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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

You will report to the Executive Director of Annual and Reunion Giving and contribute to the operation of the annual giving program of the Law School. You will recruit, solicit, support, train, and motivate volunteer solicitors in the Reunion Giving Program, the Class Agent Program, and the Nannes 3L Challenge Program, and identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward donors who can make lead annual gifts, typically in the range of $10,000-$100,000. The Assistant Director will assist the Executive Director and other staff members in working strategically to reach the Law School's goals.

Who We Are

For 150 years, the University of Michigan Law School has offered its students one of the world's finest legal educations in a setting of stunning physical beauty. The Law School's faculty (100+) is counted among the most elite, and its strength is fortified by more than 100 business and professional staff. Michigan Law boasts approximately 1000 students, and more than 23,000 alums, who are leaders in law, business, and public service in countries across the globe. Michigan Law is widely regarded as one of the nation's top 10 law schools.

At Michigan Law, we view our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as central to our mission as an educational institution and we seek to ensure that each member of our community has full opportunity to thrive in our environment. We believe that diversity is key to individual flourishing, educational excellence, and the advancement of knowledge and we maintain a deep commitment to fostering a diverse community in which all students, staff, and faculty learn and work in an atmosphere of inclusion and respect.

Responsibilities*

  • Implement a reunion gift program for assigned reunion classes:
    • Recruit committee members for each class.
    • Identify and solicit committee members and lead gift prospects for each class, coordinating with appropriate development staff.
    • Maintain committee cohesion with regular individual contacts, conference calls and regular fundraising updates.
    • Establish fundraising goals for each class.
    • Support fundraising committee members in soliciting peers.
    • Create a positive volunteer experience for committee members.
  • Maintain and improve third year challenge program with student volunteers:
    • Recruit volunteers.
    • Motivate and train student volunteers to solicit peers.
    • Create and distribute volunteer materials.
    • Track progress of program and provide annual reports.
    • Assist student volunteers with the highest degree of customer service.
    • Coordinate pledge fulfillment and stewardship process.
  • Increase participation and donor acquisition through increased use of volunteers in the Class Agent program:
    • Recruit volunteers.
    • Coordinate solicitation of volunteers.
    • Respond to volunteer questions.
  • Identify Lead Annual Giving donors:
    • Qualify and solicit alumni with the capacity to make lead annual gifts, coordinating with appropriate development staff.
  • Help coordinate with the Office of University Development's Annual Giving Office to organize strategic calling and direct mail solicitation.
  • Gather and record information about prospects and donors using DART, the University's donor and alumni tracking database, while maintaining confidentiality of information
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 3+ years of successful fundraising experience, including gift solicitation in person and over the phone or the equivalent of transferable skills.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Excellent writing and oral communications skills, well organized, and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Has worked collaboratively with a diverse group of prospects, donors, volunteers, and colleagues, to build professional relationships.
  • Contribute to creating a positive work environment and culture.
  • Demonstrated results, using initiative and follow-through.
  • Experience managing projects and priorities to meet challenging and changing deadlines.
  • Technology proficiency for daily communications and work.
  • Willingness to travel and to periodically work evenings and weekends.

Additional Information

Underfill Statement:

This position may be filled at either the Intermediate or Senior level, depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.

Benefits:

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, U-M offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and eligible family members, and plan for a secure future. Benefits include generous time off, retirement plan with two-for-one matching contributions after the first year, many choices for comprehensive health insurance, life insurance, long-term disability coverage, and flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses. Learn more about U-M benefits.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.