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Senior Director of Development, UCR Extension

Job Number Full/Part Time Schedule Salary
28288220 Full Time 8AM - 5PM $111,000 - $162,700

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The Senior Director of Development is the chief advancement officer supporting fundraising efforts for UCR University Extension. The Extension divisions of the University of California are unique units in the 10-campus system, focusing primarily on non-degree credentials–especially Professional Certificates and Postgraduate Diplomas–for learners of all ages. UCR University Extension’s programs serve high schoolers through academic credit courses, college students with transfer courses and add-on credentials, and working adults who are looking to change or move up in their careers. University Extension also serves adults who have some college but no degree through a state-funded degree completion program. University Extension’s programs span business, design, education, healthcare, law, sustainability, and technology and programs are geared towards both domestic and international students. University Extension has two physical locations: one near the campus of UCR in Riverside and the other at the Palm Desert Center in Palm Desert. Established in 2005, the UCR Palm Desert Center serves as a base for several UCR research programs, international academic conferences, continuing education and a variety of public service programs, and is a resource to extend the reach of UCR in the Coachella Valley. A key priority and focus for the Snr. Director of Development, will be expanding UCR's presence in the Coachella Valley by actively engaging in the local community, and building a network that will help drive advancement efforts in the desert region. Under the general direction of the Snr. Executive Director for Constituency Programs, and in close collaboration with the Dean of UCR Extension and University Extension’s Senior Leadership team, the Snr. Director will develop and execute long and short-term strategies to grow the UCR Extension donor pipeline and secure annual and major gifts that will benefit endowments, programs, and support student success. The Senior Director will manage a portfolio of donors and prospective donors and will travel locally, statewide and occasionally internationally, for qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship purposes. The Senior Director will arrange appropriate opportunities for key faculty and academic leadership to meet with prospective donors and will work collaboratively with other University Advancement colleagues to achieve fundraising goals.

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The full salary range for the Senior Director of Development, University Extension is $103,300.00 - $199,700.00 annually. The expected pay scale for this position is up to $125,000 annually. We base salary offers on a variety of considerations, such as education, licensure and certifications, experience, and other business and organizational needs.

Applicants must have current work authorization when accepting a UCR staff position. Currently, we are unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of an employment Visa for staff.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment.


Education Requirements

Degree Requirement
Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training. Required
Advanced degree Preferred


Experience Requirement
8 - 13 years of related experience. Required
6 years of experience in fundraising is higher education or a major research environment Preferred

Special Conditions

Special Condition Requirement
Must possess or obtain a Valid CA Driver License in accordance with the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Required
Travel Outside of Normal Business Hours Required
Travel Required
Requires travel to multiple work sites, including meetings and events on and off campus. Occasional domestic travel may be required, as well as nontraditional work hours to accommodate evening and/or weekends that coincide with events and meetings. Required

Minimum Requirements

Expert knowledge of all aspects of the location, including current issues of concern for both the campus and/or throughout higher education/healthcare, generally. Expert knowledge of the location, including its vision, mission, goals, objectives, achievements and infrastructure.
Experience to direct the design of strategies for cultivation and solicitation of prospective donors.
Strong sense of ethical conduct that will inspire confidence and motivation with the proven ability to persuade colleagues and donor prospects, while maintaining confidentiality in all matters as they relate to sensitive donor relations issues.
Proven success at fundraising by developing and implementing strategic plans that incorporate a concise definition of goals, targeted audiences, and strategies in-line with institution goals and closing gifts ($25,000+) from individuals, corporations, and foundations, both local and national.
Exceptional skill in communicating persuasively, both orally and in writing, about private gift fundraising in general and in particular as it applies to UCR.
Expert written and interpersonal communication skills, including political acumen, to establish and maintain good working relationships throughout the organization and with outside constituencies. Expert skills in making persuasive and compelling presentations of goals and objectives for a location in order to secure gifts.
Proven experience in the full spectrum of development including cultivation, stewardship and donor recognition. Ability to travel outside of normal business hours.
Expert organizational, analytical and critical thinking skills. Expert project/program management skills, including skills in setting and meeting program/project goals and objectives within budget and time constraints.
Ability to conceptualize, design and implement a development program.
Proven ability to work effectively with deans and directors, academic and University leaders and volunteers to achieve fundraising goals. Ability to work effectively with other advancement staff in devising, analyzing, modifying, implementing, and evaluating development programs.
Expert level skills in maintaining confidentiality.
Expert knowledge of applicable laws, rules, regulations, policies, etc.
Expert working knowledge of all aspects of fundraising, donor relations, and public relations concepts, principles, procedures, and techniques.

Preferred Qualifications

Additional Information

In the Heart of Inland Southern California, UC Riverside is located on nearly 1,200 acres near Box Springs Mountain in Southern California; the park-like campus provides convenient access to the vibrant and growing Inland region. The campus is a living laboratory for the exploration of issues critical to growing communities' air, water, energy, transportation, politics, the arts, history, and culture. UCR gives every student, faculty and staff member the resources to explore, engage, imagine and excel.

UC Riverside is recognized as one of the most ethnically diverse research universities in the country boasting several key rankings of which we are extremely proud.

  • UC Riverside is proud to be ranked No. 12 among all U.S. universities, according to Money Magazine's 2020 rankings, and among the top 1 percent of universities worldwide, according to the 2019-20 Center for World University rankings.

  • UC Riverside is the top university in the United States for social mobility. - U.S. News 2020

  • UCR is a member of the University Innovation Alliance, the leading national coalition of public research universities committed to improving student success for low-income, first-generation, and students of color.

  • Among top-tier universities, UC Riverside ranks No. 2 in financial aid. - Business Insider 2019

  • Ranked No. 2 in the world for research, UCR's Department of Entomology maintains one of the largest collections of insect specimens the nation. - Center for World University Rankings

  • UCR's distinguished faculty boasts 2 Nobel Laureates, and 13 members of the National Academies of Science and Medicine.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

For information about our generous employee benefits package, visit: Employee Benefits Overview

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