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Associate Dean, Development and External Relations

Development and Alumni Relations Los Angeles, California

The USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism department of Development and External Relations, is seeking an energetic and enthusiastic professional to join our high-performing team.

The Associate Dean, Development and External Relations will be an important member of the senior management team for the School. In this role, s/he will plan, coordinate, and in close collaboration with the Dean, execute our development activities and external fundraising efforts. S/he will be responsible for a portfolio of the School's top major and principal gifts donors and prospects.

The ideal candidate will be self-motivated and exhibit a commitment to collaborative fundraising.  S/he will possess excellent communications skills and demonstrate highly advanced organizational skills to maintain a broad spectrum of relationships.

Additionally ​, the successful candidate will:

  • Direct the comprehensive fundraising efforts for the Annenberg School. Ensure compliance with university fundraising policies, goals and procedures.
  • Develop and manage school fiscal year operating budget. Authorizes expenditures. Provides financial status reports and projections.
  • Collaborates with the dean, faculty and staff to establish the school's fundraising goals. Develop, implement, monitor and assess strategies to achieve goals.
  • Develop and manage donor relations and prospect management systems, ensuring compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
  • Identify, cultivate and solicit major prospects and develop strategic plans for prospects.
  • Develop, prepare and present formal fundraising proposals to major donors and prospects.
  • Manage senior volunteer groups (e.g., Board of councilors) and major fundraising efforts and events.

Salary decided upon experience.

Please provide a cover letter along with resume submission.

The USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism ( was founded in 1971 with generous support from the late Ambassador Walter H. Annenberg. Located in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California, USC Annenberg has 103 full time faculty members, 2,300 undergraduate and graduate students, and dozens of research and public interest projects and programs. The School is a national leader in education and scholarship in the fields of communication, journalism, public diplomacy and public relations, offering doctoral, graduate and undergraduate degree programs, as well as continuing development courses for working professionals, across a broad scope of academic inquiry. The school’s comprehensive curriculum emphasizes the core skills of leadership, innovation, service and entrepreneurship and draws upon the resources of a networked university located in the media capital of the world. Multidisciplinary and international in scope, focused and practical in application, USC Annenberg scholars, both students and faculty, are defining communication and journalism for the 21st century and beyond.

The University of Southern California is one of the world’s leading private research universities. An anchor institution in Los Angeles, a global center for arts, technology and international trade, USC enrolls more international students than any other U.S. university and offers extensive opportunities for internships and study abroad. With a strong tradition of integrating liberal and professional education, USC fosters a vibrant culture of public service and encourages students to cross academic as well as geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge.

Minimum Education:
Bachelor's degree
Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education

Minimum Experience:
7 years
Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education

Minimum Field of Expertise:
Major campaign, fundraising, and/or senior volunteer group management experience.

Preferred Education:
Master's degree

Preferred Experience:
10 years

REQ20053688 Posted Date: 12/05/2017

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