Job Description

Payroll Title:
FUNDRAISER 5
Department:
ADVANCEMENT OPS & CAMPAIGN
Salary Range
Commensurate with Experience
Worksite:
Campus
Appointment Type:
Career
Appointment Percent:
100%
Union:
Uncovered
Total Openings:
1
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon-Fri

#115826 Director of Development, Foundation and Research

Initial Review Date: Tue 5/10/2022

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DESCRIPTION

The Director of Development, Foundation and Research Relations (DOD - FFR) fulfills an important role in UC San Diego's Advancement program. Under the general direction of the Executive Director of Foundation and Research Relations, the Director has responsibility for planning activities, setting priorities, and determining effective strategies designed to maximize foundation support to the University. Responsibility will focus on foundation prospects capable of grants of $250,000 - $1,000,000+, with an emphasis on grants of $500,000 and above, from a portfolio of highly visible, prominent foundations in the U.S. where long-term relationships need to be maintained and strengthened. The Director is responsible for managing a prospect/donor portfolio in various stages of cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.

They work collaboratively with faculty, academic leadership, and development officers to create and implement strategies for approaching foundations; serve as a recognized campus expert in foundation engagement; and regularly have impact and influence on campus policy and program development. The Director's portfolio includes many of the campus's most complex and important foundation partners. The Incumbent will be encouraged to operate autonomously and to exercise initiative and authority within general parameters set by the Executive Director, and to represent the Executive Director and the Department whenever necessary.

The Director will apply knowledge and understanding of UC San Diego and the strength of multi-sector collaboration to better position the University for large impact grant funding. The holder of this position must be comfortable working with prominent foundation leaders and senior volunteers; and must have a successful record of building foundation partnerships and securing foundation support for complex organizations. Incumbent will work collaboratively with other units within Advancement as well as the Office of Research Affairs and Office of Contract and Grant Administration. Additionally, they will foster an equitable, inclusive, and diverse working environment in all activities, strategies, and interactions.

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.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Expert working knowledge of all aspects of fundraising, donor relations, and public relations concepts, principles, procedures, and techniques. 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 grants, contracts, and gifts.

  • Expert level skills in maintaining confidentiality. Demonstrated success at fundraising 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 and closing gifts ($100,000+) from foundations, both local and national.

  • Proven record of writing solicitations for a significant project/gift ($250,000 - $1,000,000+, with an emphasis on gifts of $500,000 and above) directed to foundations.

  • Excellent 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.

  • Strong 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. Proven experience in the full spectrum of development including: gift policies, solicitations, stewardship, donor recognition and administration.

  • 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.

  • Proven success as a development officer in a highly sophisticated donor-centered fund-raising environment as a direct line fund-raiser with five years or more of experience.

  • Ability to develop and implement persuasive cultivation ideas and techniques and provide critical analysis, using sound judgment with realistic expectations for prospects and donors. Demonstrated skill in the technique of donor prospect research with the ability to extract the pertinent/critical information from various documents.

  • Expertise to utilize on-line databases and other software to create, retrieve and compile up-to-the-minute documents and historical information for reports.

  • 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.

  • Demonstrated understanding of the philosophy of quality service and the group process, with proven aptitude for working as part of a team.

  • Effective written and oral communication skills with emphasis on public speaking and presenting information about programs to potential donors and audiences in an understandable and compelling fashion.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS

  • Job offer is contingent on clear Background Check.

  • Must have access to reliable transportation.

  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.


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: http://www-hr.ucsd.edu/saa/nondiscr.html

UC San Diego is a smoke and tobacco free environment. Please visit smokefree.ucsd.edu for more information.

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