Director of the Harvard Law School Annual Fund Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA

Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail Founded in 1817, Harvard Law School (HLS) is the oldest continuously operating law school in the United States and is consistently ranked as one of the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. It is a place for people who value ideas because ideas make a difference in the world; who want to think about the law’s interaction with public policy, business, information and biomedical technologies, and human needs and perceptions; who are fascinated by the power of institutions and rules while mindful of the unintended consequences of policy reforms; and who pursue the legal profession’s service to society. The Harvard Law School Annual Fund was created in 1950 by the late Dean Erwin N. Griswold ’28, S.J.D. ’29, LL.D. ’53 as the outgrowth of a two-year campaign to help support scholarships, fellowships, research and the library. More than half a century and over $150 million later, the same areas, as well as many new exciting projects, continue to benefit from annual giving. Each year, gifts to the HLS Annual Fund play a critical role in providing unrestricted support to key needs and initiatives. The financial stability of HLS is the direct result of support from its alumni—it ensures that HLS can withstand economic adversity and minimize the impact of fiscal fluctuations on the Law School community. For the past few years, the Harvard Law School Annual Fund has generated a steady $7-8 million annually.  As the Law School prepares for its participation in the unprecedented University-wide capital campaign, there is tremendous opportunity to grow the HLS Annual Fund in concert with the campaign and as such, the Executive Director of Development has set a target to raise the Annual Fund to $10 million by 2014. The ideal candidate for this position will have a demonstrated track record as an annual fund professional with expertise in relationship management, both internally with staff and colleagues as well as externally with high-level donors and volunteers. The incoming Director will have responsibility for expanding a culture of philanthropy that emphasizes relationship fundraising rather than a transactional approach. To provide the proactive thought, planning, and implementation leadership required, the incoming Director will be data-driven, results-oriented, and knowledgeable about the mechanics necessary to build and maintain a high-performing, comprehensive annual fund initiative. To apply or refer candidates, please contact Zena Lum, Search Director, Lois L. Lindauer Searches,