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Director Program on Philanthropy and Nonprofits

UCLA School of Law
California, United States
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Closing date
Nov 11, 2021

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Executive, Fundraising, Capital Campaigns, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Direct Marketing, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Major Gifts, Membership, Planned Giving, Prospect Research, Other Fundraising, Special Events, Programs, Other Programs, Program Administration and Management, Administrative, Accounting and Finance, Public Relations and Communications
Academic Centers, Education, Legal Services, Philanthropic Advisors
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UCLA School of Law



Program on Philanthropy and Nonprofits
Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy


The Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law (LMI) is seeking a highly motivated and multi-talented inaugural Director for LMI’s new Program on Philanthropy and Nonprofits. The Director will be instrumental in:

  • developing and overseeing the Program’s core initiatives;
  • convening conferences, symposia, and workshops;
  • working with faculty to launch research and policy projects that improve knowledge and understanding of nonprofit law and policy;
  • developing classroom and clinical opportunities for law students and an executive program for practitioners and senior managers of nonprofit organizations;
  • expanding sponsorship and support for the Program’s initiatives; and
  • conducting outreach to build a network connected to the

The Director will also be expected to teach a course related to nonprofit law to students and/or executives.

About the Program on Philanthropy and Nonprofits

In 2021, Lowell Milken (’73) made a generous gift to start a new Program on Philanthropy and Nonprofits under the LMI umbrella. More information about LMI can be found at


Initially, the Program will focus on three main goals:


  1. Become a research center that develops and shares scholarship and knowledge on issues relating to nonprofits including tax policy, governance, and the role of nonprofits in developing and promoting social policies. This goal will provide resources to a wide range of participants in the nonprofit sector including policymakers, regulators, lawyers, and senior managers of nonprofits.


  • Develop and expand education at the law school for law students, lawyers, directors, and senior managers of nonprofits on issues that are central to nonprofit operations, financial management and governance.



  • Support thought leadership on legal issues material to nonprofits so the Program serves as an important resource for the operation and governance of nonprofits and a venue to bring together practitioners, scholars, and regulators.


The Director Position

In collaboration with the Faculty Director of the Program, the Executive Director of LMI, key faculty, and leaders at UCLA Law, the Director will develop and articulate a strategic vision for building the Program into a leading national center for the study of philanthropy and nonprofits, develop short- and long-range plans for achieving that vision, and be responsible for their day-to-day implementation. The Director will collaborate in, develop, and lead the execution of world-class and innovative research, programming, and initiatives that advance the mission of the Program. This effort will include development and supervision of strategies for publicizing and disseminating the results of the program’s research and policy work by faculty through working papers series, conferences, and other means, simultaneously building out the public profile of the Program as an important center of study into philanthropy and nonprofits.  The Director will build a vibrant intellectual community around the Program.


The Director will work with faculty members to support existing courses related to nonprofit and to propose new courses, including experiential courses, to expand the law school’s offerings in this area.


The successful candidate for the position of Director of the Program on Philanthropy and Nonprofits will have significant experience and extensive contacts in the nonprofit space.


The minimum requirements for this position include:

  • An excellent academic record;
  • A J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school;
  • Membership in the California Bar or the bar of another state;
  • A minimum of five and preferably at least seven years’ experience in nonprofit law (I.e., both   
     regulatory and tax law) with demonstrated experience in the legal, financial, and governance
     issues related to nonprofit operations;
  • Prior teaching experience and/or experience in mentoring and presenting to others suggesting
     strong promise as an instructor;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Budget management skills; and
  • Demonstrated management, administrative, and organizational


This is a full-time, year-round, non-tenure track, academic position. The salary and level of appointment will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This appointment is subject to the rules and regulations of the Regents of the University of California, which are mostly embodied in The UCLA CALL and the University of California Academic Personnel Manual. (See; and programs/academic-personnel-policy/index.html.)


Confidential review of applications, nominations and expressions of interest will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by Tuesday, November 30, 2021, but will be considered thereafter until the position is filled. Please apply online at by submitting pdf copies of a cover letter, resume, and contact information for at least three professional references. Finalists will later be expected to supply at least two letters of recommendation during the final vetting process.

 The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, gender transition status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), genetic information (including family medical history), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services, including protected veterans. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination &Affirmative Action Policy at



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