Sr Director of Development, Biological Sciences

University of California San Diego
La Jolla, California
Commensurate with Experience
March 26 2019
Life Sciences, Biology
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type

UC San Diego

Sr Director of Development, Biological Sciences

Extended Deadline: Mon 4/22/2019

Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience


Department Overview:

At the University of California San Diego, challenging convention is our most cherished tradition. Since its inception, UC San Diego has been shaped by exceptional scholars who aren’t afraid to take risks and redefine conventional wisdom. In our short history, through sheer determination and a relentless pursuit for groundbreaking discovery, UC San Diego has earned recognition as one of the world’s premier research universities and one of the top-10 public universities in the nation. Washington Monthly has consistently ranked UC San Diego as the top public university for positive impact on the nation.


Launched publicly in March 2017, the Campaign for UC San Diego is the most ambitious fundraising effort in our history: a $2 billion comprehensive fundraising campaign to transform the student experience, our campus, and ultimately the world. Private support is necessary to help us continue to drive innovation, advance society, propel economic growth, and, ultimately, solve the world’s most pressing problems. UC San Diego Advancement’s University Development department is the frontline-fundraising team responsible for supporting General Campus and Scripps Institution of Oceanography leadership in securing philanthropic resources that advance opportunity for their students, faculty and initiatives.


Our founders established an experimental campus, and the Division of Biological Sciences is at the very heart of that nontradition. Consistently ranked as one of the top biology programs in the world, our division seeks to fund people with potential; support emerging research in an array of fields, from understanding how ecosystems respond to climate change, to using genetics to understand the human brain and combat infectious disease. We communicate our work to the communities we serve, expanding science education, appreciation, and engagement, and we translate our fundamental discoveries into innovations to improve the environment, agriculture and human health.


Our students, faculty, and staff push technical boundaries every day, sparking novel scientific discoveries that reshape our view of the biological world. Our research and educational efforts are divided into four sub-disciplines including biochemistry and biophysics; cell biology and developmental biology; ecology, behavior, and evolution; genetics and molecular biology; immunology, virology, and cancer biology; neurobiology; and plant molecular biology. Our faculty and students in these disciplines contribute their foundational expertise to collaborations with faculty campus wide, including SIO and Health Sciences, and more recently with those in Social Sciences and Arts and Humanities via the newly founded Institute for Practical Ethics. Opening doors to new eras in science means investing in opportunities for access, collaboration, and nonstop discovery.


University Development recognizes the crucial role development professionals play in identifying, engaging, cultivating and stewarding the philanthropic partners capable of assuring this university’s brightest future. Our leadership works tenaciously to seek out development professionals at all stages of their careers who evince the passion and integrity representative of our university’s character. Once part of the University Development team, colleagues are celebrated for their accomplishments and offered the support necessary to identify and realize ambitious goals. We place a premium on collaboration and shared endeavor, recognizing that true philanthropic success is measured best by the long-term advancement of UC San Diego and the impact of its work.


Position Overview:

University Development seeks a mission-driven, seasoned, and results-oriented fundraising leader to serve as the Senior Director of Development (SDOD) for the Division of Biological Sciences team. In partnership with the Dean and the Senior Executive Director of Development for University Development, the Senior Director will serve in a vital leadership role for Biological Sciences Development. Will lead donor strategy for major and principal gifts, as well as manage and mentor a vibrant development team focused on fundraising, pipeline development, and donor relations activities that are foundational to the team’s success. The SDOD will partner with some of the world’s greatest minds on high-profile initiatives that through philanthropic investment can transform our world.


In addition to providing management and programmatic oversight, the SDOD will play a leadership role in ensuring Biological Sciences’ development team exceeds their $100 million goal as part of UC San Diego’s $2 billion campaign. The SDOD will collaboratively develop, manage and implement a strategic plan for Biological Sciences that provides organizational growth and long-term philanthropic sustainability. Our ideal candidate is a high-performing, experienced fundraiser who brings a passion for donor-centric philanthropy, strong development experience in complex and highly-collaborative environments, and a management style that inspires success, supports team members’ professional growth, and models integrity and accountability.


• Must have access to reliable transportation.

• Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.



• Proven success at raising funds by developing and implementing strategic solicitation fundraising plans that incorporate a concise definition of goals, targeted audiences, and strategies in-line with institution and academic goals in higher education and closing major gifts ($100,000+) and principal gifts ($1 million+) from individuals, corporations, and foundations, both local and national.

• Demonstrated record of writing proposals for a significant project/gift ($100,000 - $1M+) directed to individuals and foundations/corporations.

• Proven success as development officer in a highly sophisticated donor centered fundraising environment as a direct line fundraiser.

• Strong experience in the full spectrum of development including: gift policies, solicitations, stewardship, donor recognition and administration.

• Progressive experience in fundraising roles leading to opportunities to lead and manage individuals working in a different program and/or disciplinary roles.

• Solid ability in developing an effective volunteer structure to maximize the strengths of volunteers, thereby creating a sound, strong volunteer base for fundraising purposes.



• Job offer is contingent on a clear background check.


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