Assistant Director of Development, College of Arts & Letters (Administrator I)

San Diego State University
San Diego, California
Closing date
Sep 12, 2021

Job Details

Job no: 501982
Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: San Diego
Categories: MPP, At-Will, Fundraising & Alumni Relations, Full Time

Position Summary


University Relations and Development at San Diego State University is committed to upholding, as a foundational belief, a supportive working environment of inclusion that values, honors, and respects all members of our team and the University community. We strive to engage in and promote the fair and equitable recruitment and training of URAD staff members, develop meaningful relationships with all groups in our diverse campus community, and share philanthropic stories that highlight the impact of and opportunity for diverse giving by our SDSU community. University Relations and Development firmly believes that an inclusive environment facilitates critical and creative thinking, and that differences in identities, values, beliefs, and perspectives are fundamental to our mission of generating philanthropic support for the university and its student body.


University Relations and Development (URAD) shares the university’s vision and mission underscored in the 2020 five-year strategic plan. The plan identifies five strategic priorities including: Becoming a Premier Public Research University: A New Kind of Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI); Resilience. Designed to Thrive; We Are SDSU; Equity and Inclusion in Everything We Do; and Students at Our Core.


The College of Arts and Letters (CAL) offers degrees in the humanities and social sciences. The college houses 18 departments, and offers degrees in more than 50 disciplines. CAL sponsors nearly 30 research centers and institutes, and offers more than 25 different certificate programs, as well as a Pre-Law path of study. A defining characteristic of the college is its numerous interdisciplinary programs, including Big Data Analytics, International Business, Jewish Studies, LGBTQ+ Studies, Sustainability, and Urban Studies. CAL is the largest college at SDSU (in terms of course enrollment), and reflects a broad diversity of academic scholarship. Teaching and research in the college consists of a wide range of traditional and innovative disciplines, from fields such as economics, sociology, philosophy, and political science, to gender and ethnic studies, geography, and rhetoric and writing. The College is steeped in spirited intellectual debate, social justice advocacy and rich academic diversity.


Under general supervision, Assistant Director of Development is a journey-level fundraising professional responsible for identifying, qualifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding gifts$25,000 and above, as well as participating in annual gift strategies. The position reports directly to the Senior Director of Development. The Assistant Director of Development will focus on maintaining and improving the effectiveness and results of solicitations for gifts to the College of Arts and Letters. The Assistant Director of Development will work directly and independently with identified donors and will develop and manage projects and strategies. The position will also coordinate and support stewardship activities.


The Assistant Director of Development manages the process of identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of leadership annual level prospects and donors. The Assistant Director of Development will provide donors with customized, frequent, meaningful communication and involvement. Also will ensure that all development activities are conducted in accordance with the fundraising policies and procedures set by the California State University system, SDSU, The Campanile Foundation and University Relations and Development.


For more information regarding University Relations and Development click here.


This is a full-time (1.0 time-base) benefits-eligible, at-will position. This position is designated exempt under FLSA and is 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.


Education and Experience


  • A bachelor’s degree in relevant field or combination of education and experience.


    A minimum of 3 years of progressive development experience or related work, such as sales and community relations.


    A minimum of 1 year of direct experience in personal gift solicitation and fundraising ($10,000+).


    Success in gift fundraising ($10K+) that demonstrates an ability to align strategy development/implementation with pre-approved goals/priorities.


    Experience working with volunteers and with corporate executives.


  Preferred Qualifications 


  • Financial and biographical database experience.


    Demonstrated experience in upgrading of donors.


    Campaign experience.


Compensation and Benefits


San Diego State University will offer a competitive salary based on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate.  San Diego State University also offers a rich benefits package that includes:


  • Extensive Leave benefits: 14 paid holidays, 24 vacation days, and 12 sick days per year;


    Retirement security through a CalPERS defined benefit pension (with CalPERS and UC Retirement Plan reciprocity) and retiree healthcare benefits;


    An array of health, dental, and vision coverage at no-cost or low-cost to the employee; and


    California State University system fee reduction program (fee waiver) for the employee or their qualified dependent.


  Supplemental Information


Initial review of the required application materials, including cover letters and resumes, will begin on July 28, 2021. To receive full consideration, apply by July 27, 2021. The position will remain open until filled.


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. 


San Diego State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (e.g., H-1B visa). Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Offers of employment are contingent upon the presentation of documents that demonstrate a person's identity and authorization to work in the United States, which are consistent with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act


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.


Applicants with disabilities and applicants who require assistance completing an application may contact Casie Martinez at [email protected]




Advertised: Jul 13, 2021 (5:00 AM) Pacific Daylight Time
Applications close: Open until filled


Since it was founded in 1897, San Diego State University has grown to offer bachelor's degrees in 89 areas, master's degrees in 78 areas and doctorates in 21 areas. SDSU's approximately 32,000 students participate in an academic curriculum distinguished by direct contact with faculty and an increasing international emphasis that prepares them for a global future.

SDSU's annual economic impact to the state of California is $6.5 billion, according to an impact report done by the California State University in 2010.

Of SDSU's 280,000-plus alumni, approximately 60 percent live in San Diego. They comprise more than half the region's engineers, teachers, entrepreneurs and the local workforce for a host of other industries.

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Research: Since 2000, SDSU faculty and staff have attracted more than $1.7 billion in grants and contracts for research and programs ranging from cardiovascular disease to marine biology.

Diversity: SDSU ranks No. 19 in the nation for racial diversity and among the top universities for economic diversity. SDSU was ranked No. 11 in the nation and No. 4 in California for bachelor's degrees awarded to Hispanics by Hispanic Outlook for Higher Education

International Study: SDSU offers 350 international education programs in 50 countries. Nearly 12,000 students have studied abroad in the past 12 years.

Community Service: SDSU is a recognized leader in innovative efforts to improve urban K-12 education. The City Heights Educational Collaborative and Compact for Success both positively impact the academic achievement of elementary, middle and high school students in the local area.

Sustainability: Sustainability is an every-day part of the university culture at San Diego State University. Students, faculty and staff all participate in a myriad of ways, from festivals, to research to academic programs. In spring 2014, SDSU opens its first LEED Platinum Certified building — the 206,000 square-foot Aztec Student Union.

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