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Director of Development, Watson School of Engineering

Company: Binghamton University
Date Posted: March 4, 2017




Binghamton, New York


The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Binghamton University in the search for a Director of Development, Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering & Applied Science.

The University seeks a Director of Development for the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering & Applied Science who is high-performing, energetic, entrepreneurial, relationship-focused, and data-driven. The University is looking for a team member who, like the Watson School itself, is unwavering in their commitment to excellence and is continually striving to higher levels of achievement.

The selected candidate has the opportunity to make a tremendous impact on the School and its students, faculty, and staff. The Director will work closely with an effective and ambitious fundraising Dean, and will collaborate with others both within the Watson School and the central Advancement Operation. The focus will be to build a stronger major gifts program and use innovative strategies to strengthen all fundraising activities within the Watson School. As a young school (founded in 1983) with approximately 12,000 alumni, the potential for even more success rests greatly on the success of its advancement program.

As state and federal funding for higher education decrease, there is a greater emphasis on the need for private investment, which is critical for the Watson School to achieve the ambitious goals of becoming a Top 50 Engineering School as outlined in its strategic plan. Engineering education is resource-intensive, especially with regard to equipment and facilities, making the need for external funds of the utmost importance.

 Binghamton University is a world-class institution that unites more than 130 broadly interdisciplinary educational programs with some of the most vibrant research in the nation. Its unique character shaped by outstanding academics, facilities, and community life promotes extraordinary student success.

Binghamton merges rigorous academics, distinguished faculty, and state-of-the-art facilities to engage and challenge its 17,000 students. The high-achieving Binghamton student body also represents a great diversity of life experiences, from first-generation college-goers to international students. Beyond their talent, these classmates share a desire to shape the future through technology, insight, intellectual exploration, and community service.

The Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering & Applied Science is the fastest growing academic unit at Binghamton University and one of the fastest-growing engineering schools in the nation. With 3,109 undergraduate and graduate students, the Watson School has grown in numbers and in quality.  Over the past 5 years, the graduate enrollment has increased by 78% (664 in 2012 to 1,188 in 2016) representing 72.6% of the University’s graduate growth during that same time period. In addition, while the Watson School’s undergraduate enrollment numbers have remained fairly steady, the School has increasingly become more and more selective, with the highest average SAT score for entering freshmen on campus.

Alumni engagement and development efforts have a tremendous impact for its students and faculty through enhanced resources secured from donors for scholarships, faculty positions, pioneering programs, equipment, and innovative facilities. Building lifelong relationships with alumni, families, and friends is also a high institutional priority, understanding that consistent engagement and outreach efforts year after year will be required to build the culture of engagement and philanthropy that the School and University seek.

A bachelor's degree is required for this position as is a minimum of three years of experience in major gifts fundraising. Preference will be given to those candidates who have worked in a higher education setting as well as those with experience and/or interest in engineering, computer science, or other technical fields.

The Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering & Applied Science at Binghamton University is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse and inclusive teaching, research, and working environment. Potential applicants who share this goal, especially historically underrepresented minorities, women, and persons with disabilities, are strongly encouraged to apply.

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