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Director of Development, College of Arts & Sciences

Apply now Job Number: 947
Position Status: Full-time regular
Location: San Diego
Position Type: College of Arts and Sciences, Administrator

Position Title & Department:

Director of Development, College of Arts & Sciences
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Department Description:

The College of Arts and Sciences is at the heart of the University of San Diego. The College is a community of scholars—students, alumni, faculty and friends—who welcome and pursue a life of knowledge, innovation, collaboration and analytical thinking. Their philosophy is built on the enduring values of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition: free inquiry, ethical conduct and compassionate service.

University Description:

The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Inspired by this centuries old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanity’s urgent challenges.

Detailed Description:

The Director of Development for the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) is charged with major gift fundraising duties for the School. With the Dean, the director develops a comprehensive fundraising program for private support from faculty, staff, alumni, friends of CAS, other individuals, corporations, and foundations to solicit donors at all levels to CAS, but with a particular emphasis on major gifts. The director of development for CAS develops strategies for identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors for all approved fundraising priorities at CAS and other areas at USD when appropriate. S/he will report to the Associate Vice President, Development and manage a Development and Marketing Assistant.

Specific Duties Include:

•Work directly with the CAS deans, faculty, department heads, institutes and centers to identify, plan, coordinate and implement fundraising priorities.

•Work with faculty and CAS departments to promote new relationships and enhance existing relationships with potential donors.

•Collaborate with CAS Director of Marketing and Communications in promoting CAS and its mission; assist in developing communication strategies, leverage planned event content and scheduling, and identify opportunities for media coverage as required. Collaborate with departments to plan and coordinate fundraising communications, publications, brochures, and special events.

•Actively participate in supporting major CAS goals and activities, such as student recruiting and retention, Commencement, Distinguished Alumni selections, class gifts and career development and placement opportunities.

•Provide regular quantitative reports tof the CAS leadership team and faculty regarding short and long-term fundraising goals, results and challenges.

•Establish and maintain long-term relationships with alumni and parents that lead to the solicitation of gifts resulting in increasing both number and amount of contributions.

•Work closely with the Offices of Advancement Services, Foundation Relations, Alumni Relations, Annual Giving, Stewardship and Parent Relations to identify new qualified prospects and implement fundraising strategies and develop cultivation and solicitation strategies for assigned prospects.

•Work closely with the Office of Planned Giving to help secure deferred and estate gifts.

•Achieve fundraising goals as established by the Dean and the Associate Vice President of Development.

•Oversee CAS’s annual Employee Giving Campaign.

•Write proposals for major gift requests for capital project naming opportunities, scholarships, Centers and Institutes, Chairs and Professorships and other priorities as determined by the Dean and CAS leadership team.

•With the Dean, plan and co-host visits by prospects,donors, or their representatives. 

•Oversee the day-to-day administration of development administration, including consistent review of gift processing for accuracy, writing and sending ‘thank you’ letters, developing and managing the annual operating plan, etc.

•Develop relationships with colleagues at peer institutions and work collaboratively with colleagues.

•Attend conferences and professional development seminars to stay current with fundraising policies/procedures and participate in San Diego community events and activities, as needed, to represent the Dean and CAS.

Job Requirements:
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum of seven years’ experience in fundraising, including demonstrable management and administrative skills. Note: additional education may be substituted for years of experience (examples: Master’s degree plus five years of fundraising experience).
  • The successful candidate will have a willingness and ability to travel, a proven ability to collect, analyze and present data, and exceptional written and oral communication skills.
  • S/he will have an understanding of the full spectrum of development, including gift policies; donor cultivation, solicitation and stewardship; donor recognition; prospect research; high level boards; support groups and administration. The Director also will have a proven record of cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major gifts, along with demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with faculty, advancement professionals, academic administrators, senior executives, and trustees of the university.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree strongly preferred; experience in higher education preferred.
The First 12 months: Leadership Priorities
  1. Become completely immersed in campus culture and mission;
  2. Build strong and productive relationships across the institution and with the College of Arts and Sciences;
  3. Gain an in-depth understanding and knowledge of Plus Delta;
  4. Cultivate and steward beneficial relationships through qualification and discovery visits with parents, alumni, donors, volunteers and other constituents;
  5. Solicit and secure philanthropic support for The College of Arts and Sciences that achieve established goals.

Background check:  Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes. 

Posting Salary:

Commensurate with experience; Excellent Benefits. 

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package, to include medical, dental, vision, a 12% retirement contribution given to you by the University (with three year vesting period), and access to on-campus Fitness Centers.  Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer.  USD: Human Resources: Benefits

Special Application Instructions:

Higher Talent, an executive search firm, has been retained by USD to assist in the recruitment of the Director of Development, College of the Arts & Sciences. Additional information can be found on Higher Talent's website. All inquiries, nominations/referrals, and resumes with cover letters will be treated in confidence and should be emailed to Mindy Cohen at Ms@highertalentinc.com.

Additional Details:

Hours per week: 37.5

Closing date: Open Until Filled 

Note: External job postings will be up for at least five days. After that time, applications will be reviewed by the hiring manager/committee throughout the posting period. A candidate may be selected at any time which could then close this posting on a date earlier than listed.

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus. For more information, visit www.sandiego.edu/smokefree.

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