Drexel is one of Philadelphia's top 10 private employers, a
comprehensive global research university and a major engine for
economic development in the region. With over 24,000 students,
Drexel is one of America's 15 largest private universities. Drexel
has committed to being the nation’s most civically engaged
university, with community partnerships integrated into every
aspect of service and academics.
Drexel University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action
employer, welcomes individuals from diverse backgrounds and
perspectives, and believes that an inclusive and respectful
environment enriches the University community and the educational
and employment experience of its members. The University prohibits
discrimination against individuals on the basis of race, color,
national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability,
age, status as a veteran or special disabled veteran, gender
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or related medical conditions and any other prohibited
Drexel’s Office of Institutional Advancement (IA) supports the
University’s mission and strategic priorities by generating
philanthropic engagement and by building and strengthening
relationships among alumni, students, faculty, staff, civic
leaders, friends, and foundation and corporate partners. We aspire
to create a sustainable and lasting culture of philanthropy at
Drexel University by cultivating the next generation of leadership
through volunteer initiatives and alumni engagement.
In alignment with Drexel University’s values and priorities, IA
is committed to maintaining a flexible and dynamic work environment
that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion; professional and
career development; and collaboration and innovation across all our
The Director of Development, Kline School of Law will serve as
the primary development officer for the school, overseeing and
strengthening the fundraising and alumni engagement programs.
This individual will be an accomplished development professional
who will provide the law school's advancement effort with creative
and energetic direction for annual giving and the cultivation of
future major donors. They will work closely the Law School
communications, career services, and admissions departments and
will partner with central Institutional Advancement (IA) units and
- Secure leadership annual gifts and develops future major donors
by pursuing the identification, qualification, cultivation,
solicitation, recognition, and stewardship of private support from
individuals, friends, corporations, and foundations.
- Build and manage a dynamic portfolio of 125 prospects and
suspects who are believed capable of making commitments of $10,000
or more, based on giving patterns, prospect research, and other
indicators. This portfolio will evolve steadily as
prospects/suspects are brought to closure, referred to other
development officers, or dropped from the portfolio for lack of
capacity or inclination.
- Maintains an active schedule of face-to-face meetings with
major gift suspects and prospects, averaging twelve (12) meetings
- Prepare and present a minimum of 24 proposals annually.
- Secure an average of 20 referrals per month.
- In coordination with the Associate Vice President, Unit Leader,
develop and implement programs that encourage constituents to
progress as donors by joining the Anthony J. Drexel Society ($1,000
or more annually).
- Support the institutional giving programs as directed by the
Associate Vice President, Unit Leader and in cooperation with the
Foundation and Corporate Relations team.
- Work closely with the Associate Vice President, Unit Leader in
the analysis, formation, and implementation of fundraising plans,
moves management, and policies and procedures as they pertain to
the Affinity Groups development programs.
- Collaborate with IA partners in identifying and working with
key volunteers to establish and strengthen existing advisory
- Serve as a liaison between the School Affinity Groups and the
Office of Alumni Relations to helped foster activities that
contribute to a culture of philanthropy in the college.
- Steward donors through ongoing communications, recognition
activities, invitations to key events, and interaction with
beneficiaries of their support.
- Promote University priorities and image to constituents.
Serves as front line staff to promote campus goals and
objectives. Maintains current knowledge of university-wide
institutional priorities. As appropriate, and with the
knowledge of the Assistant Vice President, Unit Leader, qualifies,
cultivates, and solicits prospects on behalf of other campus
- Follow Institutional Advancement procedures with regard to
prospect management and documenting contacts. Responsible for
oversight and submission of all relative fundraising reports,
statistics, projections, and publications.
- Bachelor’s Degree
- Five or more years’ experience in fundraising in a development
program, preferably with an educational institution
- Program and pipeline development experience
- Ability and willingness to travel
- Ability and willingness to work evenings and weekends as
- Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills
- Excellent administrative skills
- Knowledge of prospect management systems preferred
- Knowledge of database fundraising software CS Advance
- Web-based fundraising experience a plus
- Previous experience working with senior-level executives
- Typically sitting at a desk/table
- Typically standing, walking
This position is classified as Exempt with a
salary grade of M. For more information regarding
Drexel’s Professional Staff salary structure, https://drexel.edu/hr/career/ducomp/salstructure/
Special Instructions to the Applicant
Please make sure you upload your CV/resume and cover letter when
submitting your application.
Review of applicants will begin once a suitable candidate pool