In 1965, the University of California, Irvine was founded with a mission to catalyze the community and enhance lives through rigorous academics, cutting-edge research, and dedicated public service. A top public university, UCI has become internationally recognized for improving lives through research and discovery, fostering excellence in scholarship and teaching, and engaging and enriching the community. Today, UCI continues to inspire change and pioneer new ideas with the support of its generous partners, alumni and friends. Through the combined efforts of the University Advancement & Alumni relations team, the university is able to share its amazing achievements, build lasting relationships and generate support for important campus programs and initiatives. University Advancement seeks to strengthen contributions in research, education, and service; accelerate the university's place among globally preeminent research universities; and bring together passions, skills, and creativity to further improve people's lives. The mission of Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of California, Irvine is to facilitate and enrich the education and personal growth of its students through their participation in competitive NCAA Division I athletics. Intercollegiate Athletics is committed to the welfare of student-athletes and staff and advocates an environment that promotes excellence in athletic and academic performance, sportsmanship, diversity, and gender equity. Intercollegiate Athletics also supports the University of California's mission of public service and serves to generate a unifying spirit among students, faculty, staff, and alumni that transcends communities, cultures, and generations.
The Senior Director of Development, Intercollegiate Athletics is a senior professional who works collaboratively with the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Athletics colleagues, external relations colleagues and University Advancement (UA) to lead specific development funding opportunities of Intercollegiate Athletics as assigned and secure significant philanthropic investments to support them. The primary activity of the Senior Director of Development is externally focused to secure private philanthropic support and the Senior Director of Development's effectiveness will be evaluated on the ability to achieve financial goals and meet metrics. The Senior Director of Development reports to the Vice Chancellor, University Advancement with dotted line to the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. The Senior Director of Development will lead the Intercollegiate Athletics development team and will serve as a member of the Athletics leadership team and will also be a highly collaborative colleague with other Development and advancement officers across the campus.
Commensurate with experience
At least seven years of successful professional development and/or fundraising related experience, preferably in higher education. Extensive experience in fundraising for Intercollegiate Athletics strongly preferred.
Bachelor's degree or equivalent
Excellent knowledge of all aspects of fundraising, donor and public relations including advanced knowledge of applicable laws, rules, regulations, policies, etc. Excellent knowledge of the campus, its achievements, vision, mission, goals, objectives, applicable policies, infrastructure and current issues of concern and knowledge of issues of concern for higher education, generally.
Excellent knowledge of leadership / management concepts, procedures, techniques and best practices.
Excellent leadership / management skills to select, train, mentor, evaluate and motivate staff.
Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communications skills, including excellent political acumen skills, to build and maintain effective working relationships within all organizational levels and with outside constituencies.
Excellent skills in meeting predetermined goals and objectives, including securing gifts and meeting fundraising goals.
Experience-based knowledge of principles and practices of fundraising for comprehensive research university, including the ability to direct a complex development program.
Strong collegial interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate effectively in person, in writing, and by phone.
Experienced in operating under a prospect moves-management system that utilizes a central database Documented success personally implementing sophisticated, multi-year cultivation strategies that leverage a relationship-building and moves-management approach leading to successful gift closure. Demonstrated achievement in securing philanthropic investments.
Ability to work independently with both unit and institutional goals in mind.
Ability to prepare complex and detailed proposals and related materials.
Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Salesforce or comparable a donor/prospect database system.
Special Conditions Required:
May work long hours to meet fundraising commitments. Local, regional, and national travel is required. Must have a California's driver's license and participate in the DMV pull program.
Final candidate subject to background check. As a federal contractor, UC Irvine is required to use E-Verify to confirm the work status of individuals assigned to perform substantial work under certain federal contracts/subcontracts.
The University of California, Irvine 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 .
UCI provides reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities upon request. For more information, please contact Human Resources at (949) 824-0500.