Assistant Director of Development, College of Arts & Letters (Administrator I) (501982)

  • San Diego State University
  • San Diego, California
  • Sep 28, 2021
Full Time Administration and Management Clerical and Administrative Support Museum and Arts

Job Description


Position Summary

University Relations and Development at San Diego State University is committed to upholding, as a foundational belief, a supportive working environment of inclusion that values, honors, and respects all members of our team and the University community. We strive to engage in and promote the fair and equitable recruitment and training of URAD staff members, develop meaningful relationships with all groups in our diverse campus community, and share philanthropic stories that highlight the impact of and opportunity for diverse giving by our SDSU community. University Relations and Development firmly believes that an inclusive environment facilitates critical and creative thinking, and that differences in identities, values, beliefs, and perspectives are fundamental to our mission of generating philanthropic support for the university and its student body.

University Relations and Development (URAD) shares the university's vision and mission underscored in the 2020 five-year strategic plan. The plan identifies five strategic priorities including: Becoming a Premier Public Research University: A New Kind of Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI); Resilience. Designed to Thrive; We Are SDSU; Equity and Inclusion in Everything We Do; and Students at Our Core.

The College of Arts and Letters (CAL) offers degrees in the humanities and social sciences. The college houses 18 departments, and offers degrees in more than 50 disciplines. CAL sponsors nearly 30 research centers and institutes, and offers more than 25 different certificate programs, as well as a Pre-Law path of study. A defining characteristic of the college is its numerous interdisciplinary programs, including Big Data Analytics, International Business, Jewish Studies, LGBTQ+ Studies, Sustainability, and Urban Studies. CAL is the largest college at SDSU (in terms of course enrollment), and reflects a broad diversity of academic scholarship. Teaching and research in the college consists of a wide range of traditional and innovative disciplines, from fields such as economics, sociology, philosophy, and political science, to gender and ethnic studies, geography, and rhetoric and writing. The College is steeped in spirited intellectual debate, social justice advocacy and rich academic diversity.

Under general supervision, Assistant Director of Development is a journey-level fundraising professional responsible for identifying, qualifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding gifts$25,000 and above, as well as participating in annual gift strategies. The position reports directly to the Senior Director of Development. The Assistant Director of Development will focus on maintaining and improving the effectiveness and results of solicitations for gifts to the College of Arts and Letters. The Assistant Director of Development will work directly and independently with identified donors and will develop and manage projects and strategies. The position will also coordinate and support stewardship activities.

The Assistant Director of Development manages the process of identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of leadership annual level prospects and donors. The Assistant Director of Development will provide donors with customized, frequent, meaningful communication and involvement. Also will ensure that all development activities are conducted in accordance with the fundraising policies and procedures set by the California State University system, SDSU, The Campanile Foundation and University Relations and Development.

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This is a full-time (1.0 time-base) benefits-eligible, at-will position. This position is designated exempt under FLSA and is not eligible for overtime compensation. Standard SDSU work hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but may vary based on operational needs.

Education and Experience

  • A bachelor's degree in relevant field or combination of education and experience.

  • A minimum of 3 years of progressive development experience or related work, such as sales and community relations.

  • A minimum of 1 year of direct experience in personal gift solicitation and fundraising ($10,000+).

  • Success in gift fundraising ($10K+) that demonstrates an ability to align strategy development/implementation with pre-approved goals/priorities.

  • Experience working with volunteers and with corporate executives.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Financial and biographical database experience.

  • Demonstrated experience in upgrading of donors.

  • Campaign experience.

Compensation and Benefits

San Diego State University will offer a competitive salary based on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. San Diego State University also offers a rich benefits package that includes:

  • Extensive Leave benefits: 14 paid holidays, 24 vacation days, and 12 sick days per year;

  • Retirement security through a CalPERS defined benefit pension (with CalPERS and UC Retirement Plan reciprocity) and retiree healthcare benefits;

  • An array of health, dental, and vision coverage at no-cost or low-cost to the employee; and

  • California State University system fee reduction program (fee waiver) for the employee or their qualified dependent.

Supplemental Information

Initial review of the required application materials, including cover letters and resumes, will begin on August 18, 2021. To receive full consideration, apply by August 17, 2021. The position will remain open until filled.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

San Diego State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (e.g., H-1B visa). Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Offers of employment are contingent upon the presentation of documents that demonstrate a person's identity and authorization to work in the United States, which are consistent with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

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SDSU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

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Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

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