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#99923 Sr Dir of Development-Jacobs School of Engineering

Initial Review Date: Mon 8/12/2019


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.

As one of the nation's premier public engineering schools—and the largest in California—the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering is at the forefront of training technology leaders and fueling research that will benefit society. Yet, we can do more. To keep pace with a rapidly changing world, the Jacobs School must be forward-looking in how we educate our students, creative in our approach to research and collaborative in efforts to find solutions to the challenges of the 21st century. The Jacobs School has an ambitious vision to provide the human and intellectual capital that will drive our innovation society now and in the future. Your investment will make that vision a reality.

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.

Position Overview:

University Development seeks a mission-driven, seasoned, and results-oriented fundraising leader to serve as the Senior Director of Development (SDOD) for the Jacobs School of Engineering (JSOE) team. In partnership with the Dean and the Executive Director of Development for the Jacobs School, the Senior Director will serve in a vital management and leadership role for JSOE Development. The SDOD will lead donor strategy for major and principal gifts, as well as manage and mentor a vibrant development team focused on fundraising, pipeline development, donor relations, and events that are foundational to the team’s success. The SDOD will partner with some of the world’s greatest minds on high-profile initiatives that through philanthropic investment can transform our world.

In addition to providing management and programmatic oversight, the SDOD will play a leadership role in ensuring JSOE’s Development team exceeds their $225 million goal as part of UC San Diego’s $2 billion campaign. The SDOD will collaboratively develop, manage and implement a strategic plan for JSOE Development that provides organizational growth and long-term philanthropic sustainability. Our ideal candidate is a high-performing, experienced fundraiser who brings a passion for donor-centric philanthropy, strong development experience in complex and highly-collaborative environments, and a management style that inspires success, supports team members’ professional growth, and models integrity and accountability.

  • 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 - $1M+) 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.

  • Demonstrated success as a development officer in a highly sophisticated donor-centered fundraising environment as a direct line fundraiser with five (5) years or more of experience.

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

  • Demonstrated experience in managerial, leadership and communication skills.

  • Excellent administrative ability to provide lead direction to staff and volunteers in accomplishing agreed-upon goals and objectives consistent with 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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