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Vanderbilt University Associate Director of Volunteer Outreach for the Law School in Nashville, Tennessee

Associate Director of Volunteer Outreach for the Law School (Job Number: 1901225)


The Associate Director of Volunteer Outreach for Vanderbilt Law School is responsible for the recruitment, direction and management of fundraising volunteers for the Law School. These volunteers include class agents, firm giving representatives, reunion volunteers and class gift committee members. The purpose of these volunteers is to increase philanthropic support for Law through peer-to-peer outreach for annual contributions and engagement. The Associate Director serves as the primary point of contact for the volunteers and works in conjunction with the Director of Volunteer Outreach for Professional Schools to execute a strategic plan designed to enhance volunteer impact and increase giving amounts and the number of donors to the school.

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.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Execute plan for recruitment and management of Law School fundraising volunteer program volunteers including class agents, firm giving representatives, reunion volunteers and class gift committee members with a goal of increasing alumni participation.

  • Compile reports that track programmatic progress and success in order to capture meaningful data around the impact of volunteers, solicitations, and other annual giving efforts.

  • Collaborate with Law Development and Alumni Relations colleagues such as Development Officers and Alumni Relations staff to identify volunteers, set goals, execute events, etc.

  • Develop and follow detailed program timelines to ensure volunteers are effectively engaged and mobilized in their outreach efforts.

  • Work with various DAR departments such as Appeals, DARCC, IM and Gift and Donor Services to facilitate communications, develop reports and implement outreach plans.

  • Solicit volunteers as needed for annual gifts to ensure 100% participation level from the volunteers.

  • Maintain strong and effective relationships with school-based colleagues and collaborate on annual giving initiatives, programs and events as necessary.

  • Handle sensitive donor and student information in the strictest confidence, according to departmental and institutional policies.

  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

  • Some travel may be necessary. Evening and weekend work as needed. Profile of an Ideal Candidate

  • A bachelor’s degree and one year of relevant experience required.

  • Three or more years of experience in higher education preferred.

  • Extensive experience identifying, recruiting and managing volunteers.

  • Superior verbal and written communication skills are required.

  • Must possess strong organizational skills and be detail oriented with a demonstrated ability to prioritize multiple projects.

  • The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated, professional team player with courteous interpersonal skills and an excellent customer service attitude.

  • The ability to apply sound judgment in all situations is required, as are excellent organizational skills with a meticulous attention to detail.

  • Ability to use current computer technology, such as Windows, Excel, Word, and Vanderbilt’s donor management system.

  • Candidate must also have the capacity to perform in an intellectually rigorous and complex academic environment.

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

  • Ability to exercise good judgment in the handling of confidential information.

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

About Vanderbilt Benefits

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.

About Vanderbilt University

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 2019 (Forbes).

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: 42313 - Annual Giving

Job: External Affairs & Communications Professionals

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