Information on the Employment Application Process
At the Institute for Advanced Study
The Institute for Advanced Study welcomes résumés and applications for any of our posted positions. When applying for a position, please specify the position for which you are applying; we cannot accept or retain unsolicited and non-specified résumés and applications. In addition, please be advised that due to the small size of our staff and the typically large number of résumés we receive for each opening, we are unable to respond to all applicants.
Résumés and cover letters can be submitted by e-mail to the designated mailbox, by fax to 609-951-4468 or by mail to Human Resources, Institute for Advanced Study, Einstein Drive, Princeton, NJ 08540.
The Institute for Advanced Study is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
DEPARTMENT: Director’s Office
REPORTS TO: Director
The Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) is one of the world’s leading centers for theoretical research and intellectual inquiry. Founded in 1930 by philanthropists Louis Bamberger and his sister Caroline Bamberger Fuld, the Institute includes among its Faculty such giants of the intellectual world as Albert Einstein and J. Robert Oppenheimer. Located on 800 acres in Princeton, New Jersey, the Institute provides a tranquil environment for pure, curiosity-based scholarship.
Founded and supported nearly in its entirety by philanthropy, the Institute seeks a Chief Development Officer to lead its development and communications operations to new levels of attainment.
There is no place quite like the Institute. Dedicated to the life of the mind and unencumbered by specific objectives beyond the advancement of knowledge and changing the way we understand the world, IAS provides some of the world’s greatest minds with the freedom to explore without predetermined constraints and to mentor others with similar potential. With a permanent Faculty of 28 and approximately 200 visiting scientists and scholars (“Members”) annually, the Institute’s four Schools — Historical Studies, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social Science — have generated some of the most important discoveries of the past century and nurtured some of its most important minds, including 33 Nobel Laureates, 41 out of 56 Fields Medalists, and many winners of the Wolf and MacArthur prizes. This work is made possible by philanthropic contributions, which ensure the Institute’s vital independence through the growth of its approximately $800-million endowment and annual support of IAS’s $60-million budget.
The Chief Development Officer (CDO) is responsible for an integrated program of fundraising, communication, and special events focused on the generation of both annual and capital support of the Institute. In particular, the CDO will plan and execute IAS’s next campaign, building on an effort that ended in June 2015, having raised $212 million against a $200-million goal. The timing of this appointment could not be more propitious. With dynamic leadership in place and a new strategic planning process underway, the Chief Development Officer is positioned to play a central role in both the near- and long-term future of this singular institution.
The CDO will be an experienced and successful major/principal gift fundraiser with at least 10 years of progressively responsible, hands-on leadership experience in a development program of similar or greater complexity and scope, with leadership experience in communications and/or marketing is preferred. He or she will resonate with the life of the mind and demonstrate significant intellectual curiosity, characterized by the ability to translate the work of the Faculty and Members to a lay audience. Experience working directly with and managing the activities of high-profile governing Board members and other principal gift prospects is required, as is superior strategic ability at the prospect, departmental, and institutional level. Creativity is prized at IAS, and candidates with a track record of innovation will be at a particular advantage.
Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should provide a resume, letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile, and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be sent electronically via email to the Institute for Advanced Study’s consultants Dennis Barden and Melissa Fincher at InstituteAdvancedStudyCDO@wittkieffer.com. The consultants can be reached by telephone through the desk of Laurie Adams at 630-575-6152.