Assistant Dean for Advancement, School of Education, University of Colorado Boulder

Job Type

Full Time




United States


The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with the University of Colorado Boulder in the search for an Assistant Dean for Advancement, School of Education.

The Assistant Dean for Advancement, School of Education provides strategic leadership for an advancement program that incorporates resource development, alumni and community engagement, and external relations functions for the School. The School is entering a multi-year advancement planning phase, leading to both time-sensitive initiatives to drive philanthropic investment in the School over the next two to three years and planning and participation in an anticipated campus-wide sesquicentennial campaign concluding in the 2026-2027 academic year. The Assistant Dean for Advancement, School of Education serves as a member of the advancement leadership community at the University of Colorado Boulder.

The University of Colorado Boulder is currently embarking on the planning phase of a new 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, and the campaign concluding in 2026 - 2027, coinciding with the campus’ sesquicentennial anniversary. The sesquicentennial campaign will have philanthropic resource development goals, constituent engagement goals related to increasing internships, job prospects, networking relationships, leadership, and volunteer engagement and reputation management objectives to deepen loyalty and affinity for CU Boulder among its primary stakeholders. This will be the first comprehensive campaign since the campus participated in the University of Colorado system-wide Creating Futures campaign, which raised over $1.5 billion for the four-campuses between July 1, 2006 and September 30, 2013.

As one of 34 U.S. public research institutions belonging to the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU)—and the only member in the Rocky Mountain region—the goal of the University of Colorado Boulder is to directly affect Colorado communities through collaborative research, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Its faculty, staff, and students work with the broader community to establish unique connections that have lasting outcomes both across Colorado and around the world. Positive impact is enhanced when great ideas merge with ambitious goals. At CU Boulder, students, faculty, and staff are provided with the tools they need to create a community of thinkers and doers who can benefit humanity locally, nationally, and abroad.

The mission in the School of Education is grounded in a lived commitment to democracy, diversity, equity, and justice. The School of Education teaches and conducts research to make a positive difference with and in schools and communities. The work of its faculty, researchers, staff, and students leads to evidence-based policy and practice adopted by schools nationwide. The School of Education aims for its graduates to be engaged and informed educators, researchers, policymakers, and community leaders, offering cutting-edge, engaging teacher preparation, innovative undergraduate programs, and Colorado's top-ranked graduate education in multiple program areas. The School of Education is a nationally recognized leader in education research. The School ranks consistently within the top ten percent of scholarly productivity by faculty among colleges and schools of education nationwide.

A bachelor’s degree or equivalent is required for this position, as is at least ten years of successful experience in advancement with experience working on major and principal gifts-preferably in a higher education environment. An advanced degree is preferred. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree