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Advertisement for the post of Chief Development Officer for IIT Bombay Development & Relations Foundation

Late Date of Application: January 4, 2016


The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay is a world-leading and highly selective higher education institution with expertise across science, engineering, technology, design, the humanities and management.  Founded in 1958 by the Indian government, IIT Bombay is located on a verdant and serene 500 acre campus beside Powai Lake and the Sanjay Gandhi national park, 40km from the centre of Mumbai. Home to about 16,000 people, including 10,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students housed in 16 residential hostels, it is a vibrant and inspiring academic community where the next generation of India’s entrepreneurs rub shoulders with cutting-edge researchers. IIT Bombay provides a quintessentially rounded experience for its students, enriched by educational, sporting, social and cultural events which are central to the campus community.

 IIT Bombay has an alumni population of over 50,000 based in all corners of the globe. One in four of its alumni are based in the United States, having completed graduate studies at acclaimed North American institutions. Well-known IIT Bombay graduates include Nandan Nilekani, co-founder of Infosys; Nitin Nohria, Dean of Harvard Business School; Bharat Desai, Founder of Syntel; Romesh Wadhwani, CEO of Symphony Tech Group and Manohar Parrikar, the Defence Minister of India. The institution has nurtured philanthropic relationships with its former students and other supporters over a number of years. Alumnus and donor Victor Menezes gave $3m to support a new convention centre for IIT Bombay; the School of Management was created through the generous support of alumnus and donor Shailesh J Mehta; other major donors include alumnus Bharat Desai, alumnus Kanwal Rekhi and the Tata Trusts.

 IIT Bombay runs Alumni & Corporate Relations from its Mumbai campus, supported by a separate charitable foundation in the United States, and a separately incorporated alumni association, based in India, with chapters across the world. Following the recent growth its philanthropic relationships and changes regarding corporate social responsibility legislation in India, the institution has decided to professionalise and enhance its fundraising and alumni activities. It has created a Section 8 company (not-for-profit organisation) and it now seeks to identify the institution’s inaugural Chief Development Officer who will head this entity and lead all philanthropic and alumni engagement activities.

 This is a pioneering opportunity within the global higher education advancement sector – the first of its type in India. This role has the potential for a high degree of impact for IIT Bombay.  The successful candidate will demonstrate an exceptional track record in fundraising leadership, with expertise in major gift fundraising and building effective long-term philanthropic relationships. You will be passionate about the values and mission of IIT Bombay, culturally attuned to India and its diaspora. You will relish building an advancement infrastructure and philanthropic culture to fulfil the ambitions of the institution.

 Addition details regarding the job description can be found here.

 For further details, including job description, person specification and information on how to apply, please visit www.perrettlaver.com/candidates quoting reference 2215. The closing date for applications is 12:00 GMT on 4th January 2016.