Director, Donor Relations

Santa Cruz
May 16, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Director, Donor Relations
University Relations - Donor Relations

Job #: 1807969

Full Time; Career
Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

UCSC strives to embrace diversity in all its forms; it strives to be an inclusive community that fosters an open, enlightened & productive environment.

Recognized as an outstanding public research university, the University of California Santa Cruz is committed to bold and progressive inquiry in research, innovative teaching in both graduate and undergraduate education, and engaged public service that benefits our communities and the planet. Our campus has been ranked amongst the top institutions in the world for its research impact. At UC Santa Cruz, diversity is an integral part of our mission to teach, discover, and serve. UC Santa Cruz researchers were the first to map the human genome and make it publicly available, and they were key contributors to the momentous discovery of the Higgs Boson.

Situated on 2,000 acres among the redwoods and overlooking the Monterey Bay, the campus serves nearly 18,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The campus is located just 30 miles from San Jose, the southern hub of Silicon Valley.

University Relations builds enduring relationships, resources, and understanding that enable UC Santa Cruz to provide educational opportunities, create knowledge, and transform lives. University Relations works closely with internal and external constituencies of the campus including trustees of the UC Santa Cruz Foundation, the Alumni Council, and members of other key constituencies.

University Relations provides leadership, strategic planning, and central services in the areas of alumni, donor and parent relations and outreach, fundraising, government relations, communications, marketing, media relations, public events and publications (electronic and print), and campus Web development. In addition, University Relations provides support for the UC Santa Cruz Foundation and the UCSC Alumni Associations, both separate, not-for-profit corporations in the state of California.

The Office of Donor Relations develops and leads a campus-wide plan to steward major and principal donors. Under the general direction of the Associate Vice Chancellor of Philanthropy, this position is responsible for the management, strategic planning, and execution of goals for:
	-Gift Acknowledgement, ensures that all gifts are appropriately acknowledged;
	-Donor Recognition, including staffing of the Naming Committee;
	-Donor Communications;
	-Campaign Stewardship and Donor Relations Strategic Planning and;
	-Special Projects for leadership.

The Director oversees the donor experience and serves as a key member of the University Relations staff. The Director serves as a UC-wide liaison at all levels (Chancellor, Campus Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor, Vice Chancellors and Deans and their staff), as well as with the other campuses, Office of the President, UC Santa Cruz Foundation, and with donors.

Responsibilities include direct supervision of the Assistant Director of Donor Relations and the Retirees and Emeriti Center Coordinator, and working closely with the Donor Communications Associate (in Communications and Marketing) and Endowment Analyst (in Foundation Accounting) among others, to provide exceptional donor services.

Work-site location is the UC Santa Cruz Scotts Valley Center
(100 Enterprise Way, Scotts Valley, CA).

For full consideration for an interview, applicants will be asked to submit a short writing sample that demonstrates compelling writing competency. This writing sample, along with the cover letter, resume, and application, will be used to assess the quality and strength of an applicant's writing abilities for the purpose of the interview selection.

Qualifications include:

Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.

Substantial and progressively responsible experience in the design and implementation of complex stewardship and donor relations programs, with proven, documented, successful experience stewarding high net worth donors.

Knowledge of the full spectrum of development principles and activities including gift acceptance policies, solicitations, stewardship, donor recognition, gift administration, endowment management, working with high level volunteer committees, and the ability to apply this knowledge creatively.

Strong skills in advocating for and representing the institution to its various publics.

Ability to coordinate and implement initiatives that deepen the level of understanding of and commitment to the institution.

Selected candidate will be required to pass a criminal history background check.

Position is open until filled; Initial Review Date: 05-30-2018

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To ensure review of application materials by the hiring unit they must be submitted electronically via the Staff Employment Opportunities web site ( ) on or before the initial review date (IRD). A computer is available at the UCSC Staff Human Resources Office located at Scotts Valley Center (SVC), 100 Enterprise Way, Suite E100, Scotts Valley, CA 95066. To learn more or to request disability accommodation call 831-459-2009. Hearing impaired are encouraged to use the California Relay Service 800-735-2922. The University of California, Santa Cruz is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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