Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine (WMed) seeks an energetic, creative, and visionary leader for the position of Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni Affairs (ADDAA). The dynamic individual chosen will serve as the Development Officer for the school of medicine, reporting to the dean of the medical school, working closely with faculty, staff, and students of the medical school, and collaborating with the office of advancement at WMU and our major affiliated hospitals. The ADDAA will provide vision and leadership to achieve philanthropic goals and to create a comprehensive and cohesive philanthropic development operation for the school. The ADDAA will be responsible for overseeing the planning, organization, and implementation of all fundraising programs, including planned giving, annual giving, capital and major campaigns, and scholarships.
The ideal candidate for ADDAA will possess a record of leadership and accomplishments in the field of development and will have a proven record of program development and fundraising success, especially with campaign planning and major gift solicitations. This individual must be an affable, tenacious, fiscally prudent, forward-thinking, results-oriented, development expert.
The ADDAA will have an exemplary background of demonstrated success in building relationships as well as leading a modern, complex development effort. Other essential qualities include exemplary interpersonal skills, a strong work ethic, personal integrity, personal accountability, and excellent written and verbal communication skills. It will be important that this leader be a strategic thinker who can develop and execute the plan, as well as the ability to build positive rapport and collaborate effectively with a diverse and wide range of constituencies. The successful candidate should have a proven track-record in fundraising and comprehensive knowledge of all major advancement functions, including the ability to solicit and close major gifts.
The dean and senior leadership of the medical school are committed to being true partners for the ADDAA. The current development team includes two full time staff members, as well as access to additional administrative support as needed and also the WMU Foundation. As the ADDAA grows the number of major donors and total philanthropic revenue, the development and alumni affairs team is expected to grow proportionally. Success will lead to additional investment in the development team.
As the director of alumni affairs and relations, the ADDAA will oversee the development of engagement programs focused on increasing the depth and diversity of the alumni relationships within the university. Working with recent medical student and residency graduates, the ADDAA will build life-long relationships and connect them with established members of the alumni community.
Bachelor’s degree in business or a related field is required. Master’s degree highly preferred. 5-10 years of relevant development experience in a university or higher education setting is required. Compensation will be based upon relevant experience and level of degree obtained.
As one of the newer US medical schools, WMed is an exciting environment to pursue an academic career. The medical school is a collaboration of Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo's two teaching hospitals, Ascension Borgess Health and Bronson Healthcare. The medical school is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation supported by private gifts, clinical revenues, research activities, tuition, and endowment income. WMed is fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) and also by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The inaugural medical student class graduated in 2018 after completing an innovative, patient-centered four-year curriculum that prepares them to be exceptional clinicians, leaders, educators, advocates, and researchers of tomorrow. There are more than 200 residents and fellows in ten residencies and three fellowships accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). WMed has Joint Accreditation for interprofessional continuing education, which incorporates accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). The School of Medicine Clinics are housed in a modern 60,000 square foot clinical building on the Oakland Drive Campus and are accredited by The Joint Commission with recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Patient-Centered Medical Home. The 350,000 square foot educational building on the W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus located in downtown Kalamazoo underwent a $78 million renovation and expansion project including two laboratory research floors and a state-of-the-art Simulation Center that is accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. The Innovation Center on the Parkview Campus is a life science, technology, and engineering incubator serving the earliest startups to maturing companies with laboratory, office and conference space, access to core scientific equipment and expertise, and a wide range of support services.
Kalamazoo is a wonderful and vibrant city, located midway between Chicago and Detroit. It is a short distance from Lake Michigan, and home to two nationally ranked institutions of higher learning, Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College. Kalamazoo is known for its community focus and emphasis on access to quality education at all levels. The Kalamazoo Promise is a nationally renowned program in which graduates of Kalamazoo Public Schools receive free tuition to attend public and private colleges in Michigan. Kalamazoo and Michigan provide extensive entertainment and recreational activities, including opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, unique restaurants and shops, and a strong culture supporting the arts.
Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer of females, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans, and actively strives to increase diversity within its community. We provide a drug- and tobacco-free workplace.
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