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#114252 Director of Development, Health Sciences Advanceme

Extended Deadline: Mon 5/23/2022

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Serves as an expert or lead development professional in a specialized area such as major / principal gifts, gift planning or corporate / foundation relations, or a specific area that includes, or potentially includes, donors capable of making very significant contributions to a location. Maintains a portfolio of donor prospects that include the most influential, complex or highest rated donors. May have authority to make commitments and precedent-setting decisions regarding program design, development, and procedures. May oversee the work of professional and support staff. Position is expected to raise gift dollar amounts as established at each fundraiser specialization.

Under the direction of the Executive Director of Development, Team Medicine and Medical Education (EDOD-MED), the Director of Development, Health Sciences Advancement (DOD-HSA) will be a lead development professional responsible for creating a strategic pipeline through identifying new funding sources and securing major gifts ($100,000 - $1M+) for priorities identified by Health Sciences leadership and for managing a prospect/donor portfolio in various stages of identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. Special emphasis will be placed on creating and implementing strategies for successful solicitations and building strategic relationships with academic and medical center faculty and staff. The DOD-HSA will collaborate closely with colleagues in both Health Sciences Advancement and University Development and central fundraising teams, and will serve on additional committees and task forces as requested by Health Sciences Leadership. The DOD-HSA is the direct liaison between the university and community volunteers, as well as between faculty physicians, researchers, hospital administrators and other stakeholders.

The DOD-HSA will create proposals, presentations, briefings, or talking points for major gifts. The DOD-HSA strategically engages, prepares and briefs campus leadership to participate in major gift cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. Assists in the development and review of cross-campus fundraising proposals. In addition, the DOD-HSA will appropriately staff campus leadership, faculty and volunteers at events.

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

  • Demonstrated experience in institutional fundraising or equivalent experience.

  • Demonstrated success at raising major gifts 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, high level boards, support groups and administration.

  • Proven success as a development officer in a highly sophisticated donor-centered fundraising environment as a direct-line fundraiser.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Effective team-building skills to establish and maintain good working relationships with colleagues, faculty, donors, volunteers, and university officials, with an emphasis on tact, diplomacy, flexibility, collaboration, professionalism, and discretion.

  • Proven record of writing proposals for significant projects, gifts (100,000+) directed to individuals, foundations, and corporations.

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

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

  • Proficient knowledge of a PC environment, including 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. 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.


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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