Assistant Director, Advancement

Los Angeles, CA
Jun 24, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Los Angeles, CA

Job Code


The Assistant Director, Advancement implements and manages strategies for identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of gifts from individuals and institutions for the benefit of the University. This position will focus on identifying and evaluating giving potential of individual and institutional prospective donors including but not limited to alumni, faculty, and staff as well as individuals and institutions in the community through written communication and personal visits. The Assistant Director, Advancement will work collaboratively with the Associate Director, Alumni Relations and Annual Giving, Associate Director, Institutional Advancement, and other members of the Office of Institutional Advancement, to identify potential donors for gifts based on developing personal relationships and assessment of data in Raiser's Edge. The Assistant Director, Advancement will also research, draft, and write reports, proposals, and donor correspondence to help secure funding for the University. This position, reporting to the Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement, will have day-to-day responsibility for soliciting funds in support and for the University.


• Plan, organize and assist with annual fundraising campaign with multiple components.

• Identify prospective funders and write proposals for support of student scholarships and other university programs as requested.

• Be responsible for donor solicitations and assist with alumni communications.

• Be the department's key strategist for all event planning and management, overseeing all fundraising and donor cultivation and engagement events including but not limited to the annual Mental Health Heroes Awards Luncheons in multiple locations.

• Assist with identifying opportunities and assessing potential benefits for the University for community engagement activities for University President, Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement, faculty, key leadership and others as requested.

• Identify, cultivate, and solicit philanthropic support for the University by developing and maintaining relationships with individuals, including alumni, faculty, staff, and community leaders which lead to proposals for funding, sponsorships, and gifts through face to face personal solicitation visits.

• Design and implement customized, donor-specific cultivation and solicitation strategies .

• Develop fundraising strategies and methods or activities to ensure proper acknowledgment, recognition, and stewardship of donors.

• Draft/Write proposals for solicitation of prospective individual and institutional donors including foundations.

• Coordinate the solicitation, receipt and acknowledgement of gifts to the University and manage data entry and data maintenance in Raiser's Edge for all assigned donors .

• Participate in developing materials, case statements, and other information .

• Work closely with Campus Deans, faculty, staff , the Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement, and Department's Associate Directors, to execute advancement and engagement strategies.

• Secure financial support from individuals and assist with securing support from foundations, corporations and organizations.

• Create and execute a strategy for a large sustained base of annual donors.

• Oversee/Manage organization of special events as needed and in relation to Institutional Advancement.

• Implement a thorough donor acknowledgement and stewardship system and maintain consistent contact with major donors.


• Ability to work with, supervise, and lead the activities of student workers and event volunteers.


• Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Master's degree a plus.

• A minimum of two years of experience in a nonprofit setting with project management responsibilities, preferably at a university.

• Proven ability to effectively and efficiently manage all levels of projects from conception, collaborating with others, leading the process, completing tasks, meeting deadlines, tracking and reporting on progress, and evaluating results.

• Demonstrated excellence in organizational and communication skills.

• Experience with Blackbaud products and Raiser's Edge preferred.

• Knowledge of The Chicago School, psychology and behavioral health services a plus.

• Certified Fundraising Executive a plus.


• Knowledge of development/fundraising concepts, methods, appropriate engagement, solicitation techniques, and regulations.

• Have a progressive, demonstrated, and documented track record of cultivating, managing, and leading campaigns, managing and forging relationships with multiple donor sources and demonstrated ability to solicit and secure donations.

• Ability to manage complex, time-sensitive projects while working with multiple faculty, staff, volunteers and others.

• Strong interpersonal skills, positive attitude and enthusiasm to contribute to the University's growth and development.

• Possess exceptional relationship building and influencing skills, as well as strong verbal and written communication skills.

• Effectively communicate results of prospect visits with appropriate personnel, including advancement staff, communications staff, and executive leadership.

• Excellent customer service skills.

• Project management skills.

• Ability to interact with diplomacy and tact amid influential clients and diverse groups.

• Ability to organize, prioritize and manage time effectively.

• Ability to maintain consistent and meaningful contact with donors and prospective donors.

• Ability to adapt and respond to various situations.

• Ability to work independently when necessary and collaboratively when needed.

• Ability to maintain high level of confidentiality.

• Occasional weekend and evening work will be necessary