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#110138 Senior Director of Development, Health Sciences

Initial Review Date: Sun 9/12/2021

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Under the direction of Executive Director of Development (EDOD), the Senior Director of Development, Health Sciences Advancement (SDOD) will be responsible for leading, planning and implementing fundraising strategies to advance the Neurological Institute in partnership with the Chairs of the Departments of Neurosciences and Neurological Surgery. Portfolio work includes the identification, qualification, cultivation, successful solicitation, negotiation, and stewardship of major and principal gifts at the $250K to $1M+ levels, especially in the engagement of grateful patients.

The SDOD-HSA prepares written and oral presentations to potential donors and community groups; coordinates engagement approaches as defined by campus policy and procedures; develops strategic programs and gift opportunities consistent with the priorities of Health Sciences within the UC San Diego Campaign. Special emphasis will be placed on building and driving productive relationships with academic leadership, faculty and staff. The SDOD-HSA will collaborate closely with colleagues in both Health Sciences Advancement and University Development and will serve on additional committees and task forces as requested by Health Sciences Advancement leadership.

Health Sciences Advancement works in a centralized, collaborative team environment with consistent coaching and feedback. The ideal candidate will be a consummate professional and will thrive in a fast-paced campaign, results-driven fundraising environment. The candidate will have strong work ethic and a successful track record of building and growing fundraising programs and a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, faculty and community partners.

  • Must have access to reliable transportation.
  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.


  • Demonstrated success at raising funds by developing and implementing cultivation and solicitation plans for gifts of $250 to $1M+ from individuals, corporations, and foundations, both local and national.

  • Proven record of writing proposals for significant projects, gifts ($250-$1M+) directed to individuals, foundations, corporation, both local and national.

  • Proven experience in the full spectrum of development including gift policies, solicitations, stewardship, donor recognition, and administration. Expert working knowledge of all aspects of fundraising, donor relations, and public relations concepts, principles, procedures, and techniques.

  • Proven 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.

  • 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.

  • Expert 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.

  • Experience in developing successful fundraising programs in alignment with university leadership.

  • Demonstrated knowledge in the technique of donor prospect research with the ability to extract the pertinent/critical information from various sources.

  • Strong sense of ethical conduct that will inspire confidence with colleagues and donor prospects, while maintaining confidentiality in all matters relating to sensitive donor relations issues.

  • Experience in developing budgets and using financial information for comprehensive budgetary reports. Experience projecting budgetary needs.

  • Proficient knowledge of a PC environment, including strong skills in using the computer as a tool for analysis, planning, and management. Ability to function in a highly networked environment using Microsoft Office.


  • Job offer is contingent on clear Background Check.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

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