Apr 04, 2018

Director of Development, University Development

  • UCSD
  • San Diego, CA, USA
Development Education (Higher)

Job Description


Department Overview:

Launched publicly in March 2017, the Campaign for UC San Diego is the most ambitious fundraising effort in our history: a $2 billion comprehensive fundraising campaign to transform the student experience, our campus, and ultimately the world. Private support is necessary to help us continue to drive innovation, advance society, propel economic growth, and, ultimately, solve the world’s most pressing problems. UC San Diego Advancement’s University Development department is the frontline-fundraising team responsible for supporting General Campus and Scripps Institution of Oceanography leadership in securing philanthropic resources that advance opportunity for their students, faculty and initiatives.

University Development recognizes the crucial role development professionals play in identifying, engaging, cultivating and stewarding the philanthropic partners capable of assuring this university’s brightest future. Our leadership works tenaciously to seek out development professionals at all stages of their careers who evince the passion and integrity representative of our university’s character.

Once part of the University Development team, colleagues are celebrated for their accomplishments and offered the support necessary to identify and realize ambitious goals. We place a premium on collaboration and shared endeavor, recognizing that true philanthropic success is measured best by the long-term advancement of UC San Diego and the impact of its work.

Under the leadership of the Associate Vice Chancellor for University Development, the Director of Development (DOD) will be a frontline fundraiser responsible for leading major gift strategies from identification through stewardship. Directors of Development manage an individual portfolio of prospects capable of giving major gifts in excess of $100,000. Directors possess a comprehensive understanding of university priorities, regularly meeting with prospects and donors (with a focus on face-to-face visits), regularly meeting with development colleagues and academic leaders, preparing briefing materials and gift proposals, attending events and staffing and/or supervising projects as assigned.

Position Overview:

University Development seeks a mission-driven and results-oriented fundraiser to serve as the Director of Development (DOD). In partnership with University Development leadership, the DOD will serve in a vital position leading donor strategy for major and principal gifts in collaboration with a vibrant development team and visionary faculty. The DOD will partner with some of the world’s greatest minds on high-profile initiatives that through philanthropic investment can transform our world.

The DOD will play an important role in ensuring University Development exceeds our goals as part of UC San Diego’s $2 billion campaign. The DOD will contribute to and implement a strategic plan for the assigned academic area that provides organizational growth and long-term philanthropic sustainability. Our ideal candidate is a high-performing, experienced fundraiser who brings a passion for donor-centric philanthropy, strong development experience in complex and highly-collaborative environments, and a working style grounded in excellent communication, integrity and accountability.

  • Must have access to reliable transportation.

  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.


  • Proven 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 ($100,000+) from individuals, corporations, and foundations, both local and national.

  • Demonstrated record of writing proposals for a significant project/gift ($100,000+) directed to individual and foundations/corporations.

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

  • Expert written and interpersonal communication skills, including political acumen, to establish and maintain good working relationships throughout the organization and with outside constituencies.

  • Expert project/program management skills, including skills in setting and meeting program/ project goals and objectives within budget and time constraints.

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

  • Proven understanding of the philosophy of quality service and the group process, with proven aptitude for working as part of a team; demonstrated leadership and strategic planning including budget planning.

  • Demonstrated commitment to equal opportunity awareness of diversity in the workplace.

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


  • Job offer is contingent on a clear background check.

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