• Assistant Dean of Advancement, Douglass Residential College

    New Brunswick
    New Jersey
  • Overview

    The Rutgers University Douglass Residential College seeks an entrepreneurial, collaborative and experienced fundraising professional to serve as its next Assistant Dean of Advancement. As the chief advancement officer reporting to the Dean of the College and the Associate Vice President for Development at the Rutgers University Foundation, the Assistant Dean will begin his/her tenure during an exciting period as the Douglass Residential College sets a new strategic plan to highlight intellectual excellence, student leadership and development, and advancement in STEM Education for women.


    Founded in 1918, Douglass is the only women’s residential college in the nation located within a comprehensive public research university. The roughly 2,400 Douglass students benefit from both a small-college atmosphere dedicated to women’s success and leadership as well as access to the rich educational and research resources of Rutgers University – New Brunswick. Douglass students major in disciplines across all schools at Rutgers and enjoy an expansive and innovative array of interdisciplinary educational and co-curricular opportunities. Since its founding, the women’s college at Rutgers University has been committed to the success and advancement of women undergraduate students. While the structure of the college has changed in its 100 year history, the commitment to advancing and educating women has never wavered. Today’s Douglass is the leading model for women’s education, incorporating a culture of women’s advancement within one of the finest universities in the country.


    The Assistant Dean will have a passion for women’s education in order to advocate to a variety of audiences and stakeholders, thereby building the case for philanthropic support for the College’s various strategic needs. S/he will play a critically important role in enhancing the College’s existing development and alumnae relations efforts, focusing on relationship-driven donor cultivation while seeking innovative new opportunities and partnerships. S/he will be a proactive leader, providing mentorship and direction to a four-person advancement staff. The Assistant Dean will have full oversight of Alumnae Relations, development/alumnae communications, donor stewardship, development operations at Douglass, and fundraising strategy for the College. Additionally, the Assistant dean will have access to all the resources of a 230 employee Advancement operation at the Rutgers University Foundation.


    The successful candidate is expected to have a Bachelor’s degree and at least seven to 10 years of experience with proven success in fundraising and engagement. S/he should have a solid record of success in identifying donors and long-standing partnerships, particularly with high-profile individuals, corporations and foundations. Direct experience with communications and community engagement is a plus. The ideal candidate will have excellent organizational and interpersonal skills and will have the charisma and intellectual curiosity to partner with a Dean and associate and assistant deans at the college. The ideal candidate will also have demonstrable experience in team management and an understanding of how to do develop/enhance an advancement model that directly impacts fundraising. Impeccable verbal and written communication skills are required. Experience in women’s education and/or fundraising is a plus. An accessible and collegial leadership style is a prerequisite, as is the creatively and energy to convince and persuade varying constituencies of new ideas and directions.


    Douglass Residential College

    Rutgers University’s Douglass Residential College is a vibrant academic community committed to providing innovative programs for women students of all backgrounds. Its mission is built on a commitment to prepare women to thrive in the rapidly changing global work force and create the next generation of women leaders to contribute to 21st century solutions in environmental, economic, social justice, and technological challenges. Douglass Residential College values diversity, community service, academic excellence and leadership development. Featuring a rich student life, the college offers students the opportunity to get involved in many different clubs and organizations that prepare them for leadership and careers.

    Douglass has numerous programs focused on the future of their alumnae after Rutgers. These include their Women’s Leadership Course, the Douglass Externship Experience, and the Douglass Career conference. The Women’s Leadership Course, a 3-credit course offered to Douglass students, helps students develop an awareness of themselves as women in today’s society. The Douglass Externship Experience is a program that enables students to shadow a professional for one or two weeks to help clarify academic and career goals, and gain a valuable mentor. The new Bold Center at Douglass focuses on career, leadership, and personal development, and features a Career Conference that brings together corporate and government leaders, alumnae and students to provide graduating students information on how best to succeed after graduation.

    The Douglass Project, a program of the college, is targeting to help women who are interested in STEM fields excel and reach their goals. The Douglass Project partners with Rutgers' science and engineering schools to develop cutting edge programs designed to advance women in STEM, such as monthly workshops on careers and opportunities, an introduction to scientific research course, a STEM Research Experience Stipend and exceptional mentoring support. Additionally, Douglass provides the opportunity for students interested in STEM to immerse themselves in an exciting and supportive community through the Bunting-Cobb Residence Hall and the Douglass Engineering Living Learning Community located on the Busch campus.
    The college is home to 2,400 women undergraduates. Women from any Rutgers-New Brunswick school can enroll to receive special scholarships, international service travel, science education, graduate study, and tuition support. Many impressive alumnae call Douglass their alma mater, ranging from U.S. District Court judges, to Emmy Award winners, to CEOs, to New York Times bestselling authors.
    More information for the college can be found at https://douglass.rutgers.edu/.

    Dean Jacquelyn Litt

    Dr. Jacquelyn Litt, an award-winning sociologist and Professor in the Departments of Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies, is the dean of Douglass Residential College and the Douglass Campus.
    Dean Litt earned her master's and doctoral degrees in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania and received a bachelor's degree in sociology at William Smith/Hobart College. Prior to joining Rutgers, Dean Litt was the founding chair of the Women's and Gender Studies Department at the University of Missouri, where she developed a strong emphasis on feminist methodology and intersectionality, and an undergraduate concentration on genders and sexualities.

    As the principal investigator for the National Science Foundation PAID ADVANCE grant at the University Missouri, Dr. Litt has been responsible for establishing practices to promote gender equity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), as well as developing university programs for women in senior faculty positions in STEM. Dean Litt has worked with university presidents and provosts on promoting campus diversity and has held many leadership positions to support women faculty.

    She is a national expert on faculty mentoring programs and consults on mentoring program development around the country. She earned the Distinguished Faculty Award from the American Association of University Women-Iowa Chapter for her distinguished contribution toward gender equity in education. Dean Litt has won numerous teaching awards, including Master Teacher in Multi-Cultural Education. The American Sociological Association awarded Dr. Litt Honorable Mention for Outstanding Achievement in Scholarship on race, class and gender for her book Medicalized Motherhood: Perspectives from the Lives of African-American and Jewish Women (Rutgers University Press)." Dean Litt is a dedicated teacher who loves working with students, in and out of the classroom.

    By the Numbers

    Douglass Residential College is home to 2,400 students and 39,000 living alumnae. The Assistant Dean will carry a portfolio of over 1,000 prospects as the college prepares for a 100th Anniversary Campaign with defined strategic goals.




    Specific Responsibilities and Duties

    • In collaboration with the Dean, the Associate Vice President for Development, Foundation staff and college administrators, design and execute a strategic development plan that results in increased philanthropic support for the college, conforms to and supports the Dean’s strategic plan, both in the near term and for future support. In particular, increase engagement and identify additional capacity from existing donors while simultaneously discovering, identifying and soliciting new donors. While Douglass enjoys a robust donor base, the Assistant Dean will be responsible for developing major gift donors and expanding the pipeline of donors with a view to broadening support across the college’s priorities.
    • Manage a pool of targeted major and principal gifts prospects to gain support through direct funding, gifts-in-kind, or other collaborative agreements; work externally with senior leaders to maintain and establish regular avenues of communication and identify areas of mutual interest. Work similarly with corporate and foundation donors.
    • Intelligently and strategically organize the Dean’s time and resources in matters of advancement. Staff the Dean appropriately in college/university leadership meetings and conversations, at donor solicitations, and special events. The Assistant Dean will be successful by being both creative and thorough in his/her approach to donor identification and cultivation.
    • Provide exemplary leadership, direction and mentorship to the existing development team while planning for expansion in the future. The Assistant Dean will oversee a team of four staff including a Director of Development, two Development Assistants and an Alumnae and Student Engagement professional. S/he should lead by example, bringing staff along on joint donor visits while empowering them to make visits of their own. Responsibilities of the team and direction from the Assistant Dean will provided on alumnae relations, alumnae volunteer opportunities, development/alumnae communications, a stewardship program and processes, donor cultivation, annual fund, among others.
    • Collaboratively and strategically engage with other departments within the college on outreach and/or matters that relate to the college’s natural constituents that impact alumnae and donor relations.
    • S/he will be effective in communicating an overall strategy for the staff while including them in the decision process regarding development and alumnae relations activity.
    • Maintain and continue to develop responsibility for a major gifts portfolio with a focus on top prospects ($100,000 and above). Apply various giving methods such as current giving, deferred giving, and non-cash gifts.
    • As a member of the leadership of the college, cultivate and maintain strong working relationships with the deans and staff of the college. Recognize and celebrate the complexity and innovation work at the college and correspondingly seek to support it. Leverage connections to successful alumna and corporations in order to realize both specific and general support for scholarships and research initiatives
    • Explore and pursue alumnae engagement and development opportunities. Develop a plan to engage alumnae, particularly young graduates, with the college and its priorities.

    Qualities of the Ideal Candidate


    The Assistant Dean can be expected to have the following personal characteristics and professional qualifications:

    • A minimum of seven to 10 years of experience in fundraising or related programs. Fundraising experience at an institution of higher education is desired but not required. Demonstrated success in cultivation, solicitation, gift closure, and stewardship of six and seven-figure gifts. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of fundraising, communications, and development/enhancement of fundraising operations;
    • Demonstrated personal interest in and affinity for the women’s education and leadership. A B.A./B.S. in a related field is preferable;
    • The ability to quickly gain substantive knowledge and comprehension of programs, projects, and activities to effectively present potential giving opportunities to prospective donors;
    • Evidence of strong interpersonal skills, particularly the ability to lead teams and to work effectively and collaboratively with various groups and diverse constituencies;
    • Creativity and insight in identifying effective collaborations between institutional goals and needs and prospective donors. The ability to quickly and adeptly learn new concepts, and to then effectively communicate them to donors;
    • Experience in non-constituent relations and outreach, especially proven success with raising funds from alumnae and unaffiliated prospective individual donors. The maturity, judgment, and respect requisite to intelligently engage with leaders of corporations and industries;
    • Integrity, creativity, energy, diplomacy, and independence; a collegial, understanding leadership style that will value team members and institutional partners and will allow an appropriate amount of responsibility delegation;
    • The ability to travel and work during evenings and weekends as needed. 


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