Assistant Director of Leadership Annual Giving

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Hyde Park Campus

32370 Law School

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Job Summary:

The Assistant Director of Leadership Annual Giving is a key member of the External Affairs team and must have a keen understanding of the principles of fundraising and the mission of the school. Responsibilities include developing and executing annual reunion and firm fundraising strategies to secure gifts from alumni and friends. This position leads and manages a large number of volunteer alumni through class reunions and the law firm challenge to produce effective annual giving solicitations that result in significant participation and dollars raised. The Assistant Director also participates in planning and program management and upholds annual visit and solicitation goals. Frequent travel within Chicago and to other regions is required as is occasional work on the weekends.


Implement and manage a comprehensive reunion giving program for multiple class reunions simultaneously, routinely meeting donor fundraising and participation targets.

  • Identify and recruit alumni from each reunion class to serve as volunteer fundraising ambassadors.
  • Maintain fundraising committee cohesion with regular individual contacts, conference calls, and routine fundraising updates.
  • Support fundraising committee members in soliciting peers by providing information, offering solicitation coaching, and motivating alumni to inspire their classmates to support the Law School philanthropically on the occasion of their class reunion.
  • Create and maintain a positive volunteer experience for committee members by offering exceptional support service.
  • Prepare correspondence for volunteers in the form of direct mail appeals, email appeals, and other forms of fundraising prose.
  • Identify alumni to personally solicit for gifts of $2,500 to $100,000.
  • Coordinate closely with alumni relations staff to manage the programmatic dimension of the reunion program.

Manage law firm relationships with the Law School, working closely with colleagues both in the Office of External Affairs and from other departments, such as Career Services, to develop a cohesive and long-term strategy for firm engagement and cultivation.
  • Conceptualize and execute new ways to cultivate alumni at law firms, including planning events.
  • Manage all aspects of the Law Firm Challenge, a peer-to-peer fundraising program that encourages consistent annual giving by alumni at over sixty law firms through a friendly competition between firms.
  • Recruit, train, and manage more than sixty firm volunteers, developing training materials and other resources to assist with their solicitation efforts.

  • Demonstrated ability to design, direct and manage significant program initiatives.
  • Successful demonstration of initiative, organizational skills, leadership skills, team orientation and commitment to customer service.
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully with volunteers and to direct and promote complex events and projects.
  • Ability to perform multiple projects simultaneously with attention to detail and deadlines.
  • Ability to exercise strong interpretive judgment.
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills.
  • Professional demeanor and presentation.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience or Certifications:

  • Bachelor's degree required.

  • A minimum of 2 years of professional fundraising experience with increasing levels of responsibility required
  • Project Management experience required
  • Demonstrated success in one or more the following areas: alumni relations, development, public relations, volunteer management, events management

Required Documents:
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • References

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application

Benefit Eligibility

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Depends on Qualifications

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Job No:
Posted: 9/14/2018
Application Due: 10/26/2018
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