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#121492 Assistant Director of Development, Health Sciences

Extended Review Date: Mon 5/8/2023

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

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This position offers a hybrid work arrangement, which includes a combination of onsite and remote work.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 02/21/2023 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 03/02/2023. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

Position will remain open until filled


The Assistant Director of Development will work to represent fundraising priorities for UC San Diego’s Health Sciences Advancement. Representing UC San Diego Health Sciences, Assistant Directors of Development are assigned to specific health and academic areas. This position's focus is the Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science (HWSPH).

Under the leadership of the Senior Director of Development for Health Professional Schools, the Assistant Director of Development is responsible for pipeline building gift strategies from identification through stewardship. The Assistant Director will manage an individual portfolio of prospects capable of giving gifts up to $25,000, as well as partnering with Health Sciences development leaders and programmatic colleagues to manage day- to-day operations for Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health philanthropic support groups. The Assistant Director is responsible for having 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 and attending events and other development focused engagement opportunities.

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, metrics/results-driven fundraising environment. The candidate will have a 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.

EQUITY, DIVERSITY, AND INCLUSION Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion are core values at UC San Diego and Advancement is committed to a continuous process of learning and updating practices to support systemic evolution toward equity, diversity, and inclusion for our team and constituents. We foster the UC San Diego Principles of Community by encouraging and developing a collaborative and positive environment among colleagues. UC San Diego provides resources and services so employees can develop a deeper connection to our diverse campus community. Explore more at UC San Diego Staff Associations network and Campus Community Centers.

  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Minimum of two to three (2 - 3) years of progressive development experience in a complex organization. Proven knowledge of the dynamics of fundraising and the concepts of development.

  • Thorough working knowledge of fundraising, donor relations, and public relations concepts, principles, procedures, and techniques. Proven exposure to the full spectrum of development including gift policies, cultivation, donor recognition, support group management and administration. Strong knowledge of applicable laws, rules, regulations, policies, etc.

  • Proven experience interacting successfully with donors, prospective donors, faculty and staff and community members.

  • Demonstrated ability to develop strategies and plans to identify and cultivate prospects and steward donors.

  • Strong experience developing new programs to broaden donor base and enhance institutional outreach.

  • Proven success in organizing and implementing special events. Demonstrated success in recruiting and working with volunteers.

  • Demonstrated ability in the technique of donor prospect research with the ability to extract the pertinent and critical information from various documents.

  • Proven expertise to utilize online databases and other software to create, retrieve, and compile up-to-the- minute documents and historical information for reports.

  • Skills in maintaining confidentiality. Strong sense of ethical conduct, and ability to maintain confidentiality in all matters, including those relating to sensitive donor relations issues.

  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills, including skills in creative and effective decision-making. Advanced analytical skills to evaluate information, procedures or situations, to define a problem or objective, identify relevant concerns, recognize alternatives, and formulate logical and objective conclusions.

  • Problem identification, avoidance, and resolution skills. Experience in gathering, researching, and analyzing information, and recommending or implementing appropriate solutions.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to prepare reports, summaries, correspondence, briefings, personalized letters, and other materials, and to dialog clearly and effectively in conversation and at meetings.

  • Effective written and interpersonal communication skills to establish and maintain good working relationships throughout the organization and with outside constituencies. Ability to communicate effectively one-on-one or in group settings, taking into account differences in social, cultural, professional, and educational backgrounds.

  • Competency and commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. Understanding of the importance of ensuring an equitable, inclusive, and diverse working environment, with the ability to work as a part of a diverse and collaborative team.


  • Job offer is contingent on clear Background Check.

  • Must have access to reliable transportation.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $63,400 - $142,800 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $30.36 - $68.39

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

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

To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, please visit UC San Diego Principles of Community.

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:

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