Regional Director of Development - Greater LA Area (Contract)
Job Category: Managerial/Professional Unit: External Relations Position Code: SSER9457A Status: Open Closing Date: Application review will begin 2/17/20 Salary: Commensurate with experience Location: Will Work Remotely from Major California Metro Area Background check: Background check may be required
Description: The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system's 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With nearly 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.
Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.
In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. In 2018, UC Merced opened the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building located in the heart of Merced.
ABOUT THE POSITION The Regional Director of Development will be a vital member of a young and fast growing institutional advancement program and will be responsible for contributing to the success of the department's annual fundraising goals.
Demonstrates experience as a successful Director of Development including: identifying and qualifying new prospects; cultivating and stewarding current and previous donors; providing meaningful touchpoints for UC Merced philanthropic engagement; and closing five-, six- and seven- figure gifts.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate initiative and must be strategic, well organized, flexible, dependable and goal-oriented, with an enthusiastic and positive personality, strong interpersonal skills, the ability to manage complex projects and maintain a collaborative work style while working remotely. May coordinate and oversee the work of support staff and/or other professionals.
This position will report to the Executive Director of Major and Institutional Giving within the Department of Philanthropy and Strategic Partnerships, housed in the Office of External Relations. Based in Southern California, this position will concentrate development efforts for the Greater Los Angeles region.
This is a 12-month contract position that is eligible for renewal.
Actively identifies, cultivates, solicits and stewards donors. Plans, schedules and implements fundraising activities to advance the major gift pipeline and maximize private fundraising support to the university. Manages a portfolio of 60+ prospects in the Greater Los Angeles region who have the capacity to give $25,000+ over a 5-year pledge period.
Develops strategies with the ED of Major and Institutional Giving to ensure team goals and the individual monthly activity benchmarks are met. Monthly and annual benchmarks will vary and will be determined according to the department's annual fundraising goal and size of development team. Metrics and benchmarks will track new contacts made, visits completed, solicitations completed, major gifts received, and amount raised.
Generates proposals and customized request materials. Prepares drafts of donor correspondence for campus leaders and assist with development of ancillary materials, including but not limited to: briefings, status reports, talking points, programs, acknowledgement letters, and strategic communication memoranda.
Maintains appropriate records, including timely entry of required items in the donor database. Track all prospect and donor interactions. Monitor personal progress through database dashboard and tracking of personal metrics.
Attends community events, networking opportunities and utilize personal network to increase the reach of UC Merced in the community and surrounding areas.
Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Communications, Public Relations, Marketing or related area and three years of progressively responsible prospect management and successful development experience or equivalent training/ experience or higher. (Required)
Advanced degree in Communications, Public Education, Marketing or related area and three to five years of progressively responsible prospect management and successful development experience, preferably in higher education. (Preferred)
Licenses: Valid US Driver's License (Required)
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If you do not have internet access you may mail your application, resume, and cover letter to: University of California, Merced, 5200 North Lake Rd., Merced CA 95343. Please list the job number on the subject line.
The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy: https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/DiscHarassAffirmAction
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