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#116443 Associate Director, Donor Programs

Extended Deadline: Wed 10/12/2022

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

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

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 5/24/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 6/2/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

This position will remain open until filled.


Reporting to the Executive Director of Development (EDOD), Division of Social Sciences, the Associate Director of Donor Programs (AD-DP) will play a key role in advancing Social Sciences’ donor programs efforts by establishing and maintaining highest level relationships between the division and its many donors. The position will partner with Social Sciences Development leadership to design, implement and direct systematic, integrated, and strategic programs and projects that recognize, honor, and strengthen the university's relationships with Social Sciences 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. The incumbent will use advanced concepts and university objectives to resolve highly complex issues. Plan, develop and implement 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.

Working closely with University Development and Social Sciences leadership, the incumbent will utilize high-level knowledge and analysis of industry best-practices to develop and implement systems, strategies, communications, and procedures to ensure that Social Sciences' 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 conceive and produce customized cultivation activities to appeal to high-level prospective donors. The incumbent will collaborate with University Development, Social Sciences, Donor Experience and Engagement, Donor and Fund Stewardship, Special Events and Protocol, and University Communications colleagues to ensure appropriate communications, stewardship reporting, and inclusion in campus recognition and events as deemed appropriate. The incumbent will represent the EDOD as needed at internal and external meetings. In addition, under the work direction of the divisional Director of Communications, the AD-DP will assist with divisional multimedia - including graphics, photography, and video - and assist with the maintenance and management of the division’s owned media and social media channels.

  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.


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  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Advanced knowledge of assigned area of responsibility, for example, the campus scientific community. Advanced knowledge of issues of concern in higher education.

  • Demonstrated success at creating and implementing targeted donor relations programming to strengthen and significantly enhance a comprehensive donor pipeline including individuals, corporations, and foundations focused at the $100K+ level.

  • 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. Proven 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 ability to effectively lead and direct collaborative, customer-based services in a complex academic setting with multiple stakeholders. Ability to work effectively with institutional leadership to achieve effective donor programming and stewardship of key donors.

  • Advanced project management skills, including skills to plan and implement successful events. Proven experience in conceptualizing, 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 constituents.

  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize and analyze information to develop and create concise, well-organized reports, summaries, policy documents, briefings, and strategy documents for senior administrators.

  • Proven record of conceptualizing, creating, writing, and delivering strategic and multi-faceted stewardship reports and other high-level donor communications in a complex academic environment.

  • Demonstrated experience with and ability to develop and use computer applications and capabilities to produce correspondence, reports and tools for analysis and review, i.e., Microsoft Office, database applications, the internet, etc.

  • Advanced critical thinking and analytical skills. Skill to recognize potential areas of constituency concern and address, resolve and/or mitigate problems or issues. Ability to conceptualize, identify, and solve problems in a creative and timely manner.

  • Active listening skills. Demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively with key donors and prospective donors. Demonstrated ability to write in a variety of styles and formats to reach a diverse audience, including letters, human interest stories, and personalized pieces.

  • Advanced written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, including skill to produce information that is appropriately presented and effectively received by target constituencies. Ability to communicate effectively one-on-one or in group settings, taking into account differences in social, cultural, professional, and educational backgrounds.

  • Demonstrated 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. Demonstrated competency and commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.


  • Job offer is contingent on clear Background Check.

  • Must have access to reliable transportation.

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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