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#69689 Director of Development, Campus Initiatives

Extended Deadline: Fri 4/25/2014


The University of California and UC San Diego

Working for UC means helping to shape the quality of life for people throughout California and around the world. For almost 150 years, the University of California has educated the brightest minds and helped California become a beacon of innovation. Our campuses routinely are ranked among the best in the world and our reach extends well beyond our great state. Our faculty, students and staff exchange ideas, make advancements and unlock the secrets and mysteries of the universe every day. They engage local governments and underserved schools, save lives and improve health, protect the environment and push the boundaries of space.

The University of California, San Diego is an exceptional university within the UC system and within the world. Its national and global rankings reflect an institution with the social commitment of a public university with the extensive research agenda of a private research powerhouse. In 2013 alone, UC San Diego was recognized for the fourth consecutive year by the Washington Monthly as 1st in the nation for positive impact; the esteemed Leiden Ranking awarded UC San Diego 15th ranking in the world for scientific impact; and the university was 5th in the nation for federal research and development spending, with over $1B in research dollars received. What started as a small graduate and research institution in 1956 has grown to become one of America’s top public universities because exceptional academic leaders, medical experts, community volunteers, philanthropists and students committed their work and pursuit of excellence to UCSD. Now as the university embarks on its next 50 years, the academic and community leadership have set their sights even higher to solve the most pressing problems of the 21st century and bring about its greatest innovations.

University Development at UC San Diego - Incredible Impact, Incredible Place

Professionals working within University Development at UC San Diego have a unique opportunity to partner with some of the world’s greatest minds on such high-profile initiatives as:

  • Education Reform
  • Drugs from the Sea
  • Brain Activity Mapping
  • International Entrepreneurism
  • Global Economic Transformation

Inspired to make an impact and to challenge themselves, University Development professionals are focused on creating an accountable, sustainable and high-performing team where results are celebrated. Additionally, University Development leadership believes in recognition, investing in talent development and “growing our own” by funding attendance at conferences and encouraging team members to take on opportunities for growth. Members of University Development have an incredible impact on shaping the UC San Diego of tomorrow - sharing the ambitions of their academic colleagues and the university’s generous philanthropists. They do so through relationship-based fundraising that is university-centered and donor-focused. Currently we are actively recruiting leadership in front-line fundraising at the Director of Development level. Please review the following position overview and qualifications to see if you might be a good fit to join our team.


Director of Development, Campus Initiatives, will work to represent fundraising priorities for UC San Diego’s General Campus. Representing UC San Diego first, Directors of Development are assigned academic areas of focus. Currently opportunities to grow the University Development team exist in Divisions of Biological and Physical Sciences, Division of Social Sciences, Graduate School International Relations and Pacific Studies, Rady School of Management, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, The Library.

Under the leadership of the Associate Vice Chancellor for University Development, major gift front-line fundraisers are responsible for leading major and principal gift strategies from identification through stewardship. Directors of Development will manage an individual portfolio of prospects capable of giving gifts in excess of $100,000. Directors are responsible for having a comprehensive understanding of university priorities, regularly meeting with prospects and donors (with a focus on face-to-face visits), regularly meeting with development colleagues and academic leaders, preparing briefing materials and gift proposals, attending events and staffing and/or supervising projects as assigned.

Successful candidates will approach their role with a sense of donor-centeredness, collaboration and transparency. They will have strong communications skills, and be willing to serve as role models to other professional and support staff. High integrity, strong self-motivation, innovation, flexibility and passion are all valued qualities on the University Development team. Additionally, successful candidates will have a proven ability to build long-term relationships while also consistently meeting fundraising goals. As our program is complex and in a phase of rapid innovation, the ability to adapt to quickly changing environments is key.


  • Proven experience in the full spectrum of development including: gift policies, solicitations, stewardship, donor recognition, and administration.
  • Demonstrated success at fundraising by developing and implementing strategic solicitation fundraising plans that incorporate a concise definition of goals, targeted audiences, and strategies in-line with institution and academic goals in higher education and closing gifts ($100,000+) from individuals, corporations, and foundations, both local and national.
  • Proven record of writing proposals for a significant project/gift ($100,000+) directed to individual and foundations/corporations.
  • Proven success as a development officer in a highly sophisticated donor-centered fundraising environment as a direct-line fundraiser with five years or more of experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement persuasive cultivation ideas and techniques and provide critical analysis, using sound judgment with realistic expectations for prospects and donors.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills that demonstrate correct grammar usage, syntax and format, with the ability to make oral presentations and/or interpret various related programs to potential donors and constituents.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of public relations to provide direction to special programs for outreach to prospective and existing donors.
  • Demonstrated skill in the technique of donor prospect research with the ability to extract the pertinent/critical information from various documents.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills to establish and maintain good working relationship with colleagues, faculty, donor, volunteers and University officials, with an emphasis on tact, diplomacy, flexibility, professionalism and discretion.
  • Demonstrated expertise to utilize on-line databases and other software to create, retrieve, and compile up-to-the-minute documents and historical information for reports.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of developing and utilizing volunteer leadership and organizing and maintaining volunteer support organizations.
  • Strong sense of ethical conduct that will inspire confidence and motivation with the proven ability to persuade colleagues and donor prospects, while maintaining confidentiality in all matters as they relate to sensitive donor relation issues.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the philosophy of quality service and the group process, with proven aptitude for working as part of a team; demonstrated leadership and strategic planning including budget planning. Foster the Principles of Community.
  • Proven administrative ability to provide lead direction to staff and volunteers in accomplishing established goals and objectives and maintain office activities with respect to established procedures and guidelines.
  • Demonstrated commitment to equal opportunity awareness of diversity in the workplace.
  • Demonstrated experience in hiring, training, supervising, evaluating, and disciplining staff.
  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field, or equivalent combination of education and experience, preferably in an academic environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to navigate and utilize an electronic mail application.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS Must have access of reliable transportation and a valid California Driver's License to travel and transport materials to multiple work sites, including meetings and events on and off campus and within San Diego County. Occasional overtime may be required, including evenings and/or weekends that coincide with events and meetings. Must be able to transport events supplies/materials from vehicle to event site using a cart or other means. Occasional international and domestic travel.


UC San Diego is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and welcomes all qualified applicants. Applicants will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic data, or religion or other legally protected status.

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