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 to 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. When complete in summer 2020, the Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus, 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, with a focus on expanding UC Merced's presence in a specific geographic region –Southern California.
The Regional 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 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 Regional Director of Development will develop strategies for appropriate regional events and work with External Relations colleagues on development 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 Division of External Relations.
This is a 12-month contract position that is eligible for renewal
Develops and manages a dynamic portfolio to identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward prospects for major and principal gifts. May include some corporate and foundation prospects. Position includes travel within the assigned region to meet with donors and prospects, as well as some travel to Merced for important occasions and select meetings.
Plans, schedules and implements fundraising activities to advance the major gift pipeline and maximize private fundraising support to the university. Develops detailed major gift and principal gift opportunities tailored to the interest of potential donors in the areas consistent with UC Merced fundraising priorities.
Manages and builds a portfolio of 80-100 prospects in the designated region who have the capacity to give $25,000+ over a 5-year pledge period. Build a solid pipeline of donors in the region; regularly qualify new prospects to determine affinity to UC Merced. Partner with Board of Trustee members to identify new prospects and donors, implement fundraising strategies and constituency-building programs.
Develops strategies with team executives to ensure team goals, annual fundraising targets and 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, 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 Southern California 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 to identify, cultivate and steward donors thereby increasing the reach of UC Merced in Southern California.
This is a 12-month contract position that is eligible for renewal.
Bachelor's degree in Communications, Public Relations, Marketing or related area and five 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 (Preferred)
LICENSES A valid US Driver's license
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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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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.