Director of Development, School of Global Policy & Strategy
Filing Deadline: Thur 12/6/2018
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, 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.
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. University Development 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 School of Global Policy and Strategy provides our students with rare opportunities to explore conflict and cooperation from faculty who participate directly in international policy discussions. As the University of California’s only international affairs professional school, we take on the crucial challenges of the 21st Century through research and dialogue organized through 11 faculty-led research centers such as the Center for US-Mexico Studies and the 21st Century China Center. Our noble vision is global security and prosperity for everyone — everywhere. We believe we can strengthen our preeminence in data-driven exploration and magnify connections between students, top-tier research, and the global communities we serve. We are focused on research clusters that weave together the training of exceptional leaders with world-class policy and strategy design.
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.
Under the leadership of the Associate Vice Chancellor for University Development, the Director of Development (DOD) will be a frontline fundraiser responsible for leading major gift strategies from identification through stewardship. Directors of Development manage an individual portfolio of prospects capable of giving major gifts in excess of $100,000. Directors possess a comprehensive understanding of university priorities, regularly meeting with prospects and donors (with a focus on face-to-face visits), regularly meeting with development colleagues and academic leaders, preparing briefing materials and gift proposals, attending events and staffing and/or supervising projects as assigned.
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.
Demonstrated record of writing proposals for a significant project/gift ($100,000+) directed to individual and foundations/corporations.
Demonstrated success as a development officer in a highly sophisticated donor-centered fundraising environment as a direct-line fundraiser with five years or more of experience.
Strong interpersonal skills to establish and maintain good working relationship with colleagues, faculty, donor, volunteers and University officials, with an emphasis on tact, diplomacy, flexibility, professionalism and discretion.
Proven understanding of the philosophy of quality service and the group process, with good aptitude for working as part of a team; demonstrated leadership and strategic planning including budget planning.
Expert written and interpersonal communication skills, including political acumen, to establish and maintain good working relationships throughout the organization and with outside constituencies.
Expert skills in making persuasive and compelling presentations of goals and objectives for a location in order to secure gifts.
Solid organizational, analytical and critical thinking skills. Expert project/program management skills, including skills in setting and meeting program/project goals and objectives within budget and time constraints.
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.
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.
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