Director of Philanthropy & Business Development, California NanoSystems Institute - UCLA Development

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The UCLA California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) is an integrated research facility that promotes collaborations across disciplines and enables the rapid commercialization of discoveries in nanoscience and nanotechnology. CNSI faculty represent a multi-disciplinary team of preeminent scientists from the life and physical sciences, engineering, medicine, and related fields.The work conducted at CNSI represents world-class expertise in four targeted areas of nanoscience-related research focused on energy, environment, health-medicine, and information technology.

As the Director of Philanthropy and Business Development, reporting jointly to the Senior Director of Development for UCLA External Affairs at CNSI and the CNSI Academic Director and working closely with the CNSI Executive Director, you will establish long-range goals and strategies for CNSI in an effort to enhance philanthropic and final resources from individuals, foundations and other non-profit organizations, corporations, and venture investments. You will be directly responsible for identifying and cultivating relationships in the business, non-profit and investment communities. This includes the ability to structure and recommend agreements with funding partners involving intellectual property, licensing and equity participation. As the Director, you will oversee the solicitation of major gift prospects, collaborate in the creating of external-facing communications, and develop a calendar of outreach activities to promote the priorities of CNSI. In partnership with the CNSI leadership, you will also be responsible for managing the Institute’s participation in the Centennial Campaign for UCLA, which includes developing strategies to build a significant endowment for the Institute.

As an ideal candidate for this role, you will possess five to seven years of progressive fundraising and or business development experience with a demonstrated working knowledge of the principles of university development, external relations, corporate and foundation giving and models of public/private partnerships. You will have demonstrated skill in developing sophisticated strategies for successful cultivation and solicitation of major gifts or solicitations of a similar nature, level and complexity. You will be savvy in philanthropic and business investment models, including those related to venture philanthropy that support early stage research, startups and entrepreneurship. You will have superior strategic thinking, planning and program design and implementation skills, solid professional judgment and excellent written and oral communication skills. Excellent interpersonal skills with a strong ability to build relationships with potential funders and steward existing funders are a must for this role.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy -

To learn more about this opportunity and submit an online application, please click here or visit UCLA’s Development Careers website at: and click on “Open Positions”, then “Other External Affairs Position” and scroll down to requisition #28278.




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Job No: 28278
Posted: 8/1/2018
Application Due: 9/30/2018
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Salary: Up to $120,000 annually plus benefits