Stanford Law School Published: February 14, 2017
Job Type
Years of Experience
3 Years
Education Level(s)
Bachelors Degree
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Note: Not all unique aspects of the job are covered by this job description.
Number of openings: 2


Stanford Law School seeks to hire two Assistant Directors of Annual Giving. These front-line fundraisers play a critical role within the law school’s field fundraising team. One position will focus on student and young alumni engagement and 1st, 5th, 10th, and 15th reunions; the other will focus on the 20th, 30th, 40th, 45th, and 50th reunions. Reporting to the Associate Director of Annual Giving, the Assistant Directors will also function as qualification officers, identifying prospects for future, long-term engagement. Each will develop and implement fundraising strategies, and assist with designing and managing language for related appeals. Each will partner with colleagues and influence them toward shared goals of class-specific participation and giving annually. Frequent travel is required.

As a member of the External Relations team, the Assistant Directors support the larger goals and projects of Stanford Law School and External Relations, including some evening and weekend work on high-profile engagement events.

In addition, he/she will participate in periodic prospect meetings with all field fundraisers, alumni relations officers, and operations teams.  Each Assistant Director will become an expert on Stanford Law School; continually building his/her knowledge of the school and identifying and leveraging development tools.

Final offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.


  • Work with a portfolio of assigned prospects/donors to cultivate, solicit, and steward their support.
  • Develop fundraising strategies, and track and analyze results of development activities.
  • Identify and prioritize prospects, make volunteer prospects assignments, prepare background material for solicitations, and follow up with volunteers to ensure completion of assigned solicitations.
  • As a representative of Stanford Law School, establish ongoing relationships with individual alumni through personal visits, phone calls, and other meaningful contacts.
  • Monitor, analyze, and report on overall results to internal and external constituencies, as needed.
  • Participate in the design and management of reunion- and/or class-based appeals (e.g., direct mail, email, video, phone, and other channels) to target key populations to maximize fundraising potential.

* - Other duties may also be assigned


Education & Experience:

Bachelor's degree and three years of experience, or a combination of education and relevant experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated experience with fundraising in a higher education environment.
  • Ability to develop and initiate new strategies.
  • Adept at problem solving, creating contingency plans and handling emergencies when necessary
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies and effectively develops relationships that enhance overall development goals.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and manage projects simultaneously.
  • Skilled at articulating compelling cases for major gifts and annual discretionary support.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills, including the ability to set and meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated experience with Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), relational databases and/or Google drive.

Certifications and Licenses:

  • Valid California Non-commercial Class Driver's License.


  • Occasionally stand/walk, light/fine grasping, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds, writing by hand;
  • Frequently perform desk-based computer tasks; frequently sitting; frequently use a telephone;
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a California Non-commercial Class license.

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


  • Occasional work on weekends and evenings


  • When conducting university business, must comply with the California Vehicle Code and Stanford University driving requirements.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

Any Special Application Instructions

Please apply through the Stanford Careers website, job number 73930.

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