Yale University — Director of Law School Fund

Director of Law School Fund

University Job Title: Director 2
Bargaining Unit: None – Not included in the union (Yale Union Group)
Time Type: Full time
Duration Type: Regular
Compensation Grade: Administration & Operations
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Work Location: Central Campus
Worksite Address: 157 Church Street
New Haven, CT 06510
Work Week: Standard (M-F equal number of hours per day)
Searchable Job Family: Development
Total # of Hours to be Works: 37.5

Position Focus:
The Director of the Yale Law School (YLS) Fund is a member of the School's Alumni Engagement and Development (AED) team, reporting to the Director of Development. The Director of the YLS Fund is responsible for overseeing reunion and non-reunion solicitations of annual unrestricted gifts as well as developing and implementing strategies to sustain the current success and future growth of the $5+ million annual giving program. This is an opportunity to lead a critical area of fundraising for a top law school with an engaged alumni base and a strong tradition of philanthropy. Joining at the outset of the public phase of the Yale University campaign, For Humanity, the director will serve as a catalyst for the growth of YLS' philanthropic constituency.

The Director: Is responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, acknowledgement and stewardship of annual fund and leadership level gifts from alumni, parents, and friends of YLS. Has bottom-line responsibility for the YLS annual fund, meeting all financial and donor participation goals established in collaboration with AED leadership. Contributes to the development of the annual and major gift pipeline through face-to-face donor and prospect visits, increasing engagement and probability that YLS becomes a funding priority for alumni, parents, and friends; maintains an active prospect portfolio; responsible for making 50 visits each year. Sets near and long-term staff performance, financial, and participation goals, developing a coordinated matrix of communication and solicitation strategies and timelines focused on expanding the tradition of annual support among YLS alumni and friends. Organizes and oversees reunion class giving and the management of reunion gift committees; recruits volunteers and solicits alumni; trains staff; works with class leaders to develop and implement class fundraising plans and individual prospect strategies. Provides management and oversight for an annual giving volunteer entity, the YLS Fund Board, including the recruitment and onboarding of new volunteers, management of meetings, and regular, meaningful communication about fundraising progress and School news/events. Contributes to direct marketing stewardship efforts, including donor acknowledgements, an annual donor honor roll publication, to include donor recognition societies and cultivation events for annual fund contributors. Guides student and recent graduate giving programs. Participates in the development and implementation of AED's strategic enterprise-wide and annual giving specific priorities. Conducts proactive analysis of segment and marketing channel performance and research (data mining, modeling, surveys, focus groups, benchmarking). Prepares key statistical and management reports as needed to monitor and expand annual giving revenue and participation. Prepares reports and presentations on giving and participation progress, including reunion activities and progress against strategic and annual plans, as well regular updates on activities and actions for volunteers and AED leadership. Manages and mentors two to three team members. Contributes to data integrity and gift management efforts.

The Director will have a demonstrated ability with a multichannel annual giving approach, including direct mail, audience segmentation, email solicitations, peer-to peer solicitations, and social media approaches that increase dollars and donors in support of the annual fund. The successful candidate will be a collaborative, innovative, strategic, creative and intellectually curious/broad thinker who has a demonstrated track record of driving and inspiring a culture of giving. This individual will create new fundraising, communication, and stewardship strategies that build on the University and School's strong tradition of philanthropic giving and committed alumni base.

Essential Duties:
1. Directs one or more functional areas within an administrative department of the University and ensure compliance with University policies and procedures. 2. Directs analytic and research support for educational policies and planning and develops and approves administrative policies affecting assigned functional areas of the University. 3. Directs and establishes parameters for major projects for the department and University. 4. Interprets federal policies and regulations and educates staff and administration about regulations, restrictions, and the legal responsibilities of the University. 5. Directs and implements policy and program modifications and develops standards to ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations. 6. Develops and administers an operating budget for the assigned department consistent with University policies and procedures. 7. Develops cost savings objectives and goals; authorizes major purchases and negotiates contracts that range from routine to complex in nature. 8. Establishes and implements long- and short-range goals for the functional area consistent with University goals and objectives. 9. Directs the development of related automated systems to support the function; determines office policies and procedures for use of automated systems. 10. Directs the evaluation and selection of vendors and negotiates contract details including work steps and pricing with the vendors on behalf of the assigned functional area. 11. Works with internal and external contacts to solve problems that range from routine to complex in nature. 12. Represents the University in discussions and negotiations with various governmental agencies. 13. Directs a staff of exempt and nonexempt employees. 14. May perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience:
Bachelors Degree in related field. Six years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Demonstrated supervision and management skills. Must be able to work in a team-based environment, and have the ability to direct and motivate staff and volunteers.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Demonstrated success in securing leadership gift-level gifts, and in developing and executing an annual giving strategy and plan leveraging data to drive retention, acquisition, and upgrades.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Excellent communication, interpersonal, presentation, and organizational skills. Commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Must have strong computer software skills including MS Office, Excel, Power Point, databases, and networked information systems.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Excellent analytic skills to ensure data-driven results. Ability and willingness to travel, and work some weekends and evenings as needed.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:
Experience in a complex, matrixed university setting working with alumni and donors. Familiarity with Yale University.

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. For additional information on the background check requirements and process visit “Learn about background checks” under the Applicant Support Resources section of Careers on the It's Your Yale website.

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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.

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