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Executive Director for Advancement


Corvallis, OR, USA

The College of Engineering at Oregon State University is searching an Executive Director for Advancement (“Director”). This is a full-time, 12-month fixed-term 1.0 FTE professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Dean.

The Director will develop and execute College of Engineering strategic programs, plans and strategies with the overall objective of earning the engagement of alumni, volunteers, and other individuals and affinity groups. The position may be located at the OSU campus in Corvallis, OR or the OSU hub in Portland, OR. Travel between the two locations will be frequent.

The Director is part of the College of Engineering leadership team and reports directly to the Dean. The Director is responsible for working collaboratively with college leadership to frame and lead both short and long-term initiatives that help to implement strategic goals of the University through the College of Engineering by engaging external and internal stakeholders as active participants. The Director is the champion for the College of Engineering forming transformational relationships with external audiences, including alumni, volunteers and other affinity groups to advance initiatives including the recruitment and retention of top students, broadening our profile and further building our reputation.

The Director is a key member of the leadership team charged with development, cultivation, and continuing refinement of initiatives and programs aimed at strengthening existing relationships and engaging others to develop new partnerships. The Director will lead the collaborative College of Engineering advancement team, demanding flexible, daily engagement with external audiences and university partners, as well as College leadership, faculty and staff. The Director is accountable for driving progress on key engagement priorities of the Dean that require cooperation and collaboration of multiple internal and external stakeholders, including the OSU Foundation and OSU Alumni Association.

The Oregon State University College of Engineering is a dynamic and fast-paced working environment, and our advancement team is a small group of hard-working and collaborative colleagues that includes individuals whose focus is on donors and corporate entities. We come to work every day committed to empowering our students, our faculty and our communities to turn their efforts into results. We’re looking for a results oriented, creative problem solver to join our team.

Position Duties

80% – Develop and Steward Relationships
Develop and nurture collaborative relationships with external audiences, including alumni, volunteers and other affinity groups within the context of the College of Engineering and University strategic plans. In collaboration with College leadership and the advancement team, secure and steward relationships with external audiences (alumni, volunteers, and other affinity groups), including analysis to determine targets; initial outreach as well as securing and attending cultivation and stewardship visits; coordinating and hosting cultivation and stewardship visits; developing briefings and other preparation materials for College leadership; promoting opportunities for partnership; and managing relationships such as follow up, additional cultivation and stewardship, and serving as the audience’s central liaison within the College.

Develop and nurture relationships with key external audiences, including alumni, volunteers and other affinity groups that will result in opportunities for grants, partnerships, or philanthropic gifts as well as the promotion and leveraging of the intellectual resources and academic programs of the College of Engineering for the benefit of our students, graduates and key stakeholders.

Oversee and manage programming and events for external audiences, including alumni, volunteers and other affinity groups, to cultivate and steward relationships. Examples of programming and activities may include (among other responsibilities) managing the College’s external engagement events and event series, guest speaker engagements, mentor intake for the College’s mentoring programs, volunteer and alumni recognition programs, and its Corvallis-based and regional advisory councils.

Assist the College of Engineering leadership team to raise visibility of external engagement as a priority and in building strong relationships with key external audiences, including alumni, volunteers and other affinity groups.

Track and coordinate the development, nurturing and stewardship of relationships with key external audiences, including alumni, volunteers and other affinity groups.

Collaborate and cooperate with strategic partnership personnel across campus. Work collaboratively to create strategies and implementation plans to assist in the successful engagement of the College of Engineering with external audiences. Develop an understanding of current organizations, operations, policies and practices and key staff at OSU to team effectively to raise OSU’s external engagement broadly, while focusing on the College of Engineering’s success.

Provide counsel and project management leadership on behalf of the Dean on complex and sensitive internal and external initiatives having College of Engineering-wide policy, budget, or stakeholder relationship implications.

Provide counsel to the Dean and leadership team on strategic opportunities.

Coordinate with the College of Engineering Senior Director of Advancement Communications, Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships and OSU Foundation Senior Director of Development to effectively message partnership opportunities and successes.

10% – Evaluate outcomes of initiatives and make determinations on continuation or changes in strategy in consultation with the Dean.

10% – Other duties assigned by the Dean.

Minimum/Required Qualifications

Master’s degree in relevant area AND five years of substantial experience providing leadership in implementing and managing strategic relationships for higher education or in a nonprofit, foundation or government setting; OR,

Baccalaureate degree in relevant area AND ten years of substantial experience providing leadership in implementing and managing strategic relationships for higher education or in a nonprofit, foundation or government setting.

Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to create strong professional relationships.

Excellent written skills.

Commitment to diversity and inclusiveness in all aspects of job performance, including demonstrable success in communicating effectively with diverse audiences and building relationships with minority and underrepresented groups.

Leadership skills with the ability to set challenging and attainable goals, to set priorities, and work with and inspire others to high levels of creative performance, and to leverage ideas into action.

This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal History Check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU STANDARD 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in Youth Programs may have additional Criminal History Checks every 24 months. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the Criminal History Check Requirement.

Preferred (Special) Qualifications

Previous experience working in higher education.

Previous experience working with or within a nonprofit organization or private foundation. Preference will be placed on candidates with experience in the Pacific Northwest and/or northern California.

Experience in fundraising/development, alumni relations, and/or public relations.

Knowledge of Portland, OR, including foundations, corporate entities, and/or business advocacy organizations and networks.

Experience with overseeing and executing large-scale events for alumni, volunteers and/or other community constituents.

Previous experience in leading programming with volunteers and/or alumni that resulted in meaningful and measurable results in grants, partnerships, or philanthropic gifts.

Working Conditions / Work Schedule

Some weekend and evening work required. Travel between Corvallis, OR and Portland, OR will be frequent. Occasional national and/or international travel required.

This position requires a clear and unambiguous commitment to compliance of all National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) regulations for Division I (FBS) universities. No


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