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#113365 Director of Development, Grateful Patient Program

Extended Deadline: Sat 2/5/2022

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 will remain open until filled. Initial Application Deadline 1/15/2022


Under the direction of Health Sciences Leadership, the Director of Development, Grateful Patient Program (DOD-HSA) will lead the grateful patient fundraising program for Health Sciences Advancement. This developing program was launched successfully in partnership with UC San Diego Health and Health Sciences leadership. The incumbent will serve as the grateful patient program director, providing strategic leadership and direction to advancement partners, program evaluation, reporting, recommendations for program enhancements and more, to ensure continued development of this program. The incumbent will also serve as Health Sciences Advancement liaison with partners in UC San Diego Health, including Concierge Medicine and Health Information Systems teams.

The incumbent will also participate in qualifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding current and prospective donors who have the ability to make major and principal gifts ($100,000 - $1M+) for priorities identified by Health Sciences leadership, by creating and implementing effective goals, strategies and activities to secure major and principal gifts for Health Sciences and UC San Diego, and in building strategic relationships with academic and medical center faculty and staff. The Director of Development, Grateful Patient Program (DOD-HSA) will collaborate closely with colleagues in Health Sciences Advancement, University Development, and central fundraising teams, and will serve on additional committees and task forces as requested by Health Sciences Leadership.

The Director of Development, Grateful Patient Program (DOD-HSA) will create engagement opportunities for patients, that highlight strategic priorities. This may include developing recurring speaker series highlighting clinical leaders, and/or partnering on established events throughout Health and Health Sciences Advancement. The Director of Development will prepare proposals, presentations, briefings, or talking points for major gifts as needed. The Director of Development, Grateful Patient Program (DOD-HSA) strategically engages, prepares and briefs campus leadership to participate in major gift cultivation, solicitation and stewardship as opportunities arise. In addition, the Director of Development, Grateful Patient Program (DOD-HSA) will appropriately staff campus leadership, faculty and volunteers at events. The Director of Development, Grateful Patient Program (DOD-HSA) will also prepare quarterly updates to report status of grateful patient fundraising efforts and will help provide strategic program direction.

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.


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

  • Proven success as a development officer in a highly sophisticated donor-centered fundraising environment as a direct- line fundraiser for a medical facility/university with an emphasis in leading a grateful patient giving program.

  • Demonstrable success in leading or developing programs, collaborating across institutions, and engaging stakeholders to achieve results.

  • Proven skills in empathic listening, with the ability to listen to patients, families, caregivers and connect as needed with appropriate resources both within, and outside, of advancement.

  • Expert knowledge of all aspects of the location, including current issues of concern for both the campus and / or throughout higher education / healthcare, generally. Expert knowledge of the location, including its vision, mission, goals, objectives, achievements and infrastructure.

  • Expert knowledge of applicable laws, rules, regulations, policies, etc.

  • 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 gifts.

  • Demonstrated success at raising funds by developing and implementing cultivation and solicitation plans for gifts of $100,000+ from individuals, corporations, and foundations, both local and national.

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

  • Effective 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.

  • Strong written and oral communications skills that demonstrate correct grammar, syntax, and format, with the ability to make oral presentations and/or interpret various related programs to constituents.

  • Demonstrated knowledge in the technique of donor prospect research with the ability to extract the pertinent/critical information from various sources.

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

  • Experience in developing budgets and using financial information for comprehensive budgetary reports. Experience projecting budgetary needs.

  • Proficient knowledge of a PC environment. Strong skills in using the computer as a tool for analysis, planning, and management. Ability to function in a highly networked environment using Microsoft Office.


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:

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