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Director of Development - 33125-1A

University of California, Irvine
California, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
May 26, 2022

Director of Development - 33125-1A

Job Opening ID: 33125
Reports To: Dean
Working Title:  Director of Development
Department: Bio Sci Dean’s Office
Bargaining Unit: 99
FLSA: Exempt
Payroll Job Code: 000462
Job Location: UCI Campus- Irvine
Percent of Time: 100%
Work Schedule: 8-5, M-F
Employee Class: Career

Position Summary:
UCI is a growing, dynamic, top-tier research university, the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), and routinely ranked among the nation’s top 10 public universities. The School of Biological Sciences is one of the largest schools at UCI, serving over 5000 undergraduate and graduate students. The development team serves under the leadership of the Dean and supports both faculty and staff in the advancement of the school’s research and education mission. Financial support to students and faculty, visits with donors and prospects, and pipeline development are key drivers for the success of the team. The development team works in collaboration with the school’s Marketing and Communications team to hone the School’s external messaging, develop and execute public events and activities, and promote our value proposition to the community. This is a key staff position on highly relied upon team for the Dean and school leadership.

Using advanced fundraising concepts, plans, organizes, and directs complex large-scale fundraising campaigns which include multiple components. Results have major impact on overall program goals and assignments and are typically at the "major gifts" or "corporate / foundation relations" level, including managing portfolios of donors capable of giving gifts of an agreed upon amount. May oversee work of professional and / or subordinate staff. May attend functions, meetings and serve on internal / external committees as a location representative. Position is expected to raise $1M annually for the School of Biological Sciences, its departments, centers, and programs.

Compensation Range:
Commensurate with experience

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  • 5-10 years’ experience in development roles and non-profit organizations.
  • Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
  • Advanced knowledge of all aspects of fundraising, donor relations, and public relations concepts, principles, procedures, and techniques. 
  • Advanced working knowledge of all aspects of the location, including current issues of concern for both the campus and / or throughout higher education / healthcare generally. 
  • Advanced working knowledge of the location, its vision, mission, goals, objectives, achievements and infrastructure. 
  • Advanced knowledge of applicable laws, rules, regulations, policies, etc. 
  • 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 secure gifts.
  • 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. 
  • Very strong skills in maintaining confidentiality.

Special Conditions Required:
Occasional night and weekend work. Willing to travel up to 10% of time overnight. Willing to travel up to 70% of time for daytime meetings and events.

Conditions of Employment:
The University of California, Irvine (UCI) seeks to provide a safe and healthy environment for the entire UCI community. As part of this commitment, all applicants who accept an offer of employment must comply with the following conditions of employment:

  • Background Check and Live Scan
  • Legal Right to work in the United States
  • Vaccination Policies
  • Smoking and Tobacco Policy
  • Drug Free Environment

The following additional conditions may apply, some of which are dependent upon business unit or job specific requirements.

  • California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act
  • E-Verify
  • Pre-Placement Health Evaluation

Details of each policy may be reviewed by visiting the following page -

Closing Statement:
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.
We are committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce along with honoring unique experiences, perspectives, and identities. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable, and welcoming.
UCI provides reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities upon request. For more information, please contact Human Resources at (949) 824-0500 or

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