Northwestern CT Community College- Associate Dean of Institutional Advancement

Northwestern CT Community College- Associate Dean of Institutional Advancement

Full job description can be found here:


Posted: September 1, 2022
Level: Management / Confidential (Manager 2) 
Hours: Full-time, 40 hours per week
Closing Date: The committee will begin review of applications immediately. Applications must be submitted by 5:00pm (EST) on Friday, September 30, 2022. 


Northwestern CT Community College  
Park Pl, Winsted, CT 06098 
**This position is not remote**

CT State Community College Mission:

Connecticut State Community College (CT State) provides access to academically rigorous and innovative education and training focused on student success. The College supports excellence in teaching and learning, makes data-informed decisions, promotes equity, advances positive change for the students, communities, and industries it serves, and awards associates degrees and certificates.

CT State Community College Vision:

CT State will be recognized for exceptional student success, educational leadership, and transformative collaboration with business and industry, government, educational, and key stakeholders while advancing diverse opportunities for Connecticut’s citizens and communities.

CT State Community College Equity Statement:

The CSCU system commits to bold and disruptive change by actively identifying, naming, and dismantling structural racism, systemic poverty, and other barriers; establishing equitable and anti-racist policies and practices; and empowering students, faculty, staff, and administrators to advance racial, social, and economic justice. Our core collective responsibility is to continuously assess practices and policies and transform the world we live in by eliminating inequities.

Anticipated Start Date: 

Fall 2022

Position Summary:

The Campus Associate Dean of Institutional Advancement is responsible for designing and implementing comprehensive institutional advancement programs toward the goal of significantly increasing constituent involvement and fundraising outcomes. The advancement function includes responsibility for corporate and foundation relations, community and public relations, events management, grant development and administration, alumni and constituent relations efforts, stewardship, and advancement services. The Campus Associate Dean of Institutional Advancement may advise and provide support in matters related to the annual fund, major gifts and gift planning, endowment, and capital campaigns, and include the foundation in the college’s marketing, branding and other communications strategies to the extent that they are relevant to the foundation’s mission of supporting the college. In addition to leading the advancement office, the Campus Associate Dean of Institutional Advancement is the campus’s primary liaison to the campus foundation and coordinates the mutual support required for the campus’ and foundation’s success.

Incumbents must possess proven ability to effectively work with a culturally, linguistically, and ethnically diverse faculty, staff, and student. They are expected to have excellent oral and written communication skills along with strong Information technology literacy skills such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Teams etc.)

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in a related field with five (5) or more years of experience as a senior-level advancement professional; or a combination of education, training and experience which would lead to the competencies required for successful performance of the position’s essential duties.

Successful Candidate must have or must possess:

  • A record of leadership and accomplishment in advancement with a proven track record of collaborating with foundations in fundraising success and increasing responsibilities, especially with campaign planning/execution and in major gift solicitations in a goal-oriented environment.
  • Documented successful solicitation of numerous major and principal gifts and a history of building advancement programs and fundraising performance.
  • Experience working with/within an institutionally related foundation and a volunteer board of directors.
  • History of enhancing an organization’s culture of philanthropy and maintaining cooperative working relationships with administrators, faculty, staff, students and alumni.
  • Exemplary interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated development of comprehensive and inter-related strategic and operational plans for multiple business units; for example, advancement office, institutionally related foundation, and college/university.
  • Experience with complex financial policies, demonstrated successful implementation of them, and monitoring to ensure accurate completion and submission of all regulatory requirements. Examples may include disbursements, IRS filings, financial statements, audits and investment reports. Experience with maintaining working relationships with financial consultants, including accountants, auditors, banks and investment advisers.
  • Ability to develop annual plans and budgets for multiple, substantial, inter-related constituent units and to work within those budgets.
  • History of serving as an organization’s representative in the community and building strategic relationships with local and state government leaders, community groups, business and corporate partners and grantors.
  • Comprehensive understanding of advancement and foundation operations, and the policy, functions and procedures necessary for these areas to be successful.
  • Experience supervising staff, and managing and delegating workloads, as well as running an effective team.
  • Demonstrated commitment to lifelong learning and professional growth.

Substitutions Allowed:

Applicants who do not meet the minimum qualifications as stated are encouraged to put in writing precisely how their background and experience have prepared them for the responsibilities of this position and by providing appropriate references. Exceptions to the degree requirements may be made for compelling reasons.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in higher education.
  • Experience working within a collective-bargaining environment.

Example of Job Duties:

Under the direction of the Campus Chief Executive Officer, the Associate Dean of Institutional Advancement is responsible for the following essential duties: 

  • Advance the mission, vision, and short and long-term goals of the college working closely in concert with the campus CEO, senior administrative colleagues, and foundation board of directors to ensure that the priorities of the foundation align with the strategic and operational needs of the college, with an emphasis on student retention and success. Within the community, enhance awareness of the college so that the service area views the college as a viable source of investment and support.
  • Provide leadership and counsel to multiple constituent groups including but not limited to – CEO, CEO’s Cabinet and the Foundation.
  • Establish and implement strategic alliances and partnerships with business, corporate and social agencies. Develop and implement a process for identifying, cultivating, soliciting and recognizing individuals, corporations, nonprofit foundations, state and federal government departments.
  • Lead community and public relations activities on the campus.
  • Advise and support the foundation in securing major and planned gifts, as well as enhanced annual gifts by developing advancement plans, programs and projects.
  • Contribute to campus and foundation strategic plans and priorities to support and strengthen the financial resources available to the campus.
  • Advise and collaborate with the foundation in creating and executing fundraising plans that use best practices for institutionally related foundations in annual, major, planned gift programs, grant submissions and event programming to meet fundraising goals.
  • Motivate and guide advancement team toward accountable, goal-oriented outcomes.
  • Provide senior leadership support for media relations and internal communications. Devise and implement effective internal and external strategic messaging plans and methods of advancement communication, promotion and marketing in concert with college’s marketing and public relations functions, including the establishment of an active digital, print, radio/TV and press presence, as well as integrated marketing and communication materials.
  • Develop, in collaboration with college’s marketing and public relations, a campus branding strategy and integrate the branding strategy across all institutional communications.
  • Be active and involved in the advancement profession, on local, regional, state and national levels. • Perform all other duties as assigned by the Chief Executive Officer.

This posting includes qualifications, experience and skills but is not limited to the full specifications stated in the job description.

Starting Salary:

Anticipated Salary; $93,345 approximate annual plus excellent State of CT medical insurance, retirement, and related fringe benefits. 

We offer a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family, and plan for a secure future. Benefits include generous leave policies; several retirement plans; and many choices for comprehensive health insurance. You also have access to many additional benefits to save for retirement, protect your family & more with supplemental benefits. Tuition reimbursement may apply if applicable. 

Application Instructions:

To apply you must submit a cover letter and resume.

Incomplete applications or those submitted after the closing date will not be considered and links to other sources to view resumes are not acceptable.

Selection Procedure:

Following the closing date, application materials will be evaluated by a selection committee. Candidates selected for further consideration will be limited to those applicants who are best qualified based on the minimum and preferred qualifications and who have submitted all the required documents by the closing date and time listed on the job announcement. Candidates who have been selected and approved to Interview will be contacted, and finalists will be recommended for further consideration by the Hiring Manager for final selection and recommendation for employment. The selection process may also include practical exercises (i.e., teaching demonstration and/or other written, technical, manipulative, or simulation exercises) to evaluate candidates’ qualifications.

Background Screening:

All employment, if offered, is contingent upon proof of citizenship or employability under the requirement of the Immigration and Control Act (IRCA) and the successful passing of a background check. CSCU is committed to providing a safe campus community. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check and, when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

Continuing Notice of Nondiscrimination

CSCC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or criminal record. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Nicholas D’Agostino Manager of Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion


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