Senior Director of Development, UCLA School of Law

Los Angeles, California
Salary commensurate with skills, knowledge and experience
Dec 13, 2018
Jan 12, 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Experience Level

Known as a trailblazer, honored as an institution, renowned as a place for tomorrow’s leaders, UCLA Law has garnered a reputation for artful teaching, influential scholarship and enduring innovation. Over the decades, the School has developed a depth and breadth of academic offerings unsurpassed by any other law school in the nation. By building on past successes, UCLA Law continues to propel the school, students, faculty and alumni into a future of unparalleled distinction. The strength of UCLA Law is a direct result of the superlative work of its faculty and staff, the talents of its diverse and academically gifted student body, and the accomplishments and wholehearted generosity of alumni and donors.

Under the direction of the Associate Dean for External Affairs, as the Senior Director of Development, you will be responsible for developing and executing long- and short-term strategies to secure major and principal gifts from individuals, alumni, foundations and other entities in support of the school’s mission and strategic priorities. In coordination with other members of the Law School’s senior administrative and advancement staff, you will assist with the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major and principal gift prospects, with an emphasis on expanding UCLA Law School’s donor base outside of existing friends and alumni. Your efforts will emphasize fundraising within the Los Angeles/Southern California region, and you will have responsibility for growing and expanding relationships with individuals and appropriate entities within this region to make connections as part of developing a robust pipeline of prospects and donors for major and principal giving to the School of Law.

As an ideal candidate for this role, you will have a minimum of seven years of progressive responsibility and experience as a professional development officer or similar professional experience in a nonprofit, membership/volunteer-driven or related environment. You will have proven skills in developing and implementing successful strategies for identification, cultivation and solicitations of individuals, corporations and foundations at the major and principal giving levels and/or other solicitations of a similar nature, level and complexity. As the Senior Director, you will have experience cultivating and soliciting individuals for gifts at these levels and/or prior experience with solicitations of a similar nature, level and complexity. You will be an excellent communicator orally and through written materials and have exceptional interpersonal skills to work collaboratively with a wide variety of internal and external constituents. The ability to think strategically aligned with implementing and following through are essential, as is the ability to render mature judgments, tolerate ambiguity and function in a complex process-driven environment. Strong insight, understanding and experience fundraising in the Los Angeles/Southern California region are preferred.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy -

For a more detailed description of this position please visit UCLA’s Development Careers website at and click job title “Senior Director of Development” to view requisition #29032.