Vanderbilt University Associate Director of Development, Law School in Nashville, Tennessee

Associate Director of Development, Law School (Job Number: 1700384)


The Department of Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) assists Vanderbilt University in securing the resources, both human and financial, that are required to achieve its mission and goals. The Department is responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individuals and organizations whose charitable objectives are consistent with those of Vanderbilt University’s teaching and research programs.

Reporting to the Associate Dean of Development and Alumni Relations, the Associate Director of Development is responsible for identifying, cultivating and soliciting alumni, parents and friends for major gifts on behalf of the following:

  • Law School

About Vanderbilt:

Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 located a little more than a mile from downtown Nashville, TN. The university’s students, faculty, staff and visitors frequently cite Nashville as one of the perks of Vanderbilt. VU is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something that is bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt was recently ranked #1 in the Princeton Review at among 382 top colleges and universities for “happiest students” - as well as #2 for “best quality of life” and “great financial aid,” #5 for “best run colleges” and “beautiful campus,” and #6 for both being in a “college city that students love” and having “great campus/city relations.”

Primary responsibilities :

  • Identify, cultivate and solicit alumni, parents and friends for gifts of $100,000 and above; develop solicitation strategies for potential major gift donors; make direct solicitations; staff dean, faculty, and volunteers as needed.

  • Manage a portfolio of approximately 75 major gift prospects and donors.

  • Make a minimum of 100 face-to-face prospect visits each fiscal year.

  • Support the Associate Dean and Director of Major Gifts in strengthening the major gift pipeline.

  • Represent the Associate Dean and/or Director of Major Gifts as needed.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications :

  • Bachelor’s degree and one year of experience (or the equivalent) is required.

  • Prefer three to five years of relevant experience, with at least three years at a major research university including direct solicitation of five and six figure gifts from individuals.

  • Familiarity with Vanderbilt and/or solid understanding of a major research university environment is preferred.

  • The capacity to perform in an intellectually rigorous and complex academic environment

  • The ability to apply sound judgment in all situations is required, as are excellent organizational skills with a meticulous attention to detail

  • Ability to work independently, take initiative, manage multiple projects simultaneously, meet deadlines, and adapt to ever changing priorities are essential

  • Excellent organizational skills, oral and written communications skills and the ability to articulate the needs, interests and accomplishments of Vanderbilt University to a wide range of audiences

  • Exhibit personal characteristics enabling effective interaction with important constituencies and possess a genuine commitment to the advancement of education, research, and to the principles governing Development and Alumni Relations

  • Travel and evening/weekend work is required. This is a full-time position.


In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, VU offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses and dependent children. Also, after five years of service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% of the tuition for up to three dependent children to earn a bachelor's degree. Learn more about Vanderbilt's benefits at VU Benefits Overview at


Job requires Bachelors and 1 Years of experience or the equivalent.

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 42312 - Development Teams

Job: External Affairs & Communications Professionals