Penn Law is one of the oldest and most distinguished law schools in the United States. We offer a distinctive cross-disciplinary legal education, drawing on the depth and breadth of the University of Pennsylvania, and a supportive intellectual community for scholars and students alike.
Reporting jointly to the Dean of Penn Law and the Assistant Vice President for the School and Center Program, the Vice Dean for Development and Alumni Relations is responsible for the overall supervision and execution of fundraising and associated alumni and public relations activities on behalf of the Law School.
The Vice Dean will be responsible for conceptualizing, planning and executing a coordinated fundraising program, including principal gifts, planned giving, major gifts and annual giving programs within the framework of the School’s top priorities. In addition, s/he will oversee a robust alumni relations program that includes work with multiple alumni and affinity groups globally, executes Alumni Weekend activities and other major alumni and stewardship special events. The Vice Dean will relate closely to the Dean, promoting active involvement in the fundraising process, and organizing the use of his or her time and energies as well as that of other school and university leaders to secure maximum results and enhance the School’s quest for gift support. The Vice Dean will also bear major responsibility for the direct solicitation of large and mid-sized gifts.
Penn Law is currently in the early public phase of a $100 million fundraising campaign being executed as part of the University of Pennsylvania’s overarching comprehensive campaign. The campaign is currently slated for completion in 2021. The Vice Dean will be responsible for leading the ongoing planning and execution of this campaign and integrating Penn Law initiatives into the University’s overall campaign planning and programs.
As a part of the Dean’s core planning team, the Vice Dean will play an integral role in programmatic, financial, and physical planning at Penn Law and will help to provide leadership for incubating and fostering major strategic initiatives that promise to further the School’s mission and momentum. The Vice Dean will also work closely with this administrative leadership group in setting priorities and devising related development and alumni relations strategies for achieving crucial school objectives.
The Vice Dean also works closely with the team, the Dean and others in mobilizing volunteer leadership to advance the School’s mission and quest for external visibility and support, specifically providing primary oversight of its primary advisory body – a 25- to 30-member Board of Overseers comprised of the school’s leading volunteers and donors. The Vice Dean will work closely with the Dean and the Chair of the Board of Overseers to manage recruiting, retaining and rotating Board members and otherwise fully engaging the board in the culture, work and community of the school with an eye to maximizing their involvement and support.
The Vice Dean works in close partnership with the University’s central development organization, drawing on its support services, and integrating Penn Law’s initiatives within the University’s overall strategic and fundraising design. The Vice Dean serves as an important bridge between School and University Development activities.
Penn Law’s Vice Dean for Development and Alumni Relations oversees a staff of 20, with direct supervisory responsibility for several high-performing managers (a Director of Alumni Relations, a Director of Operations, and a Director of Philanthropy) and an administrative assistant.
1. Provide strategic leadership and oversight of the development and alumni relations activities of the School.
2. Develop metrics and strategies for advancing and achieving the University and school’s key goals and priorities; engage the Dean, faculty, staff and volunteers as appropriate in executing these strategies.
3. With the Dean, establish and execute a plan to engage and expand Penn Law’s Board of Overseers, its leadership volunteer organization. This includes working closely with the Chair of the Board as well as various subcommittees and their leadership to plan and promote the board’s activities.
4. Analyze potential funding sources and evaluate their potential to support the long and short range goals of the School; develop and implement strategies to secure funding from such sources.
5. Cultivate, steward and solicit major and principal gifts for Penn Law with a primary focus on the School’s highest level prospects, consistent with the strategic priorities of the School.
6. Continue to prioritize and maximize prospect pool penetration and design and execute strategies for expanding the School’s prospect pool over time.
7. Establish effective stewardship procedures for sustaining donor interest and cultivating new gift opportunities.
8. Oversee the development and promotion of key engagement strategies pointed at alumni and other primary stakeholder groups.
9. Lead and direct Office of Development and Alumni Relations staff to achieve optimum results by: * Communicating and monitoring financial and key performance indicators and results to staff members. * With relevant managers, establishing priorities and goals for all staff. * Overseeing the management of staffing needs and the identification of areas for organizational development updates or changes. * Guiding the talent identification and professional development needs, processes and outcomes within the entire unit in line with the University’s diversity and inclusion priorities. * Setting clear performance expectations and holding direct-reporting staff accountable for outcomes through frequent feedback and coaching. * Ensuring open communications among team members, engaging in team building efforts and holding regular staff meetings that embrace and support the group’s diversity. * Inspiring and motivating staff to achieve optimum results. * Connecting office staff with the Penn Law community in order to promote relationships among the various constituencies within the school.
10. Serve as a member of the Dean’s senior administrative leadership team and participate in key School-wide initiatives where Development and Alumni Relations is a meaningful partner.
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About University of Pennsylvania
Penn has a long and proud tradition of intellectual rigor and pursuit of innovative knowledge, begun by Benjamin Franklin in 1740. That tradition lives today through the creativity, entrepreneurship, and engagement of our faculty, students, and staff. Academic life at Penn is unparalleled, with an undergraduate student body of 10,000 from every U.S. state and around the world. The entering class of 2015 is the most talented and diverse in Penn's history. Consistently ranked among the top 10 universities in the country, Penn welcomes an additional 10,000 students to our top-ranked graduate and professional schools.