Deerfield Associates Executive Search, Inc. has been retained by Yale University, School of Nursing, to conduct a search for an Associate Dean, Development and Alumni Affairs.
Yale University was founded in 1701 and is the 3rd oldest university in the country. A private, coeducational institution located in New Haven, Connecticut, Yale is a large research university comprised of three major academic components: Yale College (the undergraduate program), the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and twelve professional schools. In addition, Yale encompasses a wide array of research organizations, libraries and museums, and administrative and support offices. Resources and facilities include: $30+ billion endowment, a 900-acre central campus with over 200 buildings, the 136-acre Yale West Campus where the School of Nursing sits, over a dozen libraries totaling 15 million volumes, including the second largest university library in the country, and the second largest gymnasium in the world with 35 varsity sports teams. There are currently approximately 169,000 living alumni.
Situated on the scenic Connecticut shoreline, New Haven is two hours by train to New York City or Boston. With 130 restaurants, world class museums, shopping, music, and theater all within walking distance of the university campus, New Haven is a destination for tourists and locals alike. In addition, the region boasts hiking, cycling, skiing, boating, beaches, and numerous other family activities.
Reporting to the Dean of the Yale School of Nursing (YSN), the Associate Dean of Development & Alumni Affairs will lead the School’s strategic development (including campaign efforts) and direct the alumni services activities. Working closely with the Dean, the Associate Dean will create and direct the implementation of solicitation programs for capital, operational and annual giving to YSN, as well as create and direct the implementation of programs to promote active and ongoing engagement by alumni. The Associate Dean will also have primary responsibility for expanding and supporting the portfolio of the School’s donors, cultivating engagement and relationships in support of YSN’s mission. This position will be a member of the YSN Leadership Team and will provide high level strategic guidance to the Dean. Together with the Dean, the Associate Dean will create and steward the Dean’s Leadership Council, a vitally important advisory group for the School.
The mission of the Yale School of Nursing to help achieve better health for all people. We work towards this by educating each generation of nurse leaders, scholars, and practitioners; transforming health care practice; and advancing science. From our founding dean Annie W. Goodrich’s exhortation to integrate thought and action, to today’s recognition of 21st century challenges like climate change and structural racism, the YSN community addresses health across local, national, and international systems of care and communities.
In order to position itself for this important work, the school underwent a yearlong strategic planning process in 2017 that drew viewpoints and data from discussions among faculty, students, and staff; analyses of the school’s academic programs; responses from the fall 2017 alumnae/i survey; and an external scan conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers. The resulting Yale Nursing: Strategic Vision for a Resilient Future identified four areas—Education, Science, Health Systems, and Partnerships—in a robust “blueprint” that help Yale Nursing to align its resources and efforts to clearly focus on the work ahead. In fall 2021 strategic planning around school themes of excellence, equity and sustainability will be undertaken, providing a timely opportunity for the incoming Associate Dean to help shape the school’s next blueprint as the Yale Campaign publicly launches.
The Yale School of Nursing is a community that holds an expansive view of health and believes that access to high-quality, patient-centered health care is a right, not a privilege. As a school we build on foundational values of organizational resilience and positive culture. The YSN community embraces diversity, equity and inclusion as fundamental to our community; treats each other with dignity and respect; listens thoughtfully and responds respectfully; and owns our work by following through on commitments and holding each other accountable.
In our intellectual and clinical work, we value integrity, dignity, rigor, curiosity, and excellence. Mindful of our traditions, as well as those of Yale University, we emphasize innovation grounded in creativity and the integration of education, scholarship, practice, and policy in service of excellence, equity, and sustainability. An environment conducive to an interchange of ideas among students, faculty, and leadership is essential. We are committed to education, research, and practice, and mentorship of the next generation of nursing and midwifery leaders.
Yale School of Nursing is committed to fostering an antiracist and anti-oppressive environment in which all community members have learning experiences that support dialogue about structural injustices that impact health equity. The community’s commitment to this allows it to tap into the true ethos of the school: the responsibility to engage and collaborate in intersectional education, practice, and scholarship that addresses the clinical, socioeconomic, and environmental issues plaguing the health of people and the planet.
(reviewed by YSN Board of Permanent Officers December 2015)
 YSN Workplace Values Statement (April 2017)
 YSN Initial Antiracism Plan (June 2020)
Greetings and welcome to the Yale School of Nursing.
As your dean I am thrilled to work with you to achieve our mission of better health for all. A new beginning gives the chance not only to reflect on where we have been, but on how we will expand the tremendous work of high quality clinical practice, basic, translational, and applied research, and innovative advanced practice nursing education for which YSN is known and cherished.
I’ve had the singular opportunity to be a student, alum, and now, faculty member and dean of our wonderful school. To paraphrase Heraclitus, though, no one can ever step into the same river twice. This is ensured by the dynamism of our school, within the greater university that is addressing last fall’s student-led inquiry into how we value and treat each other. We are all strengthened by the range of attributes each person brings to our community. The creation of YSN’s new Office of Diversity and Inclusion will help us capitalize on those diverse attributes. As nurses and midwives we work within health systems that need to address health equity and achieve a more just society whether in New Haven, New Delhi, or Nairobi. The world is aging, urbanizing, and facing higher chronic disease burdens even while crises like Ebola will arise and refugees fleeing devastating conflict need health care. In all these crises and communities, nurses and midwives remain the backbone of prevention and health care.
My vision for YSN is simple – to be the best school possible for advanced practice nursing that integrates practice, education, and research. The foundation on which we stand is our passionate and driven students, faculty, and staff; alumni and supporters. We’ll do this by building on the strengths of our diversity, providing exceptional education and experience for students from every background to reflect the patients and communities which we serve.
We’ll stay true to and amplify the mission of YSN and the strategic planning that we will undertake this year will set the methods and metrics for doing so. Students are central to our mission and enhancing the student experience is key. Additional goals include reinvigorating our shared research and clinical practice enterprise, innovation in APRN education, showcasing the work of our faculty, and importantly making our community an even more welcoming and safe place in which to learn, work, and grow. We must increase the resources and partnerships that we need to get there.
I’m very enthusiastic and optimistic about these goals and about working together to achieve them. As always at Yale, we want to go far and to do that we need to go together. We require the energy, commitment, ideas and contributions of each and every one of you. I’ve been inspired already by your passion for this work, and I can’t wait to hear your perspective on our shared mission.
Ann Kurth, PhD, CNM, MPH, FAAN
Dean and Linda Koch Lorimer Professor of Nursing
Yale University takes great pride in its three centuries of distinction in teaching, research and preparation of future leaders for this nation and the world. The University has grown and flourished during this time, thanks to the generosity of devoted alumni, parents and friends. To help ensure that excellence, the University engages donors on a personal basis in order to solicit their support of the University’s mission. This effort is carried out in a collaborative manner by staff in the Universities of Alumni Affairs and Development unit.
Yale’s record-breaking “…and for Yale” campaign, which was conducted between 1992 and 1997 and raised $1.702 billion, was the largest capital campaign ever completed by a non-profit organization at that time. In September 2006, the university embarked on the public phase of the $3.0 billion “Yale Tomorrow” capital campaign, then raised the goal to $3.5 billion in the fall of 2008, and ultimately surpassed the goal on June, 30, 2011, raising $3.88 billion.
Yale has an enormous responsibility to educate future leaders and to create and disseminate new knowledge—now more than ever before. We are preparing for the most ambitious fundraising effort in this institution’s history: a campaign that will motivate our community philanthropically, galvanize volunteers around the globe, and celebrate Yale’s enduring tradition of looking to the future. We share not only a profound sense of the university’s obligation to the world, but also the commitment to embrace and achieve these goals.
Yale University offers a dynamic and supportive work environment, competitive salaries and a generous benefits package including medical and dental plans, retirement plan and paid vacation. https://your.yale.edu/work-yale/benefits/my-benefits-job-classification. Yale University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
All external candidates for employment at Yale University will be subject to pre-employment screening. All offers are contingent on successful completion of a background check.
To explore this superb career opportunity on a highly confidential basis, please send your resume, letter of interest and list of 5 references including contact information (which will only be contacted if mutual interest is determined) to: