Development Officer

North Carolina, United Sates
22 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
22 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Description



The Regional Director will oversee fundraising efforts that involve the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major and planned gifts from individuals for the Duke University School of Law. The Regional Director’s portfolio primarily will consist of individuals in specific regions across the country. The Regional Director will work closely with the Dean of the Law School and leadership in the Alumni & Development Office to develop funding strategies and gift opportunities to meet fundraising goals for campaigns and other initiatives.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES The Regional Director will be responsible for a wide array of fundraising duties:

  • Maintain a portfolio of up to 150 prospects and an active cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship schedule with prospects and donors, involving administration, faculty, and volunteers as appropriate. The focus will be on prospects and donors with $50,000-100,000+ capacity, in addition to cultivating relationships with lower-capacity prospects for pipeline development and generally assisting with advancement of prospects. Solicit donors verbally and through written proposals.
  • Direct the nature and number of contacts that prospects receive, involving and informing staff, and coordinating with colleagues in schools/units across the University as solicitation, cultivation, and stewardship activities warrant. Track and report on progress regarding various fundraising efforts through the University’s constituent database, Excel spreadsheets, Tableau dashboards, and other reporting tools (including timely tracking moves and solicitations in DADD).
  • Understand and effectively articulate the Law School’s goals, objectives, and needs to prospective donors. These include, but are not limited to, financial aid, clinical legal education, faculty support, and a variety of interdisciplinary centers and programs. Also, understand and represent to donors the full array of gift vehicles available, including outright gifts, pledges, trusts, bequests, gifts of property, etc.
  • Coordinate with alumni relations staff to help identify and cultivate volunteers, including identification of potential nominees to the School’s volunteer leadership boards. Coordinate with annual giving staff to incorporate annual fund, reunion, and law firm giving solicitations into regional and major gift strategies. Coordinate with stewardship staff to report on the impact of donor gifts. Handle other projects as assigned.



  • Work requires communications, analytical, and organizational skills generally acquired through completion of a bachelor’s degree. Completion of an advanced degree is preferred.


  • Work requires five years of experience in alumni affairs, public relations, fundraising, sales and promotions, marketing, student activities or a related field in order to acquire skills necessary to administer, coordinate and/or participate in general fundraising activities and proposal development. OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • The preferred candidate will have experience successfully fundraising for institutional priorities and other major initiatives. 
  • Demonstrated ability to strategically develop and implement a fundraising plan, which supports effective fundraising, preferably in a complex university environment.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • A high level of creativity, initiative, and motivation.
  • Team oriented.
  • An ability to travel frequently, on average two times per month.
  • Knowledge of Duke University and/or experience in the legal profession or legal education is desirable.

Requisition Number: 401510222
Location: Durham 
Job Family Level: 14
Exempt/Non-Exempt: Exempt 
Full Time/Part Time: FULL TIME 
Regular/Temporary: Regular 
Shift: First/Day

Minimum Qualifications

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas, an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions:

Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


Work requires communications, analytical and organizational skills generally acquired through completion of a bachelor's degree program.


Work requires five years experience in alumni affairs, public relations, fund raising, sales and promotions, marketing, student activities or a related field in order to acquire skills necessary to administer, coordinate and/or participate in general fund raising activities and proposal development.OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE.

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