Assistant Dean of Advancement, College of Engineering
College of Engineering
Virginia Tech's College of Engineering is one of the finest in the world. This is evidenced by the great demand for admission to the college's undergraduate and graduate programs, the great demand to hire the college's graduates or to admit them to graduate school, and the great demand to participate in the college's research. The excellent reputation of the College of Engineering arises from a “hands on, minds on” philosophy toward engineering education and practice that dates back many decades, and which gives it distinction among other great engineering colleges.
The College of Engineering comprises 356 faculty across 12 departments of study, and enrolled 10,259 students during 2016-2017. Thirteen percent of all first-time, full-time undergraduate students are of international origin, as are 56 percent of all graduate students. The college offers 14 undergraduate degree-granting engineering majors, as well as 16 doctoral and 19 master's programs in 17 areas of study. The college's undergraduate program is currently ranked 16th and its graduate program is ranked 27th among doctoral-granting universities by U.S. News & World Report. Its highly reputed graduate programs are among a handful of core recruiting schools for some of the world's most selective firms.
The College of Engineering continues to be on the forefront of innovation and invention, working in many disruptive technology areas. These include the mobile internet, electronic textiles, power electronics, robotics, data analytics, wireless communications, cyber security, computer visualization, additive manufacturing, propulsion, autonomous vehicles, energy harvesting, renewable energy, air quality, and nanomaterials. The comprehensive strength of the college's research portfolio is also buoyed through collaborative research in the life sciences throughout the university. Virginia Tech ranks eighth out of 381 institutions in the annual National Science Foundation survey for engineering research expenditures.
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.
Context for Recruitment and Position Summary
Two recent developments are infusing the College of Engineering with new energy, aspirations, and resources to continue its ascendant path. First, Julia Ross has been named as the next dean of the college and Paul and Dorothea Torgersen Dean of Engineering, effective July 31, 2017. Her emergent vision for the college aligns very well with that of the university and its senior leadership, and she will ensure that the college's priorities are well articulated and commensurate to its global leadership position. She will lead the college in a collective visioning process to identify strategic priorities going forward, which will also form the basis of fundraising priorities as the college prepares for its part in Virginia Tech's next comprehensive campaign. Second, a renewed commitment to significantly enhancing College of Engineering 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. The College of Engineering, which raises more gifts and commitments than any other college at Virginia Tech, is an early adopter and exemplar of the advancement model at the unit level. Under the new advancement model, the college has added positions in major and annual gifts, made key hirings to lead the functional areas of alumni relations and communications, respectively, and have enhanced the college's social media presence. Most importantly, the college is coalescing the advancement functions of development, alumni relations, and communications under a new leader in the Assistant Dean of Advancement, who will provide fully integrated leadership in helping a well-performing advancement team reach a best-in-class level on par with the college's preeminent brand.
Serving as a member of the dean's senior management team, the Assistant Dean of Advancement is a newly created role responsible for planning and implementing an integrated approach to the College of Engineering advancement program by overseeing development, alumni relations, 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 communications that shape and extend the college's brand while furthering stakeholder engagement, programmatic initiatives, or otherwise highlighting college priorities. Dually reporting to the College of Engineering dean and to the centrally-based associate vice president of development for colleges, the Assistant Dean oversees a staff of approximately 13.
Required qualifications and experience: dedication to the mission and goals of the College of Engineering and Virginia Tech, and a demonstrable enthusiasm for technology; 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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Virginia Tech has retained Diversified Search to assist in this confidential search processes. Inquiries, nominations, and applications (current resumes and cover letters) should be directed electronically to:
Gerard F. Cattie, Jr.
Practice Leader – Development & Philanthropy
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