UC San Diego
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIC
Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience
Reporting to the Executive Director of Development - Strategic
Initiatives (EDOD-SI), the Associate Director of Development -
Strategic Initiatives (ADOD-SI) will be responsible for securing
private support gifts ($25,000 and above) for priorities identified
by Health Sciences leadership. The ADOD-SI will be responsible for
managing a prospect/donor portfolio in various stages of
identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation and
Additional emphasis (50%) will be placed on executing strategies
for successful donor identification, engagement and cultivation for
broad, multi-disciplinary Health Sciences initiatives. There will
be significant responsibility in contributing to donor engagement
events, marketing communication plans, and volunteer community
committees for the Strategic Initiatives Team. Facilitating and
building productive relationships with academic and medical center
faculty and staff is paramount.
Health Sciences Advancement works in a centralized,
collaborative team environment with consistent coaching and
feedback. The ideal candidate is a consummate professional and
thrives in a fast-paced campaign, metrics/results-driven
fundraising environment. The ideal candidate is a self-starter,
entrepreneurial in spirit, and enthusiastic to try new things.
Thecandidate has a strong work ethic and a successful track record
of building and growing productive relationships with colleagues,
faculty and community partners.
• Must have access to reliable transportation.
• Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.
• Proven experience in the full spectrum of development
including: gift policies, solicitations, stewardship, donor
recognition, and administration.
• 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 ($25,000+) from individuals,
corporations, and foundations, both local and national.
• Proven record of writing proposals for a significant
project/gift ($25,000+) directed to individual and
• Advanced knowledge of all aspects of fundraising, donor
relations, and public relations concepts, principles, procedures,
• Demonstrated skill in the technique of donor prospect research
with the ability to extract the pertinent/critical information from
• Advanced written, oral and interpersonal communication skills,
including political acumen, to establish and maintain good working
relationships throughout the organization and with outside
constituencies. Ability to make persuasive and compelling
presentations of goals and objectives for a location in order to
• Advanced organizational, analytical and critical thinking
skills, including skill in creative and effective decision-making
and problem identification / avoidance / resolution, and strong
project management skills.
• Demonstrated ability to develop and implement persuasive
cultivation ideas and techniques and provide critical analysis,
using sound judgment with realistic expectations for prospects and
• Knowledge of the principles and practices of public relations
to provide direction to special programs for outreach to
prospective and existing donors.
• Demonstrated competency and commitment to equity, diversity
• 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 relations issues.
• Demonstrated understanding of the philosophy of quality
service and group process, with proven aptitude for working as part
of a team.
• Proven success as a development officer in a highly
sophisticated donor-centered fundraising environment as a
• Job offer is contingent on clear Background Check.
Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC
COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented
proof or approved exception/deferral).
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: http://www-hr.ucsd.edu/saa/nondiscr.html