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Salaries are commensurate with qualifications and experience. California Western School of Law offers competitive benefits, including 403(b) and flexible spending plans.

Unless otherwise stated below, interested individuals should provide a cover letter describing their interest in and qualifications for the position, salary requirements, and résumé to: California Western School of Law: Human Resources at HR@cwsl.edu.


Major Gift Officer

California Western School of Law (CWSL) is seeking applications for the Major Gift Officer position. This position works under the direction of the Vice President of Institutional Advancement. The Major Gift Officer develops, initiates, and implements strategies for the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major, planned, and leadership gifts from current and prospective donors. The incumbent is responsible for identifying prospective donors as well as maintaining a portfolio of existing donor prospects. This position plays a critical role in building the pipeline of donors for key campus fundraising priorities, including the Centennial Campaign for California Western.

Primary Responsibilities (include but are not limited to):

  • Fundraising/ Portfolio Management

    1. Develop, manage, and steward dynamic donor portfolio of existing and newly identified prospects.

    2. Conduct the fundamentals of fundraising (e.g., identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship, and recognition of existing and prospective donors).

    3. Develop a “moves management” and engagement strategy for existing and prospective donors.

    4. Manage, coordinate, and implement existing and prospective donor meetings, programs, and special events (locally, nationally and internationally).

    5. Manage an active portfolio of between 150-200 existing and prospective donors by engaging, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding gifts with an emphasis from $5,000 - $1,000,000.

    6. Qualify major and planned gift prospects and solicit gifts.

    7. Write proposals for the solicitation of individual, corporate, and foundation prospects. Develop persuasive written and oral presentations and proposals for existing and potential donors, adhering to campus policies and procedures governing fundraising.

    8. Analyze and evaluate prospect and donor data to generate targeted lists and recommend strategic next steps.

    9. Administer and steward existing and newly established donor funds/accounts.

    10. Ensure that predetermined fundraising goals are met and implement program activities to achieve these goals. Evaluate and recommend appropriate next steps for newly qualified potential donors. This requires assessment of prospect's interests and knowledge of law school programs to recommend most effective ways to optimize near-term and longer-term philanthropy to California Western.

    11. Implement annual fundraising plan and budget in conjunction with team members.

  •  Prospect Identification/Cultivation and Donor Relations/Stewardship

    1. Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major and planned gift prospects and donors.

    2. Develop and implement prospect research and cultivation strategies and activities.

    3. Support the preparation of reports, summaries, briefings, donor rosters, and donor reports relevant to stewardship activities and develop strategic opportunities to share the message of philanthropic impact with prospects and donors.

    4. Contribute to planning and execution of prospect cultivation and donor relations programs and events.

    5. Participate in campus-wide activities and events as appropriate.

    6. Coordinate all donor appointment and travel arrangements.

    7. Coordinate responses to donor requests.

  • Program Management/Planning

    1. Attend law school functions as the representative of the department.

    2. Plan, organize, and direct large-scale fundraising campaigns. Participate in prospect management system; file timely and accurate online contact reports.

    3. Evaluate programs using financial feasibility studies and market research, including planning and evaluating annual solicitation programs and make recommendations for improvements. Compile gift projections and giving-level data, summarize in report format and make recommendations to leadership.  

    4. Recruit, train, and support key volunteers who assist in advancement efforts. Staff support groups and volunteer committees created to focus on donor relations and stewardship activity.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor Degree required.

  • Three (3) or more years of demonstrated successful experience in all aspects of major gift fundraising required.

  • In depth knowledge of major gift fundraising, stewardship, donor relations, and public relations concepts, principles, procedures, and techniques preferred.

  • Demonstrated knowledge in written gift proposals and agreements, strategic donor (existing donors and prospects) “moves management” and engagement strategies required.

  • Proven experience in the full spectrum of development, including major and planned giving policies, cultivation, donor recognition, support group management and administration required.

  • Progressive development experience in a complex organization including frontline experience required.

  • Strong portfolio knowledge and experience in donor “moves management” including donor qualification/cultivation/stewardship required.

  • Proven ability to create briefing materials and key talking points that support law school leadership in donor engagement required.

  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted.

  • Must have excellent written and oral communication skills, effective time management, organizational and project management skills, analytical and problem solving ability, and flexibility.

  • Experience in higher education a plus.

  • Attendance at evening and weekend events and programs is required.

  • Must be able to travel to local, regional and international events.

  • Incumbent must have daily access to a reliable vehicle.  Incumbent must obtain and maintain a valid California driver’s license and personal vehicle insurance acknowledging the vehicle is used for employee’s work purposes.  Incumbent must maintain a clean driving record.

About us:

Established in 1924, California Western School of Law is an ABA accredited, non-profit law school. Our downtown campus is in the center of San Diego’s legal and cultural communities.  We are committed to using the law to solve human and societal problems.  Detailed information is available at https://www.cwsl.edu/

Apply now

  • Introduce yourself by sending us a cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the position, salary requirements, and resume to: Human Resources at HR@cwsl.edu.

Salaries are commensurate with qualifications and experience. The law school offers competitive benefits, including 403(b) and flexible spending plans. 

The law school is an Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to affirmative action and to excellence through diversity. The law school provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities upon request.


Senior Accountant

California Western School of Law (CWSL) is seeking applications for the Senior Accountant position. This position works under the direct supervision of the Controller to assist with carrying out the financial objectives of the institution; in particular, assist the Controller with monthly, quarterly and annual accounting tasks to ensure the accurate and timely recording of transactions, and compilation of financial reports.

Primary Responsibilities (include but not limited to):

  • Day-to-day processing of gift batches as part of Donor Services.

  • Conduct monthly reconciliation of bank accounts, general ledger accounts, pledges and contributions, faculty development and professorship funds, and prepaids.

  • Prepare, on a monthly basis cost allocations and recurring journal entries for depreciation & bonds, annuity payments, federal government transfers (G5 activity), inter-account bank transfers (including ZBA payroll transfers), and amortization of prepaid expenses.

  • Prepare quarterly donor restricted fund statements and interest income allocations.

  • Help prepare audit schedules and support the 990 tax preparation.

  • Work to streamline processes and automations.

  • Own the reconciliation process.

  • Main lead in monthly close process.

  • Keep up-to-date with not-for-profit accounting rules and regulations.

  • Assist with monthly investment reconciliations.

  • Annual preparations of San Diego County Tax return.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a major in Accounting required.

  • At least 5-7 years of experience accounting and financial reporting.

  • Knowledge of modern accounting theory, principles, practices, and internal control procedures, with a focus on not-for-profit accounting.

  • Must be able to reconcile accounts, recognize potential problematic areas and resolve same.

  • Must be able to streamline processes and data management.

  • Must possess problem solving abilities, including proactive collaboration and communication skill with the desire for promotion.

  • Must be highly proficient with MS Office, specifically Excel.

  • Intermediate level computer skills.

  • Intermediate knowledge of accounting systems (Microsoft Navision a plus).

  • Must be skilled in the use of formulas, vertical lookups, sorting data, and other various data manipulations.

  • Must possess the aptitude for learning new technology.

About us:

Established in 1924, California Western School of Law is an ABA accredited, non-profit law school. Our downtown campus is in the center of San Diego’s legal and cultural communities.  We are committed to using the law to solve human and societal problems.  Detailed information is available at https://www.cwsl.edu/

Apply now

  • Introduce yourself by sending us a cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the position, salary requirements, and resume to: Human Resources at HR@cwsl.edu.


Financial Aid Counselor I

California Western School of Law (CWSL) is seeking applications for a Financial Aid Counselor I. This position is under the general supervision of the Director and Associate Director of Financial Aid. The Financial Aid Counselor I acts a member of the front office staff, a primary contact staff member for students.  The Financial Aid Counselor I is responsible for counseling students regarding financial aid issues, processing financial aid applications, assisting with telephone and walk-in inquiries, and various other office duties.

 

Primary Responsibilities (include but not limited to):

  • Meet, greet, and assist a variety of students, as well as refer them for appropriate assistance.

  • Maintain confidentiality of student information in accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) regulations as well as office and school policies.

  • Counsel students.

  • Review financial aid applications.

  • Perform need analysis and verification.

  • Process and email award notification letters.

  • Certify loan applications.

  • Certify federal and private loans and perform subsequent electronic funds transfer (EFT) disbursements.

     

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required.

  • At least 2 years of professional experience in financial aid or related work experience.

  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted.

  • Familiarity with professional federal financial aid administration websites such as COD, NSLDS, IFAP, and CPS helpful.

  • Familiarity with FERPA a plus.

  • Intermediate experience with MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook.

  • Experience with PowerFAIDS preferred.

About us:

Established in 1924, California Western School of Law is an ABA accredited, non-profit law school. Our downtown campus is in the center of San Diego’s legal and cultural communities.  We are committed to using the law to solve human and societal problems.  Detailed information is available at https://www.cwsl.edu/

Apply now

  • Introduce yourself by sending us a cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the position, salary requirements, and resume to: Human Resources at HR@cwsl.edu.

Salaries are commensurate with qualifications and experience. The law school offers competitive benefits, including 403(b) and flexible spending plans. 

The law school is an Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to affirmative action and to excellence through diversity. The law school provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities upon request.

 


 

California Western is an Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to affirmative action and to excellence through diversity. The law school provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities upon request.