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 Director of Development will play an important role in leading and growing the overall development strategy within their designated region, including: the donor base, long-term strategic partnerships, and revenue capacity for UC Merced's fundraising efforts. Responsible for all aspects of donor pipeline management including: identifying and qualifying new prospects; cultivating and stewarding current and previous donors; accomplishing meaningful touchpoints for UC Merced philanthropic engagement; and closing five-, six- and seven- figure gifts.
The Director of Development will develop strategy for appropriate regional meetings and events and work with External Relations colleagues on creation and execution of regional events. 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. 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.
This is a 12-month contract position that is eligible for renewal.
Generates proposals and customized request materials. Prepares drafts of donor correspondence for campus leaders and assists with development of ancillary materials, including but not limited to briefings, status reports, talking points, program descriptions, 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. Monitors personal progress through database dashboard and tracking of personal metrics. Prepares annual and multi-year business plans and submits budget for regional major gift fundraising program.
Leads effort to develop and grow the UC Merced presence in the assigned region; advise senior leadership on engagement promotional and sponsorship opportunities for participation and visibility; utilize current affiliations and contacts to expand reach; attend community events and networking opportunities on behalf of the University of California, Merced. Evening and weekend work as required.
#LI-JC1 Qualifications Advanced degree in Communications, Public Education, Marketing or related area and ten years of progressively responsible prospect management and successful development experience, preferably in higher education (Preferred)
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
As of January 1, 2014 the University of California, Merced will be a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at http://smokefree.ucmerced.edu
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UC Merced is the first new American research university built in the 21st century, with a mission of research, teaching and service. The campus opened Sept. 5, 2005, in the San Joaquin Valley. The university is about an hour north of Fresno, two hours south of Sacramento, two hours southeast of San Francisco and the Silicon Valley, and 90 minutes west of Yosemite National Park.