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Director of Development and Alumni Engagement, Thomas R. Kline School of Law

Drexel University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Oct 21, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Alumni Affairs, Donor Relations
Salary Band
Commensurate with Experience
Employment Type
Full Time
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About Drexel

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 identity or expression, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions and any other prohibited characteristic.

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 departments.

Job Summary

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 colleagues.

Essential Functions

  • 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 per month.
  • 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 boards.
  • 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 units.
  • 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.

Required Qualifications

  • 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 needed
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent administrative skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of prospect management systems preferred
  • Knowledge of database fundraising software CS Advance preferred
  • Web-based fundraising experience a plus
  • Previous experience working with senior-level executives preferred

Physical Demands

  • Typically sitting at a desk/table
  • Typically standing, walking


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Additional Information

This position is classified as Exempt with a salary grade of M. For more information regarding Drexel’s Professional Staff salary structure,

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 is identified.

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