Posted on January 29, 2013
Director of Development, College of Law
Florida International University
Florida International University - Director of Development, College of Law
The Florida International University College of Law seeks an experienced, dynamic, and entrepreneurial fundraising professional for the role of Director of Development.
Florida International University (FIU) is an urban, multi-campus, public research university serving its students and the diverse population of South Florida. It is committed to high-quality teaching, state-of-the-art research and creative activity, and collaborative engagement with its local and global communities. With a current student body of nearly 46,000 (which is 61 percent Hispanic and 79 percent minority overall), FIU is the largest university in South Florida and one of the 25 largest public universities in the nation. With more than 130,000 alumni, FIU constitutes one of the fastest-growing university alumni groups in the country.
The FIU College of Law offers a contemporary, 21st century approach to educating lawyers that builds on the rich traditions of the past while taking into account modern perspectives. The College not only prepares students for traditional law practice but also fosters understanding of disparate cultures and points of view. Opened in August 2002, the College is committed to training professionals representative of an increasingly diverse population who are also dedicated to serving the community by providing an array of legal services to those unable to afford legal representation. The College is consistently ranked in the “Top 10” by Princeton Review in the category of faculty diversity, and US News and World Report frequently recognizes the student body as being one of the most diverse in the nation. Hispanic Business has ranked the College among the top five law schools for Hispanics, and The National Jurist ranks the College
first in Hispanic population and as among the top 10 schools overall for best value in legal education.
The Director of Development will be responsible for the overall leadership and strategic planning for fundraising and stewardship in the College of Law. The Director has primary responsibility for raising private, philanthropic funds through a wide range of fundraising initiatives. S/he will be responsible for creating and implementing a development plan and sustaining and growing the pool of major, individual, and institutional donors. The Director will also serve as the primary liaison to the College’s Dean’s Advisory Council.
Candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree and five or more years of related professional experience. Outstanding candidates will have demonstrated success in developing fundraising strategies, building relationships, and working closely with major donors; demonstrated ability to effectively build, lead, and motivate successful fundraising partnerships working collaboratively and strategically; experience working in a major capital campaign; a commitment to and passion for the College of Law’s mission; strong skills in leadership, negotiation, diplomacy, and written and verbal communication; a highly professional image, with the ability to interact with individuals at all levels; a proven track record working collaboratively with volunteer committees and an understanding of volunteer outreach and management; and the ability to thrive in an intellectually challenging, fast-paced, and collegial environment.
Confidential inquiries and current resumes should be directed electronically to:
Gerard F. Cattie, Jr.
Diversified Search Odgers Berndtson
275 Madison Avenue, Suite #1801
New York, NY 10016