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#126799 Executive Director of Development, Health Sciences

Filing Deadline: Sat 1/6/2024

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.


Under the direction of the Senior Executive Director of Development, the Executive Director of Development-Brain (EDOD-Brain) serves as the supervisor for development officers assigned to divisions/areas within Health Sciences, provides strong leadership in strategizing and facilitating opportunities for major gift fundraising among the staff and will be responsible for strategic and operational aspects of at least one key strategic initiative for Health Sciences. The EDOD-Brain will manage this key initiative by assessing the overall fundraising potential of the area; creating a comprehensive, long-term development plan for the area; building strong relationships with all faculty, especially key faculty leaders; and providing updates and information to Health Sciences Advancement’s Senior Leadership Team. The EDOD-Brain is responsible for securing principal gifts ($1M+) for Health Sciences and managing a prospect/donor portfolio in various stages of identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. The EDOD-Brain will collaborate closely with colleagues across the Office of Advancement and will serve on additional committees and task forces as requested by senior leadership.

Additionally, the EDOD-Brain will be required to increase fundraising dollars and donors over a 5-year period by developing major and principal gift opportunities consistent with University fundraising priorities and in line with UC San Diego policies. The EDOD-Brain will have other development responsibilities as they relate to the broad Advancement operation.

Incumbent will work collaboratively with other Advancement gift officers and programs (ex. corporate and foundation relations, office of gift planning, etc.) and with members of Health Sciences Advancement.

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.


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

  • Demonstrated success at raising major and principal gifts by developing and implementing cultivation and solicitation plans for gifts of $1M+ from individuals, corporations, and foundations, both local and national.

  • 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, high level boards, support groups and administration.

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • Demonstrated 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. Proven record of writing proposals for significant projects, gifts directed to individuals, foundations, and corporations.

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

  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality in all matters, with a strong sense of ethical conduct that will inspire confidence and motivation, promote a climate of fairness, cooperation, civility, mutual respect and professionalism.

  • 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.


Job offer is contingent on clear Background Check.

Must have access to reliable transportation.

Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $87,000 - $202,600 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $41.67 - $97.03

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

If employed by the University of California, you will be required to comply with our Policy on Vaccination Programs, which may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, please visit UC San Diego Principles of Community.

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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