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Executive Director of Development, Cancer and UCI Health System

University of California, Irvine
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Nov 19, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Major Gifts
Employment Type
Full Time
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Position Summary: In 1965, the University of California, Irvine was founded with a mission to catalyze the community and enhance lives through rigorous academics, cutting-edge research, and dedicated public service. A top public university, UCI has become internationally recognized for improving lives through research and discovery, fostering excellence in scholarship and teaching, and engaging and enriching the community. Today, UCI continues to inspire change and pioneer new ideas with the support of its generous partners, alumni and friends. Through the combined efforts of the University Advancement & Alumni relations team, the university is able to share its amazing achievements, build lasting relationships and generate support for important campus programs and initiatives. University Advancement seeks to strengthen contributions in research, education, and service; accelerate the university's place among globally preeminent research universities; and bring together passions, skills, and creativity to further improve people's lives. The Executive Director of Development (EDOD) for Cancer and UCI Health System Programs is a senior-level development professional who manages a large and complex fundraising program with complex constituencies and programs through a large professional staff, including both fundraising and non-fundraising professionals and related administrative support staff. The EDOD works collaboratively with physicians to secure significant philanthropic investments to support their respective programs. The EDOD is responsible for managing a personal portfolio of high-capacity donors and the incumbent's effectiveness will be evaluated on the ability to achieve financial goals and meet individual and group metrics for the team under management. The EDOD will serve as a member of the Health Advancement leadership team and is also expected to be a highly collaborative colleague within University Advancement.

Job Opening ID: 22932 Reports To: Associate Vice Chancellor, Health Advancement Working Title: Executive Director of Development, Cancer & UCI Health System Programs Department: Health Advancement Bargaining Unit: 99 FLSA: Exempt Payroll Job Code: 000466 Job Location: UCI Campus- Irvine Percent of Time: 100% Work Schedule: M-F, 8-5 Employee Class: Career


At least ten years of successful professional development and/or fundraising related experience, preferably in an academic healthcare institution.

Experience-based knowledge of principles and practices of fundraising for comprehensive research university, including the ability to direct a complex development program.

Proven track record of success in principal gift fundraising at a complex, higher education research or academic healthcare institution.

Experienced in operating under a prospect moves-management system that utilizes a central database. Documented success personally implementing sophisticated, multi-year cultivation strategies that leverage a relationship-building and moves-management approach leading to successful gift closure. Demonstrated achievement in securing philanthropic investments.

Demonstrable experience in stewardship plans leading to additional investments.

Experience in campaign planning is desired.

Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

Advanced knowledge of all aspects of fundraising, donor, and public relations, including principles, concepts, techniques, and procedures.

Ability to prepare complex and detailed proposals and related materials.

Advanced knowledge of design and implementation of identification, cultivation and solicitation strategies and techniques.

Advanced skills to conceive, design, implement and evaluate effective fundraising programs.

Advanced knowledge of leadership and management principles, concepts, techniques, etc.

Adept at navigating complex environments with evolving priorities and communication plans.

Advanced knowledge of the campus and/or medical center, its achievements, vision, mission, goals, objectives, and issues of concern both on campus and/or medical center as well as in higher education, research and medical care or clinical operations.

Advanced leadership/management skills, including skills to select, train, mentor, motivate and evaluate all levels of staff.

Advanced written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills to establish and maintain effective working relationships within all organizational levels and with outside constituencies.

Advanced skills to meet predetermined goals and objectives, including securing gifts and meeting fundraising objectives.

Advanced political acumen skills.

Advanced marketing skills.

Advanced strategic planning, critical thinking, analytical and persuasion/negotiation skills.

Strong collegial interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate effectively in person, in writing, and by phone.

Ability to represent the institution professionally, externally, and internally.

Collaborative in nature knowing that many donors' interests involve multiple parts of the university Ability to work independently with both School and institutional goals in mind.

Problem solver who can take initiative and set priorities while being flexible.

Ability to effectively manage complex situations involving multiple and sometimes competing constituencies.

Strong people management skills to effectively recruit, engage, manage, and develop a professional development team.


Advanced degree

Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Salesforce or comparable a donor/prospect database system

Special Conditions Preferred:

May work long hours to meet fundraising commitments.

Local, regional, and national travel is required.

Final candidate subject to background check. As a federal contractor, UC Irvine is required to use E-Verify to confirm the work status of individuals assigned to perform substantial work under certain federal contracts/subcontracts.

The University of California, Irvine 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.

UCI provides reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities upon request. For more information, please contact Human Resources at (949) 824-0500.


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