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Director of Development, Law

University of Oregon
Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Jun 13, 2023

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Director of Development, Law

Job no: 531722

Work type: Officer of Administration

Location: Eugene, OR

Categories: Business Administration/Management, Development, Legal/Law, Planning/Project Management

Department: University Advancement
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: $82,000 - $91,000 per year
Compensation Band: OS-OA09-Fiscal Year 2022-2023
FTE: 1.0

Application Review Begins

June 4, 2023; Position open until filled (Updated)

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please submit the following with your online application:
1) A cover letter in which you clearly describe how your knowledge, skills, and abilities prepare you for the job responsibilities and requirements outlined in the job announcement.
2) A resume of your educational and professional work experience.

Please Note: We may contact applicants who meet the minimum requirements in the job posting to request additional information for the next stage of review.

Department Summary

University Advancement (UA) supports the University of Oregon's (UO) mission of providing exceptional teaching, discovery, and service by strategically positioning the university to create awareness, build long-term relationships, and secure resources that increase understanding and further its aims. The division consists of approximately 200 employees primarily working out of Eugene, with offices in Portland and Bend. We are committed to fostering equity and inclusion in a welcoming, safe, and respectful environment that recognizes the value of all members of our community.

The University of Oregon School of Law is a dynamic ABA-accredited law school and Oregon's only public law school. Degrees offered include: Juris Doctor (JD), Master of Laws (LLM), Master of Conflict and Dispute Resolution (CRES), and a minor in undergraduate legal studies. Oregon Law's mission is to provide a world-class education. We prepare students through excellent classroom teaching paired with a multitude of practical experience opportunities and robust professional development. Our faculty produce exceptional research and scholarship. We accomplish our mission in a positive, inclusive environment where we strive to provide everyone opportunities to grow, contribute, and develop. Our aim is to learn, teach, and practice the principles of equity and justice as critical foundations for our overall effort to achieve excellence as a top-ranked law school. Success in this work requires a diverse group of people in various faculty and staff roles working in one of our two locations, Eugene and Portland. The University of Oregon is located within the traditional homelands of the Southern Kalapuya. Learn more about Oregon Law at, and consider joining our team.

The Office of Development as part of University Advancement has a mission to maximize philanthropic impact at the University of Oregon. We do this by identifying, connecting, and engaging alumni and friends around the globe with their passions to advance the vision and priorities of the university.

Position Summary

The Director of Development works as part of Development to promote university fundraising priorities and image to alumni, parents, and friends of the university. The director will be assigned to a specific unit and is responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors and new prospects. This position will concentrate on gifts in the major gift ($100k+) range.

This position is field-oriented, requiring frequent travel and direct contact with donors and donor prospects. The director works collaboratively with colleagues in the assigned unit, Development, and across the university to identify new prospects and strategically cultivate alumni, parents, and friends. The director will be responsible for meeting fundraising goals as they relate to the strategic needs of the university and the assigned unit, priority, or region. Performance as measured against these goals will be evaluated annually.

Reporting jointly to the Dean, School of Law and the Associate Vice President for Development, Academics, this position leads the School of Law development program and is responsible for managing all fundraising activity, including representing the school in development meetings on campus and setting fundraising goals and strategies in conjunction with leadership in the college/school/unit and Development. Traveling within Oregon as well as to cities in other states up to 50% of the time is an essential expectation of this position.

This position is jointly funded by the School of Law and University Advancement.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of skills and experience.
  • Three years of professional frontline fundraising experience or ten years combined experience in development and in a closely related field such as corporate sales.
  • One year of experience as a permanent supervisor or three years of lead work and mentorship of junior staff.

    Professional Competencies

  • Working with donors and prospects: Extensive experience in prospect identification, cultivation, and solicitation with a demonstrated ability to build relationships with donors and prospects, including those who are hard to engage or not well connected to the university. Ability to maximize gift potentials for outright and estate gifts, educate new donors and prospects about major gift philanthropy, and leverage volunteerism towards giving.
  • Portfolio management and systems: Ability to identify top prospects and strategies for a portfolio, including leveraging data and analysis tools to optimize activity and portfolio makeup; prioritize prospects and regions while fully engaging with a robust portfolio; and provide constructive feedback on prospect management systems and structures.
  • Professionalism and citizenship: Ability to establish and maintain strong working relationships with faculty, staff, and others as appropriate and contribute ideas in interactions and discussions with management, peers, and campus partners. This includes actively collaborating and sharing credit with colleagues as well as communicating in a positive and proactive manner with fellow development officers, leadership, and Prospect Management, Prospect Development, and Data Analytics staff.
  • Institutional navigation and industry knowledge: Ability to represent the university history, mission, demographics, faculty, current programs, departments, and culture, persuasively articulate how the UO distinguishes itself from peer institutions. Competence in connecting mission and objectives across departments into donor strategies, and extensive knowledge of best practices, trends, current strategies, and other information relevant to philanthropy in higher education major gifts.
  • Management and supervision of employees: Demonstrated ability managing people and/or programs, including recognizing and leveraging strengths of individual team members; navigating performance concerns and workplace conflict; setting metrics and goals; and customizing onboarding, expectations, and career planning for all team members.
  • Volunteer management: Ability to set the philanthropic agenda of a board; work with volunteers in setting philanthropic priorities for solicitation, stewardship, and relationship building; and work closely with academic and administrative partners on board member engagement, giving, decision making, and retirement.
  • Academic leadership: Strong ability to use natural inclinations and abilities of deans and faculty members to cultivate and solicit donors, focus fundraising activity to meet metrics and engage donors, and ensure academic leaders understand the role of development. Ability to identify and work with the most appropriate academic partners for a given prospect, encourage academic partners to focus their efforts on top prospects, and exercise high-level judgment to maximize the impact of partnerships on giving. Skilled in establishing confidence with academic leadership to lead strategy and represent the interests of the program as well as delivering post-meeting feedback and reflection.
  • Strategic planning: Ability to communicate and articulate how individual initiatives and programmatic direction fit into overall advancement strategy, as well as use 12-month and multi-year projections and strategic planning tools to reach goals and anticipate trends, gaps, and priorities.
  • Commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Ability to interact, communicate, and work effectively with individuals, recognizing and respecting the many and varied identities of each person.
  • Ability to travel.

    Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in higher education development and understanding of the nature of a professional school and research university.
  • Demonstrated experience working effectively with volunteer boards.
  • Advanced degree, especially in Law.

    FLSA Exempt: Yes

    All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

    University of Oregon students and employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. For additional information see:

    The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

    The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

    UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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