Working Title : Assistant Director of Development
Department : Development - College of Letters & Science
Reports To : Executive Director of Development, Social Sciences
Supervises : N/A
Salary : Up to $64,000
Payroll Classification: ADVANCEMENT OFFICER II
Req Nbr : 27548
As a centerpiece of a great public university, UCLA College's Social Sciences Division is tackling societal problems head-on and preparing its graduates to do the same. The Division's world-renowned faculty are committed to educating an informed workforce and to conducting meaningful research that informs policy recommendations and actions. At the heart of Social Science's public education and research mission is the desire to move society forward and improve lives throughout the world. The Division of Social Sciences seeks an Assistant Director of Development with experience, self-confidence and initiative to assist with and raise the funds to perpetuate this mission.
Under the direction of the Executive Director of Development, Social Sciences, the Assistant Director will identify, cultivate and solicit major gift prospects for the Social Sciences division. This individual will engage high-level volunteers to provide community linkage to development programs and to assist with specific solicitations and other programmatic elements as necessary; meet with faculty in priority areas and gain knowledge of research interests and areas of expertise; and represent the College and its divisions to the broader community. The Assistant Director will establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with appropriate individuals and offices in the College and External Affairs; use available data to develop constituencies and identify prospects in relation to academic priorities; organize and conduct meetings of volunteers and donors designed to identify new prospective donors for private support; identify a core group of prospective donors for major gifts; and maintain active awareness of individuals in the prospect pool at various stages of identification, cultivation and solicitation. In consultation with the Executive Director and other Social Sciences development officers, the Assistant Director will strategically plan, prepare for and participate in major gift solicitations.
1. Progressively responsible experience as a professional development officer or prior experience in a related field such as sales, marketing or business development.
2. Working knowledge of principles and practices of fundraising and major giving in a research university or institution of equivalent complexity with demonstrated ability to conceptualize and implement identification, cultivation and solicitation strategies.
3. Excellent written communication skills necessary to write and edit letters, memos, reports, discussion documents, proposals and other cultivation and solicitation materials.
4. Strong communication skills to express, both orally and in writing, the mission of the University and the fundraising goals of the campus, especially as they relate to the College and Division of Social Sciences.
5. Strong ability to recruit, orient, train, organize, motivate and evaluate volunteers who support development goals and programs.
6. Interpersonal skills to work collaboratively with other staff, academic leaders, faculty, community leaders, donors and volunteers.
7. Ability to take initiative, work independently and accept responsibility; adept at setting priorities and managing work flow to fulfill objectives and meet goals according to deadlines in a dynamic and ever-changing environment.
8. Ability to run, analyze and summarize computer-generated reports; analyze data effectively to evaluate progress; recognize areas of weakness and recommend strategies that achieve stated objectives.
9. Proficient with Microsoft suite of applications as well as familiarity with other database, spreadsheet, scheduling and email applications; willingness to learn new programs and applications as needed.
10. Ability to work some weekends and evenings as needed.
11. Working knowledge of CRM donor database is preferred.
12. Experience conceptualizing, planning and implementing special events is preferred.
Employment is contingent upon the completion of a satisfactory pre-employment background check.