Director, Capital Initiatives

California, United States
Salary Not specified
Jul 16, 2021
Aug 14, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Director, Capital Initiatives Office of University Development and Alumni Relations

Full Time


Job Summary

Reporting to the Executive Director of Principal Gifts & Strategic Initiatives, in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, the Director, Capital Initiatives will act as a central locus for Parnassus Initiative planning, strategy, reporting, stakeholder engagement, and communication, and contribute also to coordinating fundraising for the Benioff Children’s Hospital. They will partner closely with the offices of the Vice Chancellor and Associate Vice Chancellor and UCSF’s academic leadership, and will interact with a variety of teams across University Development and Alumni Relations (UDAR) to accomplish goals – including but not limited to Special Events, Advancement Communications, Prospect Development, Information Services, and fundraising verticals.

A functional emphasis will be placed on strong project management, high-level written and verbal communications, and reporting. Successful candidates will have a very high attention to detail; the ability to manage up and clearly articulate distilled messages to senior leadership; and manage projects, timelines, and deliverables through influence and collaboration - gathering input from a variety of constituencies and managing multiple, high-level projects under tight deadlines.

In the first month you will establish rapport with team members from across UDAR, including Principal Gifts & Strategic Initiatives and Office of the Vice Chancellor, learn to use the donor database and other technologies and processes across the office, learn about a wide variety of priority programs and key faculty initiatives across the university related to Parnassus and contribute to the execution of stakeholder meetings and general planning activities.

After six months, you will contribute to, and participate in, the planning and execution of internal and external stakeholder meetings, engaging directly with key stakeholders from across the university. You will draft targeted communications materials and project budgets, pull reports, and deliver presentations.  

By the end of the first year, you have facilitated regular internal meetings, analyzed and designed progress reports and projections, drafted and/or reviewed complex targeted communications pieces and program budgets, and interacted with a wide variety of both internal and external stakeholders.  



Department Description

Opportunity to join one of the most dynamic and successful fundraising teams in the world – at a premier healthcare institution. We partner with donors and community members to realize their dreams and accomplish UCSF’s mission.  We recently completed a $6.2B comprehensive fundraising campaign, the fifth largest of any university in the United States.  Help lead us in our next journey to re-shape the hospital of the future, the way we practice medicine, and the nature of collaborative life-science research – in a post-pandemic world.  UCSF is embarking on a bold new vision to re-design and re-build its signature Parnassus Medical Campus in San Francisco, as well as to build a new Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training
  • Knowledge of common computer application programs
  • Strong organizational skills and demonstrated experience working with senior leaders across academic and/or business/private industry
  • Strong skills in short- and long-range planning, program and project management, facilitation and collaboration  
  • Sound strategic thinking and consulting skills in guiding the department toward workable strategies and solutions 
  • Expert in attention to detail  
  • Strong ability to focus on priorities, strategies, and vision  
  • Strong ability to build and maintain relationships with a broad range of staff and members of the community
  • Flexible, adaptable, and fluid through high-pressure and/or evolving landscape  
  • Adept at working through ambiguity and providing clarity to others  
  • Highly collaborative at all levels and comfortable managing through influence and partnership rather than position or hierarchy

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree
  • Ability to coach, facilitate and influence people at all levels  
  • Previous fundraising and/or consulting experience  
  • Thorough knowledge of departmental processes, protocols and procedures

About UCSF

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It is the only campus in the 10-campus UC system dedicated exclusively to the health sciences. We bring together the world’s leading experts in nearly every area of health. We are home to five Nobel laureates who have advanced the understanding of cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, aging and stem cells.

Pride Values

UCSF is a diverse community made of people with many skills and talents. We seek candidates whose work experience or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity and excellence – also known as our PRIDE values.

In addition to our PRIDE values, UCSF is committed to equity – both in how we deliver care as well as our workforce. We are committed to building a broadly diverse community, nurturing a culture that is welcoming and supportive, and engaging diverse ideas for the provision of culturally competent education, discovery, and patient care. Additional information about UCSF is available at

Join us to find a rewarding career contributing to improving healthcare worldwide.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California San Francisco is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.


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