Chief Advancement Officer

Southern California Institute of Architecture

Los Angeles, CA


Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) is a world-renowned center of innovation and one
of the nation’s few independent architecture schools, offering undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate programs. SCI-
Arc is dedicated to educating architects and designers who will imagine and shape the future.

The school is distinguished by the vibrant atmosphere of its studios, which provide students with a uniquely inspiring
environment in which to study architecture and design. Approximately 500 students and 80 faculty members (mostly
practicing architects) work together in a fluid, nonhierarchical manner to rethink assumptions, create, explore, and test the
limits of architecture. For more information about how SCI-Arc teaches architects to engage, speculate, and innovate,
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The Chief Advancement Officer will lead the implementation and growth of fundraising activities at
SCI-Arc as well as alumni affairs and select public relations activities. In partnership with the institution’s senior
leadership, the CAO will formulate, execute, and manage a strategic advancement blueprint that will enable SCI-Arc to
create a robust culture of philanthropy and generate substantial increased revenue from philanthropic sources.

The CAO reports to the Director/CEO, Hernan Diaz Alonso, works in partnership with SCI-Arc’s Executive Team and
Board of Trustees, and leads a current team of six.

This is a truly unique opportunity for an imaginative advancement leader to join an institution that is not constrained by
bureaucracy, pushes creative thought boundaries, and aggressively expands and raises its ambitions. The CAO will bring
genuine passion for architecture and design and for the institution’s uninhibited mission, coupled with deep experience
driving fundraising growth and success.


SCI-Arc has a current annual operating budget of $28 million (of which $800,000 is generated through
philanthropy). The balance is received through tuition, fees, and endowment support. It is anticipated that SCI-Arc will
plan and implement a comprehensive campaign including a major building project.


 Significant experience building the advancement function for a fast-paced, cutting-edge institution.
 Successful experience in capital campaign leadership.
 Proven ability to secure funds from individuals (through major and planned gifts), corporations and foundations,
special events, and other special campaigns.
 Board/volunteer relations experience.
 Ability to embrace the unique mission and work of SCI-Arc and communicate funding needs effectively with donors.
 Commitment to experimenting with new approaches to advancement and resource development.
 Demonstrated ability to drive growth and achieve ambitious results.
 Familiar with the Los Angeles, national, and global philanthropic communities, including the technology sector.
 Strong relationship management skills.
 Passion for the visual arts, architecture, and/or design.
 Knowledge of budget preparation, monitoring, and administration.
 An experienced manager and mentor.
 Tech savvy.
 Ability to travel as necessary.
 Bachelor’s degree is required.


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