Chief Advancement Officer, College of Fine Arts

Carnegie Mellon University - Pittsburgh, PA
Carnegie Mellon University seeks a Chief Advancement Officer, College of Fine Arts, who will partner with the Dean of the College of Fine Arts to set a strategic advancement vision for the college, with oversight of a broad range of unit-level advancement functions encompassing major gifts, donor relations, annual giving, events, alumni and constituent engagement, and management of the unit’s advisory board. The Chief Advancement Officer also will serve as a member of the Dean’s leadership team. The Chief Advancement Officer will be a senior leader within the Division of University Advancement and serve as a member of the CMU Advancement Leadership Council. The Chief Advancement Officer will manage the advancement staff assigned to their academic unit and will carry a portfolio of the unit’s top prospects, executing cultivation and solicitation strategies and securing major, leadership, and principal gifts. They also will be responsible for identifying, refining, and articulating their unit’s fundraising needs, communicating those needs to internal and external audiences, and generating excitement for the Dean’s top priorities while ensuring that frontline fundraisers across the university are equipped to advocate for their vision.

Carnegie Mellon University has been a birthplace of innovation since its founding as an engineering and fine arts school in 1900. It has soared to national and international leadership in higher education and research, particularly since 1967 when the Carnegie Institute of Technology merged with the Mellon Institute for Industrial Research to form Carnegie Mellon University. Today, Carnegie Mellon University is a global, research-intensive university with more than 14,000 students, more than 120,000 alumni, and approximately 5,000 faculty and staff. In 2023, U.S. News & World Report ranked CMU #24 among national universities, #4 in terms of Most Innovative Schools, and in 2024, Times Higher Education World University ranked CMU as #24 among global research universities in the world. Many of CMU’s seven schools and colleges and their departments maintain top national and international rankings in computer science, computer engineering, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, engineering, business, drama, art, and music, among others. CMU is also one of a small number of academic institutions in the nation boasting a fully-fledged Federally Funded Research and Development Center, the Software Engineering Institute. CMU’s confluence of scholarly excellence, robust federal and industry interface, and heritage of innovation has consistently placed it among the world’s most dynamic and impactful research institutions.

"I seek a partner and co-conspirator who will push me out of my comfort zone. I seek a leader who will galvanize and energize colleagues and donors alike, who can understand and eloquently interpret the work of the five schools and three units, who will build on the strong foundation already laid to help us reach for the transformational gifts that will determine the future of the next generation of art makers." — Mary Ellen Poole, Stanley and Marcia Gumberg Dean of the College of Fine Arts

For more information, including core competencies and qualifications, please refer to the full prospectus.