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Director of Development, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

ASU Foundation
Job Location:
Tempe, Arizona
Development and Fundraising

Who We Want:

Director of Development - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

The ASU Foundation has retained Lindauer, an executive search firm, to assist in this search. Consideration of candidates will continue until the position is filled.

Candidates should submit, in confidence, a resume and cover letter. Communications, nominations, applications, and inquiries concerning this search should be directed to Maureen Huminik, Vice President, and Raegan Harvey, Consultant,

The ASU Foundation, one of five nonprofit entities that make up ASU Enterprise Partners, is seeking a Director of Development for the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law.

ASU Law is the most innovative law school in the country. Housed in the state-of-the-art Beus Center for Law and Society in the heart of Arizona’s capitol, ASU Law has strong relationships to business, the legal community, and government, giving our students unparalleled opportunities to launch their legal careers. ASU Law is named for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and strives to honor Justice O’Connor’s legacy by advancing justice through education and public service. With a comprehensive curriculum that includes more than 250 unique courses offered each year, our students can tailor their education to their interests. ASU Law is driven to make an impact in our community, in our student’s lives, and in the world.

The Director of Development for the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law is a senior professional who works collaboratively with the ASU Foundation for A New American University (ASUF) and the College of Law leadership team to lead the school’s comprehensive development program. Proactively managing a major gift donor/prospect portfolio, the director will foster significant philanthropic investments in the college by providing strategic direction to the academic leadership and collaborating with development colleagues across the university to promote opportunities to interested prospects. S/he must be a dynamic development leader with a proven track-record in higher education or related non-profit development. The director will report to the ASUF Vice President of Unit Development, has a liaison reporting line to the interim deans of the College of Law, and serves as a member of the college’s senior leadership team.

What you’ll do:

  • Work closely with college leadership to support the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law’s fundraising priorities.
  • Create strategy and lead the implementation and coordination of a comprehensive unit-based development program.
  • Collaborate with deans, directors and others on identification and prioritization of funding opportunities within the college.
  • Foster successful fundraising in the college by preparing deans, directors and others to participate effectively in development activities.
  • Direct programs to encourage productive relationships with the school’s donors, prospects, alumni, parents and board members, as appropriate.
  • Oversee the school’s stewardship efforts including gift recording, reporting and acknowledgment systems.
  • Lead the development team for the College of Law. Direct reports currently include team members focused on major gifts, stewardship and donor relations, and administrative support.
  • Proactively manage a portfolio of major and principal gift prospects regionally and nationally, developing and executing strategies leading to solicitation and investment that leverage the donor’s interests and connect them to ASU’s opportunities.
  • Collaborate with various ASUF offices and functions – including corporate and foundation relations, estate and gift planning, donor relations, research and prospect management, financial services, annual giving, and development – to advance prospect strategies and use the ASUF prospect management and tracking system.
  • Participate, as a member of the ASUF constituent development team, in development activities on a university level and serve as a resource to development colleagues regarding the college's fundraising opportunities.
  • Plan and monitor an annual operating budget.
  • Work in a fast-paced, results oriented environment with complex and evolving relationships and priorities.
  • Other duties as assigned.

What you’ll need:

  • Knowledge of and experience utilizing principles and techniques of development/fundraising, preferably in higher education
  • Strong and collegial interpersonal skills, including an ability to communicate effectively in person and by phone
  • Strong and detail-oriented writing skills
  • Exceptional listener
  • Self-starter able to secure personal appointments and qualify new prospects
  • Demonstrated success in personally implementing sophisticated, multi-year cultivation strategies that use a relationship-building and moves management approach leading to successful gift closure
  • Demonstrated achievement in securing philanthropic investments
  • Demonstrable experience in stewardship plans leading to additional investments
  • Ability to prepare complex and detailed proposals and related materials
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Problem solver who can take initiative and set priorities while being flexible
  • Team-oriented strategist able to effectively manage complex situations involving numerous and sometimes competing constituencies
  • Attention to detail and thoroughness in completing assigned duties
  • Highly organized and able to handle multiple projects simultaneously
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and comfortable working in donor/prospect computer data base systems (Salesforce)
  • Adept at navigating complex environments with evolving priorities and communication plans
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule to include early mornings, evenings and weekends to accommodate meetings and events
  • Willingness and ability to meet demanding work schedule expectations
  • Ability to represent the both institution and the college well
  • Belief in the vision of ASU as the New American University

Relevant qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree and five to seven years of successful professional development and/or fundraising related experience of increasing responsibility, preferably in higher education or related non-profit: OR, any equivalent combinations of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skill and abilities have been achieved.

Mental demands:

Clarity of focus while juggling complex projects and/or deadlines. Ability to meet demanding work schedule expectations.

Working conditions:

Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and manipulating a computer mouse; required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to perform work. Frequent bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 25 pounds. Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities, which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts. May be required to perform tasks in the field within and/or across University campuses. Ability to clearly communicate verbally, read, write, see and hear to perform essential functions. Working hours will include some evenings, weekends, and holidays. May be required to perform tasks in the field within and/or across University campuses. Ability to clearly communicate verbally, read, write, see and hear to perform essential functions. This position will currently require you to work from the office on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

ASUEP follows federal guidance which requires employees of federal contractors to be fully vaccinated ?for COVID-19, except in limited circumstances in which an employee is legally entitled to an accommodation for medical or religious reasons.

Working equipment:

This position will require a laptop computer, telephone, business cards, corporate card, and mobile communication device ($30 bi-weekly payroll reimbursement).

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ASU Enterprise Partners and its subsidiaries is an equal opportunity employer that is firmly committed to promoting justice, equity, diversity and inclusion within our organization and throughout our sphere of influence. Because we embrace a spirit of innovation and achievement, we will endeavor to maximize the talent and potential of all employees, directors, and volunteers through bold and strategic action aimed at building success and a sense of belonging. All employees are expected to act in good faith to support these actions and to not impede the efforts of others to build a just, equitable, diverse and inclusive organization.

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