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#103502 Senior Director of Development, Physical Sciences

Initial Review Date: Fri 2/14/2020

This position is being managed by Aspen Leadership Group.

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

Step One: 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 here and submit your resume for consideration.


Department Overview:

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.

The Senior Director of Development, Physical Sciences (SDOD-PS) plans and implements strategies for the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major and principal gift prospects for the Division of Physical Sciences. Reporting to the Senior Executive Director of Development, University Development (SEDOD-UD), the SDOD-PS will formulate, manage and implement the fundraising program for the Division of Physical Sciences, 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-PS 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 Physical Sciences’ and UC San Diego's mission; and collaborates with colleagues across Advancement and the campus.


  • Proven success at raising funds 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 major gifts ($100,000+) and principal gifts ($1 million+) from individuals, corporations, and foundations, both local and national.

  • Progressive experience in fundraising roles leading to opportunities to lead and manage individuals working in a different program and/or disciplinary roles.

  • Proven success as development officer in a highly sophisticated donor centered fundraising environment as a direct line fundraiser.

  • Proven record of writing proposals for a significant project/major gift level ($100,000+) and principal gift level ($1 million+) directed to individuals, foundations, and corporations.

  • Strong organizational skills, with management and leadership ability, to motivate staff and to act as role model for all development operations.

  • Exceptional leadership skills, with the ability to represent UC San Diego favorably to both campus and community constituents.

  • Demonstrated ability in developing an effective volunteer structure to maximize the strengths of volunteers, thereby creating a sound, strong volunteer base for fund raising purposes.

  • Demonstrated experience at creating and implementing a fundamental plan for successful capital campaigns, including feasibility studies, identification of campaign projects, establishment of priorities, strategy, cultivation and solicitation, negotiation, finalization of proposals and follow through, while providing leadership to staff.


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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