Director, Yale Law School Fund
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The Director of the Yale Law School Fund is a member of the
School's Alumni Engagement and Development (AED) team, reporting to
the Director of Development. The Director of the YLS Fund is
responsible for overseeing reunion and non-reunion solicitations of
annual unrestricted gifts as well as developing and implementing
strategies to sustain the current success and future growth of the
$5+ million annual giving program. This is an opportunity to lead a
critical area of fundraising for a top law school with an engaged
alumni base and a strong tradition of philanthropy. Joining at the
outset of the public phase of the Yale University campaign, For
Humanity, the director will serve as a catalyst for the growth of
YLS' philanthropic constituency.
The Director: Oversees the multi-channel solicitation efforts on
behalf of the Yale Law School annual fund. Has bottom-line
responsibility for the YLS annual fund, meeting all financial and
donor participation goals established in collaboration with AED
team. Sets near and long-term staff performance, financial, and
participation goals, developing a coordinated matrix of
communication and solicitation strategies and timelines focused on
expanding the tradition of annual support among YLS alumni and
friends. Helps organize and manage reunion class giving; works with
class leaders to develop and implement class fundraising plans, set
class goals, and prepare appeal letters. Contributes to direct
marketing stewardship efforts, including donor acknowledgements, an
annual donor honor roll publication, and other targeted touches, to
include donor recognition societies and cultivation events for
annual fund contributors. Guides student and recent graduate giving
programs. Manages special gift initiatives as needed. Participates
in the development and implementation of AED's strategic
enterprise-wide and annual giving specific priorities. Conducts
proactive analysis of segment and marketing channel performance and
research (data mining, modeling, surveys, focus groups,
benchmarking). Prepares key statistical and management reports as
needed to monitor and expand annual giving revenue and
participation. Prepares reports and presentations on giving and
participation progress, including reunion activities and progress
against strategic and annual plans, as well regular updates on
activities and actions for volunteers and AED leadership.
Manages one coordinator. Contributes to data integrity and gift
management efforts. The Director will have a deep understanding of
and demonstrated ability with a multichannel annual giving
approach, including direct mail, audience segmentation, email
solicitations, peer-to peer solicitations, and social media
approaches that increase dollars and donors in support of the
annual fund. The successful candidate will be a collaborative,
innovative, strategic, creative and intellectually curious/broad
thinker who has a demonstrated track record of driving and
inspiring a culture of giving. This individual will create new
fundraising, communication, and stewardship strategies that build
on the University and School's strong tradition of philanthropic
giving and committed alumni base.
Principal Responsibilities listed below are generic in nature.
Applicants will find the detailed responsibilities listed in this
Position Focus to be the most relevant to the position.
1. Directs one or more functional areas within an administrative
department of the University and ensure compliance with University
policies and procedures. 2. Directs analytic and research support
for educational policies and planning and develops and approves
administrative policies affecting assigned functional areas of the
University. 3. Directs and establishes parameters for major
projects for the department and University. 4. Interprets federal
policies and regulations and educates staff and administration
about regulations, restrictions, and the legal responsibilities of
the University. 5. Directs and implements policy and program
modifications and develops standards to ensure compliance with
federal, state and local regulations. 6. Develops and administers
an operating budget for the assigned department consistent with
University policies and procedures. 7. Develops cost savings
objectives and goals; authorizes major purchases and negotiates
contracts that range from routine to complex in nature. 8.
Establishes and implements long- and short-range goals for the
functional area consistent with University goals and objectives. 9.
Directs the development of related automated systems to support the
function; determines office policies and procedures for use of
automated systems. 10. Directs the evaluation and selection of
vendors and negotiates contract details including work steps and
pricing with the vendors on behalf of the assigned functional area.
11. Works with internal and external contacts to solve problems
that range from routine to complex in nature. 12. Represents the
University in discussions and negotiations with various
governmental agencies. 13. Directs a staff of exempt and nonexempt
employees. 14. May perform other duties as assigned.
Required Education and Experience:
Bachelors Degree in related field. Six years of experience or an
equivalent combination of education and experience.
Required Skill/Ability 1:
Demonstrated supervision and management skills. Must be able to
work in a team-based environment, and have the ability to direct
and motivate staff and volunteers.
Required Skill/Ability 2:
Demonstrated success in running successful annual giving campaigns,
and in developing and executing an annual giving strategy and plan
that leverages data to drive retention, acquisition, and
Required Skill/Ability 3:
Excellent communication, interpersonal, presentation, and
organizational skills. Commitment to fostering a diverse and
Required Skill/Ability 4:
Must have strong computer software skills including MS Office,
Excel, Power Point, databases, and networked information systems.
Must also have excellent analytic skills to ensure data-driven
Required Skill/Ability 5:
Ability and willingness to travel, and work some weekends and
evenings as needed.
Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:
Experience in a complex, matrixed university setting working with
alumni and donors. Familiarity with Yale University.
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