Assistant Dean of Development

Elon University School of Law in North Carolina

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted June 25, 2014
Type Administrative
Salary Competitive
Employment Type Full-time

Elon University School of Law, located in Greensboro, North Carolina is seeking an individual who possesses the leadership skills and experience to: expand the advancement operation in order to optimize fundraising; nurture a strong, diverse set of relationships across the institution; and inspire professionals and volunteers to new heights in philanthropy for the School. The Assistant Dean for Development will partner with the Law School Dean and university leadership and serve as the chief development officer on the executive leadership team.  


The Opportunity

Elon University School of Law prepares students to be exceptional lawyers through a rigorous core curriculum, including a leadership program that equips students to address regional, national and global challenges, in an environment that emphasizes innovative teaching and an array of field-based experiences.


Student learning is enriched through a close association with the faculty, who provide global perspectives and a commitment to innovative teaching, scholarship and service. Students benefit from regular interaction with leaders in law, business and civic life, including members of the law schools advisory board, chaired by a former adviser to four U.S. presidents, and including a former North Carolina governor, three former Chief Justices of the North Carolina Supreme Court, the Chair of the American Red Cross and a past president of the American Bar Association.


Students engage the law through clinics, moot court, trial advocacy and field-placement programs, as well as a preceptor program through which more than 50 attorneys serve as mentors to law students from the start of their law school experience.


The Role of the Assistant Dean for Development

The Assistant Dean for Development reports to the Dean of the School of Law and the Assistant Vice President for University Advancement and is a member of the Deans senior leadership team.  The Assistant Dean for Development is the Schools senior fundraising officer, serving as a strategic partner with the Dean, with overall responsibility for strategically designing, planning, and initiating development programs.  Specific responsibilities for this position include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following:

  • Developing and executing a comprehensive development program. The program will include major gifts, corporation and foundation relations, annual giving, donor relations, and alumni engagement;
  • Working closely with both the Dean of the School of Law and leadership in Elon's Office of University Advancement to achieve important, aggressive goals to address the priorities of the Law School;
  • Establishing the vision and strategic direction for programs advancing the fundraising priorities of the School;
  • Maintaining a collaborative and open relationship with the Advisory Board;
  • Developing a strong infrastructure for fundraising by strengthening ties with the local community, working effectively with businesses, and creating methods that enhance alumni and donor relations;
  • Planning, directing, and leading capital campaigns;
  • Directing the preparation of grant proposals for corporations, foundations and other charitable enterprises;
  • Maintaining currency in trends, technology and the landscape of fund development in legal education.


The Candidate

The Assistant Dean for Development must be an experienced fundraiser and manager with a proven track record of success in development. He or she should have an acute sense of strategy at the individual donor level, as well as capital campaign experience. The Assistant Dean will have compelling personal qualities of integrity, leadership, and outstanding communications skills especially as characterized by the ability to listen carefully exceptional judgment and taste, and an entrepreneurial nature. The Assistant Dean must possess a passion for the mission of the Law School.


Qualities and Qualifications

  • Substantial fundraising and managerial experience, preferably with demonstrated success in higher education development.

  • A minimum of five years of experience in advancement, preferably at a law school;

  • Proven in leading and directing complex  institutions as well as developing appropriate metrics for the evaluation of the institutions performance;

  • Experience in planning, implementing, and managing comprehensive campaigns;

  • Planned giving expertise preferred;

  • Demonstrated and consistent ability to close on major gift solicitations;

  • Proven management and administrative skills, as demonstrated by experience in effectively leading a successful staff;

  • Superior verbal and written communications skills;

  • Ability to work collaboratively, engage and inspire others, and develop a rapport with many diverse people and groups, including faculty, staff, students, alumni, donors and friends of the Law School;

  • Availability to travel;

  • A bachelors degree, and

  • The ideal candidate will identify closely with the values and aspirations of legal education, the legal profession, and Elon University.


Opportunities for Leadership

  • Cultivate strong working partnerships with the Schools faculty and with Elon University Advancement.  These relationships will be critical to the growth of all development efforts.  These partnerships need to exhibit trust and open communication and include sharing of best practices campus wide.
  • Build on the internal development organization.  In coordination with the Dean of the School of Law and the Assistant Vice President of University Advancement, the Assistant Dean will be responsible for setting performance standards, metrics and accountability. 
  • Multiply the Schools donor pool with a focus on new sources of support, principal gifts and alumni relations.  The Assistant Dean will be expected to identify and oversee cultivation of current and new prospects capable of principal gifts.  In addition, he or she is charged with increasing alumni giving participation. 


Procedure for Candidacy

Elon University School of Law has retained Capital Development Services to assist with professional recruitment.  Nominations, expressions of interest, and applications must be submitted via email to  Candidates should include a cover letter, a resume, and a list of three references.  All material will be confidential.  Additional inquiries may be directed to Capital Development Services, 336-747-0133 x 208.

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