Executive Director of
Columbia Law School is in the midst of its ambitious $300M
Campaign for Columbia Law, so far raising 80% of the overall goal.
The Executive Director of Development position has been integral to
this success, a proven leader of the Development and Alumni
Relations leadership team, and an important and trusted partner
with colleagues across the Law School and Columbia University.
Reporting directly to the Associate Dean for Development and
Alumni Relations, the Executive Director of Development is
responsible for overseeing all fundraising and the Major Gifts,
Annual Fund, and Reunion Fundraising teams. This position will also
oversee the stewardship team and the research team and work closely
with the development operations team. The incumbent is expected to
have a proven record of major gift fundraising, to be able to work
both collaboratively and independently, and to contribute to the
overall fundraising and stewardship strategy of the development and
alumni relations office. Will be expected to work closely with the
Dean, senior staff, and the faculty in alumni engagement and
- Direct and supervise all individual fundraising activities from
Stewardship, Research, Annual Giving, Reunion, and Major Gift
programs. Manage six direct reports, overseeing responsibility for
a staff of 14.
Cultivate and manage defined portfolio of 75 leadership and
potential leadership donors drawn primarily from Law School
volunteer leadership. Create and implement strategy for and manage
the Law’s School 100+ member Board of Visitors, the Dean’s Council,
and various other leadership groups. Work to develop new means of
involvement and engagement among the leadership volunteers.
Participate in strategic planning activities of the Development
and Alumni Relations office, and implement programs in line with
strategic plans to garner success. Create annual plan for
fundraising strategy to set and meet Campaign goals and annual
dollar goals and to increase overall participation and alumni
giving. Adhere to and promote fundraising metrics to motivate
Work closely with the Associate Dean to strategize and devise
cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship plans for top Law School
prospects both during and after the Law School’s Campaign. As
needed, prepare materials for prospect solicitation process,
including but not limited to prospect lists, briefings, proposals,
Provide leadership and support to the Associate Dean, the Dean,
and the faculty in all matters relating to fundraising.
Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree preferred. A minimum
of 7–9 years of professional fundraising or comparable experience
The incumbent must be highly motivated, articulate, creative,
and able to function well in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
where teamwork and performance are valued. Superior communication
and interpersonal skills are required. This position requires
evening and weekend work and travel as necessary.
An understanding and appreciation of the role of development in
an educational institution is highly desirable, as is an
understanding of a professional school’s mission and structure. The
ability to work successfully with skilled professionals in the
legal, academic, and corporate communities is essential. Previous
staff management experience is strongly preferred. Campaign
experience is preferred. Must be able to work with diverse
constituencies and support an inclusive work environment.
Columbia University is an equal opportunity employer /
disability / veteran and is committed to the hiring of qualified