The director of annual giving and special projects is responsible for the strategy, planning, execution, and management of a comprehensive annual fund campaign for the solicitation of individual gifts for the School of Law. Functioning as a member of the law school’s development and public affairs team, the director of annual giving and special projects will work in partnership with the senior director of development, associate dean, other alumni relations and development colleagues, faculty and alumni of the School of Law, as well as, University Relations and Development to raise the school’s local, regional, state, national and international support. The incumbent will also lead special projects at the request and discretion of the senior director of development and associate dean. Extensive local travel is required.
1. Responsible for directing the activities of the school in the achievement of annual fund goals. Strategically plan and oversee the implementation of annual fund solicitation strategies for the year (direct marketing, web, print, call center, volunteerism, and personal solicitation) under the direction of the senior director of development and associate dean.
2. Establish dollar and donor goals for the annual fund in concert with the senior leadership team.
3. Develop and implement major annual fund gift prospect cultivation activities regionally and nationally in coordination with development and alumni relations colleagues.
4. In collaboration with senior leadership (dean, associate dean, senior director of development), identify prospects to be targeted for leadership annual fund gifts and special gifts.
5. Identify, cultivate and solicit major annual fund gifts ($1,000 and above), both via phone and face-to-face interactions, for the School of Law in accordance with fundraising priorities established by the senior leadership. Achieve individual fundraising targets.
6. Develop statements of strategy, brochures, and reports, including acknowledgement letters from the dean and annual fund chair.
7. Recruit, train and manage volunteers and committee members, who will actively participate in the planning and execution of fundraising activities locally and across the nation.
8. Serve as a member of the senior development staff and assist with the development and implementation of program strategies and overall departmental development plans to fulfill the mission of the School of Law and the university.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Department: Frequent contact with dean, associate deans, faculty, students and staff.
University: Contact with the president’s office, vice presidents, deans, trustees, alumni, directors of administrative departments, faculty and staff as required to perform essential functions.
External: Daily contact with donors, alumni, foundation representatives, community organizers/advocates, corporate executives, leaders in the legal community, and federal, state and local government officials. Contact with foreign visitors as required to perform essential functions.
Students: Contact with undergraduate, graduate and professional students as required to perform essential functions.
Oversee the assistant director of annual fund.
Experience: Must have five years of work experience, preferably in alumni relations or related field. Experience in an academic environment preferred.
Education/Licensing: Bachelor’s degree required.
1. Ability to work effectively in a team-oriented and multifaceted development program.
2. Excellent verbal and written communication skills required.
3. Interpersonal skills that demonstrate the ability to interact successfully with a variety of constituents.
4. Demonstrated ability to lead teams through influence and manage complex projects.
5. Ability to plan, organize and delegate work effectively in order to meet deadlines.
6. Familiarity with the legal community is desirable.
7. High degree of energy, creativity and flexibility.
8. Ability to work beyond standard business hours to attend events and functions as needed.
9. Computer proficiency (including Microsoft Office) and the ability to learn new programs.
General office environment, some evening and weekend work hours will be required. Frequent travel, both local and national is required.
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