, while modeling leadership on major gift cultivation and solicitation strategies. A minimum of 10 years of experience cultivating, soliciting and closing major gifts with a demonstrated ability to manage, lead and inspire others is required.