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#115365 Senior Director of Development, GPS

Extended Deadline: Mon 5/30/2022

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The Senior Director of Development, Global Policy and Strategy (SDOD-GPS), reporting to the Senior Executive Director of Development, University Development (SEDOD-UD), in coordination with the Dean, Global Policy and Strategy, and with the center directors, faculty and staff members, plans and implements strategies for the identification, cultivation, successful solicitation, negotiation, and stewardship of major and principal gifts. The SDOD-GPS prepares written and oral presentations to potential donors and community groups and coordinates approaches as defined by campus policy and procedures; develops gift opportunities consistent with the priorities of Global Policy and Strategy and UC San Diego's mission; and the UC San Diego campaign.

As a member of the GPS 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 principal and major gifts for the GPS and for UC San Diego. In addition, serve as a member of the GPS Dean's leadership team, partnering on goal-setting and strategies to support the dean's vision.

Additionally, the SDOD-GPS manages an individual portfolio of major and principal gift prospects and provides collaborative leadership in strategizing and facilitating opportunities for major gift fundraising among Development staff and creates an environment that will enhance communication and encourages collaboration between all development officers across campus, senior academic officers, faculty and staff.

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.


  • Demonstrated competency and commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. Strong understanding of the philosophy of quality service and the group process and the inherent value of equity, diversity and inclusion values and initiatives, with proven aptitude for working as part of a diverse team.

  • Proven success as a development officer in a highly sophisticated donor-centered fundraising environment as a direct-line fundraiser with five (5) years or more of experience.

  • Demonstrated success at fundraising 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 gifts ($250,000+) from local, national, and international individuals, corporations and foundations.

  • 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.

  • 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 ($250,000+). 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. Demonstrated ability to develop and implement persuasive cultivation ideas and techniques and provide critical analysis, using sound judgment with realistic expectations for prospects and donors.

  • Expert level skills in maintaining confidentiality. 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 relation issues.

  • Proven administrative ability to provide lead direction to staff and volunteers in accomplishing established goals and objectives and maintain office activities with respect to established procedures and guidelines.

  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field, or equivalent combination of education and experience, preferably in an academic environment.


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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