External Funding and Development Manager

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Grants Administration, Business Operations / Services, Admin / Executive / Office Support, Alumni / Development / Fundraising
Division: Centers & Institutes

Our Organization

IAALS, the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, is a national, independent research organization that innovates and advances solutions that make our civil justice system more just.

We believe justice for all must be a reality for everyone. Every day, IAALS reexamines how the American civil justice system can better serve the needs of us all. Through purposeful collaboration, listening, and research, we jumpstart the groundbreaking and achievable solutions that will clear a path to justice for everyone. Because justice for all will never be a reality if those seeking justice cannot access the system designed to deliver it.

Our Work

IAALS’ unique approach depends on purposeful research, deep collaboration, and diversity of perspective, followed by evidence-based recommendations that take hold in courts and legal institutions across the country. IAALS works on solving problems with a broad view of the legal ecosystem, targeting changes in the courts and in the delivery of legal services. We conduct comprehensive analysis and work with stakeholders to design solutions, empower decision-makers, and measure outcomes and impacts to advance an accessible and trusted legal system. 

In order to innovate our civil justice system to meet today’s challenges and opportunities, we need to better understand the problems people face.

  • Nearly half of Americans experience legal problems for which they can’t find a solution.
  • More than 70% of civil and family disputes in the United States include at least one side that doesn’t have an attorney.
  • Incomprehensible legalese, limited legal support, and convoluted processes make fair legal resolutions increasingly unattainable.
  • Businesses routinely choose arbitration rather than using the courts, jury trials are disappearing, and public confidence in our legal system is low.

Our modern society, with modern people and problems, demands the evolution of systems created hundreds of years ago. The status quo is rigid, inaccessible, slow, and costly—and doesn’t account for the complex realities that people face on a daily basis.

Imagine the possibilities if our system was designed for the people moving through it, rather than only those working within it. That is the work of IAALS.

IAALS has ongoing projects in the areas of judicial reform, civil justice reform, family justice reform, legal education and licensure reform, and innovation in the delivery of legal services and the profession. We encourage applicants to learn more about our work at iaals.du.edu.

Position Summary

IAALS is seeking an experienced External Funding and Development Manager who will assist IAALS in its development efforts with the goal of diversification and revenue growth to support this critical mission and impact. The External Funding and Development Manager will work closely with IAALS’ Director of Development to support IAALS’ various streams of funding, including assessing the full spectrum of available data to provide best-in-class prospect research to identify new major gift and grant ($50k+) opportunities with individuals, foundations, and governmental agencies; collaborating with development, program, and finance colleagues to prepare and submit proposals and reports; and administering the gift and grant management life cycles. The External Funding and Development Manager is pivotal in utilizing their expertise in prospect research, portfolio and pipeline management, proposal and report processes, funder relations, and other skill sets to secure new and expanded revenue. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience in the qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of external funding; a proven track record of identifying and securing new revenue from diversified sources; exceptional skills in prospect research; portfolio and pipeline management experience; and a passion for systemic change through the removal of barriers that limit access to and utilization of the legal system.

Essential Functions

  • Utilize data mining and predictive modeling software for prospect analysis, classification, and strategic management.
  • 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.
  • Ensures quality control of data, moves management strategies, prospecting activities, and reporting needs in CRM and predictive modeling software.
  • Collaborates to create prospecting collateral, including travel and event lists, donor profiles, leadership briefs, visit reports, and other written material.
  • Develop and manage a streamlined process for pursuing, monitoring, and following up on grant submissions and reports.
  • Compile and organize internal and external information for gift solicitations and proposal submissions.
  • Work with leadership and directors to create engaging narratives and supporting materials for compelling gift solicitations and proposal submissions.
  • Establish and maintain communication with key program officers and prospective funders.
  • Ensure adherence to all requirements and deadlines for donations, grants, and awards.
  • 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.
  • Perform other related duties, as assigned and needed, pertaining to fundraising and philanthropic support.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Exceptional prospect research, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship skills.
  • Well-versed in prospect development principles, as well as data management, analysis, querying, and reporting.
  • In-depth knowledge of funders and the legal landscape, with the ability to connect IAALS needs with funding opportunities.
  • Proficient in managing proposal, budget, and financial reporting processes.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. Ability to present information in formal and informal settings and impart understanding of complex ideas to others.
  • Ability to work, and lead, within a team environment as well as work with a high level of independence and maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to manage time and prioritize assignments effectively, particularly while managing competing priorities.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • A minimum of three years of work experience and a strong understanding of prospect research, relationship cultivation, stewardship, proposal writing, and grant life cycle management.
  • Demonstrated skill in cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding relationships with program and/or grant officers.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced Degree or coursework in research methods, business, and/or philanthropy.
  • 3-5 years of work experience and a strong understanding of prospect research, data management & reporting, relationship cultivation and stewardship, proposal writing, and grant life cycle management.
  • Proficient in two or more languages.

Working Environment

  1. Standard Office Environment.
  2. Noise level is quiet to moderate.
  3. Typically, work is with unrestricted access to areas all over the campus.

Physical Activities

  1. Ability to work with a computer for an extended period.
  2. Required to move about the office/campus or attend off-campus meetings/events.

Work Schedule
Monday-Friday, 40 hours per week. The typical work schedule is Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, although specific schedules may be established with the supervisor. On occasion, there are hours required outside of the standard hours.

This is an in-person position working on the University of Denver campus.

Application Deadline
For consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) May 31, 2024.

Special Instructions
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 10.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $65,000-$75,000.

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:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, religion, creed, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, military enlistment, or veteran status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the University's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; the Americans with Disabilities Act; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; Equal Pay Act; Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act; the Colorado Protecting Opportunities and Workers' Rights ("POWR") Act; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For more information, please see the University of Denver's Non‑Discrimination‑Statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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