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Assistant Dean for Advancement, School of Music

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Boulder, CO

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University Staff



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Job Summary

The University of Colorado Boulder (CU) is a globally-leading research-intensive university and the only institution in the Rocky Mountain region that is a member of the Association of American Universities. CU regularly ranks among the nation’s top universities in federally-funded research expenditures and attracts significant philanthropic investments from individual, corporate and philanthropic foundations in support of its research, teaching, scholarly and creative works.

The Assistant Dean for Advancement reports to the Associate Vice Chancellor – Academic Affairs in the Office of Advancement and is equivalently accountable to the Dean of the College of Music. This position provides strategic leadership for an advancement program that incorporates resource development, alumni and constituent engagement and advancement marketing and communications functions for the University of Colorado’s College of Music, CU Presents and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. 

Reporting jointly to the Associate Vice-Chancellor and the Dean of the College of Music, this position and its current complement of 6 full-time advancement staff directly support the Dean to engage donors and alumni and community volunteers to advance the College of Music’s educational, research and service mission.

Founded in 1920, the University of Colorado’s College of Music is one of the nation’s top public music schools, offering a wide range of programs for undergraduate and graduate study which uniquely combine advanced musical training with professionally focused experiences and the resources of a leading research university. Active as award-winning professional performers, composers and scholars, College of Music faculty members are committed to helping students develop their talents and succeed in their chosen musical endeavors. The college offers seven undergraduate and graduate degrees in 23 fields of study, along with an array of interdisciplinary opportunities, including certificates in music technology and entrepreneurship. With 300 undergraduate and 250 graduate students, the College of Music boasts a faculty-to-student ratio of approximately one faculty member for every eight students.

The College is engaged in a multi-year comprehensive campaign, the Music+ campaign concluding in December 2021 that has secured $45 million toward a goal of $50 Million. The Assistant Dean serves as the campaign director for the Music+ campaign and serves as a member of the advancement leadership community at the University of Colorado Boulder. 

The University of Colorado Boulder is in the planning phase of a potential comprehensive campaign for the Boulder campus. This will be the first campus-level campaign in CU Boulder’s history, with the public launch anticipated in 2021 - 2022, and the campaign concluding in 2026 - 2027, coinciding with the campus’ sesquicentennial anniversary. The Assistant Dean will direct the concluding months of the Music+ campaign while simultaneously planning the College’s participation in the sesquicentennial campaign. 

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Lead institutional advancement strategy and activities for the University of Colorado’s College of Music, CU Presents, and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival:
  • Develop and reinforce best-practice fundraising programs to maximize private support over short-, medium-, and long-term horizons in support of the College’s research, instructing, performance and service mission. Sustain and improve an emerging donor-centered advancement culture.
  • Manage a team of college-based advancement professionals with specific responsibilities for annual, major and principal gift development, donor relations and stewardship, alumni engagement, and constituent relations. 
  • The Assistant Dean is personally responsible for the management of a portfolio of 70-90 donor and prospective donor relationships across the advancement continuum; team and individual performance metrics are determined annually with the Associate Vice Chancellor – Academic Affairs in the Office of Advancement in consultation with the Dean of the College.
  • Collaborate with campus-wide Industry and Foundation Relations team to deepen corporate relationships leading to increased sponsorship and sponsor satisfaction with their support of COM, CU Presents (an auxiliary of the COM) and Colorado Shakespeare Festival programs and performances, and to find opportunities to engage charitable foundations in supporting the scholarly and creative work of faculty and students.
  • As a member of the College of Music’s executive team, serve on the Dean’s Cabinet and other committees as appropriate, and meaningfully contribute to institutional strategy, performance, and culture.
  • Serve as the primary staffing liaison to the College of Music Advisory Board and the Music+ campaign steering committee, providing strategic support of resource development, alumni, and community engagement activities.
  • Work collaboratively with the College of Music’s leadership to increase institutional readiness for, and fulfillment of, philanthropic investments. 
  • Establish effective working relationships with deans, division heads, center directors, and faculty within the College to understand their programs and priorities. Ensure that advancement activities are aligned with the vision, mission, and goals of its strategic plan and aligned with the vision, mission, values, strategy, and policy of the Advancement Division. 
  • Responsible for resource management (planning, operating budget planning and performance, etc.) associated with the College of Music’s advancement program.
  • As a member of the CU Boulder Advancement Management Team, contribute to overall campus resource development, constituent engagement and reputation management strategy and activity, focusing resources on critical College and pan-university priorities and objectives. 
  • Work closely and collaboratively with advancement colleagues across the CU system. Serve as the primary liaison with university and campus administrators, including the Division of Advancement inclusive of the CU Alumni Association and, at the discretion of the Associate Vice Chancellor – Academic Affairs, with the University of Colorado Foundation and the CU System Advancement team.
  • Represent the College of Music’s participation in planning for an anticipated sesquicentennial campaign.

What We Can Offer

The salary range for this position is $136,000- $170,000.  Relocation assistant is available for those who qualify.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent required.
  • At least ten years of successful experience in advancement with major and principal gifts experience and proven success leading and managing a team of advancement professionals, preferably in a higher education environment.
  • Experience planning and executing all phases of a comprehensive advancement campaign.
  • Supervisory experience and shown success leading a team to achievement of annual and multi-year goals with a demonstrated commitment to the access and inclusion mission of the University of Colorado and the College of Music.

What You Will Need

  • Work independently and as part of a team. 
  • Unquestionable integrity and a strong sense of professional ethics. 
  • Ability to manage multiple responsibilities and work in a fast-paced, changing environment. 
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Possess traits of good judgment, confidentiality, positive attitude and discretion in communicating with colleagues and constituents.
  • Knowledge of the major components of advancement including development, advancement communications, donor and alumni relations, and special events.
  • Ability to work effectively with deans and directors, University academic and administrative leaders, alumni, community volunteers and corporate and foundation partners to achieve fund-raising and alumni and constituent engagement goals.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Graduate degree, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  
  • At least 7 years of Advancement leadership experience.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 
  1. A current resume.
  2. A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position.
You will not be asked to upload references at this time.

Please apply by August 6, 2021 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs

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