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Director of Development

Aspen Leadership Group
San Diego, California
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The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with the University of San Diego in the search for a Director of Development.

Reporting to the Senior Director of Development, the Director of Development will develop a comprehensive fundraising program for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors for private support including faculty, staff, alumni, parents, friends, corporations, foundations, and individuals in the San Diego community and across the country at all levels of giving that support university-wide strategic priorities, with particular emphasis on major gifts.

The University of San Diego is set at the edge of an international gateway on a campus that's consistently ranked among the nation's most beautiful. Its focus on academic excellence — inspired by faith, infused with contemporary Catholic values and nurtured in a warm, community environment — empowers innovative, confident, original thinkers to make positive contributions by confronting humanity's urgent challenges in places near and far. San Diego's proximity to the U.S./Mexico border, where communities and cultures converge, provides its students and faculty members with unique opportunities to learn, to put theory into action, and to find new ways to lead purposeful lives.

With more than 8,000 students from 85 countries and 50 states, the University of San Diego is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. Its small class sizes, compassionate culture, unique learning opportunities, study-abroad opportunities, and state-of-the-art resources ensure that graduates of its undergraduate and graduate programs succeed after graduation and throughout their lives.

The University of San Diego is a Roman Catholic institution committed to advancing academic excellence, expanding liberal and professional knowledge, creating a diverse and inclusive community, and preparing leaders who are dedicated to ethical conduct and compassionate service. The University of San Diego expresses its Catholic identity by witnessing and probing the Christian message as proclaimed by the Roman Catholic Church. The university promotes the intellectual exploration of religious faith, recruits persons and develops programs supporting the university's mission, and cultivates an active faith community. It is committed to the dignity and fullest development of the whole person. The Catholic tradition of the university provides the foundation upon which the core values listed below support the mission.

As a Catholic institution, the University of San Diego seeks to represent the diversity and beauty of God’s creation as a way to understand and work to eliminate injustices on its campus, in its local community, and around the world. The university is committed to creating a welcoming, inclusive, and collaborative community and values students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds and faith traditions. As a university committed to academic excellence, it strives to include diverse perspectives as a way of maximizing the transformative potential of learning, teaching, and scholarship.

A bachelor's degree is required for this position as is at least five years of experience in fundraising, including use of management and administrative skills. Experience in higher education is preferred.

All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of the University of San Diego as well as the responsibilities and qualifications stated in the prospectus.

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