I am recruiting for a new position in the Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving at Carnegie Mellon University. This position, Senior Director, reports directly to me and will serve as a COO for central alumni relations and annual fund activity. The Senior Director will manage five program directors, and oversee daily operations of the integrated annual giving and alumni relations team (26 staff).
We need someone with senior management experience and skills, as well as a broad understanding of the trends, goals, and complexities of modern university advancement. The ideal person has a mix of management and leadership ability, and is knowledgeable about alumni relations and annual giving.
[I am recruiting a Senior Director
with a mix of management and leadership ability]
Carnegie Mellon is at an exciting crossroads in its history. We have just successfully completed a $1 billion comprehensive campaign (almost 20% over goal), that also focused on increasing alumni engagement, and on promoting CMU's global identity as a world class teaching and research institution.
Furthermore, CMU's 9th president, Dr. Subra Suresh, took the helm on July 1, after serving as Dean of Engineering at MIT, and then as director of the National Science Foundation. Building on 16 years of leadership by our prior president, Jared L. Cohon, the Suresh years promise to be fast-moving, focused on change, and even – dare I say – innovation. As for advancement, we are designing an integrated organization that will take us to a level few institutions are positioned to reach.
[Carnegie Mellon is at an exciting crossroads in its history]
Sound like a suitable challenge? If you're interested, check out the official summary below, and head to the CMU employment site (http://www.cmu.edu/jobs/). Search for job number 100207, or just search for "alumni relations."
On a personal note, moving to Pittsburgh (downtown seen in photo) after 12 years in Southern California has been a great decision for my family and me. A strong local economy, cost of living at just 88% of the national index, vibrant cultural offerings, walkability, and of course, a rabid sports culture make Pittsburgh a fun city that is easy to live in.
Pleaase don't email me your resume. Just apply as indicated via the CMU recruiting website and we'll take it from there. I'm looking forward to expanding our efforts through this rare opportunity!
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Senior Director of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving – Position Summary
Carnegie Mellon University seeks a creative individual to provide strategic vision and leadership to our alumni relations and annual giving efforts.
Reporting to the associate vice president of alumni relations and annual giving, the senior director will serve as the number two person in a 26 person department within the division of University Advancement. In this newly-created position, s/he will be a creative leader and highly skilled manager with the ability and experience to oversee the work of five directors and their teams as they implement new programs and increase alumni engagement and giving. S/he will serve as the leader and manager of the department during the associate vice president's absence, and will be directly responsible for the day-to-day supervision of all department heads within alumni relations and annual giving.
In summary, this person will be the operational manager of alumni relations and annual giving in the central University Advancement office.
Carnegie Mellon is a private research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with a distinctive mix of world-renowned programs in engineering, computer science, robotics, business, public policy, fine arts and the humanities. University Advancement is a dynamic division committed to informing audiences about the university's impact on the world, engaging and supporting alumni, and expanding philanthropic relationships. Carnegie Mellon has approximately 92,000 living alumni.
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