Job Details

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR

Job - Education

Close Date: 11/01/2019

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Job Purpose

The Director of Strategic Initiatives (DSI) will be responsible for developing, communicating, executing, and sustaining the Center for Animal Law Studies' (CALS) strategic initiatives. This person will oversee and help implement programs and projects to support CALS' vision and short- and long-term plans. Additionally, the DSI will be part of CALS leadership team and will lead our fundraising efforts. They will report directly to the Executive Director of CALS.

What You'll Do

Outreach & Communication
Develop, execute and oversee editorial content for social media, outreach and communications

Raise the visibility of CALS and engage diverse audiences by timely sharing via social media channels: developments in the field of animal law and animal protection; the activities of CALS and its programs, faculty, staff, students and alumni; as well as coordinating the messaging and branding of CALS as the leader in animal law.

Develop a quarterly newsletter to regularly share information and updates with CALS supporters, including writing content execution and overall oversight of the newsletter.

Collaborate with CALS program leaders to identify and execute opportunities to promote CALS programs, faculty, staff, students and alumni as leading experts in the field of animal law.

Donor Relationships
Identify funding opportunities and assist with funding proposals and donor reports, as well as support to cultivate donor relationships

Review and explore grant opportunities with Executive Director and L&C Development Program, research criteria for each grant, and recommend targeted funding opportunities for pursuit to Executive Director.

Develop and oversee CALS Giving Tuesday and an end of year giving campaigns.

Develop proficiency with Aplos Nonprofit Software and work with Operations Program to track donor giving and to create internal policies and procedures to facilitate smooth recognition and reporting of donations, as well as to cultivate donor relations.

Work with the Executive Director and Associate Dean of Animal Law to foster and facilitate relationships with existing donors, including the preparation of donor reports and presentations.

Work closely with CALS ED to support fundraising efforts by developing, communicating, executing, and sustaining yearly fundraising plans.

Develop annual fundraising goals for CALS and Animal Law Program

Assist ED with cross-program development of fundraising goals.

Prepare quarterly reports providing updates on fundraising goals

Incorporate fundraising goals into CALS strategic planning.

Strategic Initiatives
Oversee and help implement initiatives and projects to support CALS' vision and short and long-term plans, including assisting with the development of business plans, strategic plans, and timelines.

Establish and review key strategic and fundraising priorities and translate them into a comprehensive strategic and fundraising plan(s).

Communicate and implement CALS strategy internally and externally so that all employees, stakeholders, partners, donors, and supporters understand the organizational-wide strategic plan and how it carries out the organization's overall goals.

Facilitate and drive key strategic initiatives through inception phase.

Monitor the execution of the strategic plan(s).

Ensure departmental strategic planning projects reflect organizational strategic priorities.

Partner with institutional and academic leadership, special committees, and consultants to support execution of key initiatives.

Expand and Enhance Academic Offerings

Develop and manage academic outreach to advance animal law in education, including distance and online learning.

Research online and hybrid educational opportunities that are being utilized in law schools across the country to identify ideas/models/programs of potential interest to CALS and report to Executive Director.

Work with Operations Department to develop and launch online webinars and CLE series.

Work with ED and program directors to implement and launch distance/online learning opportunities.

Develop specialized content for attorneys and academics, including developing and teaching an online course available to lawyers and advocates.


Serve as a member of the Leadership Team and support the Executive Director with the development and implementation of CALS? overarching mission and goals.

Work with the Executive Director to foster and facilitate relationships with existing donors.

Work with the Executive Director to identify new fundraising opportunities and to meet CALS overall strategic goals.

Participate in Development and Leadership Team and all-staff calls, as well as providing quarterly business plan reports to the Executive Director.

Provide support to CALS faculty and staff regarding outreach and donor relations, as directed by the Executive Director.

Must Haves
J.D., with expertise in Animal Law required;
Expert knowledge of animal law with background working in academia.
Animal Law - 7-10 years;
Nonprofit leadership - 7-10 years
Fundraising experience - 7-10 years
Academic experience - 5+ years
Proficient computer skills

The ideal candidate will be part leader and part doer, an exceptional fundraiser, have a unique background with a multitude of different experiences, including executive management, non-profit governance and academic leadership.

This person must be able to be both a creative thinker and influential collaborator.

Ability to honor and work with all identities and individuals, particularly those who are underrepresented in the country and/or at Lewis & Clark College.

Nice to Haves
Undergraduate degree in business preferred
7 years of experience in a leadership position in a for-profit business tasked with managing projects, report writing, and fundraising.

Work Schedule
37.5 hours per week
Benefits Eligible: Yes

Pay Rate
Commensurate with experience

Physical Requirements
Considerable amount of lifting of medium weight (15 to 35 lbs.) climbing, or other physically tiring work
Climbing stairs, standing, driving, sitting, walking, repetitive hand movements (e.g., typing), seeing, talking, hearing

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Background Check

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Eligibility to Work

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