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The College of Letters & Science development team focuses on raising philanthropic support to provide critical scholarship and other financial support to students and enhance the core curriculum that provides thousands of students the building blocks to their world-class education. Gifts to the College of Letters & Science also bolster faculty support and create new research opportunities that lead to breakthrough discoveries.
JOB SUMMARY Under the direction of the Assistant Dean, the Assistant Director of Development will identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward individual prospects capable of making major gifts of $50K+. This is an early career fundraising position focused on the strategic identification, qualification and cultivation of current donors and highly rated non-donors with a goal of building and maintaining a new pipeline of prospects for the College of Letters & Science and for the university at large. Guided by a "donor centered" approach, the incumbent will strategically solicit leadership annual gifts from prospects, while developing a personal portfolio of well-qualified prospective donors who with careful strategic cultivation will make a major gift of $50K+, in addition to leadership annual gifts.
The Assistant Director of Development is highly skilled at building relationships and will solicit philanthropic support through personal visits to alumni, parents and friends of UC Davis with a strategic emphasis on selected geographic regions with high concentrations of potential supporters. A dedicated fundraiser, the Assistant Director of Development is required, at minimum, to secure 135 face-to-face donor visits per year, with minimum supervision.
As a communications expert, the incumbent is an excellent listener, with exceptional interpersonal skills and a positive, collaborative work style.
As such, the incumbent possesses the skills and ability to draft correspondence, utilize social media, make phone calls and engages all communication channels in order to personally conduct proactive outreach to prospects.
Highly organized, the incumbent, utilizing the UC Davis Prospect Management services and systems, will work to identify potential new donor prospects who will then be personally visited and either qualified face-to-face for continued cultivation, or disqualified as a major gift prospect.
Success as a fundraiser at UC Davis requires the incumbent to also be a collaborative team player who adheres to the university's Principles of Community and complies with UC Davis Development policies. The Assistant Director of Development is a part of the larger development organization and will report to an experienced and dedicated team manager who provides support, training and guidance.
With a commitment to employee development and talent retention, additional training, professional development, career and mentoring opportunities are offered as we elevate UC Davis to one of the nation's top development and alumni relations organizations.
POSITION OPEN UNTIL FILLED. FOR FIRST CONSIDERATION PLEASE APPLY BY 1/30/2021.
$5,683.33 - $11,408.33/mo.
Department salary budget is $5,683.33 - $6,250/mo. Commensurate with experience.
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* Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and professional experience. Minimum of 2 years of professional or volunteer fundraising experience; or equivalent transferrable professional experience including strategic relationship development and portfolio management, preferably in higher education.
* Skills to meet and drive to exceed fundraising goals and objectives, including demonstrated knowledge of proven identification, qualification, cultivation and solicitation strategies.
* Demonstrated experience in developing strategic relationships with individual donors and prospective donors, foundations, and other philanthropic organizations and researching, building and managing a portfolio of donors and prospects with a goal of raising philanthropic support.
* Demonstrated critical thinking and strategic planning abilities. Ability to interface effectively with prospects, donors, faculty and volunteer leaders.
* Strong organizational and time management skills and meticulous attention to detail, the ability to set, negotiate, and meet priorities and produce high-quality work under multiple deadlines and priorities.
* Careful attention to details and a commitment to quality and timeliness in all aspects of work.
* Thorough working knowledge of the campus, including its vision, mission, goals, objectives, achievements and infrastructure.
* Thorough knowledge of applicable laws, rules, regulations, policies, etc. Strong professional ethics, discretion and judgement.
* Thorough analytical and critical thinking skills, including skill in creative and effective decision-making and problem identification/avoidance/resolution.
* Knowledge of Microsoft Office software.
* This position is a critical position and subject to a background check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of background investigation including criminal history and identity check.
The University of California 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.
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