6577 Director of Prospect Research and Management (Administrator II), University Relations and Devel

Job description



San Diego State University is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of historically underrepresented groups.  

Initial review of applications will begin on April 6, 2018. To receive full consideration, apply by April 5, 2018.  The position will remain open until filled.   

For more information on San Diego State University, please click here.


Position Information


This position is in the Management Personnel Plan (Administrator II) and earns management benefits including medical, dental, vision, $100,000 life insurance plan, and the CalPERS pension plan.  For more information on benefits included for this position, please see the benefits summary.

This is a full-time, benefits eligible, at will position. This position is designated exempt under FLSA and 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.

This position reports directly to the Associate Vice President for Operations and manages four professional prospect research and management staff; Assistant Director of Prospect Research and Management, two Prospect Researchers, and the Prospect Research and Management Coordinator. The Director of Prospect Research and Management is responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction for the development prospect research efforts with particular emphasis on support of capital campaign initiatives and major gift development.  The successful candidate will be innovative in their approach in partnering with development staff, advising them on prospect identification, engagement, management and solicitation strategies for major gift donors.  In addition, the incumbent works closely with the unit-based directors of development and their staff; including, the Office of Alumni Engagement and the Assistant Director Alumni Engagement for Annual  Fund, Athletics,  Central Development staff,  and the Assistant Vice President for Planned Giving and Estates; as well as other Advance users and gift generating units on campus.  Areas of responsibility include managing prospect research and prospect management systems and overall strategy for research.

For more information regarding University Relations and Development, please click here.


Compensation and Benefits


Salary placement is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department's fiscal resources. 

San Diego State University offers a rich benefits package that constitutes a major portion of total compensation. For more information regarding SDSU benefits, please click here




Minimum Qualifications 

  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Five to Seven years of experience in the development research field including:
    • Experience in Data Analytics or working with a Data Analytics department.
    • Experience with relational and on-line databases, web-based applications and development database systems.
    • Experience working with and implementing action plans for the use of wealth screening data.
    • Experience designing comprehensive research reports.
  • Meets highest level of competency in the APRA Body of Knowledge for Prospect Research and Relationship Management.

Preferred Qualifications and Specialized Skills

  • Experience at an institution of higher learning/higher education.
  • Comprehensive campaign experience.
  • Experience building relationships with senior management.
  • Experience training/teaching adult learners.
  • Experience with statistical analysis.
  • Graduate degree.
  • Experience with AlumniFinder.
  • Experience with Blackbaud ResearchPoint.
  • Experience with Ellucian Advance (database).


Application Procedures


To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply Now" button on this page.  You must submit your application by clicking on the "Submit" button. If you need assistance completing your application, please click here

Applicants with disabilities requiring assistance may call (619) 594-7099. 

General Information

All management and executive employees shall be required to provide a written statement to the appropriate administrator of any and all outside employment. Employees shall also provide a written statement of outside employment if a written request by an administrator is made.

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. 

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.

SDSU is a smoke free campus. For more information, please click here.

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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Job No: 6577
Posted: 3/27/2018
Application Due: 5/26/2018
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