Chief Advancement Officer

​University of Minnesota Law School

Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota

Part of one of the largest research institutions in the world, University of Minnesota Law School is a leading US public law school with exceptional faculty, an innovative curriculum, and unmatched clinical and experiential learning opportunities, as well as a strong emphasis on public service. Students learn to think analytically, to identify the core elements of a complex problem and to develop real-world solutions — skills that are essential for all fields of employment. Located in vibrant and diverse Minneapolis/St. Paul, which annually ranks as one of the most affordable, livable, and literate metropolitan areas in the country, 17 Fortune 500 companies, federal and state courts, and the state capitol are just minutes away, making it one of the best places in the country to experience law in action. A large, active network of alumni in the Twin Cities and around the world are eager to mentor, teach, and hire University of Minnesota Law School students. Giving to the School advances innovative teaching and cutting-edge scholarship, attracts the highest caliber students, and provides these promising students with the preparation and opportunities to be the next generation of legal, business, and community leaders around the world.

The Opportunity

Reporting directly to the Dean of the Law School and leading an 8-person staff, the next Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) will provide innovative leadership and strategic vision across the areas of individual giving, corporate and foundation relations, and alumni relations. In this critical role, the CAO must work effectively with the University of Minnesota Foundation and partner with the Foundation’s development leadership for strategy sessions, annual work, planning, status reports, and coordination of the School’s donors and prospects.

In 2015, donors gave $5.6 million to the Law School, building on a successful 2013 campaign of raising $73 million. In this role, the successful candidate will be experienced in managing a portfolio of major and principal gifts prospects and donors with an emphasis on gifts of $1M-$5M+, will have at least 10 years of relevant leadership experience in complex advancement programs, preferably in higher education, and a demonstrated ability to execute and successfully close a significant comprehensive campaign. An undergraduate degree is required; an advanced degree, ideally a J.D., is preferred. To apply or nominate qualified candidates, please contact Libby Roberts, Vice President, lroberts@LLLSearches.com or see contact information below for Wendy Lazar, Search Director.