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#115372 Associate Vice Chancellor, LSE

Extended Review Date: Mon 4/18/2022

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The Associate Vice Chancellor for Leadership, Strategy and Engagement (AVC-LSE) is responsible for developing campaign strategy as well as the solicitation of transformational gifts, the development of personalized engagement, stewardship and communication strategies, overall results of a collaborative fundraising effort for prospective donors whose capacity to give to the University is a minimum of $1 million, recruiting, managing and soliciting the 100 member global campaign cabinet to ensure the philanthropic results from the highest level community, national and international leaders. The AVC-LSE will lead and support development of targeted and coordinated plans for prospects that aligns that prospect's deepest interests, passions and philanthropic objectives with the University's current or future initiatives, projects and programs. Reporting to the Vice Chancellor Advancement (VCA), the AVC-LSE is expected to work closely with the Chancellor, Vice Chancellors, Deans, Faculty, the Assistant and Associate Vice Chancellors and frontline fundraisers for Advancement.

The AVC-LSE will create the next generation of transformational gift philanthropists and campaign leaders resulting in exponentially increased national and international fundraising results.

The AVC-LSE, in conjunction with the AVC-AOC, AVC-HS, AVC-UD and AVC-AAGPD, will assist in developing fundraising strategies and marshal internal support for fundraising proposals, bringing the best opportunity for success to each donor solicitation. The AVC-LSE will also assist with specific principal gift fundraising strategies and stewardship activities for the Chancellor and Campaign Leadership (Honorary Chairs, International Chairs, Vice Chairs, etc) positioning them with the highest-level leaders and prospects where they reside. In consultation, the AVC-LSE will be responsible for developing on a monthly basis, strategy and stewardship reports for the Chancellor on key prospects and for participating with the Chancellor, VC-A, and Assistant and Associate Vice Chancellors in the development of specific strategies for these "Critical Few". The AVC-LSE will also serve on the Advancement Senior Leadership and Management Team, which develops and drives key campus-wide fundraising strategies and campaigns.

In direct support of the Chancellor’s special initiatives, the AVC-LSE will lead vision planning and strategic project fundraising for the University’s newest plans requiring approximately $5M-$10M+ in philanthropic funding.

Critical to the success of the AVC-LSE will be the ability to continue the Leadership, Strategy and Engagement unit as a highly-respected, valuable partner to the Advancement team in the strategic engagement and personalized stewardship of donors. Both a leader and a facilitator, the AVC-LSE is expected to draw upon all assets of the University to develop fundraising strategies and highly customized stewardship plans that engage top tier donors and prospects in ways that respond creatively to their personalized interests and needs.

The AVC-LSE is a hands-on and deeply involved strategic partner, and leads fundraising and stewardship efforts to meet the campaign objectives. This is an entrepreneurial, results-oriented environment that requires innovative thinking, initiative, focused action and collaborative communication. The ability to develop deep, trusting relationships with Advancement leadership is essential.

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.


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

  • Expert knowledge of all aspects of fundraising, donor and public relations, including principles, concepts, techniques and procedures. Proven experience in the full spectrum of development including: gift policies, solicitations, stewardship, donor recognition, and administration. Skills to design, implement and evaluate effective fundraising programs, donor identification, cultivation, solicitation strategies and techniques.

  • Demonstrated success at raising funds by developing and implementing strategic solicitation fund raising plans that incorporate a concise definition of goals, targeted audiences, and strategies in-line with institution and academic goals in higher education or other complex organizations, and closing $1 million+ gifts from local, national and global individuals, corporations, and foundations.

  • Proven success as a development officer in a highly sophisticated, donor-centered fundraising environment as a direct-line fundraiser. Progressive experience in fundraising roles that led to leadership positions developing and managing individuals working in principal gift and transformative gift programs.

  • Expert skills to meet predetermined goals and objectives, including meeting personal and team fundraising goals and objectives.

  • Demonstrated knowledge, accountability, and comprehension skills to formulate budgetary planning and prioritization of projects, programs and activities, using sound judgment while meeting organizational goals.

  • Ability to effectively lead and delegate work to others, provide guidance to maintain a strong team of players, dispense appropriate disciplinary action when necessary. Ability to hire, train, supervise and evaluate staff. Exceptional ability to represent UC San Diego favorably to both campus and community constituents.

  • Expert written, oral and interpersonal communication skills to establish and maintain effective working relationships within all organizational levels and with outside constituencies. Strong organizational skills, with management and leadership ability, to motivate staff and to act as role model for all Advancement operations.

  • Expert level political acumen, marketing, strategic planning, critical thinking, analytical and persuasion / negotiation skills.

  • Proven ability in developing an effective volunteer structure to maximize the strengths of volunteers, thereby creating a sound, strong volunteer base for fundraising purposes.

  • Ability to work independently, exercising initiative to provide supervisors and other UC San Diego leadership with information to keep them adequately informed. Display a willingness to seek counsel when appropriate while inspiring confidence by displaying a strong sense of ethical conduct that will effectively motivate and persuade diverse groups.

  • Working knowledge of foundations and non-profit, public benefit corporations.

  • Knowledge of the campus and / or medical center, its achievements, vision, mission, goals, objectives and issues of concern both on campus and / or medical center as well as in higher education and the medical sciences.


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

Must have access to reliable transportation.

Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.

Must be willing and able to travel.

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

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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