Director of Development (School of Law)


University, MS, US, 38677

Department:  University Development (10000991)
Employee Designation:  Regular Full-time (Benefits Eligible)

Note for Current UM Employees

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Definition of Class

This position identifies, cultivates, solicits and stewards gift prospects. The incumbent plans, executes and administers programs to identify funding opportunities, develops proposal strategies and cultivates solicitation of gifts, maintains knowledge of and communicates details of gift planning opportunities, and leads volunteers in fundraising efforts or engagement activities.

Examples of Work Performed

  • Develops fundraising strategies for assigned program.
  • Evaluates progress toward goals and adjusts as necessary.
  • Identifies and researches funding opportunities.
  • Coordinates special events for major donor prospects.
  • Works with communications department to develop fundraising materials.
  • Arranges visits with donors via phone, email and social media.
  • Represents the department at various social and professional functions.
  • Compiles data for proposal submission and reporting.
  • Sends biographical updates to the development database.
  • Runs reports to gather data for building a trip or sharing information with a supervisor.
  • Travels overnight and on weekends to meet with prospective donors.
  • May provide guidance and supervision for support staff.
  • Performs related or similar duties as required or assigned.

Essential Functions

These essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following. Additional essential functions may be identified and included by the hiring department.

  1. Identifies funding opportunities, develops strategies, and solicits gifts.
  2. Collaborates with dean/director and staff to set goals and strategies.
  3. Travels and represents assigned programs at various university functions.

Minimum Education/Experience

Bachelor's Degree from an accredited four-year college or university.




Four (4) years of experience related to the above described duties.

Substitution Statement:

Related experience may be substituted for education, on a basis set forth and approved by the Department of Human Resources.


Interview Requirements: Any candidate who is called for an interview must notify the Department of Equal Opportunity/Regulatory Compliance in writing of any reasonable accommodation needed prior to the date of the interview.

Salary/Wage Information

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EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

Background Check Statement

The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

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