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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.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Identify, cultivate and solicitalumni, friends, law firms and foundations for gifts of $100,000 and above

  • Develop solicitation strategiesfor potential major gift donors

  • Make direct solicitations,including coordination with dean, faculty, and volunteers as needed.

  • Manage a portfolio ofapproximately 70-75 major gift prospects and donors.

  • Support the Associate Dean incoordinating operations regarding major gifts fundraising, alumnirelations, public relations, and communications. This includesworking with prospect research, gift processing and accounting, reportingand analysis, office management, budgeting, and collaboration with LawSchool and DAR colleagues as needed.

  • Work with the Associate Dean toestablish fundraising goals and strategies for annual and comprehensivecampaigns.

  • Support the Associate Dean instrengthening the Law School’s major gift pipeline.

  • Represent the Associate Dean asneeded.

  • Continuously compile, review,and analyze project outcomes against established goals, objectives, andtimelines;

  • Recommend process improvementfor program and services;

  • Use appropriate resources toeffectively and efficiently resolve problems.

  • Uphold departmental andinstitutional policies regarding confidential information.

  • Work cooperatively with DARcolleagues and develop strong working relationships with other Universityoffices.

  • Perform other duties asassigned.


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

Profile of IdealCandidate


  • One year of developmentexperience, or relevant, is required

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

  • 5 years of fundraisingexperience, with at least 3 years within a higher education/researchinstitution, is preferred.

  • Knowledge of software programsapplicable to development is also desirable.

  • Superior organizational skills,verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to articulate theneeds, interests, and accomplishments of Vanderbilt University toimportant constituencies are required.

  • Candidate must also have thecapacity to perform in an intellectually rigorous and complex academic environment.The ability to apply sound judgment skills in all situations, especiallyrelated to management, donor issues, and budget, is required. Adetailed working knowledge of Vanderbilt University is preferred.Meticulous attention to detail is a must.

  • Demonstrated success inmanaging a portfolio of prospects and securing six figure gifts fromindividuals.

  • Travel, along with occasionalevening and weekend work, is required.

  • Exhibit personalcharacteristics enabling effective interaction with important constituenciesand possess a genuine commitment to the advancement of education andresearch.

  • Ability to work independently,take initiative, manage multiple projects simultaneously, meet deadlines,and adapt to ever changing priorities are essential

  • Values the importance of equityas an organizational operating principle and is committed to equity,diversity, and inclusion

  • A commitment to customerservice and a “can-do” attitude

About VanderbiltUniversity

Vanderbilt University, located in Nashville, Tennessee, is a top-15 private research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Vanderbilt is situated on a 330-acre campus near the thriving city center, serving more than 12,000 students and employing almost 7,000 faculty and staff. The university’s students, staff, 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. Vanderbilt was recently named as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” and the top employer in Tennessee and the Nashville metropolitan area in 2018 (Forbes).

About VanderbiltBenefits

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.

Commitment to Equity,Diversity and Inclusion

Vanderbilt University is committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff, and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our campus values.


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

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