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#117778 Associate Director, Donor Strategy

Extended Deadline: Mon 8/22/2022

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 7/28/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 8/8/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


Reporting to the Associate Vice President, University Development (AVC-UD) with day-to-day work direction from the Senior Director, Donor Strategy (SD-DS), the Associate Director, Donor Strategy (AD-DS) will be responsible for planning, developing, and assisting with implementation of strategies for engagement, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship for some of the university’s top prospects and donors. 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.

The AD-DS will work closely with University Development leadership, senior Advancement Leadership, development officers across Advancement, the Chancellor’s Office, the Executive Vice Chancellor’s Office, volunteer leadership, and other constituent groups on interdisciplinary development initiatives to engage, cultivate, solicit, and steward individual donors who have the capacity to give major, principal, and transformational gifts. Lead and manage development events and craft a variety of strategic development communications and reports. As a member of the central University Development team, the AD-DS will partner with leadership to develop comprehensive communication, event, and stewardship plans and solicitation strategies and provide project management to ensure timely implementation of plans in accordance with campus and Advancement policy and protocols. Represent the AVC-UD and SD-DS at meetings and on committees as requested. Serve as key liaison between University Development leadership and Advancement colleagues and units across Advancement.

  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.


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.


  • Bachelor's degree in related area and/or an equivalent combination of experience/training. Demonstrated experience stewarding potential and current donors. Demonstrated knowledge of stewardship and donor recognition principles and practices. Demonstrated ability to independently establish objectives, plan, direct and evaluate all aspects of donor stewardship.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of developing and implementing engagement and donor relations plans that incorporate a concise definition of goals, targeted audiences and strategies consistent with institutional goals.

  • Advanced project management skills, including skills to plan and implement successful events. Thorough knowledge of the principles and practice of events management. Ability to independently establish objectives, plan, direct and evaluate all aspects of event production and stewardship of donors. Ability to negotiate.

  • Advanced knowledge of practices and procedures associated with building and maintaining effective working relationships with all levels of alumni, internal and external constituencies.

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

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

  • 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 Suite, the internet, etc.). Experience with other large BI, CRM or ERP enterprise systems.

  • Proven knowledge of donor database systems. Demonstrated expertise using online databases and other software to create, retrieve, and compile up-to the- minute documents and historical information for proposal reports and analysis.

  • Strong sense of ethical conduct that will inspire confidence and motivation with the proven ability to persuade colleagues and donor prospects, while maintaining confidentiality in all matters as they relate to sensitive donor relations issues.

  • Active listening skills, including advanced critical thinking and analytical skills. Skill to recognize potential areas of constituency concern and address, resolve and/or mitigate problems or issues.

  • Advanced written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, including skill to produce information that is appropriately presented and effectively received by target constituencies. Demonstrated interpersonal skills to establish and maintain good working relationships with colleagues, faculty, donors, volunteers, and University officials, with an emphasis on tact, diplomacy, flexibility, teamwork, professionalism, and discretion.

  • Proven ability to communicate effectively one-on-one or in group settings, taking into account differences in social, cultural, professional, and educational backgrounds.

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


  • Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Background Check results.

  • 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).

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.

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