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School of Law - Advancement has an outstanding opportunity for an Associate Director for Advancement
POSITION PURPOSE The University of Washington School of Law is dedicated to producing knowledge for the benefit of our students and the betterment of society; advancing innovation to ensure students are practice-ready; leading with our values and a commitment to public service, especially preparing students to serve diverse clients and communities; and preserving access to the law and law school. University Advancement creates engagement opportunities that foster pride, advocacy and private support for the University of Washington.
The School of Law Advancement Team supports these goals by creating opportunities for law students and faculty to engage with the broader community for the purposes of raising funds for student, faculty and programmatic support; creating meaningful connections between students, faculty, and alumni and the broader legal community; and creating programming that enhances the overall reputation and community impact of the law school.
The Associate Director for Advancement will focus efforts to help develop and execute strategies to raise funds for new endowments and current use funding in support of the School of Law’s academic programs, faculty and students – in particular, this role will be responsible for developing, implementing, and revising fundraising strategies and initiatives, and maintaining close and productive ties to the local legal community, alumni, and friends.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Strategy Development
Provide strategic leadership to the dean, faculty, and administrators in designing and implementing strategies, advancement programs and efforts needed to sustain major gift and alumni support.
Coordinate the participation of administrators, academic leaders, volunteers, and development staff in the School of Law’s fundraising activities.
Develop and implement strategies in working with and cultivating advancement opportunities with diverse communities and individuals that have not otherwise been approached.
Provide strategic leadership for key fundraising initiatives and drive the plan for ensuring these goals are met.
Manage a portfolio of major gift prospects capable of giving $25K or more, with an emphasis on Top 25 prospects who will be solicited within 12-18 months. Develop and implement cultivation/solicitation strategies for each assigned major gift prospect.
Develop and implement a solicitation strategy for each assigned major gift prospect which will include 250 contacts annually. Participate cooperatively in the University’s prospect management and tracking system.
Manage the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewarding of major gift prospects and alumni for the School of Law.
Prepare, review and edit written proposals, information materials, endowment agreements, gift illustrations and other materials needed to secure gifts.
In consultation with the Assistant Dean for Advancement, establish personal goals, objectives, and strategies for the School of Law.
Program Development and Management
Actively participate in collaboration with School of Law faculty, staff and students in carrying out school-wide cultivation, stewardship and/or alumni events, with particular focus on special events and initiatives that foster giving relationships with major gift donors and prospects
Participate in the development of (i) policies and procedures relating to the development program, (ii) marketing materials for major gift efforts, and (iii) major gift cultivation and stewardship activities and events.
In consultation with the Assistant Dean for Advancement create an annual personalized work plan for accomplishing specific priority goals and objectives in coordination with overall unit Advancement goals as outlined in annual plans. Provide regular reports noting progress and challenges.
Serve as a liaison to and work cooperatively with staff in Central Advancement in preparing cultivation and solicitation strategies for assigned prospects, working in conjunction with Principal Giving, Regional Advancement, Corporate & Foundation Relations, Research, Donor Services, and Planned Giving Officers on prospect assignment, tracking, cultivation, and solicitation.
Other duties as assigned
KEY COMPETENCIES Core
Effective communications: Expresses oneself clearly and empathetically in interactions with others in all forms of communication, i.e., verbal and written, one-on-one and group, etc. Interpersonal Awareness: Builds and maintains positive relationships and actively contributes as a member of working teams to achieve results. Professional Credibility: Takes responsibility for meeting goals, objectives, obligations, and solving problems while representing the mission, vision and values of the organization. Critical Thinking: Obtains, analyzes and evaluates information effectively in the face of ambiguity. Makes appropriate decisions based on relevant information and experience. Ethics and Trust: Models and upholds the values of candor, openness, inclusiveness and honesty despite internal and external pressures. Acts consistently with Washington State ethical guidelines and organizational core values and beliefs. Valuing Diversity & Inclusiveness: Respects, values and contributes to the UW’s commitment to inclusiveness and diversity.
Donor Focused: Establishes, cultivates and stewards strong relationships with donors and friends. Results Oriented: Acts decisively to achieve results. Planning & Implementing: Develops fundraising strategies and plans that integrate into the organization’s mission, priorities and goals. Conflict Resolution: Works to resolve conflicts and differences through dialog and open communication in a timely manner. Sees every difference as an opportunity for growth and change.
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.
Bachelor's degree and at least five years of fundraising, with experience cultivating and soliciting major gifts.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Exceptional ability to organize staff and motivate faculty as well as external advocates and volunteers. High energy level, enthusiasm, initiative, and flexibility required.
Demonstrated strong computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for correspondence, special reports, spreadsheets, databases, forms, etc.
Master’s degree / JD preferred.
Knowledge of alumni relations/development/advancement principles.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Ability to work evening and weekend hours, as necessary, on short or limited notice.
Must have regular and reliable transportation for local travel and willing to travel when necessary.
Frequent local travel expected once in-person visits are allowed.
Application Process: The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
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