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Senior Director of Development, Humanities and Social Sciences

California, United States
$166,400.00 - $229,800.00
Closing date
May 22, 2024

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Position Type
Fundraising, Major Gifts
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Employment Type
Full Time

The purpose of Advancement and Alumni Relations (AAR) is to foster a thriving and engaged community of support for Caltech. By connecting the people who share and support Caltech’s mission and values, we will ensure the Institute receives the necessary resources to achieve Caltech’s aspirations and sustain its excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship in perpetuity. 

Reporting to the Executive Director of Individual Giving, the Senior Director of Development for Humanities and Social Sciences (SDOD, HSS) manages and executes the major and principal gift fundraising for the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) at Caltech. As an individual contributor, the SDOD provides leadership in fundraising to advance the mission and goals of the Division and the Institute. The SDOD will collaborate broadly with campus and academic leadership, Advancement and Alumni Relations colleagues, faculty, and volunteer councils to ensure strategic coordination and integration of Division funding priorities across the Institute. The SDOD, HSS will be personally responsible for a portfolio of donors affiliated with the Division, interdisciplinary institutes, and centers associated with the Division, as well as Institute wide funding priorities.

Essential Job Duties

  • Execute the Division’s major and principal gift fundraising plan engaging established and prospective donors, building a major and principal gift pipeline, collaborating with faculty members, organizing events, and performing other activities to promote and achieve the fundraising goals of HSS and the Institute. 
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director of Individual Giving; Vice President of AAR, Associate Vice President of Development, HSS Division Chair, and others to develop, direct and implement all aspects of the Division’s development program.
  • Consult with the HSS Division Chair to identify the Division’s fundraising goals, including the Division’s priorities, and develop a comprehensive plan to meet those goals.
  • Work with HSS Division Chair to build and manage the Chair’s Council, a group of key volunteers for HSS. Create meaningful engagement opportunities for the Council that strengthen the commitment of Council members to HSS and ultimately lead to increased support for HSS priorities.
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of HSS, its programs and priorities to leverage emergent opportunities within the framework of the Division’s and the Institute’s strategic development priorities.
  • Actively identify and manage a portfolio of major and principal gift prospects and develop and implement donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies.
  • Represent HSS to development stakeholders (donors, parents, alumni, faculty, Associates, students, campus leadership, etc.) and ensure the involvement of stakeholders in supporting HSS and contributing to the direction of its development function. Build strong relationships with donors and prospects, faculty, alumni, and volunteers.
  • Work with Advancement Communications to create a compelling case for support of the HSS’s fundraising priorities that are consistent with the communications strategy follow Caltech’s brand strategy.
  • Prepare proposals to established and prospective donors.
  • Provide leadership and ensure coordination with colleagues regarding annual, major and planned gifts, corporate and foundation gifts and grants, as well as Advancement Services and Alumni Relations.
  • Collaborate and communicate with colleagues to ensure strategic focus, outcomes and documentation of prospect identification and management, and gift agreements and documentation.
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