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#102391 Sr Director of Development, Arts and Humanities

Initial Review Date: Tue 1/14/2020

This position is being managed by Aspen Leadership Group.

Candidates must complete the following two steps to apply for this position:

Step One: Please apply using the UC San Diego Online Application by clicking Apply Now located on the top right corner of this page.


Step Two: Go to the Aspen Leadership website at [https://opportunities.aspenleadershipgroup.com/opportunities/657) and submit your resume for consideration.



At the University of California San Diego, challenging convention is our most cherished tradition. Since its inception, UC San Diego has been shaped by exceptional scholars who aren’t afraid to take risks and redefine conventional wisdom. In our short history, through sheer determination and a relentless pursuit for groundbreaking discovery, UC San Diego has earned recognition as one of the world’s premier research universities and one of the top-10 public universities in the nation. Washington Monthly has consistently ranked UC San Diego as the top public university for positive impact on the nation.

Launched publicly in March 2017, the Campaign for UC San Diego is the most ambitious fundraising effort in our history: a $2 billion comprehensive fundraising campaign to transform the student experience, our campus, and ultimately the world. Private support is necessary to help us continue to drive innovation, advance society, propel economic growth, and, ultimately, solve the world’s most pressing problems. UC San Diego Advancement’s University Development department is the frontline-fundraising team responsible for supporting General Campus and Scripps Institution of Oceanography leadership in securing philanthropic resources that advance opportunity for their students, faculty and initiatives.

University Development recognizes the crucial role development professionals play in identifying, engaging, cultivating and stewarding the philanthropic partners capable of assuring this university’s brightest future. Our leadership works tenaciously to seek out development professionals at all stages of their careers who evince the passion and integrity representative of our university’s character. Once part of the University Development team, colleagues are celebrated for their accomplishments and offered the support necessary to identify and realize ambitious goals. We place a premium on collaboration and shared endeavor, recognizing that true philanthropic success is measured best by the long-term advancement of UC San Diego and the impact of its work.


The Senior Director of Development, Arts and Humanities (SDOD-AH) plans and implements strategies for the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major and principal gift prospects for the Division of Arts and Humanities. Reporting to the Senior Executive Director of Development, University Development (SEDOD-UD), the SDOD-AH will formulate, manage and implement the fundraising program for the Division of Arts and Humanities, to include major and principal gifts, annual giving programs, and volunteer activities as determined by the Associate Vice Chancellor, University Development (AVC-UD) and the SEDOD-UD. The SDOD-AH prepares written and oral presentations to potential donors and coordinates approaches as defined by campus policy and procedures; develops gift opportunities consistent with the priorities of Arts and Humanities’ and UC San Diego's mission; and collaborates with colleagues across Advancement and the campus.

  • Must have access to reliable transportation.

  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.


  • Proven 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 - $1M+) directed to individuals and foundations/ corporations.

  • Proven experience in the full spectrum of development including: gift policies, solicitations, stewardship, donor recognition and administration.

  • Strong ability to develop and implement persuasive cultivation ideas and techniques and provide critical analysis, using sound judgment with realistic expectations for prospects and donors.

  • Demonstrated skill in the technique of donor prospect research with ability to extract the pertinent/critical information from various documents.

  • Solid interpersonal skills to establish and maintain good working relationships with colleagues, faculty, donors, volunteers and University officials, with an emphasis on tact, diplomacy, flexibility, professionalism and discretion.

  • Demonstrated understanding of the philosophy of quality service and group process, with proven aptitude for working as part of a team.

  • 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.


  • Job offer is contingent on a clear background check.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://www-hr.ucsd.edu/saa/nondiscr.html

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