Associate Dean of Advancement, Law School, Development

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. The associate dean 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. The associate dean 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 twenty-five, and is responsible for all development and alumni relations for the school.

The associate dean also has the following responsibilities:
  1. Creates and implements 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.
  2. Assists the dean on solicitation strategy with select donors on development issues.
  3. Develops strong ties with faculty to understand and support the Law School’s mission.
  4. 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).
  5. 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.
  6. Manages a portfolio of high-profile donors.
  7. Serves 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. Serves as leader of the development and alumni offices to achieve strategic and operational goals. Recruits, trains, supervises, and mentors department staff to promote the development of a skilled and highly motivated and responsive fundraising team.
  8. Works 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.
  9. Constructively participates in, and contributes 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.
  10. Develops and maintains relationships with members of the School Fund Board.
  11. Serves as the liaison with other development offices to provide information on organization needs and to develop strategies for prospects that are staffed centrally.
  12. 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.

Principal responsibilities

  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 skills and abilities

  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.

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.

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.