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#118840 Executive Dir. of Development, Biological Sciences

Filing Deadline: Wed 10/5/2022

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Reporting to the Senior Executive Director of Development for University Development (SEDOD-UD), the Executive Director of Development (EDOD) manages the engagement of Biological Sciences’ most capable and generous donors in considering transformational gifts to support School of Biological Sciences and the Dean's highest priorities. The EDOD is responsible for managing an individual portfolio of major and principal gift prospects, which comprise a significant portion of Biological Sciences’ annual and campaign fundraising totals.Working closely with the Associate Vice Chancellor, University Development, the SEDOD-UD and the Dean, Biological Sciences and departmental leadership and faculty, the EDOD develops and leads Biological Sciences initiatives for the Campaign for UC San Diego and executes the unit's key development strategies by securing on an annual basis, private support primarily at the principal gift level ($1M+), as well as leading and overseeing the overall fundraising efforts of the unit. The EDOD will lead the identification, qualification, fine-tuned strategic engagement, solicitation and highly personalized stewardship of high-level prospects and donors. As the leader of the Biological Sciences development team, serves in concert with the overall priorities of the University, providing leadership in formulating and implementing effective goals, strategies, and activities to secure major and principal gifts for Biological Sciences and for UC San Diego.

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  • Proven success as development officer in a highly sophisticated donor centered fundraising environment as a direct line fundraiser, typically with 10+ years of frontline experience..

  • Expert working knowledge of all aspects of fundraising, donor relations, and public relations concepts, principles, procedures, and techniques. Proven experience in the full spectrum of development including: gift policies, solicitations, stewardship, donor recognition, and administration.

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

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

  • Exceptional leadership skills, with the ability to represent UC San Diego favorably to both campus and community constituents. Ability to communicate effectively one-on-one or in group settings, taking into account differences in social, cultural, professional, and educational backgrounds.

  • 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. Proven ability to provide critical analysis, using sound judgment with realistic expectations for projected results.

  • Expert level skills in maintaining confidentiality. Ability to inspire confidence by displaying a strong sense of ethical conduct that will effectively motivate and persuade diverse groups.

  • Demonstrated personnel management skills to provide guidance to maintain a strong team of players. Dispense appropriate disciplinary action when necessary. Ability to hire, train, supervise and evaluate staff. A good faith effort to advocate UCSD's affirmative action program when hiring individuals. Individual shall be evaluated annually.

  • Proven record of writing proposals for a principal gift level ($1 million+) directed to individuals, foundations, and corporations.

  • Demonstrated experience at creating and implementing a fundamental plan for successful capital campaigns, including feasibility studies, identification of campaign projects, establishment of priorities, strategy, cultivation and solicitation, negotiation, finalization of proposals and follow through, while providing leadership to staff.

  • 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.

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

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

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

  • Knowledge of public relations and marketing practices to provide direction to special programs for outreach to prospective and continuing donors.

  • Ability to work independently; exercising initiative to provide supervisor and other officials with information to keep them adequately informed. Display a willingness to seek counsel when appropriate.

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

  • 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.


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.

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

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