The Senior Assistant Dean, External Relations is the senior Law School administrator tasked with building a consistent and compelling image of the Law School to internal and external audiences in ways that expand and enhance the school’s reputation. The Senior Assistant Dean oversees Development, Alumni Relations, and Digital Media to increase collaboration and to strengthen relationships among stakeholders to achieve enhanced alignment with Silicon Valley, increased donations, improved alumni engagement, and better employment outcomes for graduates.
1.Development • Oversee Development activities: provide leadership and strategic guidance to professional staff responsible for Law School advancement, including major gifts, annual giving, stewardship, capital projects, scholarships, curricular initiatives and Law School/University capital campaigns. • Ensure close collaboration with University Relations on all aspects of Law School advancement efforts. • Manage a limited portfolio of major gift prospects and implement a highly-focused program to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward prospects for gifts between $100,000 and $2,000,000. • Cultivate and manage Law Advisory Board, coordinate meetings, assist committees, provide strategic direction and support to Executive Committee. • Supervise Senior Director of Development and Director of Development.
2. Alumni Relations • Oversee Alumni Relations activities: provide leadership and strategic guidance to professional staff responsible for developing and implementing alumni engagement and external relations programs. • Create and implement a plan for enhanced collaboration between Career Management and Alumni Relations, in order to increase alumni participation in events, mentoring and student professional development.
• Supervise Director of External Relations.
3. Marketing/Communications • Oversee Digital Media team: provide leadership and strategic guidance on a comprehensive web, social media and branding strategy. • Conceptualize and prepare principal print and online publications, including admissions viewbook, program brochures, and special event materials. • Write and edit outgoing communications on behalf of the Dean’s Office and Law School. • Work closely with University Marketing and Communications to leverage design resources and media relations. • Work with Student Services Office to coordinate event master calendar. • Supervise Web Designer and Webmaster (to be hired).
4. Career Management • Work closely with the Office of Career Management: provide strategic guidance to professional staff responsible for carrying out career counseling to coordinate and leverage development and related activities to the benefit of potential law school job seekers. • Participate in alumni employer outreach.
5. Other Duties as Assigned • Provide strategic direction for the Law School, working closely with the Dean, faculty and senior leadership group. • Serve on Law School committees such as the Dean’s Staff Advisory Council, Committee on Diversity & Inclusion, Alexander Prize Committee. • Manage department budgets. • Assist with board development (Law Advisory Board, Alumni Ambassadors, Kasner Symposium Planning Committee, etc.). • Represent the Law School locally, regionally and nationally through active involvement in professional and legal associations. • Oversee special projects as needed, occasionally involving external consultants such as writers, editors, designers, photographers and IT staff.
GENERALGUIDELINES • Recommends initiatives and implements changes to improve quality and services. • Identifies and determines cause of problems; develops and presents recommendations for improvement of established processes and practices. • Maintains contact with customers and solicits feedback for improved services. • Maximizes productivity through use of appropriate tools; planned training and performance initiatives. • Researches and develops resources that create timely and efficient workflow. • Prepares progress reports; informs supervisor of project status; and deviation from goals. Ensures completeness, accuracy and timeliness of all operational functions. • Prepares and submits reports as requested and required. • Develops and implements guidelines to support the functions of the unit.
Provide work direction for Development, Alumni Relations, and Digital Media teams. Supervise student assistants, vendors, and marketing/communications consultants as needed.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The items below are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities, education, and experience required or preferred.
This position requires the ability to effectively establish and maintain cooperative working relationships within a diverse multicultural environment.
The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, the California Fair Employment & Housing Act, and all other applicable laws, SCU provides reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities. A qualified individual is a person who meets skill, experience, education, or other requirements of the position, and who can perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
• Considerable time is spent at a desk using a computer terminal. • Will be required to travel to other buildings on the campus. • Will be required to attend conferences and events within Bay Area or in- or out-of-state locations.
The work environment characteristics described below are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
• Typical office environment. • Mostly indoor office environment with windows. • Offices with frequent interruptions.
Demonstrated experience with a wide range of communication strategies. Knowledge of higher education administration, preferably in a law school. Direct knowledge of development programs Direct knowledge of successful fundraising practices Knowledge of higher education advancement preferred
Demonstrated track record of success in managing diverse, collaborative teams. Experience in managing employees in varying levels of responsibility within the organization. Demonstrated success as a member of a cross-functional, collaborative team. Experience in working with individuals at all levels of the organization, including senior leaders, staff, and faculty. Experience in forging collaborative relationships with external partners, such as alumni, employers, and volunteers. Demonstrated experience with a wide range of communication strategies, including print, digital, and social media.
Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to work collaboratively. Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines. Excellent judgment and ability to maintain confidentiality. Attention to detail combined with ability to analyze and conceptualize at a high level of abstraction.
Education and/or Experience:
BA/BS required; JD or advanced degree in related field required.
Minimum of seven to ten years of experience in executive administration of complex organizations (such as a corporation, university, non-profit entity, or law firm) . Experience in higher education, including law school administration, preferred.. Minimum five years of experience preferred in one of the areas that the position oversees.
Santa Clara University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity and inclusion, and, in this spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of color, and members of historically underrepresented groups. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or other protected category in accordance with applicable law. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with a disability.
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Founded in 1911, Santa Clara University School of Law boasts an academically rigorous program located in one of the most vibrant business centers in the world: Silicon Valley. Santa Clara Law is approved by the American Bar Association.
Santa Clara Law will provide you with the skills and experience you need to succeed in any field of law, from high tech to international law to public interest.
We also offer graduate degrees in international law and intellectual property law; combined JD/MBA degree; combined JD/MSIS degree; and certificates in intellectual property law, international law, and public interest and social justice law.