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Director of Development, Athletics

Job Number Full/Part Time Schedule Salary
31611054 Full Time 8AM - 5PM $96,700 - $184,100

Position Information

The Director of Development (DoD) is responsible for providing support to the Senior Director of Development, Athletics, and working closely with the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics to enhance the philanthropic growth of UCR Athletics. The DoD will secure annual, major, principal, and in-kind donations that contribute to the improvement of individual athletic teams, student-athlete success, athletics facilities, and endowments. This includes identifying and managing approximately 150 prospects, as well as developing and implementing strategies for the identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors. The DoD will engage in frequent local and statewide travel, with occasional out-of-state travel, to effectively execute these strategies. The DoD will arrange appropriate opportunities for key athletics staff and academic leadership to meet with prospective donors and will work collaboratively with other University Advancement colleagues to achieve fundraising goals and foster a robust philanthropic pipeline for UCR Athletics.

Please note: This is a three-year, renewable contract position that includes the same employee benefits afforded career employees.

The full salary range for the Director of Development, Athletics is $96,700 - $184,100 annually. However, the expected pay scale for this position is $100,000 - $120,000 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 University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time.  Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.


Education Requirements

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


License Requirement
Valid Driver's License Required


Experience Requirement
Experience as a collegiate athlete/coach and/or advancement work within an athletics department. Preferred
3 - 5 years of experience with a record of demonstrated fundraising results and proven success in raising major gifts. Required
6 - 10 years of related experience. Required

Minimum Requirements

Skill in communicating persuasively, both orally and in writing, about private gift fund raising, in general, and, in particular, as it applies to Intercollegiate Athletics.
Thorough knowledge of the NCAA rules, guidelines, and principles as they influence university fund raising, scholarships, etc.
Understanding of University Advancement functions with an ability to coordinate and integrate fundraising efforts with alumni, media relations, and marketing professionals within advancement and athletics.
Ability to work effectively with other advancement staff in devising, analyzing, modifying, implementing, and evaluating development programs.
Advanced knowledge of all aspects of fundraising, donor relations, and public relations concepts, principles, procedures, and techniques.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with Athletics staff, other academic and University leaders, and volunteers to achieve fund raising goals.
Advanced working knowledge of all aspects of the location, including current issues of concern for both the campus and/or throughout higher education/healthcare generally. Advanced working of the location, its vision, mission, goals, objectives, achievements and infrastructure.
Advanced knowledge of applicable laws, rules, regulations, policies, etc.
Advanced written, oral and interpersonal communication skills, including political acumen, to establish and maintain good working relationships throughout the organization and with outside constituencies. Ability to make persuasive and compelling presentations of goals and objectives for a location in order to secure gifts.
Advanced organizational, analytical and critical thinking skills, including skill in creative and effective decision-making and problem identification/avoidance/resolution, and strong project management skills.
Very strong skills in maintaining confidentiality.
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.

Preferred Qualifications

Understanding of academic, research and education functions and operation principles of a major research university.

Experience using Raiser's Edge or other CRM databases.

Experience supporting capital or comprehensive campaigns in higher education.

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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