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#100389 Community Relations/Development Director

Filing Deadline: Fri 8/2/2019

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 07/16/19 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 07/25/19. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA) is largely a virtual organization established to promote transdisciplinary research into human origins (aka anthropogeny), drawing on methods from a number of traditional disciplines spanning the social, biomedical, biological, computational and engineering, physical and chemical sciences, and the humanities. CARTA began as a collaboration between faculty at UC San Diego and at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, along with interested scientists at other institutions. In January 2008, CARTA became a UC San Diego recognized Organized Research Unit (ORU).

Initially, CARTA focused on it’s academic and intellectual mission, and only reached out to the greater San Diego community through it’s public symposia on topics related to anthropogeny. However, the CARTA leadership soon recognized the importance of educating the broader academic community, including students, and the public at large, about current knowledge regarding human origins, given the implications of this knowledge for many practical issues affecting the current human condition. Furthermore, by raising greater awareness of this valuable educational resource, the CARTA leadership hoped to uncover new sources of philanthropic support.

CARTA continues to host public symposia on topics related to anthropogeny; however, they are now also live-streamed and freely accessible to a global audience. UCSD-TV continues to video record these symposia and all of the recordings are permanently archived on multiple websites including CARTA, UCSD-TV, iTunes, and YouTube. Viewership of these recordings is escalating as more videos come online and awareness of CARTA increases.

Reporting to CARTA’s Executive Director, the Community Relations/Development Director is responsible for the overall brand management, developing a creative vision, direction and administration of CARTA marketing initiatives. These marketing activities include, but are not limited to: print, web, TV, social media, and advertising.

The person holding this position also assists in fundraising for the CARTA research and educational missions. Given the special training and knowledge required for fundraising, the Community Relations/Development Director spends several days a week in the Health Sciences Advancement Office, and has a “dotted line” reporting relationship to the head of Health Sciences Advancement.

This also means that the Community Relations/Development Director’s fundraising performance is evaluated by the head of Health Sciences Advancement at the end of each fiscal year. The incumbent's role in Advancement is to cultivate relationships with individuals, non-profit foundations, and corporations, with the goal of identifying potential sources of funding for CARTA, and to prepare written and oral gift solicitations for these same constituents.

Responsibilities also include exploring new and creative partnership opportunities in and outside of the community and thus leveraging expenditures associated with these marketing efforts. The Director must work with a high degree of independence and represent CARTA in the community at key presentations, events and activities. The ideal candidate is an entrepreneurial and energetic professional with a proven track record in higher education marketing and communications.


  • Bachelor's Degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

  • A minimum of three (3+) or more years of relevant experience.

  • Thorough knowledge of the campus and/or medical center, including its achievements, mission, vision, goals, objectives and infrastructure.

  • Thorough knowledge of the campus and/or medical center products and services.

  • Superb analytical and written communication skills. Expertise in writing of brochures, newsletters, articles, and other external publications that reflect good journalistic style.

  • Expertise in writing interesting, accurate, and comprehensive news releases, media advisories, public service announcements, background pieces, magazine features and media queries, under time pressure and deadlines.

  • Thorough knowledge of marketing mediums and funding sources. Proven knowledge and expertise marketing and branding process ideally in non-profit organization.

  • Knowledge of communication principles, media, and marketing techniques. Experience to develop and execute an innovative marketing plan that is integrated with institution's public image and overall branding strategy. Skills in event and media activities management.

  • Excellent project management and organizational skills. Ability to manage records and other information resources to achieve maximum efficiency and effectiveness. Knowledge of group process and proven ability to work as part of a team.

  • Strong interpersonal communication and political acumen skills including tact, diplomacy, and flexibility to interact with campus personnel and members of the community. Superb communication skills, oral and written to provide information in a clear, concise manner.

  • Demonstrated skill in mentoring less experienced staff.

  • Proven knowledge of marketing as a discipline. Creative/innovative marketing experience to develop compelling messages directed at all stakeholders internal and external to the CARTA program.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience to develop an effective marketing program aimed at creating meaningful partnerships within the professional community.

  • Demonstrated experience with developing and executing a program marketing budget as part of long range strategic planning.

  • Strong knowledge of the dynamics of marketing and the concepts of development and advancement for a not-for-profit institution. Proven ability to liaison with all levels in an academic institution.

  • Experience in fundraising including: gift policies, solicitations, stewardship, donor recognition, volunteer groups and administration. Skilled in conducting effective meetings and making oral presentations.

  • Proven success in initiating, planning and strategically implementing fundraising projects including experience in managing all aspects of events including developing proposals, event formats, guest lists, budgets, logistics, printed materials and post event analysis.

  • Proficiency using computer applications and capabilities to produce correspondence, reports and tools for analysis and review, i.e. Microsoft Office. Ability to use an email system and the internet.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in working with advertising agencies, in negotiating with printing vendors, in managing high volume of quality publications.


  • Knowledge of CARTA educational and research mission as relates to marketing, public relations, and communications.
  • Proven knowledge of UC Policies and Procedures as they pertain to the departments Marketing, Communication, and Public Relations needs.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as necessary to coincide with events and meetings.
  • Must have valid CA driver's license and access to reliable transportation to travel and transport materials to off-site meetings and events within San Diego County.

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