Denver, CO

Director of Development, Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, University of Denver

The Organization

IAALS, the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, is a national, independent research center that works to forge innovative and practical solutions to problems within the American legal system. Located at the University of Denver, we work with experts, stakeholders, and everyday people who navigate our legal system in order to achieve our mission across five key areas: civil justice reform, family justice reform, the judiciary, legal education, and the legal profession. IAALS is an Institute within the University of Denver, distinct from the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law, and is located in John Moye Hall on the University’s campus.

Our Work

IAALS works on solving problems within the American legal system: for the people, through the courts, and with the legal profession. We listen and put people at the center. We cut through complexity. IAALS does this by conducting comprehensive research, partnering with stakeholders to design new models, and empowering decision-makers to take action all toward advancing justice we can believe in.

Position Summary

The Director of Development (DoD) reports to the Senior Director of Operations with dotted line reporting to the CEO. This position will establish and manage a fundraising infrastructure within the organization that engages various departments, board members and advisors. The position will also develop and implement fundraising strategies by identifying, qualifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding various sources of philanthropic support. Employee will ensure that fund development activities align with IAALS’ mission and strategic vision. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to diversity and inclusion through their work and academic or other experiences.

Essential Functions

  • Create and implement fundraising strategies for annual giving, major gifts, planned giving, events, sponsorship opportunities, and foundation grants.
  • Identify and qualify an expanding pool of individual, government, foundations, funders, and corporate sponsors.
  • Develop and manage a fundraising infrastructure that supports various giving strategies, stewardship, and donor data management activities.
  • Communicate with DU Advancement staff.
  • Work with Communications staff to create messaging for fundraising collateral, social media, video, and print communications to expand both local and national awareness of IAALS.
  • Establish and encourage an internal fundraising culture among staff, board members, advisors through board and committee reporting and offering meaningful engagement.
  • Create and facilitate naming, sponsorship, membership, and fee for service opportunities to attract and retain members, partners, donors, funders, and supporters.
  • Manage support staff and contract labor.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to represent IAALS and the University in a variety of capacities, through excellent spoken, and written communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to prioritize, negotiate, influence, and motivate groups and individuals.
  • Maturity, sound judgment, sensitivity to others and high ethical standards with the ability to build productive relationships with philanthropic individuals, corporations, and foundations, as well as the University’s leadership.
  • Ability to empower and motivate team members to deliver on agreed upon performance metrics.
  • Responsibility to remain informed on issues and concerns impacting IAALS and the legal community it serves.
  • Responsibility to remain informed on economic, tax and philanthropic issues impacting fundraising strategies.
  • Ability effectively identify and pursue new revenue opportunities and fundraising relationships.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Eight years of fundraising experience, with broad involvement working with major donors, annual giving, events, planned giving, memberships and foundation grants.
  • Demonstrated experience at cultivating and stewarding relationships with diverse individuals, organizations, corporations, and communities.
  • Experience working with a CEO, leadership, and staff to facilitate the implementation of fundraising strategies.
  • Understanding of the development budget process, revenue forecasting and financial reporting.
  • Experienced with donor data management software and experienced at data mining to identify potential philanthropic support.
  • Knowledge and understanding of gift acceptance policies and procedures.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in nonprofit management.
  • Fundraising experience in both large well-resourced shops and in small organizations with limited numbers of staff and small budgets, at senior leadership levels.
  • Experience working with Communications staff to collaborate on creating fundraising collaterals, social media, videos, and other forms of fundraising tools.
  • Demonstrated track record in working collaboratively across organizational departments, as well as with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Experience reporting to and working with a Board and other governing bodies.

Work Schedule
Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on March 26, 2021.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number
The salary grade for the position is GE.

Salary Range
The salary range for this position is $120,000 – $140,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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