Director of Law Donor Relations, Law Advancement Office - Georgetown University Law Center

Washington D.C.
Jul 10, 2018
Jul 18, 2018
Executive, Director
Education, Law
Full Time
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Director of Law Donor Relations, Law Advancement Office - Georgetown University Law Center

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The Director of Law Donor Relations is responsible for the design and implementation of a comprehensive stewardship plan with management areas that include gift processing, pledge reminders, donor acknowledgements, general donor correspondence; donor progress reports on endowed chairs, professorships, and scholarships; endowed and current-use funds for academic programming; and special events for cultivation and stewardship purposes. Reporting to the Executive Director of Development (Law Center) and managing two Donor Relations staff members, the Director has duties that include but are not limited to:

Strategic Plan

  • Designs and implements a strategic plan that will bring the highest quality stewardship to Law Center donors, foster goodwill towards the institution, and generate on-going financial support.
  • Ensures accurate and timely gift processing and interact with donors to resolve gift accounting issues.
  • Ensures accurate, timely, and appropriate gift acknowledgement.
  • Ensures accurate and timely distribution of pledge reminders.
  • Ensures accurate and timely reporting of scholarship fund activity to donors.
  • Ensures accurate descriptions of endowed scholarship funds in all Law Center Reporting.
  • Fosters stewardship interaction between the Law Center's top donors, and the faculty members and administrators holding endowed chairs and professorship or engaged in programmatic efforts receiving philanthropic support via named Centers, Institutes or Program Funds.
  • Selects and delivers appropriate gifts/recognition vehicles for major gift donors mindful of department budget constraints.
  • Ensures timely distribution of holiday cards to significant prospects/donors.

Supervision and Team Development

  • Effectively supervises all direct reports and help create a "team" mentality within the Law Advancement Office to encourage cooperation and respect, and to develop and retain the department's best talent.
  • Oversees the work of direct reports so that tasks assigned to the Law Donor Relations team are accomplished in a timely and professional manner.
  • Completes evaluations for all direct reports in a timely manner as directed by University procedures.
  • Encourages Law Donor Relations staffers to avail themselves of professional development training.

Donor Cultivation and Stewardship Events

  • Plans and executes events for donor cultivation and stewardship purposes to encourage new and repeat gifts to the Law Center.
  • Develops a strategic plan for all donor cultivation/stewardship events.
  • Selects appropriate venues, food/drinks, flowers, and other event equipment for donor relations events in a fiscally responsible manner.
  • Drafts appropriate guest lists, and creates and distributes invitations for all development events.

Law Center Stewardship

  • Works with internal Law Center administrative offices and the Law Center's Communications staff to foster the Law Center's stewardship effort.
  • Works collaboratively with the Law Center's Financial Aid Office to ensure accurate pairing of financial aid recipients with appropriate scholarship funds.
  • Works collaboratively with the Law Center's Special Events Office to produce quality cultivation and stewardship events.
  • Works collaboratively with the Dean's Office to produce appropriate donor correspondence, event itineraries, and briefings.
  • Works collaboratively with the Law Center's Communications group to generate stewardship articles for various Law Center publications.

Prospects Data

  • Enhances the University's data on prospects/donors for use by current and future development staff.
  • Completes "action" reports documenting contact with prospects/donors, including recordation of event invitations, event attendance, and stewardship visits.
  • Manages coding projects identifying VIPs, various volunteer board leaders, event invitees, scholarship donors, Hogan Society donors, and holiday card recipients.
  • Sends GU360 updates to Advancement for data entry.

Law Center Stewardship Events

  • Works Office of Advancement (OA) staffers and representatives of the President's Office to foster the Law Center's stewardship effort.
  • Drafts timely and accurate briefings for the  President's Office as required in support of Law Center events.
  • Works with Gift Accounting, Donor Relation, Communications, and Planned Giving on issues related to Law Center donors.
  • Prepares stewardship reports for OA staffers for inclusion in various University publications.


  • Bachelor's degree
  • 3 to 5 years of stewardship and/or development communications and writing experience
  • Management experience
  • Organizational, leadership and project management skills
  • Demonstrated writing and proofreading abilities
  • Demonstrated superior supervisory and collaborative skills among a variety of diverse personalities
  • Ability to develop and monitor budgets and schedules
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies
  • Knowledge of standard stewardship practices and procedures
  • Proficiency in MS Office computer software applications, particularly Excel
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to interact well with others
  • Analytical, well organized, and with the ability to handle multiple tasks and priorities simultaneously and consistently meet all deadlines
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment when making decisions to advance stewardship relationships with donors
  • Detail orientation, attention to accuracy, and ability to work independently in a deadline-oriented environment
  • Commitment to confidentiality

Preferred qualifications

  • Knowledge of Georgetown University
  • Familiarity with fundraising databases like Salesforce and Millennium

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