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5502- LAW School Administration



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Development / Alumni Relations

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Advertised Summary Job Description

Reporting directly to the Associate Dean for Development & Alumni Relations, the Executive Director of Development will be a senior staff member, responsible for overseeing all fundraising and the Major Gifts, Annual Fund, and Reunion Fundraising teams. The incumbent is expected to have a proven record of major gift fundraising, the ability to work both collaboratively and independently, and to contribute to the overall fundraising and stewardship strategy of the development and alumni relations office. He/she will be expected to work closely with Dean, Sr. Staff and the faculty to engage alumni for increased gifts. RESPONSIBILITIES: Cultivates and manages defined portfolio of 75 leadership and potential leadership donors drawn primarily from Law School volunteer leadership. Create strategy for and manage the Law's School 100+ member Board of Visitors, the Dean's Council and various other leadership groups. Work to develop new means of involvement and activity amongst the leadership volunteers. Participate in strategic planning activities of the Development and Alumni Relations office and implement programs in line with strategic plans to garner success. Create annual plan for fundraising strategy to set and meet annual dollar goals and increase overall participation and alumni giving. Direct and supervise all individual fundraising activities from Annual Giving, Reunion and Major Gift programs. Manage 5 Direct Reports, overseeing responsibility for a staff of 11. Works closely with the Associate Dean to strategize and devise cultivation, solicitation and stewardship plans for top Law School prospects both during and after the Columbia Campaign. As needed, prepares materials for prospect solicitation process, including, but not limited to: prospect lists; briefings; proposals; and invitations. Provide leadership and support to the Associate Dean, the Dean and the faculty in all matters relating to fundraising.

Minimum Qualifications for Grade Applicant MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered an applicant

Bachelor's degree required, graduate degree preferred. A minimum of 7-9 years of professional fundraising or comparable experience is required.

Additional Position-Specific Minimum Qualifications Applicant MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered an applicant

The incumbent must be highly motivated, articulate, creative, and function well in a fast-paced, dynamic environment where teamwork and performance are valued. Superior communication and interpersonal skills required. This position requires evening and weekend work and travel as necessary.

Preferred Qualifications

An understanding and appreciation of the role of development in an educational institution is highly desirable, as is an understanding of a professional school's mission and structure. The ability to work successfully with skilled professionals in the legal, academic and corporate communities is essential. Previous staff management experience is strongly preferred.

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