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Executive Director of Development, School of Education

University of California at Irvine
California, United States
$150,000.00 - $170,000.00
Closing date
Jun 10, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Major Gifts
Employment Type
Full Time
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Position Summary:

The UCI School of Education is focused on advancing educational sciences and contributing to improved educational opportunities and outcomes for individuals across the entire lifespan. A diverse, dynamic and collaborative institution, the School of Education's research, community partnerships and programming are dedicated to producing innovative scholarship, addressing the needs of local schools, and inspiring future generations of educators.

The Executive Director of Development (EDOD) for the School of Education is a senior professional who will work collaboratively with the Dean of the School of Education, and University Advancement (UA) to lead the development program of the School and secure significant philanthropic investments to support it. Will maintain a portfolio of donor prospects that include the most influential, complex or highest rated donors. The primary activity of the EDOD is externally focused to secure private philanthropic support and the EDOD's effectiveness will be evaluated on the ability to achieve financial goals and meet metrics. The EDOD reports directly to the Dean, with a dotted line to University Advancement. The EDOD is expected to serve as a member of the Dean's leadership team and to also be a highly collaborative colleague with other development officers across the campus.

Compensation Range: Commensurate with experience.

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Seven to ten years' successful professional development and/or fundraising-related experience, preferably in higher education, OR any equivalent combinations of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skill and abilities have been achieved.

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

Expert working knowledge of all aspects of fundraising, donor relations, and public relations concepts, principles, procedures, and techniques. Expert knowledge of applicable laws, rules, regulations, policies, etc. Expert written and interpersonal communication skills, including political acumen, to establish and maintain good working relationships throughout the organization and with outside constituencies. Expert skills in making persuasive and compelling presentations of goals and objectives for a location to secure gifts. Expert organizational, analytical and critical thinking skills. Expert project / program management skills, including skills in setting and meeting program / project goals and objectives within budget and time constraints. Expert level skills in maintaining confidentiality. Extensive experience in the completion of complex and detailed proposals and related materials. Extensive experience in working independently with both school and institutional goals in mind. Highly organized and able to handle multiple projects. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Salesforce or a comparable donor/prospect database system. Extensive demonstrable experience in stewardship plans leading to additional investments. Clarity of focus while juggling complex projects and/or deadlines. Ability to meet demanding work schedule expectations.


Expert knowledge of all aspects of the location, including current issues of concern for both the campus and / or throughout higher education / healthcare, generally. Expert knowledge of the location, including its vision, mission, goals, objectives, achievements and infrastructure.

Special Conditions Required:

May work long hours to meet fundraising commitments Local, regional, and national travel is required.

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 [email protected] .


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