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Director of Development & Alumni/ae Relations

Northeastern University School of Law
Job Title: Director of Development & Alumni/ae Relations
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September 25th, 2021
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Northeastern University School of Law, the nation’s leading public interest law school, seeks a proactive and entrepreneurial Director of Development & Alumni/ae Relations to partner closely with the Dean, lead a staff of three, and strategically move the School to the next level of achievement. This is an exceptional opportunity to join an enthusiastic and accomplished team at a law school that is pioneering the next wave of public interest legal education.

As the longest-running, most extensive experience-based legal education program in the country, Northeastern University School of Law (NUSL) is a leader in blending theory and practice, providing students with a unique set of skills and experience to successfully practice law. The cornerstone of an NUSL education is the Cooperative Legal Education Program, which is as transformative for students as it is for the clients they will serve. All NUSL students are guaranteed full-time, legal co-op placements and can choose from more than 1,500 participating employers worldwide. Graduates enter the workforce already having completed nearly a year of full-time legal work experience.

Led by Dean James Hackney, an accomplished and long-serving law professor who has also held key administrative roles at the University level, NUSL offers eight dual-degree programs and eight concentrations, each having a strong interdisciplinary perspective that pairs well with the school’s experiential learning model. Many faculty have advanced degrees in multiple fields and joint appointments with other schools within the university, and students may complete one of their co-ops in a non-legal setting, working as a lawyer alongside engineers, human rights advocates, environmental regulators or finance professionals. Interdisciplinary programs and research projects include the Center for Health Policy and Law, the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy and the IP CO-LAB.

Northeastern University School of Law prepares graduates to make a positive impact on the world with alumni/ae leading the way in fields such as immigration, intellectual property, health law, energy law, and many others. Distinguished alumni/ae include Shalanda Baker who was recently appointed to serve in the Biden-Harris Administration as the Deputy Director for Energy Justice; corporate leaders Mo Cowan and Joel Goldberg; Mary L. Bonauto, civil rights lawyer and 2014 MacArthur Fellow, who has made significant contributions in the effort to achieve marriage equality for same-sex couples; Marie-Therese Connolly, elder rights attorney and 2011 MacArthur Fellow; entrepreneur and angel investor Betty Francisco; Director, Racial Justice Program for the ACLU-MA, Rahsaan Hall; District Judge Janet Arterton; and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.

For the Northeastern University School of Law graduate, regardless of the career path they choose, the options are endless and borderless. To learn more about the School and how its faculty and graduates are changing the world, visit https://www.northeastern.edu/law/.



Reporting into both the Dean of the School of Law and the University’s Assistant Vice President of Advancement, the Director will provide creative, collaborative, energetic, and strategic leadership to the Law School’s full-scale advancement and alumni/ae relations program comprised of annual giving, major/principal gifts, planned giving, corporate and foundation giving, donor relations and stewardship, and alumni/ae relations.


  • Work to ensure a positive, collaborative work environment and develop strategies for retaining staff and rewarding outstanding performers.
  • Directly supervise a staff of three including the Director of External Relations, Leadership Gift Officer, and Alumni/ae Associate.
  • Analyze department performance by initiating reports and conducting studies of the planning, objectives, effectiveness, and direction of the development program and operations.
  • Update the Dean with weekly and annual reports, and oversee the departmental budget, with a particular focus on allocating resources effectively.


  • Responsible for the design and implementation of a comprehensive development program that not only focuses on principal, major, planned, and annual gifts, but one that also builds a truly integrated and progressive alumni/ae relations program that strengthens existing ties with law school alumni/ae and also attracts alumni/ae who are not currently involved to become active participants in the Northeastern Law community.
  • Serve as an active member of NUSL’s senior leadership team to ensure that the development program provides voice and perspective in law school operations. Further, serve as the principal liaison between the Law School and the University’s Central Development Office to ensure two-way, transparent communication and to inform, coordinate, direct activities, and leverage partnerships with Central Development staff.


  • Develop and execute strategies to ensure NUSL school successfully achieves or surpasses its targeted fundraising goals.
  • Manage a portfolio of principal/major gift prospects.
  • Partner with the Dean to develop cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies for the law school’s top prospects and work with the dean as needed to move those relationships/gift conversations forward.
  • Identify major, leadership, and principal gift prospects, qualify their ultimate giving potential, assess the appropriate interest match within the Law School, and develop and implement strategies to optimize gift closures for the School.
  • Develop donor strategies and direct cultivation efforts by appropriate NUSL-related contacts (trustee, alumni/ae, volunteers, and friends).


  • Bachelor’s degree required. Candidates with a J.D. or those who have prior experience fundraising for a legal program will be prioritized.
  • At least 7 years of significant experience in a development program, including successful major gift experience and a track record of successfully closing face-to-face solicitations.
  • Successful experience in leading a team and direct management of staff.
  • Results oriented individual with demonstrated success leading an individual and/or major donor program.
  • Ability to inspire confidence and engage a diverse community of supporters in short and long-term fundraising.
  • Strong analytical and strategic thinking skills and ability to thrive in a dynamic, entrepreneurial environment.
  • Ability to plan and implement in a demanding, fast-paced environment.
  • Possess excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Ability and willingness to travel as necessary.



Led by President Joseph Aoun, Northeastern University is a global, experiential, research university built on a tradition of engagement with the world, creating a distinctive approach to education and research. The University’s network of campuses includes the Boston flagship campus, which offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools, as well as graduate campuses in Charlotte, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, London, and Portland, ME.

Classified as a top-tier research institution and listed at #40 according to the U.S. News & World Report 2020 Best National Universities Rankings, Northeastern University has elevated itself to a powerhouse on par with the nation’s elite research colleges and universities. These achievements build upon Northeastern’s unprecedented momentum, which includes continued investments in research and faculty recruitment, record-high student applications, and significant fundraising success.

The Office of University Advancement plays an integral role in furthering Northeastern’s game-changing vision of transforming the University into diverse networks of learners and innovators, empowering members of its global community to succeed in an era of extraordinary technological and cultural change. Maintaining a staff of approximately 200, the Office of University Advancement is a thriving fundraising environment with an engaged, dedicated, and generous donor universe that is ensuring a strong, sustainable future for Northeastern University.

Strategic Plan: See the future in Northeastern2025 and learn more about the institution’s vision for lifelong learning and discovery as it embarks on a strategic plan to guide the university’s course for the next ten years.

Learn for Life Network: Northeastern connects students to career acceleration through a revolutionary new approach to delivering quality, top-tier professional programs—bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates, bootcamps—across multiple learning channels, including online, on-ground, and hybrid. The Network has been created to help a learner achieve more—by keeping pace with the hyper-accelerated world of technology, business, and industry in which we all work and live.

The Northeastern community continues to thrive during unprecedented and challenging market conditions and has shown tremendous dexterity and resilience during the current pandemic. Quickly transitioning to remote learning, the institution continues to educate its students and advance the frontiers of knowledge through its research.



Pearl Street Collective, a national, women-owned executive search firm committed to advancing the common good, has been retained to conduct the search. Managing Partners Adele Mezher and Maeve Clifford are leading this search. Please submit your resume and letter of interest to law-dod@pearlstreetcollective.com.

Candidates are encouraged to apply even if they do not meet all of the criteria.

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 to and support of diversity and inclusion, please see www.northeastern.edu/diversity.

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