The primary responsibility of this position is to manage and
increase philanthropic support from alumni/ae and other friends of
the School of Law and to cultivate and foster close and meaningful
relationships with alumni and other members of the Law School
community. Reporting to the Dean of the Law School and the Vice
President for University Advancement, the Assistant Dean for Law
School Advancement is responsible for directing all Law School
fundraising efforts and law alumni activities both on and off
The Assistant Dean will work closely with the Dean, Vice President
for University Advancement, the Office of Alumni Engagement, the
Communications Office, and the central Development Office to ensure
that all aspects of the overall law alumni relations and
fundraising program receive appropriate attention. The Assistant
Dean will also work collaboratively with other members of the Law
Dean’s Leadership Team to advance the mission of the Law School.
Significant time and attention will be devoted to working with
colleagues in the Law School’s Office of Advancement to identify,
cultivate, and solicit major gifts of $100,000 or more, to provide
meaningful stewardship of donors’ gifts, and to reach yearly goals
for the Law Annual Fund.
The Assistant Dean provides leadership to all members of the Law
School Advancement team, which includes (in addition to the
assistant dean), an associate director of law school advancement,
two assistant directors of law school advancement (one new
position), an assistant director of alumni outreach (part-time),
and an administrative assistant. The Assistant Dean also manages
the alumni Law Council and Law Alumni Association.
Law School Advancement is committed to the development of an
inclusive environment and we strive to advance diverse perspectives
and approaches in carrying out the mission of Washington and Lee
- Leads the Law School’s fundraising efforts to include the
annual giving program (Law Annual Fund), major gifts, gift
planning, third year class gift, reunion giving, and capital
campaigns, in coordination with the central Development
- Develops strategies to engage alumni through personal visits,
events, publications, volunteer opportunities, communications,
meaningful interactions with students, and fundraising.
- Leads 4.5 employees in Law School Advancement, ensuring
projects are completed and goals are met.
- Builds and manages a portfolio of approximately 100 prospects
for future and current solicitation. Through frequent interactions
cultivates, solicits, and provides stewardship for those
- Assists the Law Dean in building relationships with alumni,
industry leaders, and other members of the community to further the
Law School’s fundraising goals.
- Oversees the activities of alumni volunteers and leadership
groups. Serves as the liaison to the Law Council and the governing
board of the Law Alumni Association.
- Continuously learns about the Law School and University
communities to guide strategies, tactics, and communications with
- Manages donor prospects, keeps records, and produces written
communications consistent with University policy and best
- Performs other duties related to Law School Advancement, as
$144,293 - Pay commensurate with
M-F 8:30-4:30. Frequent travel, as well as
work during nights and weekends will be required.
- A bachelor's degree is required. Law degree or Master’s degree
- Three-to-five years of fundraising experience with a track
record of success in major gifts is required, as are experience in
alumni relations, marketing, event planning or a related
- Familiarity with the legal profession is preferred.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, a high degree
of personal integrity, and the ability to work well with
Review of applications will begin
on June 2, and continue until the position is filled. Resume and
cover letter are required. Upload both required documents to the
Resume/CV upload section of the application.
You will be asked
to provide names and contact information for three professional
External Applicants: Application instructions for external
applicants are located at jobs.wlu.edu or here
Current W&L Employees: Apply from your existing Workday
account. Instructions are located at jobs.wlu.edu or here
- Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working,
primarily with fingers rather than with whole hand or arm as in
- Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and
- Repetitive motions: Making substantial movements (motions) of
the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
The worker is not substantially exposed
to adverse environmental conditions.
Types of Work:
Sedentary work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of
force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently
or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects,
including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of
the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required
only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.
Exempt, Full Time, Benefit Eligible