Director of Development (Administrator II) Sonoma State University
Job ID: 104786 Location: Sonoma State University (Rohnert Park, CA) Full/Part Time: Full-time Regular/Temporary: Regular
Department Name University Advancement
Salary and Benefits Starting salary placement depends on qualifications, experience and salary budget, and will not exceed $7,098 a month.
This position is eligible for a broad range of benefits, including medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurances, retirement (CalPERS), tuition waiver, vacation and sick leave. In addition, 14 paid holidays are offered each year; 13 scheduled on specific days and a Personal Holiday that may be taken any time during the year.
A comprehensive benefits summary for this position is available online by clicking the View Benefits Summary link or by request from SSU Human Resources.
Application Deadline This position is open until filled. For full consideration, please submit application, along with cover letter and resume, by 8am on March 22. Please refer to the Application Process section of this posting for additional details.
Conditions of Employment This position is a member of the Management Personnel Plan and serves at the pleasure of the President.
Responsibilities Sonoma State University is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning and inclusion. In line with our Strategic Plan and our Seawolf Commitment, our values include diversity, sustainability, community engagement, respect, responsibility, excellence and integrity. We strive to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. We encourage innovation, experimentation and creativity, as well as contributions to equity and inclusion, in the pursuit of excellence for all members of our university community.
Sonoma State University Advancement is also committed to a donor-centric approach to development. Every member of the University Advancement Team plays an integral role in providing donors with the highest level of stewardship to ensure a positive and fulfilling philanthropic experience.
Reporting to the Vice President of Advancement, this position establishes fund-raising strategies and directs and conducts fundraising activities to secure philanthropic support which aligns with Sonoma State University priorities. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to identifying, qualifying, cultivating, soliciting, organizing and providing effective communication with donors and potential donors; stewarding alumni and other individual prospects, sponsors and major donors; coordinating gift processing; and recruiting, training and motivating campaign volunteers for the University and other fund-raising projects as assigned by the Vice President of Advancement. The Director of Development is expected to work closely with constituents from all areas across the university and throughout local community to identify opportunities to work towards meeting fundraising objectives.
The incumbent is expected to maintain a portfolio of donor prospects and actively engage in personal visits annually; implement appropriate identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies for gifts prospects and donors; personally solicit prospects and donors on a regular basis in accordance with fundraising goals set by the Vice President of Advancement; provide support to volunteer committees and individual volunteers, developing proposals and coordinating meetings as assigned; and participate fully with the Vice President of Advancement and other university staff to coordinate solicitations of individuals, foundation and corporate prospects. Incumbent is expected to serve as a liaison with university and community groups to share information about Sonoma State University; engage in campus and community activities and events that donors or prospective donors may attend; and contribute donor recognition, stewardship, and other appropriate information for campus publications. Additionally, incumbent is expected to enter contact reports into database in a timely fashion; draft memoranda of understanding for gifts when appropriate and facilitate their processing; collect and gather data for reports and inquiries; and attend conferences, seminars, and other development training as assigned.
The incumbent is expected to represent University Development to both internal and external constituents and implement a coordinated matrix of communication and solicitation strategies involving e-mail, direct mail, telephone, personal visitation and volunteer engagement, all focused on supporting University Development efforts. The incumbent is evaluated on a periodic basis, no less than annually, based on performance metrics and fundraising goals, to ensure incumbent meets previously stipulated and mutually agreed upon fundraising objectives.
Perform all other secondary duties as assigned.
The majority of duties are performed in a dynamic, fast-paced office environment on the Sonoma State University campus, requiring the ability to speak and hear, sit and/or stand for extended periods of time, and the ability to use and enter data into a computer. Additional development and donor related duties will be performed off campus in various locations, frequently involving air and automobile travel, including overnight stays, to conduct donor visits. As an exempt employee you have some flexibility in your schedule however must be available during the regular campus hours Monday through Friday to meet the operational needs of the campus and department. Evening and weekend hours will be required and will be specified only to meet operational needs. Your specific start time is determined by your Appropriate Administrator. You must maintain regular and acceptable attendance at such levels as is determined by your Appropriate Administrator.
Qualifications This position requires a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and at least three years of increasingly responsible work experience in development or a related field, or the equivalent combination of related experience and education. The incumbent must have a proven track record of successfully working with individual donors, and soliciting and securing gifts and demonstrate experience in designing and implementing successful fundraising strategies. Experience in higher education fundraising is highly desired. Intermediate proficiency with computers and Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel) required; Raisers Edge experience highly preferred.
Incumbent must be personable and a proven self-starter; energetic, motivated and possess the ability to articulate the needs and opportunities of the University with clarity and enthusiasm. Incumbent must be able to work well both independently as well as collaboratively with other team members and have a willingness to travel extensively throughout the surrounding area to conduct donor visits and other support other fundraising activities. The incumbent must demonstrate integrity and sound judgment in performing duties; possess the ability to supervise the work of staff and recommend appropriate personnel actions; be able to apply strong problem solving and conflict resolution skills and train and evaluate performance, taking corrective action as needed; deal with stressful situations while maintaining composure; and contribute to a collaborative environment utilizing exemplary communication and problem solving skills as necessary. Must have strong administrative and organizational skills, as well as the ability to manage multiple highly visible projects and competing priorities simultaneously, adjusting quickly to changes needed on a daily basis. Must have the ability to effectively communicate with all levels within the university and establish and maintain productive and effective, inclusive working relationships amongst diverse populations including staff, faculty, administration, students, and other internal and external constituents. Must be able to accept constructive feedback and work cooperatively in group situations.
The duties of this position may include participation in decisions that may have a material financial benefit to the incumbent. Therefore, the selected candidate may be required to file Conflict of Interest Form 700: Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis, complete ethics training within 6 months of appointment, and attend this training every other year thereafter.
Qualification Note Evidence of degree(s) or certificate(s) and/or license(s) required at time of hire.
Application Process Click the "Apply Now" to apply to this position, materials submitted with your application will not be returned. For questions related to the application process, please reach out to Human Resources (firstname.lastname@example.org | 707.664.3100).
Qualified candidates must submit the following to be considered: 1. Cover Letter and Resume - application system only allows one document to be uploaded, so cover letter and resume must be included in the same MS Word or PDF file (file name should not contain any spaces or special characters)
In your cover letter, please identify the two most important qualities you would bring to support you in this role.
2. Online Employment Application (complete entire application, resume/cover letter will not substitute for any part of the application)
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current employees who apply for this position.
The ADA Coordinator is available at 707.664.2664, to assist individuals with disabilities in need of accommodation during the hiring process.
Other Information Equal Employment Opportunity: The University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.
Mandated Reporting: This position may be considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
About Sonoma State University Sonoma State University, located 48 miles north of San Francisco, is one of the 23 campuses of the California State University. Sonoma State University is a liberal arts institution with an enrollment of approximately 10,000 students and 530 full-time and part-time faculty. Our beautiful campus is located in Rohnert Park, at the foot of the Sonoma hills in the Wine Country.
Sonoma State University is proud to be a smoke-free campus, where smoking and other uses of tobacco products, such as smokeless tobacco, the use of e-cigarettes and similar devices, are prohibited.