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Executive Director for Advancement – School of Law

University of Missouri
Missouri, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jul 7, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Law & Legal Studies, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Development & Advancement, Legal Affairs, Executive, Executive Directors, Other Executive
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Job Description

The University of Missouri seeks highly qualified applicants for a senior leadership role of Executive Director for Advancement in the School of Law. The Executive Director for Advancement will direct a portfolio of individual & corporate/foundation major-gift prospects, develop annual advancement plans for the college, and foster relationships that lead to gifts in support of the school. The Executive Director will collaborate with the dean, department chairs, and MU Advancement to secure six/seven/eight figure gifts and serve as the primary steward for the college. This leader will build, shape, and manage a team of two. Direct team culture and provide leadership, coaching, mentoring, and inspiration to the School of Law Advancement Team.
  • Champion a work environment to support the School’s commitment to compassion and inclusive excellence
  • Drive the fundraising and alumni/stakeholder engagement efforts within the School in conjunction with the Dean and MU Advancement
  • Proactively identify prospective individual and corporate/foundation donors to secure $50,000+ gifts
  • Create the School’s annual advancement plan and oversee the development, implementation, and management
  • Strategically partner with the School’s Marketing and Communications team to ensure consistent and effective message alignment for all stakeholders
  • Steward genuine relationships with the donors, alumni, partners, and stakeholders of the School
  • Serve as the MU Advancement liaison with the Law School Foundation
  • Manage an individual portfolio of major-gift donors ($100,000+), make substantive and meaningful contact (including phone, video, and face-to-face visits) with them, and successfully present major-gift proposals
  • Identify leadership giving prospects with a strong sphere of influence and affluence resulting in major leadership gifts (six/seven/eight figures)
  • Passionately serve as the primary liaison to MU Advancement and the School’s leadership, students, faculty and staff building meaningful relationships and lasting connections
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to build and foster a culture of trust, influence internal and external stakeholders, and network effectively in-person and digitally
  • Build consensus and resolve conflict while leveraging Mizzou Advancement’s commit to a culture of excellence through teamwork, passion, and engagement
  • Value the principles of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity while actively fostering a living, learning and working community where everyone is valued and inspired to reach their full potential
  • Ability to think strategically, synthesize broad information and communicate across all levels
  • Intentionally and purposefully sets priorities and shifts processes, resources, and capital
  • Propels aggressive results through proven business acumen and innovative thinking
  • Analyzes team, donor, & college needs and proposes forward-thinking solutions
  • Quickly masters new technical and business knowledge while using effective strategies to facilitate organizational change initiatives and overcome resistance to change
  • A passion for the mission of the University of Missouri, Mizzou Advancement, and the School of Law
  • Self-starter and strong sense of urgency, continuously motivates and inspires others to action
  • Intellectually curious & takes initiative to capitalize on opportunities
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and able to generate excitement to build fruitful working relationships with colleagues and donors
  • A compassionate and empathic leader, thoughtful of environment, organizational cultures, and dynamics
  • Self-aware with an accurate reflection of strengths and areas for improvement and is willing to growth and thrive
  • Demonstrates leadership in difficult situations and uses effective management tactics, including mentoring, professional relationships building, and feedback channels
Annual Goals & Metrics
  • $2 Million Dollars Raised
  • 12-15 Major Gift Proposals Presented ($100K and above)
  • 8-10 Major Gifts Closed ($50K and above)
  • 110 + Substantive Written Communications (Email, Letter, or Text)
  • 90 + Substantive Visits (Phone, Virtual, or In-Person)
  • 20-25 Evaluation Visits
At the University of Missouri Office of Advancement, we invest in our employees. Once you join our team, you will participate in the Discipline of Frontline Fundraising (DFF) program with Plus Delta Partners, a 9-month series of fundraising workshops and 1:1 skill building. Ensuring you have the tools to succeed is an Advancement priority. Your success as a gift officer will have a direct and lasting impact on Mizzou and the priorities of the campaign.


Salary commensurate with education and experience.

Salary: Compensation starting at $110,000

Grade: GGS-014


Internal applicants can determine their university title by access the Talent Profile in myHR.


M-F 8am-5pm, various travel, and can include irregular working hours

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 7 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.

Preferred Qualifications

Our team knows that fundraising is a special niche, which is why we are open to transferable skills! If you have experience that translates to fundraising, tell us about it in your cover letter. These skills include, but are not limited to, sales, finance, consulting, non-profit work, higher education experience, etc. We are excited to learn more about you and your experiences.

Preferred candidates will have a master’s degree, a minimum of seven years of fundraising in a university setting, reliably closing $2+ million annually; supervisory and communications experience in higher education or a non-profit environment; and fundraising in an academic setting.

Other Information


As one of Missouri’s largest employers, MU staff members enjoy exceptionally competitive health, PTO and retirement plans. A few highlights:
  • Health Insurance -Three plans to choose from, including our Custom Network Plan; a cost-effective insurance option that utilizes our extensive network of MU-affiliated hospitals, clinics and pharmacies.
  • HSA - UM provides between $400 - $1200 in contributions to health savings accounts, depending on plans and dependents
  • Dental - 100% coverage for preventative care, with no restrictions on network or non-network providers
  • Vision - $0 copays on frames and contact lenses along with a $140 allowance, and a $10 copay on yearly eye exams.
  • Retirement - UM will match 100% of up to 8% of eligible pay contributed to a 457(b), with a three-year vesting period on University contributions.
  • Tuition Assistance - Up to 75% of tuition and supplemental fees waived for employees, and 50% waived for spouses and dependents
  • Time Off - Separate vacation, sick leave, and personal day accrual, as well as nine paid national holidays.
  • Winter Break - The university observes a paid holiday for the period between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
  • Business Casual Dress - Enjoy the freedom and flexibility to choose what to wear to work each day based on your schedule.
  • Flexible Work - UM provides employees alternatives to working regularly scheduled hours in the office or typical work location

Founded in 1872, Mizzou Law is currently celebrating 150 years of educating the future political, judicial and legal leaders of Missouri and beyond.

Mizzou Law welcomed its highest-credentialed class in history in Fall 2021, setting records for the highest median GPA and LSAT scores. This class was also the first to be majority female in the school’s history. Additionally, the incoming class of 2025 is projected to set new historical marks in terms of highest credentials and potentially diversity.

Mizzou Law ranks as the 21st best value law school according to National Jurist Magazine.

With an aggregate 49% financial discount rate for Mizzou Law students, the largest fundraising need for the School of Law has been and remains to be financial aid and scholarships for students.

The Mizzou Law Class of 2021 ranks 12th nationally in employment rate, with a Mizzou Law record 97.6% of the graduating class holding professional jobs. Furthermore, the Class of 2021 ranks 2nd nationally in graduates working in public interest or government jobs.

The Mizzou Law Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution (CSDR), which was the first of its kind in the world, currently ranks #4 nationally.

Mizzou Law hosts three premier clinics: the Veterans Clinic, the Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic, and the forthcoming Family Law Clinic. These clinics and centers provide invaluable hands-on legal experience for Mizzou Law students as they work real cases with real clients under the supervision of faculty attorneys.

Since its founding in 2014, the Mizzou Law Veterans Clinic has won more than $10 million of veteran benefits for its clients, free of charge. Beginning in 2022, the Veterans Clinic has partnered with the MU School of Medicine to allow medical students to review client case files to help identify health care needs of veterans before appealing to the federal government.

Mizzou Law hosts three centers: the CSDR, the Center for Intellectual Property & Entrepreneurship, and the Middleton Center for Race, Citizenship, and Justice. These centers help advance the research and scholarship in areas of great need for our political and justice system, economic system and society.


Founded in 1839, the University of Missouri is the oldest public university west of the Mississippi River. MU provides all the benefits of two universities in one: It is a major land-grant institution with a statewide mission of service to citizens, as well as, Missouri's largest public research university. Considered one of the nation's top-tier institutions, Mizzou is one of only 34 public universities, and the only public institution in Missouri, to be selected for membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities.

Mizzou Advancement emphasizes talent acquisition and professional development in service to our overall mission of enhancing private support of the University of Missouri. As a result, the division continues to attract top talent from around the country. Comprising 180 staff members with a presence across the United States and around the world, Mizzou Advancement announced the $1.3 billion Mizzou: Our Time to Lead campaign in October 2015. At its conclusion in 2020, it was the most successful philanthropic campaign in the University's history, at over $1.4 billion.

At Mizzou Advancement, we celebrate our diverse community of donors, alumni, staff, and friends. We are committed to taking bold steps to create an inclusive culture where everyone is seen, heard, and valued. Our team is continually learning and growing on our journey to embed diversity and inclusion in everything we do. We believe that diversity of views, informed by a breadth of life experiences, help us to understand our humanity more deeply and improve our service to mankind. Our efforts to be inclusive must be intentional and thoughtful, so that we might realize the full benefit of the diversity we seek to build within Advancement. Together we are stronger. Together we are better. Together we are Mizzou Advancement.

Columbia Missouri Information

Columbia, Mo., is known as an ideal college town, combining small-town comforts, community spirit and low cost of living with big-city culture, activities and resources. Home to nationally renowned public schools and other colleges and educational centers, Columbia is packed with restaurants and entertainment venues and hosts more than a dozen annual cultural festivals.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.


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