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Who We Are

The Law School, founded in 1859, is one of the world’s leading institutions of legal education and a long time pioneer in preparing its students for the global practice of law.  It has stood at the forefront of global legal education through its faculty, one third of whom teach in international, comparative, and foreign law; a student body keenly interested in global legal practice; a 150-year history of engagement with foreign legal institutions and students; a path-breaking required course for all students in transnational law; an extremely selective graduate LLM and SJD program for foreign students; clinical opportunities to work on transnational problems; a large network of alumni around the world in leading legal, policy, business, and academic positions; long-term institutional ties with major foreign law schools, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations; numerous programs and fellowships for study and work abroad; and close integration with other schools and departments of the University of Michigan focusing on international studies


Position summary: 

: Responsible for assisting the Director of Annual Giving with the overall operation of the annual giving program of the Law School.  This position is responsible for recruiting, soliciting, supporting, training, and motivating volunteer solicitors in the Reunion Giving Program, the Class Agent Program, and the Nannes 3L Challenge Program, as well as identifying donors capable of making lead annual gifts, typically in the range of $10,000-$100,000. The Annual Giving Officer will focus on maintaining and improving the effectiveness of volunteer solicitors.   The Annual Giving Officer will assist the Executive Director and other staff members in working strategically to reach the Law School’s goals

Duties and 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 as needed.
    • 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 the student philanthropy program:
    • Work with student organizations on approved fundraising initiatives.       
    • Review communications to firms and alumni.
    • Respond to student volunteer questions and requests as needed with the highest degree of customer service.
    • Assist with the 3L Challenge program as needed.
    • Help coordinate the annual Philanthropy Awareness Day.
  • 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 and requests as needed.
  • Establish and identify Lead Annual Giving donors:
    • Qualify and solicit alumni with the capacity to make lead annual gifts, coordinating with appropriate development staff as needed.
  • Assist with the coordinate with the Office of University Development’s Annual Giving Office to organize strategic calling and direct mail solicitation as needed.
  • Gather, record, and properly store information about prospects and donors utilizing DART, the University’s donor and alumni tracking database.
  • Perform other duties as required or assigned.

Required Qualifications*

  • A baccalaureate degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 3-5 years of successful fundraising experience, including gift solicitation in person and over the phone or the equivalent of transferable skills.
  • Ability to exercise a high degree of sound judgment and diplomacy, with a commitment to confidentiality.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as a proven record of working collaboratively with others is necessary.
  • Detailed and results oriented with strong anticipatory instincts; a self-starter who takes initiative with excellent follow-through.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and priorities and meet challenging and changing deadlines.
  • Comfort with personal computers for retrieving, organizing and researching appropriate donor/prospect information, as well as data gathering and manipulation.
  • An ability and willingness to quickly learn the Law School and the University’s history, mission, demographics, faculty, current programs, departments, etc., as well as the University culture to be able to persuasively articulate how Michigan and the Law School distinguishes itself from peer institutions.
  • Strong interpersonal skills are required, both written and oral.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Availability to work flexible hours which will include occasional weekend and evening hours.
  • Ability to travel occasionally.
  • Prior experience in a higher education environment desired.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job 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.


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