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Director of Development

Company: University of San Diego
Date Posted: November 2, 2017

Director of Development

University of San Diego 

Department: Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science

Admin Full-Time

Job IRC#22193


Job Description:

The director of development for the Hahn School of Nursing (SON) is charged with major gift fundraising duties for the School. With the Dean of SON, the director develops a comprehensive fundraising program for private support from faculty, staff, alumni, friends of SON, other individuals, corporations, and foundations to solicit donors at all levels to SON, but with particular emphasis on major gifts. The director of development for SON develops strategies for identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors for all approved fundraising priorities at SON and other areas at USD when appropriate.


The Director of Development will report to the Associate Vice President of Development in University Relations with a dotted reporting line to the Dean of the SON. The Director of Development will report to, take direction from and be accountable to the Associate Vice President of Development for his/her fundraising performance on behalf of the SON. The Dean will set fundraising priorities for the Director. Annual performance reviews will be conducted jointly by the Dean and the Associate Vice President of Development. The director supervises an administrative assistant or other administrative or professional staff, as directed.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

The responsibilities described here are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.


Collaboration and Support of School of Nursing

• Work directly with the SON deans, faculty, department heads, institutes and centers to identify, plan, coordinate and implement fundraising priorities.

• Work with faculty and SON departments to promote new relationships and enhance existing relationships with potential donors.

• Collaborate with SON personnel in promoting the nursing school and its mission, assist in developing communication strategies, leverage planned event content and scheduling, and identify opportunities for media coverage.

• Actively participate in supporting major SON goals and activities.

• Directly communicate with SON project managers regarding the availability and restrictions of funds.

• Serve as the project manager for the Development budget, developing and managing the annual operating plan.

• Provide regular quantitative reports to the SON leadership team and faculty regarding short and long-term fundraising goals, results and challenges.

• Consistently review accurate recording of donations in Oracle and initiate corrective actions as needed.



• Identify priority prospects for annual, special, and major gifts and implement fundraising strategies.

• Develop cultivation and solicitation strategies for assigned prospects.

• Cultivate, solicit, and steward all assigned and major gift prospects for all approved fundraising priorities for SON and other areas at USD where appropriate.

• Develop relationships with alumni leading to solicitation of gifts that will result in increasing both the number and amount of contributions.

• Work closely with the Offices of Advancement Services, Foundation Relations, Alumni Relations, and Parent Relations to identify new qualified prospects.

• Work closely with the Senior Director of Annual Giving and Stewardship to provide appropriate SON messaging and to identify new qualified President Club and major gift prospects.

• Work closely with the Office of Planned Giving to help secure deferred and estate gifts.

• Work closely with University Communications and Advancement Marketing and Strategic Partnerships, to plan and coordinate fundraising communications, publications, brochures, and special events.

• Work with the University Events and Promotions when appropriate and necessary, to assure the success of key special/signature events.

• Achieve fundraising goals as established by the Dean and the Associate Vice President of Development.

• Write proposals for major gift requests for capital project naming opportunities, scholarships, Centers and Institutes, Chairs and Professorships and other priorities as determined by the Dean and SON leadership team.

• With the Dean, plan and co-host visits by prospects, donors, or their representatives.

• Identify and coordinate the efforts of volunteers and other staff members to be involved in the solicitation process, as appropriate.

• Maintain responsibility for oversight and compliance for assigned prospects under the university’s prospect management system.

• Oversee the day-to-day administration of development administration, including accurate gift processing, writing and sending thank you letters, etc.

• Work cooperatively with all fundraising staff at the university.

• Develop relationships with colleagues at peer institutions.

• Attend conferences and professional development seminars to stay current with fundraising policies and procedures.

• Participate in San Diego community events and activities as needed to represent the Dean and SON.



Qualifications: Minimum and Preferred

• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; master’s degree strongly preferred.

• Minimum of seven years’ experience in fundraising, including demonstrable management and administrative skills; experience in higher education preferred.

• Willingness and ability to travel.

• Proven ability to collect, analyze and present data.

• Exceptional written and oral communication skills.

• An understanding of the full spectrum of development, including gift policies, donor cultivation, solicitation and stewardship, donor recognition, prospect research, high level boards, support groups and administration.

• Proven record of cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major gifts.

• Proven record of knowledge in the full spectrum of philanthropic fund development, including special gifts, major gifts, capital campaigns, annual giving, special events, prospect research, proposal development, and gift planning.

• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with faculty, advancement professionals, academic administrators, senior executives, and trustees of the university.

• Ability to communicate positively and effectively, both in writing and orally, with a divergent audience.

• Demonstrated ability to inspire confidence, to motivate and to persuade.

• Ability to recruit, organize, and manage salaried or volunteer personnel, as well as direct any individuals or committees of influence and affluence in fundraising protocol and competencies.


Performance Expectations: Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

• Strong sense of integrity and ethical conduct.

• Strong interpersonal and sales/marketing skills.

• Strong managerial and leadership skills.

• Ability to assess prospects’ readiness and fitness for philanthropy.

• Ability to establish credibility and rapport with trustees and other key volunteers and prospects.

• Awareness of trends and issues in higher education, philanthropy, and the Roman Catholic Church.

• Entrepreneurial, creative, self-starter, and oriented toward action and results.

• Ability to set and meet goals

• Ability to organize time effectively, establish priorities, and manage a large number of tasks simultaneously.

• Ability to anticipate, recognize, and solve problems.

• Ability to deal with confidential and sensitive information, internally and externally.

• Knowledge of USD’s policies and procedures


Background check: Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.


Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes.  Serious candidates are encouraged to request official transcripts to help expedite the hiring process.   


Salary: Commensurate with Experience; Excellent Benefits.


The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package, to include medical, dental, vision, a 12% retirement contribution given to you by the University (with three year vesting period), and access to on-campus Fitness Centers. Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer. USD: Human Resources: Benefits


Hours: 37.5 hours per week


Closing date: Open Until Filled


Note: External job postings will be up for at least five days. After that time, applications will be reviewed by the hiring manager/committee throughout the posting period. A candidate may be selected at any time which could then close this posting on a date earlier than listed.


The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.


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