Assistant Director of Development, Young Alumni

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Miscellaneous


The Assistant Director of Development, Young Alumni/GOLD, will work to represent fundraising priorities for UC San Diego’s general campus. This position will also work to build out programming and communcations for our young alumni donors ranging from newsletters, career networking events in conjunction with our Career Center, student mentoring and special events for our philanthropic young alumni. This position will also work with our Integrated Marketing office for specific young alumni solicitations.

Under the leadership of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Alumni, Annual Giving and Pipeline Development and under the direction of the Director of Global Engagement and Advancement, the Assistant Director of Development is responsible for pipeline building gift strategies from identification through stewardship. The Assistant Director will manage an individual portfolio of prospects capable of giving gifts up to $25,000. The Assistant Director is responsible for having a comprehensive understanding of university priorities, regularly meeting with prospects and donors (with a focus on face-to-face visits), regularly meeting with development colleagues and academic leaders, preparing briefing materials and gift proposals and attending events and other development focused engagement opportunities. This position requires moderate travel.


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

  • Thorough working knowledge of the location, its vision, mission, goals, objectives, achievements and infrastructure.

  • Thorough knowledge of applicable laws, rules, regulations, policies, etc.

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

  • Thorough knowledge of the dynamics of fundraising and the concepts of development.

  • Ability to develop strategies and plans to identify and cultivate prospects and steward donors.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills to prepare reports, summaries, correspondence, briefings, personalized letters, and other materials, and to dialog clearly and effectively in conversation and at meetings.

  • Demonstrated experience developing new programs to broaden donor base and enhance institutional outreach.

  • Experience in gathering, researching, and analyzing information, and recommending or implementing appropriate solutions.

  • Advanced analytical skills to evaluate information, procedures or situations, to define a problem or objective, identify relevant concerns, recognize alternatives, and formulate logical and objective conclusions.

  • Demonstrated success in recruiting and working with volunteers.

  • Experience interacting successfully with donors, prospective donors, faculty and staff and community members. Proven success in organizing and implementing special events.

  • Strong sense of ethical conduct, and ability to maintain confidentiality in all matters, including those relating to sensitive donor relations issues.

  • Proven experience using public relations practices to provide direction to special programs for outreach to prospective and continuing donors.

  • Demonstrated understanding of the philosophy of quality service and group process, with proven aptitude for working as part of a team.

  • Proven experience in the full spectrum of development including gift policies, cultivation, donor recognition, support group management and administration.

  • Ability to make sound independent judgments and complete tasks with minimum direction. Ability to prioritize assignments and departmental needs, and to meet deadlines. Ability in maintaining confidentiality.


  • Job offer is contingent upon a satisfactory clearance based on background check results.

  • Must have access to reliable transportation.

  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.

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