General Description Purpose
The Assistant Director of Development for the School of Law is a frontline fundraiser working in a collaborative team setting to ensure annual and long-range fundraising success. The Assistant Director develops a caseload of current and prospective major-gift level donors and advances relationships to achieve individual, School, and Foundation-wide goals.
Main Job Tasks and Responsibilities
- Engage, solicit, and steward a caseload of current and prospective donors in a way that demonstrates purposeful and meaningful management of donor relationships.
- Create and implement strategic action plans for top prospects oriented to greater donor engagement corresponding with their philanthropic interests and leading to solicitation of more significant gift opportunities; adhering to prospect management guidelines.
- Foster strong working relationships with Foundation colleagues and University partners. Engage staff and volunteers whenever appropriate and productive to implement strategic donor plans. Coordinate with the school’s dean, associate deans, faculty and staff who can partner with development to enhance donor/prospect relations.
- Leverage events and engagement initiatives – including the 25th and 50th reunions, annual scholarship reception and similar programs – with donors and prospects to support caseload management and fundraising objectives. Coordinate reunion activity closely with the Director of Alumni Relations assigned to the School fo Law.
- Implement next steps of moves processes according to established schedules and document activity in the Foundation database within prescribed timelines.
- Assist in the articulation of the school’s fundraising plans and goals within the Foundation to broadly engage fundraising staff – especially the regional, planned giving and corporate fundraising teams – and to ensure that these activities are aligned.
- Provide support as necessary for engagement/fundraising initiatives implemented in coordination with other Foundation offices (e.g. 100% UConn Law Challenge).
- Other duties as assigned.
- Excellent interpersonal and listening skills and the proven ability to foster productive relationships with a broad range of constituencies; display natural tact, honesty and integrity to foster trust among all constituencies;
- Demonstrated strategic thinking ability and leadership capabilities in a complex environment; high level of independent judgment, motivation, focus and assertiveness;
- Excellent written skills, including ability to effectively articulate University and school priorities, and to positively represent the University and Foundation;
- Ability to handle multiple tasks, to assess and order priorities, and to track details in a fast-paced environment;
- Adept in use of computers and information management tools;
- Ability to work to the demands of the position, which may exceed a 40 hour work week;
- Must be willing to travel extensively and reliable personal transportation is required for this position. Must possess a valid driver’s license issued from state in which employee resides. Employee must maintain at their expense, automobile liability insurance coverage in the minimum amount of $500,000 or a combination of umbrella and automobile liability insurance coverage of $500,000. A certificate of automobile insurance evidencing the limit, must be provided to the Foundation at hire and annually thereafter.
Education and Experience Required
- Bachelor’s degree, advanced degree preferred
- Minimum two-years’ fundraising or equivalent experience in a field that emphasizes the strategic development of client relationships
- Demonstrated ability to personally solicit gifts of $25,000 and more or a documented track record of success in a related field.