Associate Dean of Advancement

Location
Connecticut, United States
Posted
06 Oct 2020
End of advertisement period
06 Dec 2020
Ref
60040BR
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Position Focus:

Reporting to the Dean of the Law School, the Associate Dean works closely with the Dean in leading all aspects of fundraising and alumni relations. Responsibilities include making policy recommendations and formulating strategy in the areas of development, alumni relations, corporate and foundation relations and donor relations. S/he will also serve as a close partner with the Dean in developing and executing capital campaigns and developing overall development and alumni outreach strategies for the Law School. S/he will manage a portfolio of leadership gifts and will create and execute strategies that effectively cultivate, solicit and close gifts either through the Dean’s engagement or independently. This position is responsible for overseeing robust alumni engagement, developing strategy and programmatic direction, and the execution of a large annual reunion.

The Associate Dean has full budgetary responsibility for an annual budget, participating in and achieving fundraising goals, managing a staff of approximately 25, and is responsible for all development and alumni relations for the School.

Responsibilities:

  • Create and implement a strategic and tactical plan for all fundraising, annual and capital campaigns, alumni, corporate and foundation giving, and work with the Dean to successfully execute the plan.
  • Assist the Dean on solicitation strategy with select donors on development issues.
  • Develops strong ties with faculty to understand and support the Law School’s mission.
  • Works with staff to develop and implement plans to carry out the organization’s goals and strategies, including establishing specific activity goals for all phases of the donor/prospect life cycle (cultivation, solicitation, closure and stewardship).
  • Directs a team of development professionals responsible for generating an increased volume of successful development activities and establishing a culture that encourages ever improving levels of performance and responsiveness to donors.
  • Manage a portfolio of high-profile donors.
  • Serve as spokesperson to the alumni community on the subject of legal education and matching donors’ philanthropic interests and the Law School’s programmatic and curricular needs. Serve as leader of the development and alumni offices to achieve strategic and operational goals. Recruit, train, supervise and mentor department staff to promote the development of a skilled and highly motivated and responsive fundraising team.
  • Work with the Dean, faculty and other senior administrators to provide professional fundraising guidance, and to further develop and increase the Law School’s reputation in the global legal community.
  • Constructively participate in, and contribute to, the Development and Alumni efforts at the University level. Manages engagement of faculty, administrators and University officials in fundraising efforts. Works regularly and cooperatively with other development offices to ensure overall development priorities, plans and initiatives are coordinated.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with members of the School Fund Board.
  • Serves as the liaison with other development offices to provide information on organization needs and to develop strategies for prospects that are staffed centrally.
  • Responsible for all alumni activities and programs, regional associations and alumni outreach, alumni mentoring for student organizations, alumni publications and the annual reunion. Works closely with faculty members whose activities closely align with alumni interests.

Essential Duties

  1. Responsible for planning, managing, and executing all aspects of development effort.
  2. Works closely with senior management to develop both short- and long-term fundraising goals and strategies, including a strategic plan for building a post-campaign pipeline in anticipation of the next campaign.
  3. Works with staff to develop and implement plans to carry out the organization's goals and strategies, including establishing specific activity goals for all phases of the donor/prospect life-cycle (cultivation, solicitation, closure and stewardship).
  4. Directs and grows a team of development professionals responsible for generating an increased volume of successful development activities and establishing a culture that encourages ever-improving levels of performance and responsiveness to donors.
  5. Develops strong ties with the faculty in order to understand and support the organization's programs and mission.
  6. Manages engagement of faculty, administrators, and University officials in fundraising efforts.
  7. Manages and staffs the senior management development activities and calendar to ensure maximum deployment.
  8. Personally maintains a significant portfolio of leadership and principal gift prospects.
  9. Participates in the development of strategy and content for all development publications and events.
  10. If requested, develops and maintains relationships with members of the School Fund Board, if in existence.
  11. Works regularly and cooperatively with other development offices to ensure overall development priorities, plans, and initiatives are coordinated.
  12. Serves as the liaison with other development offices to provide information on organization needs and to develop strategies for prospects that are staffed centrally.
  13. May perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor’s Degree and ten years of related work experience in an academic institution or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Ability to represent Yale Law School well, both within and outside of the University. Significant major and principal gift fundraising involvement. Outstanding communication, interpersonal and administrative skills. Team player. Proven ability to develop strong relationships with diverse constituencies.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Ability to deal with ambiguity, personally flexible and open and receptive to new ideas. Demonstrated leadership and management skills. Excellent organizational and strategic planning skills. Demonstrated experience in development leadership.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

High level of initiative, political acumen, vision and execution required. Ability to articulate the vision, values and programs to prospects, donors, alumni, volunteers and staff in an engaging, motivating and inspiring manner. Proven track record of soliciting and closing leadership gifts.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Ability to recruit, retain, motivate and mentor a skilled team. Ability to engage and maintain relationships with alumni, assess needs and implement successful programming and outreach, and develop strategies to closely intersect and grow alumni as donors.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Advanced degree, especially a J.D., preferred. At least eight to ten years of progressively responsible leadership experience in development and alumni relations. Higher education experience or major philanthropic experience preferred.

Weekend Hours Required?
Occasional

Evening Hours Required?
Occasional

Drug Screen
No

Health Screening
No

Background Check Requirements

All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. Please visit www.yale.edu/hronline/careers/screening/faqs.html for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

Posting Disclaimer

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

Affirmative Action Statement:

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, at TitleIX@yale.edu, or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 8th Floor, Five Post Office Square, Boston MA 02109-3921. Telephone: 617.289.0111, Fax: 617.289.0150, TDD: 800.877.8339, or Email: ocr.boston@ed.gov.

Note

Yale University is a tobacco-free campus

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