IAALS, the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System at the University of Denver, is a nonpartisan, nonprofit research institution that is committed to increasing fairness, efficiency, accessibility, and the public's trust in the civil justice system.
People look to our justice system for relief in matters that affect their rights, their businesses, and the most intimate aspects of their lives; however, barriers and inefficiencies are effectively denying them real access. IAALS empowers judges, lawyers, businesspeople, and everyday users to put the best ideas into practice. Relying on empirical evidence to inform real-world solutions, IAALS is changing how our system serves people today while anticipating future needs—working tirelessly to increase access to justice.
IAALS works on solving problems within the legal system: both in the courts and in the delivery of legal services more broadly. We conduct comprehensive analysis and work with stakeholders to design models, empower decision-makers, and measure outcomes and impacts to advance a trusted American legal system.
A trusted and trustworthy legal system is essential to our democracy, our economy, and our freedom. But the American legal system is in a state of unprecedented change and challenge. Some 80 percent of Americans have legal needs that go unmet. Some 76 percent of state civil cases have a litigant on at least one side without lawyer representation. Businesses routinely choose arbitration rather than using the courts, jury trials are disappearing, and public confidence in our legal system is low.
Justice, the courts, and legal services must be accessible—and they are not. The problems are complex and multi-dimensional, and we are committed to comprehensive, balanced, and inclusive solutions across the American legal system. We conduct comprehensive analyses and work with stakeholders to design models, empower decision-makers, and measure outcomes and impacts to advance a trusted American legal system. IAALS has on-going projects in the areas of judicial reform, civil justice reform, family justice reform, legal education, and the reregulation of the legal profession. We encourage applicants to learn more about our work iaals.du.edu.
Our justice system faces mounting challenges in delivering on its promise of fair, accessible, and efficient processes. We need new, empirically driven solutions to improve access to justice, access to legal services, and ultimately improve the public's trust and confidence in the legal system. IAALS is at the center of these efforts, and we are currently expanding our team. IAALS is seeking an experienced part-time Development Manager to research and identify new major gift and grant ($50k+) opportunities with foundations, unique funders, state agencies, and federal agencies; collaborate with development, program, and finance colleagues to prepare and submit proposals and reports; and administer the grants management process and life cycle. The Development Manager plays a pivotal role in utilizing their expertise in funder relations, prospect research, grant writing, proposal submission processes, and other skill sets to secure new and expanded revenue. We seek an individual with exceptional prospect research, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship skills; a proven track record of identifying and securing new revenue from diversified sources; and a passion for systemic change through the removal of barriers that limit access and utilization of the legal system.
- Create and manage a process to pursue, monitor, and follow-up on grant submissions and reports throughout the year.
- Conduct prospect research and qualify foundations (family, community, state, and national), unique funders, and state/federal agencies that support areas of focus related to IAALS mission and programming.
- Compile internal and external information and data for proposal submissions and gift solicitations.
- Prepare engaging and compelling narratives and supporting materials for proposal submissions and gift solicitations.
- Establish, maintain, and communicate with key program officers and prospective funders.
- Follow all requirements and deadlines for grant and award submissions and donations.
- Review budget proposals and communicate fundraising activities with the Director of Development.
- Maintain records and provide information for the Director of Development to compile the annual report.
- Other relevant fundraising and philanthropy support as needed.
- Perform other related duties as assigned related to the programmatic and business operations of IAALS.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Exceptional prospect research, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship skills.
- Knowledge of funders and legal landscape.
- Connect IAALS’ needs with award opportunities.
- Manage proposal, budget, and financial reporting processes.
- Communicate effectively, in writing and orally, with proposal and award team(s), foundations, and sponsoring agencies.
- Persuasively draft compelling proposals, reports, and letters.
- Work and lead within a team environment and work independently.
- Ability to manage time effectively, particularly while managing competing priorities.
- Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
- A minimum of 5 years of work experience and a strong understanding of prospect research, relationship cultivation and stewardship, proposal writing, and grant life cycle management.
- Skilled at cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding relationships with program and/or grant officers.
- Demonstrated track record in working collaboratively across organizational departments and programs.
- JD/Advanced Degree.
- 8-10 years of work experience and a strong understanding of prospect research, relationship cultivation and stewardship, proposal writing, and grant life cycle management.
- Proficient in two or more languages.
- Standard Office Environment.
- Noise level is quiet to moderate.
- Typically, work is with unrestricted access to areas all over the campus.
- Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period.
- Required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs.
Monday-Friday, 9:00am-1:00pm, 20 hours per week.
Candidates must apply online through jobs.du.edu to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.
Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is 11.
The hourly range for the position is $35.92-$40.71
The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.
The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.
Please include the following documents with your application:
2. Cover Letter
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All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.