Annual Giving Officer, Law School Fund

Reporting to the deputy director of Annual Giving, the annual giving officer assists with the planning, execution, and evaluation of annual fundraising campaigns, with primary responsibility for managing successful fundraising efforts with alumni in reunion classes. Serves as the project leader for reunion class campaigns, works collaboratively with YLS field officers to recruit reunion gift committee volunteers and to generate leadership unrestricted gifts from the top prospects in each reunion class. Recruits, trains, and provides proactive support to reunion gift committee volunteers to ensure their success in peer-to-peer solicitation efforts. Works closely with lead volunteers to draft solicitations and create engagement strategies for their class. Solicits and closes unrestricted gifts from an assigned pool of reunion year prospects. May perform other duties as assigned.

Principal responsibilities 

  1. Organizes, plans, and oversees fundraising efforts for the university. 
  2. Recruits, trains, and organizes a network of alumni volunteers. 
  3. Develops, fosters, and maintains positive alumni relations. 
  4. Contributes in writing and producing alumni reports, newsletters, and other materials to inform alumni network. 
  5. Develops and implements financial solicitation programs; oversees a budget and gift crediting functions. 
  6. Initiates and advises the best course of action for financial solicitation programs, such as conducting a written campaign or organizing a phonathon. 
  7. Advises on the timely communication, organization of campaigns, and crediting of gifts. 
  8. May perform other duties as assigned.

Required skills and abilities

  1. Self-starter with a strong work ethic, ability to set priorities and discipline to meet deadlines; entrepreneurial, innovative, collaborative, and results-oriented. Volunteer management or project management experience.
  2. Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communications skills. Superior organizational skills with strong attention to detail and strong analytical skills. Positive attitude and collaborative work-style.
  3. Ability to grasp the nuances of annual giving programming, including segmented solicitation strategies, impact on major gift relationships, dynamics of donor behavior, goal setting, and volunteer management.
  4. Proficient with Microsoft Excel and Word.
  5. Ability to travel. Flexible, with the ability to respond to changing situations. Outstanding level of personal integrity, honesty, and trust.

Required education and experience

Bachelor’s degree. Three years of related experience in a fund-raising capacity or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred education, experience, and skills

Fundraising experience at a law school or in higher education. Track record of successfully soliciting and closing charitable gifts. Experience with fundraising data collection and analysis. Drafting and disseminating solicitation materials experience. Proven facility with complex databases (i.e. Blackbaud products and Salesforce), spreadsheets, and statistics. Proven ability with Access preferred.