University of Michigan – Assistant Dean of Advancement

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Job Summary

The Assistant Dean of Advancement for the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) at the University of Michigan (U-M) will lead a team of 80+ that is responsible for planning and executing a comprehensive fundraising strategy to optimize support for the college, as well as for creating marketing and communications that demonstrate the value of the college’s liberal arts mission to external and internal audiences. The Assistant Dean will be LSA’s chief advancement officer and report directly to the Dean of LSA. This is an exciting opportunity for a senior advancement professional with strong management experience, frontline fundraising skills, and extensive background in marketing/communications to collaborate with LSA’s new Dean to develop college priorities and to be a leading architect of the next capital campaign. This individual must be highly strategic with the ability to provide the vision and leadership for the energetic, creative, and highly engaged LSA Advancement team culture.

U-M is one of the most distinguished public universities in the nation, a leader in higher education attracting top students and faculty from all over the world. LSA is the largest of U-M’s 19 schools and colleges with nearly 20,000 students in over 75 academic departments and programs. LSA has 45 programs ranked in the top 10 in the nation, two that are the best in their fields, and is the reason U.S. News & World Report ranks U-M as one of the top universities for undergraduate teaching. The Assistant Dean for Advancement must understand and be committed to promoting the value of LSA’s powerful, pragmatic, liberal arts education. With more than 225,000 living alumni, the college benefits from one of the largest alumni networks in the world. These alumni are intensely proud of their liberal arts education and excited to be involved with their alma mater. They provide very generous support, as demonstrated by LSA’s success in the Victors for Michigan that concluded in 2018. LSA surpassed its campaign goal of $400M, raising over $559M, which far surpassed results of all prior capital campaigns.

Mission Statement
The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future. The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by:

Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences.
Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.


The Assistant Dean of Advancement will manage a large and complex operation with multi-faceted constituencies and programs. This position will be responsible for a $6M+ budget and leading a large and experienced staff, including non-fundraising professionals in data analysis, marketing and communications, and support staff. In consultation with the Dean and the LSA chief financial officer, the Assistant Dean will establish and adhere to annual operating budgets and ensure that development, marketing, and communication programs are operating in a fiscally prudent and productive way. This position will oversee and support the Advancement team’s central role in enhancing LSA’s institutional image and visibility by ensuring the communication of a strong and consistent message about the college. The Assistant Dean will be an active participant in the dean office’s senior leadership, working closely with the deans, department chairs and directors, faculty and senior administration to identify funding and communication priorities, as well as providing input on the college’s $800M overall budget. The Assistant Dean will manage a portfolio of principal gift prospects and donors and will set an example of frontline fundraising success to lead, mentor and inspire the Advancement team. This individual will be responsible for directing the planning and implementation of long- and short-term strategies to secure gifts from individuals and organizations, and will establish measurable goals to increase fundraising with results that are both aspirational and achievable.

The Assistant Dean will be an active and visible member of the network that includes U-M and LSA key donors, volunteers and supporters, located regionally, nationally and internationally. The Assistant Dean will collaborate with the Vice President for Development and staff in the Office of University Development, as well as with leadership of other schools and colleges, to develop campus-wide strategic efforts and donor engagement that will advance LSA priorities within the U-M fundraising landscape.

Required Qualifications*

  • Strong leadership skills, a keen understanding of best practices in fundraising, experience managing or working closely with a multi-faceted marketing and communications team
  • Proven ability to meet objectives with a record of accomplishment in developing successful fundraising teams to build a highly efficient, effective, and creative advancement program within higher education.
  • Extensive experience working in a comprehensive campaign setting, including a strong track record of raising significant gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations, and the personal energy, enthusiasm and drive to set and achieve ambitious goals.
  • A track record of success in managing, inspiring and leading a large organization including senior managers, frontline fundraisers, communication professionals, and other staff.
  • Experience building a positive organizational culture based on collaboration, mutual respect, gratitude, and professional development.
  • Proven commitment to advancing DEI goals.
  • Extensive knowledge of the objectives and issues of concern in the liberal arts and higher education generally.
  • A track record that demonstrates credibility and sophistication to effectively engage and leverage the dean, faculty, volunteers and other key internal and external stakeholders in the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of key prospects and donors.
  • Extensive experience working with senior level fundraising volunteers as well as cultural sensitivity and communication skills necessary to be an effective representative of LSA and a key liaison to its diverse and global alumni base.
  • A high level of integrity and the ability to adapt to changing circumstances in a complex environment.
  • A collegial, collaborative and positive organizational leadership style, well-suited to management in a complex university setting, as well as the creativity, energy and political savvy needed to introduce and champion new ideas.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; an advanced degree preferred.
  • Must have willingness and ability to travel.

Additional Information
The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA.

To learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion visit–equity-and-inclusion.html

To learn more about LSA’s Guiding Principles visit

Background Screening
The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline
Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.