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Leadership Giving Officer

Apply now Job no: 503004
Position Type: Staff
Location: Boston Main Campus
Categories: School of Law

About Northeastern:

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern’s comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.


About the Opportunity:

Exceptional opportunity to join a team of enthusiastic and accomplished Development team at a law school that is pioneering the next wave of public interest legal education into the 21st century. The Law School recently raised $5M surpassing the $4.2M goal for the Empower campaign last year. Our annual fund giving has grown by 12 percent in the last two years and is now nearly $750,000 annually. Our graduates have gone on to do high-level and notable work and many have gone on to lead national law firms as managing partner, and take lead roles in important organizations such as Greater Boston Legal Services. We recently had a graduate serve as interim US Senator and currently have Senator Maggie Hassan representing New Hampshire in the US Senate. We have had numerous Presidential appointees, federal judges and leaders in providing legal representation to those who might not otherwise afford it. Our graduate and MacArthur Fellow, Mary Bonauto, is one of the leading LGBTQ activists of our time. Until recently, one of our graduates held the position of Chief Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court. Our graduates are leading the way in fields such as immigration, intellectual property, health law, energy law, and many other fields. The list of notable and noteworthy graduates is robust.

Northeastern seeks a proactive and entrepreneurial Leadership Giving Officer who can advance the individual giving program at the Northeastern University School of Law (NUSL). Reporting to the Director of Development, and working in close collaboration with the Office of the Dean, faculty and advancement staff across the university, the Leadership Giving Officer is responsible for identifying and building relationships with prospective donors, developing strategies for their cultivation, and soliciting gifts at the leadership gift level, specifically targeting the growth of the Dean's Society and the further development of the annual giving pipeline.


Primary responsibilities and Accountabilities:

-Build and manage a portfolio of 125 prospective donors. This portfolio will be comprised of prospects at the leadership gift level ($1,000+) who exhibit considerable promise for evolving to major gift capacity over time.

-Create and drive the execution of detailed strategic plans for the cultivation and solicitation of prospects, conducting 125 face to face prospect meetings per year.

-Partner with the Dean of NUSL, Director of Development, Chairs and Faculty to maximize the solicitation potential of prospects in portfolio.

-Manage the Dean's Society including coordinating with the law school Dean regarding marketing efforts, direct mail, events, and the writing/creation of any stewardship of acknowledgements to donors on behalf of the Dean.

-Acquire and articulate an understanding of NUSL, including its priorities, programs and faculty. Collaborate with University Advancement colleagues, including those in Donor Relations and Gift Planning, as necessary in an effort to meet fundraising goals.


The ideal candidate will have 2-3 years of formal development experience, preferably in higher education; however, those with a similar record of professional service and who exhibit the knowledge of and skills for professional development work will receive careful consideration. The successful candidate will have a Bachelor's degree (graduate or professional degree preferred). In addition, the successful candidate should be highly collaborative in approach, demonstrate strong written and oral communication skills, and interpersonal skills necessary for building relationships with various university constituents, both internal and external. The Leadership Giving Officer will be expected to travel, including occasional nights and weekends, for the Northeastern University School of Law in support of its programs and priorities.

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Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff.  Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. 

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other  characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

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