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Director of Development, Depression Grand Challenge and Neuroscience

University of California, Los Angeles
California, United States
$100,000.00 - $120,000.00
Closing date
Oct 22, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Major Gifts
Academic Centers, Education, Health, Other Fields, Philanthropic Advisors
Employment Type
Full Time
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UCLA Health Sciences Development

 As one of the world’s most respected universities, UCLA is home to leading medical facilities and world-renowned physicians. Brain diseases are one of the greatest challenges to medical science in the 21st century, and UCLA is a leader in neuroscience research. An integral part of UCLA Neuroscience, the UCLA Depression Grand Challenge aims to cut the burden of depression in half by 2050. As the ability to raise funds drives these efforts, UCLA is seeking a Director of Development, Depression Grand Challenge and Neuroscience to keep vital research for these initiatives in motion.

You will be part of our dynamic team of professionals across UCLA Health Sciences Development, and will help plan and implement a robust fundraising program to increase support for all elements of UCLA Neuroscience, including the Depression Grand Challenge. Under the direction of the Executive Director, Health Sciences Development, you will engage in establishing and maintaining a culture of philanthropy including strong partnerships with internal and external stakeholders. You will personally identify, cultivate, solicit and steward major gift donors and manage a portfolio of major gift prospects with a focus on building diversity in their donor portfolio where possible. As Director, you will also work with volunteer and/or advisory boards in support of fundraising programs and initiatives. In addition, you will also assist in the design and implementation of gift strategies and integrate efforts, maintaining close working relationships with the Depression Grand Challenge Executive Committee and other related volunteers to the Neuroscience Theme.

Candidates for this role must possess a minimum of three to five years of progressively responsible development experience with an emphasis on health sciences, grateful patient, and major gift fundraising and/or prior professional experience in a related field such as sales, marketing or business development working with solicitations of a similar scope, nature and complexity. You will have demonstrated success in a highly matrixed organization coupled with a proven track record in development or comparable program planning and management with a strong understanding of major gift fundraising. Your prior experiences have given you proficiency in how to develop and implement successful strategies for identification, cultivation and solicitation of individuals, corporations, and foundations. You have outstanding organizational skills, exceptional interpersonal skills, excellent oral and written communication skills and are also an entrepreneurial self-starter who works independently while, at the same time works well collectively and collaboratively with colleagues to achieve common goals

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy -

For a more detailed description of this position please visit UCLA’s Development Careers website at: to view requisition #34425.

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