The Institute for the Advancement of
the American Legal System, is a nonpartisan, nonprofit research
institution at the University of Denver that is committed to
increasing fairness, efficiency, accessibility, and the public’s
faith in the civil justice system.
People look to our justice system for
relief in matters that affect their rights, their businesses, and
the most intimate aspects of their lives; however, barriers and
inefficiencies are effectively denying them real access. IAALS
empowers judges, lawyers, businesspeople, and everyday users to put
the best ideas into practice. Relying on real-time data to inform
real-world solutions, IAALS is changing how our system serves
people today while anticipating future needs working tirelessly to
increase access to justice.
IAALS works on solving problems within
the legal system: both in the courts and in the delivery of legal
services more broadly. We conduct comprehensive analysis and work
with stakeholders to design models, empower decision-makers, and
measure outcomes and impacts to advance a trusted American legal
A trusted and trustworthy legal system
is essential to our democracy, our economy, and our freedom. But,
the American legal system is in a state of unprecedented change and
challenge. Some 80 percent of Americans have legal needs that go
unmet. Some 76 percent of state civil cases have a litigant on at
least one side without lawyer representation. Businesses routinely
choose arbitration rather than using the courts, jury trials are
disappearing, and public confidence in our legal system is low.
Justice, the courts, and legal
services must be accessible, and they are not. But IAALS is
changing that. The problems are complex and multi-dimensional, and
we are committed to comprehensive, balanced, and inclusive
solutions across the American legal system. IAALS has ongoing
projects in the areas of judicial reform, civil justice reform,
family justice reform, legal education, and reregulation of the
We encourage applicants to learn more
about our work at iaals.du.edu.
The Director of Development (DoD)
reports to the Senior Director of Operations with dotted line
reporting to the CEO. This position establishes and manages a
fundraising infrastructure within the organization that engages
various departments, board members and advisors. The position also
develops and implements fundraising strategies by identifying,
qualifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding various sources
of philanthropic support. Employee ensures that fund development
activities align with IAALS’ mission and strategic vision.
Knowledge, Skills, and
- Create and implement fundraising strategies for annual giving,
major gifts, planned giving, events, sponsorship opportunities, and
- Identify and qualify an expanding pool of individual,
government, foundations, funders, and corporate
- Develop and manage a fundraising infrastructure that supports
various giving strategies, stewardship, and donor data management
- Communicate with DU Advancement staff.
- Work with Communications staff to create messaging for
fundraising collateral, social media, video, and print
communications to expand both local and national awareness of
- Establish and encourage an internal fundraising culture among
staff, board members, advisors through board and committee
reporting and offering meaningful engagement.
- Create and facilitate naming, sponsorship, membership, and fee
for service opportunities to attract and retain members, partners,
donors, funders, and supporters.
- Manage support staff and contract labor.
- Ability to represent IAALS and the University in a variety of
capacities, through excellent spoken, and written communication,
presentation, and interpersonal skills.
- Ability to prioritize, negotiate, influence, and motivate
groups and individuals.
- Maturity, sound judgment, sensitivity to others and high
ethical standards with the ability to build productive
relationships with philanthropic individuals, corporations, and
foundations, as well as the University's leadership.
- Ability to empower and motivate team members to deliver on
agreed upon performance metrics.
- Responsibility to remain informed on issues and concerns
impacting IAALS and the legal community it serves.
- Responsibility to remain informed on economic, tax and
philanthropic issues impacting fundraising strategies.
- Ability effectively identify and pursue new revenue
opportunities and fundraising relationships.
- Bachelor's degree
- Minimum of eight (8) years of fundraising experience, with
broad involvement working with major donors, annual giving, events,
planned giving, memberships and foundation grants.
- Demonstrated track record in working collaboratively across
organizational departments, as well as with internal and external
- Understanding of the development budget process, revenue
forecasting and financial reporting.
- Experienced with donor data management software and experienced
at data mining to identify potential philanthropic support.
- Knowledge and understanding of gift acceptance policies and
- Masters Degree - Preferred Field of Study: Nonprofit
- Fundraising experience in both large well-resourced shops and
in small organizations with limited numbers of staff and small
budgets, at senior leadership levels.
- Skilled at cultivating and stewarding relationships with
diverse individuals, organizations, corporations, and
- Experienced working with a CEO, leadership, and staff to
facilitate the implementation of fundraising strategies.
- Experienced working with Communications staff to collaborate on
creating fundraising collaterals, social media, videos, and other
forms of fundraising tools.
- Experienced reporting to and working with a Board and other
Candidates must apply online through
to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be
accepted. Please include the following documents with your
For best consideration, please submit
your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MDT) on May
16, 2022. Applications will continue to be evaluated until the
position is filled.
All offers of employment are
contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history
The salary range for this position is
$120,000 - $140,000.
The University of Denver has provided
a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of
what the University may pay for the position at the time of
posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the
posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected
candidate will be determined based on factors such as the
qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget
availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available
market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other
University of Denver
offers excellent benefits, including
medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO
pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that
empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about
the University of Denver
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opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits
discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age
(40 years and over in the employment context), religion,
disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression,
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with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of
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