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Director of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving

FLSA Status: Exempt

Months Per Year: 12

Hours Per Week: 37.5

Position Description

The Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving for the School of Law creates and implements a strategic alumni relations and annual fund propgram designed to promote bonds between the law school and its 12,000 alumni (regional and national), thus enhancing the law school’s reputation and resulting in increased financial support for the school and professional opportunities for alumni. This position reports to the Chief Advancement Officer in the School of Law.

Seattle University School of Law educates ethical lawyers who distinguish themselves through their outstanding professional skills and their dedication to the law in the service of justice. Faculty, students and staff form a vibrant, diverse, and collaborative community that promotes leadership for a just and humane world.  The Law School’s commitment to academic distinction is grounded in its Jesuit Catholic tradition, one that encourages open inquiry, thoughtful reflection and concern for personal growth. Innovation, creativity and technological sophistication characterize our rigorous educational program, which prepares
lawyers for a wide range of successful and rewarding careers in law, business and public service.

Working in coordination with the Chief Advancement Officer and University Advancement colleagues, the Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving recommends an annual giving plan designed to grow the annual fund and increase participation among alumni, oversees the plan implementation, and solicits annual fund gifts; develops and implements a thriving law school alumni relations program; and develops and oversees School of Law Advancement communication media (print and digital) strategies.

Work across all areas of University Advancement – major gifts, annual giving, alumni relations, research, corporate and foundation relations – as well as law school Advancement and Communications staff, to drive and oversee the annual fund plan and specific projects, with special attention given to the identification and development of gifts at the Dean’s Club level and above. Create and maintain a portfolio
of Dean’s Club investors and prospects; solicit annual fund gifts through personal asks; and work with the Advancement Services Program Coordinator to ensure appropriate stewardship of Dean’s Club investors.

As a law school departmental team leader, coordinate alumni activities and alumni engagement within the school.  Be an active resource to departmental team leaders in utilizing and involving alumni in law school programs and activities that promote alumni involvement in our community, which encourages alumni exposure and mentoring opportunities with students, and creates a stronger connection for alumni with the school and its programs.

Develop programming, events, web content, and social media to reach new and existing external audiences. Work with the Advancement Services Program Coordinator in the planning of events including, but not limited to, compilation of invitation lists; event program content; internal briefings; pre and post event communications; and measurement of effectiveness.

Recommend strategy and oversee alumni related content for law school website, Lawyer magazine, In Summary & Impact electronic newsletters, the annual Report of Giving, and the online alumni directory.

Manage volunteers, including alumni boards and affinity groups. Serve as the primary alumni volunteer
coordinator. Facilitate the participation of dean, faculty, staff and volunteers in development and alumni activities.

Track metrics and evaluate effectiveness of activities in relation to the overall goals and objectives for the law school. Develop and track department budget, ensure integrity of alumni and fundraising data.

Ensure integrity of event and record management information in Raiser’s Edge software program. Develop and prepare alumni data, and demographic reports as needed.

As appropriate, coordinates activities with law school departments including, but not limited to, offices
of Center for Professional Development, Continuing Legal Education, Admissions, academic centers and institutes, and Marketing & Communications.

Other duties as assigned.  


Required Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree plus two or more years of related work experience in alumni relations/advancement or an equivalent combination of education and constituent relationship management experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the position.

Outstanding written and verbal communication skills are required, along with the ability to work professionally with members of the external community and be efficient and comfortable in situations that require public presentations in front of large groups.

Attendance at night and weekend events will be necessary and expected, as will regional and national travel to meetings and events.

Must be self-motivated, have the ability to manage multiple programs, prioritize and provide clear, concise and positive leadership to staff to accomplish the tasks required to carry out the responsibilities of this department.

Ability to work collegially and collaboratively in a team setting.

Must be comfortable soliciting gifts for the School of Law.

Person must have a solid understanding and ability to clearly articulate the school’s commitment to social justice and its impact on our educational objectives. 

Person must be able to effectively manage departmental and programmatic budgets for the activities of the department, maximizing the available resources for the best use for the school.

Current driver’s license and access to a vehicle are required to carry out some of the duties associated with the local and regional travel commitments for this position.

All candidates must show a demonstrated commitment to diversity and the university’s mission, vision, and values.

All positions at Seattle University require a criminal history background check. 

Preferred Qualifications:

Juris Doctor degree from an ABA accredited institution and Washington State Bar membership preferred. 

Experience in higher education, especially in the Advancement/Alumni Relations area is preferred.

Work or volunteer experience in roles that have solicited gift funding for programs or activities, preferably annual fund experience, with demonstrated skill in the successful cultivation and solicitation of gifts preferred.

Experience with Raiser’s Edge and NetCommunity software preferred.

Seattle University, founded in 1891, is a Jesuit Catholic university located on 50 acres in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. More than 7,400 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs within nine schools and colleges. U.S. News and World Report's "Best Colleges 2017" ranks Seattle University 8th in the West among universities that offer a full range of masters and undergraduate programs. Seattle University is an equal opportunity employer.

In support of its pursuit of academic and scholarly excellence, Seattle University is committed to creating a diverse community of students, faculty and staff that is dedicated to the fundamental principles of equal opportunity and treatment in education and employment regardless of age, color, disability, gender identity, national origin, political ideology, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The university encourages applications from, and nominations of, individuals whose differing backgrounds, beliefs, ideas and life experiences will further enrich the diversity of its educational community.

Application Instructions

Applicants are also strongly encouraged to attach an electronic cover letter and resume when applying. Persons who need assistance with the recruitment process may contact the Office of Human Resources at: 206-296-5870. Job postings are open until filled, unless otherwise specified. 

Seattle University
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122