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Executive Director of Development, Jacobs School of Engineering

University of California, San Diego
California, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Dec 9, 2021

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Position Type
Executive, Fundraising, Other Fundraising
Academic Centers, Education
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with University of California San Diego in the search for an Executive Director of Development, Jacobs School of Engineering.

Reporting to the Senior Executive Director of Development, the Executive Director of Development will lead, design, and implement comprehensive fundraising initiatives to benefit the Jacobs School of Engineering. The Executive Director will effectively administer and supervise a complex and multi-faceted unit, including the leadership and building out of a high performing team, implementing complex donor strategies, allocating and monitoring budget resources, maintaining and updating all data relating to the department’s financial achievements, campaign tracking, prospect management, and proposal development. The Executive Director will provide leadership and oversight for all fundraising programs for the school, including principal and major gifts, annual giving programs, and volunteer activities, working directly with the Senior Executive Director of Development, Dean, faculty, and staff to identify programs and donors for funding opportunities, strategizing and facilitating opportunities for principal and major gift fundraising, and creating environments that will enhance communication and encourage collaboration across the entire campus.

The Executive Director will manage the Jacobs School’s most capable and generous donors in considering transformational gifts. The Executive Director will strategically design and lead the principal and major gift programs resulting in philanthropic support through the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of high-level prospects, and will create a customer centered development operation that is responsive to Jacobs School faculty and staff as well as to donors, prospects, and development colleagues campus-wide. The Executive Director will maintain a personal portfolio and provide leadership, mentoring, and effective evaluation for Jacobs School development staff.

UC San Diego was founded in 1960 as a forward-thinking research institution for graduate and undergraduate study. Scripps Institution of Oceanography, established in 1903 and now a division of the university, served as a catalyst for UC San Diego’s initial growth. Today, the campus has evolved to encompass six academic divisions and six graduate and professional schools. In addition, all undergraduates enroll in one of seven colleges—each with distinct neighborhoods, residence facilities, staff, traditions, and general education requirements. The university values each member of the UC San Diego community for their individual and unique talents, and applauds all efforts to enhance the quality of campus life. It recognizes that each individual's effort is vital to achieving the goals of the university. It values the cultural diversity of UC San Diego because it enriches lives and the university.

UC San Diego's nontraditional approach is making waves for tomorrow’s technology leaders. The Jacobs School of Engineering trains more aspiring engineers than any other California university — more than 1,600 graduates enter the workforce each year — with an emphasis on innovation and instructional excellence. Its world-class faculty, staff, and students are catalyzing solutions in six departments: Bioengineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical/Aerospace, NanoEngineering, and Structural Engineering.

A bachelor's degree is required for this position as is at least eight years of frontline fundraising experience. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of the University of California San Diego and the responsibilities and qualifications stated in the prospectus.

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