Southern Methodist University began as a bold vision shared by the Methodist Church and civic leaders in Dallas. The University aims to create, expand, and impart knowledge through teaching, research, and service, shaping world-changing leaders who contribute to their communities and excel in their professions in a global society. SMU serves as an internationally recognized intellectual resource for Dallas and the world. While it has deep roots in the Methodist tradition, the University is nonsectarian in its teaching and is committed to open inquiry and academic freedom.
Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law is distinctively unmatched in the state of Texas, offering a rich educational experience to the next generation of legal professionals. Uniquely situated in Dallas, where business and law intersect, students graduate with one of the highest employment placement rates in the nation and, as alumni, go on to contribute to the economic vitality of the state and region.
Southern Methodist University seeks a bold, strategic, and sophisticated Director of Development to lead the Dedman School of Law’s fundraising activities. The Director will join the SMU community following the public launch of Ignited: Boldly Shaping Tomorrow, the University’s $1.5 billion comprehensive campaign, and will work in partnership with recently appointed Dean Jason Nance to execute his vision for the School. This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced advancement professional to partner with a new and energetic dean at a particularly pivotal moment for the Dedman School of Law. The Director will execute annual goal-setting and strategic planning activities, as well as manage the School’s campaign operations and its campaign cabinet.
An ideal candidate must possess superior communications skills and emotional intelligence while having the ability to work diplomatically with experienced staff and dedicated volunteers. A Juris Doctor is not required; however, the best-matched candidate will have previous experience at a law school or a strong understanding of the legal profession.