Vanderbilt University Associate Director of Development, Law School in Nashville, Tennessee

Associate Director of Development, Law School (Job Number: 1801963)


The Department of Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) assists Vanderbilt University in securing the resources, both human and financial, that are required to achieve its mission and goals. The Department is responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individuals and organizations whose charitable objectives are consistent with those of Vanderbilt University’s teaching and research programs.

The Associate Director of Development – Law School assists in planning and implementing the programmatic vision for the Law School’s development and alumni relations office.

In addition to identifying, cultivating and soliciting alumni, friends, firms and foundations for major gifts, the Associate Director also supports the Associate Dean in coordinating operational services and activities, and helps to integrate the Law School’s major gift fundraising efforts with the work of the Director of Alumni Relations, the Annual Giving team, and other Law School and DAR colleagues.

Key Functions andExpected Performance:

  • Identify,cultivate and solicit alumni, friends, law firms and foundations for giftsof $100,000 and above

  • Developsolicitation strategies for potential major gift donors

  • Make directsolicitations, including coordination with dean, faculty, and volunteersas needed.

  • Manage aportfolio of approximately 70-75 major gift prospects and donors.

  • Support theAssociate Dean in coordinating operations regarding major giftsfundraising, alumni relations, public relations, and communications.This includes working with prospect research, gift processing andaccounting, reporting and analysis, office management, budgeting, andcollaboration with Law School and DAR colleagues as needed.

  • Work withthe Associate Dean to establish fundraising goals and strategies for annualand comprehensive campaigns.

  • Support theAssociate Dean in strengthening the Law School’s major gift pipeline.

  • Representthe Associate Dean as needed.

  • Continuouslycompile, review, and analyze project outcomes against established goals,objectives, and timelines;

  • Recommendprocess improvement for program and services;

  • Useappropriate resources to effectively and efficiently resolve problems.

  • Upholddepartmental and institutional policies regarding confidentialinformation.

  • Workcooperatively with DAR colleagues and develop strong working relationshipswith other University offices.

  • Performother duties as assigned.

SupervisoryRelationships :

This position reports administratively and functionally to the Associate Dean of Development, Law School

Experience and Skills :


  • One year of development experience, or relevant, is required

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education is necessary. However, a J.D. or other relevant Master’s degree ispreferred.

  • 5 years of fundraising experience, withat least 3 years within a higher education/research institution, ispreferred.

  • Knowledge of software programs applicableto development is also desirable.

  • Superior organizational skills, verbaland written communication skills, and the ability to articulate the needs,interests, and accomplishments of Vanderbilt University to importantconstituencies are required.

  • Candidate must also have the capacity toperform in an intellectually rigorous and complex academicenvironment. The ability to apply sound judgment skills in allsituations, especially related to management, donor issues, and budget, isrequired. A detailed working knowledge of Vanderbilt University ispreferred.

  • Meticulous attention to detail is a must.

  • Demonstrated success in managing aportfolio of prospects and securing six figure gifts from individuals.

  • Travel, along with occasional evening andweekend work, is required.

  • Exhibit personal characteristics enablingeffective interaction with important constituencies and possess a genuinecommitment to the advancement of education and research.

  • Ability to work independently, take initiative, managemultiple projects simultaneously, meet deadlines, and adapt to everchanging priorities are essential

  • Valuesthe importance of equity as an organizational operating principle and iscommitted to equity, diversity, and inclusion

  • Acommitment to customer service and a “can-do” attitude

About Vanderbilt Benefits

In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, Vanderbilt University offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses and dependent children. Also, after five years of service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% of the tuition for up to three dependent children to earn a bachelor's degree. Learn more about Vanderbilt's benefits at VU Benefits Overview at .

About Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 and located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. The university’s students and faculty frequently cite Nashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of the Vanderbilt community. Vanderbilt University is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt was recently ranked #2 for “best quality of life” and “great financial aid,” #5 for “best run colleges” and “beautiful campus,” and #6 for both being in a “college city that students love” and having “great campus/city relations.”

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 42312 - Development Teams

Job: External Affairs & Communications Professionals

Vanderbilt University is committed to principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action