Associate Director of Development @ University of California - Irvine - Irvine, CA

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2 months ago

Associate Director of Development

University of California - Irvine - Irvine, CA

As UCI’s creative laboratory, the Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) explores and presents the arts as the essence of human experience and expression, through art forms ranging from the most traditional to the radically new. Our international and distinguished faculty work across a wide variety of art forms, partnering with others across the campus; our nationally ranked programs in art, dance, drama, and music begin with training but end in original invention. The School delivers a superb developmental experience, combining superlative artistic training with a top-ranked liberal arts education. It is home to the departments of Art, Dance, Drama, and Music. The Office of Development at CTSA develops, directs and implements a strategic fundraising operation to generate philanthropic gifts that drives the mission of CTSA. This is accomplished under the direction of the Dean and in close collaboration with our major stakeholders including department Chairs and faculty, University Advancement, and our volunteer leadership on the Dean’s Arts Board.

Under the general direction of the Director of Development, the Associate Director of Development is a fundraising professional who works collaboratively with the Development team in the Claire Trevor School of the Arts and University Advancement colleagues to lead specific campaign development programs and secure significant philanthropic support for the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, with a goal of raising $500,000 annually in annual and major gifts. The scope of responsibilities include: qualification, cultivation, and solicitation, of new and existing donors, donor engagement, meeting metrics, development and coordination of fundraising programs, development of collateral material, presentations, newsletters, stewardship, and coordination of leadership meetings. The incumbent performs coordination of complex duties that engages with confidential and sensitive information of a broad scope related to donor relations, annual and major gift fundraising, and public relations. Incumbent is a motivated individual willing to partner with development officers, and faculty in priority areas to create opportunities for friends, alumni and corporations to give. The Associate Director of Development will manage and implement the annual fund, solicit leadership annual fund donations, and solicit major gifts.

Compensation Range:

Commensurate with experience

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3-5 years of professional fundraising experience, preferably at an arts or higher education institution; or equivalent combination of education/experience. Campaign fundraising experience preferred.

Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.

Thorough working knowledge of fundraising, donor relations, and public relations concepts, principles, procedures, and techniques.

Strong knowledge of applicable laws, rules, regulations, policies, etc.

Strong written and interpersonal communication skills to establish and maintain good working relationships throughout the organization and with outside constituencies.

Strong organizational, analytical and critical thinking skills, including skills in creative and effective decision-making and problem identification / avoidance / resolution, and project management skills.

Strong skills in maintaining confidentiality.

Understanding of academic, research and education functions and operating principals of a major research university.

Ability to work independently with department, school and institutional goals in mind.

Team-oriented strategist able to effectively manage complex situations involving multiple and sometimes competing constituencies.

Skill in communicating persuasively, both orally and in writing, about private philanthropy in general and, as it applies to UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts in particular.

Creativity and tenacity in approach to prospect development and ability to successfully move prospects across the donor continuum. Talent for matching donors’ philanthropic passions with the organizational initiatives for the Claire Trevor School of the Arts.

Experience with volunteer management and overseeing support groups.

Knowledgeable of grant searching and application strategies.

Skill to use a personal computer and computer software programs at the level of sophistication required for the development office. Proven ability to use MS Office Suite and database programs. High-proficiency in use of Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Familiarity with the Internet and how to conduct searches.


Thorough working knowledge of the location, its vision, mission, goals, objectives, achievements and infrastructure. Working knowledge of Salesforce or comparable a donor/prospect database system

Special Conditions Required:

Drive on occasion in order to perform the routine or essential job responsibilities for the position. Must possess a valid California driver license and participate in the DMV Pull Notice 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.

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