Senior Director of Development
Law School Advancement
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Senior Director of Development
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Loyola Law School, Los Angeles is currently seeking a Senior Director of Development. As a senior member of the Law School Advancement team, this position is responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction in the Law School’s next comprehensive campaign. This position will strategically cultivate, solicit, and steward major donors. Develop and implement a comprehensive major and planned gift program to involve alumni, friends, and law firms in the mission and goals of Loyola Law School. The Senior Director will be expected to raise major and planned gifts ($100,000 and more) in support of the School’s fundraising priorities.
Loyola Law School is located in the legal, financial and media capital of Los Angeles. It is home to world-renowned faculty, and academic programs at the leading edge of the legal field. Our students want to change the world, and they’re doing it. Loyola Law is the first ABA-approved school in California with a pro bono graduation requirement and we are committed to ethics and the public interest. Our 1,100 students donate more than 40,000 hours per year to nonprofit organizations and have helped get five wrongly convicted people out of prison and off of death row. Entertainment law, cybersecurity, juvenile justice, conflict resolution and immigration law are a few of the areas where Loyola Law is defining the state of the art. And our programs in China and Italy reflect a recognition that for our students, the entire globe is home.
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Design and implement overall development plans based on approved funding priorities established by the Dean. In collaboration with the Associate Dean of Advancement, establish and implement annual qualitative and quantitative goals, objectives and key accountabilities in order to increase donors and dollars raised.
In partnership with the Associate Dean of Advancement manage comprehensive campaign operations and communications.
Develop and manage a portfolio of 125 major gift prospects capable of pledges of $100,000 and above for the purposes of discovery, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
Serve as the senior development officer for the Law School and provide major and planned gift strategies and mentorship to the development team.
Coordinate strategies for major gift and planned gift cultivation and solicitations with the Dean, Associate Dean of Advancement, faculty, and/or volunteers. Actively involve faculty and volunteer boards in the identification, cultivation and solicitation process as appropriate.
Work with Alumni Relations, Annual Giving, Stewardship, Conferences and Events, and Marketing and Communications team to strengthen donor cultivation and stewardship.
May manage staff.
Partner with other members of the LMU development staff, including Development Directors, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Planned Giving, Prospect Research, Annual Support, and Development Services to develop collaborative approaches with shared prospects and donors.
Perform other related duties as assigned or requested. The Law School reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.
Candidates must have at minimum seven (7) years of professional fundraising, preferably in higher education. A track-record that demonstrates solid fundraising results in annual giving and major gifts. This includes the ability to plan, organize and implement fundraising activities effectively, as well as participate in high-level individual, corporate, and/or foundation solicitations. The demonstrated ability to set priorities, coordinate multiple projects and personally ask and close gifts is also needed. We are seeking candidates that have the willingness to travel and work occasional weekend/evening hours. Successful candidates will have experience with dealing effectively and comfortably with high-level donor prospects. Candidates will also need to have demonstrated computer competency in Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and preferably have knowledge of Advance or other comparable fundraising systems.
Typically a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience. Master’s degree preferred. Incumbent will be expected to continue upgrading knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to keep abreast of regulation/policy changes.
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