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#101635 Associate Director, Donor Programs

Filing Deadline: Wed 9/25/2019

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 09/16/2019 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 09/25/2019. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


Reporting to the Executive Director of Development (EDOD), Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the Associate Director of Donor Programs (AD-DP) will play a key role in advancing Scripps Development’s donor programs efforts by establishing and maintaining highest level relationships between Scripps and its many donors. The position will partner with Scripps Development leadership to design, implement and direct systematic, integrated and strategic programs and projects that recognize, honor and strengthen the university's relationships with Scripps and Birch Aquarium donors of all levels, in partnership and alignment with the campus-wide benchmarks set by Advancement's offices of Donor Experience and Engagement and Donor and Fund Stewardship.

Working closely with Scripps Development leadership, the incumbent will utilize high-level knowledge and analysis of industry best-practices to develop and implement systems, strategies and procedures to ensure that Scripps and Birch Aquarium's major and principal gift donors are thoughtfully and consistently managed and recognized. This will include working with fundraisers to develop and execute personalized stewardship strategies and activities for high-level donors, and coordinating reporting efforts with financial reporting and other appropriate offices. The incumbent will collaborate with Donor Experience and Engagement, Donor and Fund Stewardship, Special Events and Protocol, University Communications, and University Development colleagues to ensure appropriate stewardship reporting and inclusion in campus recognition and events as deemed appropriate. In addition, the AD-DP will provide high-level coordination of Marine Sciences’ donor programs and stewardship efforts in partnership with development officers and other Advancement colleagues. The incumbent will represent the EDOD as needed at internal and external meetings.

Uses advanced concepts and university objectives to resolve highly complex issues. Plans, develops and implements strategies for specific programs, events, activities, policies, alumni and constituency groups, etc. that are typically complex or large and may include controversial and / or politically sensitive issues or content.

  • Must have access to reliable transportation.

  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Proven experience in creating, developing and implementing strategic donor relations and stewardship plans for both individual donors and groups of donors. Demonstrated knowledge of stewardship and donor recognition principles and practices. Demonstrated ability to independently establish objectives, plan, direct and evaluate all aspects of donor relations and stewardship.

  • Advanced knowledge of practices and procedures associated with building and maintaining effective working relationships with all levels of alumni, internal and external constituencies.

  • Proven experience in conceptualizing, creating, writing, planning and executing effective and cost-efficient donor stewardship events, symposia etc. in a higher education environment to strategically enhance and advance relationships with wide range of donor constituents.

  • Proven ability to effectively lead and direct collaborative, customer-based services in a complex academic setting with multiple stakeholders.

  • Advanced knowledge of the campus, its vision, mission, goals, objectives, achievements, issues of concern and infrastructure.

  • Proven skill to recognize potential areas of constituency concern and address, resolve and / or mitigate problems or issues.


  • Experience using a complex donor database (Blackbaud, Advance, etc.).

  • Experience creating customized donor relations plans for individual donors at the $100K+ level.


  • Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Background Check results.

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