Director of Development & Alumni/ae Relations

Northeastern University

Director of Development & Alumni/ae Relations

Requisition Number: STFR004000

Division/College: School of Law

Location: Boston Main Campus

Full-time/Part-time: Full Time


The Director - Development and Alumni Relations will lead the law school's advancement operation, working closely with the dean to provide overall leadership for both development and alumni/ae relations efforts. The Director will organize and lead fundraising efforts and will set clear objectives for his/her team in reaching ambitious fundraising goals. In this respect, the Director will build on a FY17 history of record breaking fundraising efforts that have contributed to Northeastern's overall capital campaign and continue to strategically move the school to the next level of achievement. The Director will generate strategic and operational plans for the Office of Development and Alumni/ae Relations (ODAR) unit, and continue to integrate development and alumni/ae relations' efforts with those of other departments engaged in outreach such as the Center for Co-op and Career Development and the Admissions office. The Director will manage a staff of four direct reports. This position will partner closely with the Director of External Relations at the School of Law and with the University's Central Advancement Office.

The Law School recently raised $5M surpassing the $4.2M goal for the campaign last year. Our annual fund giving has grown by 12 percent in the last two years and is now nearly $750,000 annually.

Our graduates have gone on to do high-level and notable work and many have gone on to lead national law firms as managing partner, and take lead roles in important organizations such as Greater Boston Legal Services. We recently had a graduate serve as interim US Senator and currently have Senator Maggie Hassan representing New Hampshire in the US Senate. We have had numerous Presidential appointees, federal judges and leaders in providing legal representation to those who might not otherwise afford it. Our graduate and MacArthur Fellow, Mary Bonauto, is one of the leading LGBTQ activists of our time. Until recently, one of our graduates held the position of Chief Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court. Our graduates are leading the way in fields such as immigration, intellectual property, health law, energy law, and many other fields. The list of notable and noteworthy graduates is robust.
The Director - Development and Alumni Relations reports to the Dean of the School of Law and the University's Vice President for Development.


Minimum Qualifications:
• Advanced degree, beyond bachelor’s degree. JD Preferred.
• At least 7 years of significant experience in a development program, including successful major gift experience and a track record of successfully closing face-to-face solicitations.
• Successful experience in leading a team and direct management of staff.
• Results oriented individual with demonstrated success leading an individual and/or major donor program.
• Ability to inspire confidence and engage a diverse community of supporters in short and long-term fundraising.
• Strong analytical and strategic thinking skills and ability to thrive in a dynamic, entrepreneurial environment.
• Ability to plan and implement in a demanding, fast-paced environment.
• Possess excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
• Ability and willingness to travel as necessary.
Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience in leading and executing major fundraising campaigns.
• Experience identifying, cultivating, soliciting, closing and stewarding 7-, 8- and/or 9-figure gifts.
• Knowledge of database fundraising software, such as Salesforce.

Additional Information:

To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: Careers@Northeastern

Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Educational Institution and Employer, Title IX University. Northeastern University particularly welcomes applications from minorities, women and persons with disabilities. Northeastern University is an E-Verify Employer.


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