Assistant Dean of Development

April 2021 | New York, NY
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New York Law School seeks an Assistant Dean of Development to build a robust major gifts and engagement program.

About New York Law School

new york law school campusFounded in 1891, New York Law School (NYLS) is an independent law school located in Tribeca – the heart of New York City’s legal, government, financial, and emerging tech centers. Campus is steps from the courts, government agencies, Wall Street businesses, law firms, and tech companies. NYLS proudly embraces the city as its classroom and has adopted the motto, “We are New York’s law school.” NYLS offers full-time and part-time J.D. programs, as well as an LL.M. in Taxation program. The School enrolls around 1,100 students.

From early in NYLS’s history, the School has welcomed people of all backgrounds, and its graduates have distinguished themselves as builders, icons, and visionaries. Early alumni were among the founders or name partners of several prominent law firms, including Proskauer, Davis Polk, Jackson Lewis, Milbank, and Paul, Weiss; others achieved historic firsts in law, business, and government. Today, alumni serve in all levels of the judiciary, in large and small law firms, as global leaders in the industry, and as national and local elected officials.

2020 Strategic Plan: Ever Upward

NYLS’s new five-year 2020 Strategic Plan: Ever Upward is organized by a set of values, goals, and priorities designed to benefit students, alumni, and the legal profession while strengthening the School’s reputation in the academic and legal communities.

Click to read more about the Strategic Plan.

About Philanthropy at New York Law School

NYLS is led by Anthony W. Crowell, the 16th Dean and President of NYLS. He has served in the role since May 2012 and has taught state and local government law at NYLS since 2003. As a first-generation student and a long-time New York City public servant, Dean Crowell proudly reintroduced NYLS as New York’s law school. Under his leadership, NYLS issued its first comprehensive Strategic Plan, annual progress reports on that plan, and a new 2020 Strategic Plan; published an Institutional Diversity Plan; built an Office of Diversity and Inclusion; adopted a dynamic and successful new curriculum—Think BIG—and strengthened academic and bar success programs.

NYLS will soon be embarking on a campaign, the first in more than a decade. Guided by the 2020 Strategic Plan: Ever Upward, NYLS is positioned with bold fundraising priorities to inspire current and new donors. A successful campaign will not only meet an ambitious fundraising goal but serve as a launching pad for a more robust and sustainable philanthropy program.

Institutional Advancement raised $3.6 million last year. These gifts, primarily unrestricted, meaningfully contribute to the School’s annual operating budget. NYLS’s has a 7-person advancement team dedicated to working with alumni, friends, law firms, and institutional partners to move the NYLS mission forward.

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About the Position

A newly created position, the Assistant Dean of Development will report to the Associate Dean for Community Engagement while also working closely with, through a “dotted line” relationship, to the Dean and President of NYLS, Anthony Crowell. The position will be a member of the Dean’s senior management team.

Working in tandem with advancement staff, leadership and faculty, this individual will focus on accelerating a robust fundraising stream, with specific emphasis on designing and implementing a major gifts program. This person will be a seasoned frontline fundraiser charged with managing and growing a portfolio consisting of alumni and friends of the School.

Key Responsibilities

  • Serve as the lead frontline fundraiser for NYLS, soliciting and closing major gifts in support of fundraising priorities.
  • Develop and implement engagement strategies to support the qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of current and prospective major gift
  • Cultivate effective working relationships with colleagues including advancement staff, faculty and staff members, volunteer leadership as well as Law School leadership.
  • Play a critical role with leadership on developing campaign strategy and process.
  • Use sophisticated prospect research techniques to help grow the donor pool.
  • Draft and edit proposals, reports, and briefings as appropriate.
  • Provide leadership, mentorship, and coaching to the advancement team and directly supervise frontline staff.
  • Help to grow a culture of philanthropy among NYLS constituents both internally and externally.
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Key Qualifications

  • new york law school campusMinimum 7 years of progressively increasing fundraising achievements (preferably some experience working in a professional school within higher education).
  • Proven ability and drive to achieve ambitious fundraising goals in a campaign environment.
  • Demonstrated track record of advocacy and securing 5- and 6-figure gifts.
  • Deep knowledge of, and experience working in, New York City and the metro-New York region.
  • Appreciation for NYLS’s mission, history, students, alumni, and faculty, along with the ability to effectively communicate about them and to them.
  • A strong ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and build long-term relationships.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and deep experience in writing sophisticated and nuanced funding requests and proposals.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple and competing priorities and meet established personal and team goals.
  • Possess the highest level of integrity, emotional intelligence, donor confidentiality and discretion with important and/or sensitive relationships, information, and tasks.
  • Strong database and financial management skills.
  • Ability to travel regionally on a regular basis and flexibility to work weekends and after hours as needed.

New York Law School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Please email your cover letter and resume in confidence to:

Jesse Bryan

Senior Consultant

Development Guild DDI 

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