LOIS L. LINDAUER SEARCHES is proud to partner with the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) in its search for an Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Relations. The School is seeking an experienced, energetic and forward-thinking fundraising leader to develop and guide an ambitious fundraising and alumni relations program.
The GSD is the most wildly ambitious, experimental and optimistic design school in the world. Its curiosity and commitment to exploring complex challenges place it at the intersection of art, science and action. It not only imagines a more beautiful, just and coherent world, but goes so far as to construct it. It will continue to ask why and what if and engage with society across all scales — from the individual to the entire global population.
The GSD, as the most preeminent design school in the world, offers an exciting setting for interaction and the exchange of ideas through the combination of disciplines — architecture, landscape architecture and urban planning and design — together with an emerging research program and a robust public program of lectures and exhibitions, creates a dynamic, intellectually creative environment.
This is the ideal opportunity for a skilled program, volunteer and operations leader who can juggle competing philanthropic priorities with a critical eye and a calm head. Reporting to the Dean of the GSD and working in close liaison with the University Development Office, the Associate Dean serves as the School's principal strategist for all aspects of external relations and leads a team of 20+ staff.
Equal parts donor relations expert, special projects savant and relationship-building guru, the Associate Dean will be instrumental in helping the GSD increase its philanthropic potential through complex projects and a sophisticated approach to prospects and volunteer management. Candidates who can demonstrate an organized yet adaptable style, a passion for art and architecture, an articulate, diplomatic demeanor, and a perfected blend of big-picture thinking and devil-in-the-details focus will thrive in this role. The ability to work with visionary leadership and a committed staff within the GSD, as well as with different parts of the larger Harvard community, is essential in this role.