Associate Dean for External Relations, Stanford Law School

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Associate Dean for External Relations, Stanford Law School

Stanford University

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Stanford University is one of the world's premier academic and research institutions, devoting tremendous intellectual and physical resources toward the betterment of humanity. As a major Silicon Valley employer, Stanford seeks individuals committed to excellence and to improving our world. In turn, the university is committed to supporting its employees as they develop their careers and enrich their lives. We believe Stanford's future success will be shaped by the diverse perspectives, unique experiences, and inclusive culture of its community.

Stanford Law School (SLS) is one of the top-rated law schools in the world. At SLS, we are driven by a passion for new ideas and a commitment to transformative solutions. Stanford Law prepares students to go wherever the law leads, around the globe and into any of the countless fields law influences, from economics to the environment, public policy to public interest. We cultivate in our students a passion for innovation and a belief that law is a tool for positive change, whether you're serving a Fortune 100 corporation, fighting for racial inequities, preserving the rights of children, setting legal precedents in the content of internet privacy, launching a company or shaping the law from the bench. True to our Silicon Valley roots and our Stanford heritage, we are entrepreneurial and future focused. Experimentation, exploration, the translation of new knowledge are in our DNA.

The External Relations team at SLS seeks to engage alumni and friends in the life of the school. Building on the generous support of its donor community, the team is in the early stages of planning the next major fundraising effort in which SLS will have newly-defined philanthropic priorities aligned with a strategic vision for Stanford University.


Stanford Law School seeks an Associate Dean (AD) for External Relations. Reporting to the Dean of Stanford Law School, the AD functions as the chief development officer and as the principal advocate for the dean's funding priorities to alumni and friends of the School. The successful candidate should possess deep fundraising experience, handle him/her/themselves with sensitivity, diplomacy, discretion; demonstrate exceptional professional judgement, and an ability to lead, inspire and mentor individuals and teams. If you have the leadership and strategic skills to balance prospect identification and solicitation, build donor-centric and meaningful relationships, develop, execute and measure progress toward strategic objectives, and partner effectively with academic leadership, faculty, senior staff, and fellow SLS and university development colleagues, then this position is for you.

The Associate Dean for External Relations, SLS is the principal advisor to the Dean on all aspects of development, alumni relations and communications. The AD serves as the chief liaison to the Office of Development and acts as the School advocate within that office. The Associate Dean helps to define and shape the central role that the Dean and senior associate deans must play with donors and actively participates with them in the cultivation and solicitation of prospective donors. The Associate Dean represents the Dean before various donor constituencies and is expected to have an ongoing and visible role in the external relations of the School.

As a senior officer of SLS, the Associate Dean works with the Dean, other senior leaders at the school and each of the academic departments and interdisciplinary programs of the School to formulate fundraising priorities and define specific gift opportunities. The Associate Dean and his/her staff work closely with the Dean, the faculty and senior Development staff to develop marketing strategies that can be used to promote people and programs requiring gift support. The Associate Dean and his/her staff involve faculty in the development process and advocate for School funding priorities. In addition, the Associate Dean serves as the principal gift fundraiser for the school. When the University is in a comprehensive campaign, the Associate Dean also serves as the liaison for SLS on campaign committees, task forces and teams.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • With a staff of 15-20, playing a critical role in the successful pursuit of the School's fundraising objectives.
  • Has a portfolio of major and principal gift prospects, and develops and implements major gift strategies using whatever school and University resources are required to successfully secure support for the School's objectives.
  • Prepares and provides written materials describing School objectives and join with faculty to serve as expert witnesses with prospective donors. Also monitors the activities of several major support groups that provide ongoing support for the School.
  • Collaborates with volunteers, faculty and senior leaders on innovations and goals and develops plans for implementation.
  • Directs staff and provides leadership to achieve goals and vision of the organization. Responsible for hiring and retaining staff, career coaching, professional development for direct reports and accountable for the performance of employees.
  • Oversight for all programs related to development for the School.
  • A commitment to promoting and supporting an environment of diversity and inclusion.

To be successful in this position, you will bring:
  • Bachelor's degree and ten years of relevant experience and management experience, preferably in an educational institution or nonprofit, or a combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Significant major gift fundraising experience, with a demonstrated record of success. Principal gift fundraising experience preferred.
  • Excellent judgment, interpersonal and communication skills. Ability to lead and motivate others and earn the respect of associates at all levels.
  • Strategic skills to craft and help implement fundraising plans.
  • Demonstrated managerial talent and leadership skills in guiding major gifts efforts.
  • Customer service expertise serving faculty.
  • Proven ability to meet fundraising goals with a strong track record in managing and balancing donor and faculty relationships.
  • Ability to manage a large number of fundraising activities simultaneously with maximum independence.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Effective management experience and excellent interpersonal skills; demonstrated experience recruiting, evaluating, mentoring, and developing staff.
  • Demonstrated experience engaging and motivating groups of diverse individuals, including strong volunteer management skills.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Why Stanford is for You:

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:
  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Stanford Law School seeks to hire the best talent and to promote a safe and secure environment for all members of the university community and its property. To that end, new staff hires must successfully pass a background check prior to starting work at Stanford University.
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Location: School of Law, Stanford, California, United States
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Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Posted: 4/26/2021
Application Due: 4/26/2033
Work Type: Full Time