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Development Director - Law School

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The City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law is a national leader in progressive legal education with a dual mission of training a diverse group of students to become excellent public interest attorneys and providing access to the profession for members of historically underrepresented communities. As part of its mission, the Law School prepares students to practice “Law in the Service of Human Needs,” and to transform the practice of law and legal education to make it more inclusive and just. We are the most racially diverse law school in the nation and are consistently a top ranked law school in the country for clinical legal education.

CUNY School of Law seeks an experienced development professional to serve as the new Director of Development.

Reporting directly to the Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, the Director is responsible for the strategic planning, execution, and oversight of fundraising activities on behalf of the Law School and its Foundation. This includes annual giving, major and planned giving, comprehensive fundraising campaigns, special events, and corporate and foundation solicitation. The Development Director will work closely with the Law School’s administration, senior faculty, Marketing & Communications, the Board of Visitors, the Board of Directors of the Foundation, and the Development Department staff to manage fundraising efforts and meet development goals.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Manages the Development Department staff in the day-to-day operations.
  • Designs, implements, and manages a comprehensive and measurable development fundraising plan aligned with the vision, mission, and goals of the College and Foundation; establishes short- and long-term goals, including fundraising strategies and building the case for support.
  • Cultivates potential benefactors and solicits gifts in support of institutional priorities.
  • Manages solicitation processes, including recommending proposal request amounts and monitoring staff and volunteer assignments.
  • Provides leadership for fundraising strategy and campaigns.
  • Manages the writing and development of campaign print and electronic collateral materials, prospect lists, and research; develops and executes cultivation plans and solicitation strategies.
  • Implements a thorough donor acknowledgment and stewardship system and maintains consistent contact with major donors.
  • Monitors and objectively evaluates all College fundraising appeals; develops standard activity and progress reports for monitoring and evaluation; and regularly provides progress reports to key stakeholders.
  • Practices sound fiscal responsibility, including budget development and management.
  • Provides performance evaluations for individuals under supervision and performance feedback for other collaborating teammates.
  • Works with other campus departments to contribute to the College’s overall ability to serve the on-campus population and also be a resource to the surrounding community.
  • Ability to travel as needed
  • Position may require evening and weekend duties. This position is also eligible for hybrid work (30% remote and 70% in-office) until further notice.


Bachelor’s Degree and eight years’ related experience required.

The successful candidate will be a proven development professional who believes in the mission of CUNY School of Law, is results and people-oriented, possesses a strong work ethic, and pays superb attention to detail.

The following qualifications are preferred:

Minimum five years of experience in a college/university setting, nonprofit organization, or the private sector related to fundraising

Proven track record of fundraising with at least five years of progressively responsible professional experience in development

Experience with Raiser’s Edge fundraising software

Demonstrated experience with leadership skills, overseeing staff, and attention to detail

Proven and demonstrated ability to cultivate, solicit, and steward major gifts of $25,000 and above


Directs College’s fundraising strategy and administration of fund-raising programs.

  • Designs, implements and monitors comprehensive resource development program
  • Responsible for meeting specific goals and targets
  • Develops funding strategies; assesses outcome of strategic plan
  • Oversees a portfolio of annual and major gift prospects to establish and sustain ongoing relations
  • Maintains relationships with donors and sponsoring organizations to cultivate and maintain funding
  • Ensures reporting requirements are completed in timely and accurate manner
  • Manages professional and clerical staff
  • Performs related duties as assigned
  • Job Title Name: Development Director


Higher Education Officer




$124,656 – $141,858

Salary commensurate with education and experience.

CUNY’s benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial wellbeing, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.


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Resumes will be accepted through July 18, 2024.


CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional


CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.


CUNY School of Law is the premier public interest law school in the country. Our mission is to graduate outstanding public interest attorneys and to enhance the diversity of the legal profession. Our motto, "Law in the Service of Human Needs," infuses everything we do.cuny_school_of_law1.jpg

At its founding in 1983, CUNY Law pioneered an innovative, public interest curriculum that integrates lawyering skills with traditional doctrinal study. Twenty-five years later, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching praised CUNY for being one of the best law schools in the country in preparing students for practice through instruction in legal doctrine, critical theory, lawyering skills, and professional ethics.

CUNY School of Law consistently ranks among the top 10 law schools in the country in clinical training. With a student-faculty ratio of 12 to1, CUNY Law has been a model for other law schools for its clinical practice. All third-year students at CUNY Law represent clients under the supervision of attorneys at one of the largest law firms in Queens – Main Street Legal Services, Inc. – situated right on the Law School campus.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg praises CUNY as "an institution of incomparable value." She has noted the school's leadership for "innovations and tireless advancement of public interest law." According to the National Association for Law Placement Directory, CUNY Law sends a higher share of its students into public interest and public service law practice -- 65 percent -- than any other law school in the nation. CUNY School of Law enrolls an unusually diverse student body. Among its 2007 entering class, 43 percent are students of color. Meanwhile, tenured or tenure-track faculty are 35 percent of color, too; The Princeton Review ranks CUNY Law as having the fourth most diverse law faculty in the nation. It has also ranked the School as the most welcoming law school in the nation to older students.

cuny_school_of_law2.jpgThe Law School's unique and integrated curriculum has made it a national leader in progressive legal education. The curriculum engages students in a thoughtful combination of rigorous coursework in traditional substantive areas and a lawyering program that teaches the skills recognized by the American Bar Association as necessary for competent practice (problem solving, legal analysis and reasoning, legal research, factual investigation, communication, including legal writing and oral argument; counseling, negotiation, litigation and alternative dispute resolution procedures, organization and management of legal work, and recognition and resolution of ethical dilemmas). The basic premise of the curriculum is that theory cannot be separated from practice, abstract knowledge of doctrine from practical skill, and understanding professional responsibility from professional experience.

The CUNY Law faculty is an extraordinary and diverse group of public interest and public service practitioners and scholars. Their extensive practical experience adds great depth to the classroom and creates internship and employment opportunities for students, while they produce cutting edge, engaged scholarship in areas as diverse as capital punishment, domestic violence, indigenous land rights, cross cultural lawyering, GLBT rights, aging, ecology and international human rights. Working as colleagues, faculty and students are on a first name basis; the faculty's highest priority is training and graduating excellent public interest lawyers.

The CUNY School of Law is located in Queens, New York just minutes from Manhattan across the East River. Queens, one of the five boroughs of the City of New York, has a population of 2.2 million people representing all parts of the world. According to a U.S. News and World Report survey, it is the most diverse borough in the country.


Queens was the site of the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs and is home today to cultural institutions such as the New York Hall of Science, the Queens Botanical Garden, the Queens Museum of Art, and Queens Theater in the Park, all located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Queens has some of the best eating in the world, largely because the world has come to Queens - immigrants have brought the best of the world's cooking to our borough. Queens also is home to the New York Mets, who play their home games at Shea Stadium (with a new stadium under construction).




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