Associate Director of Development, Student Affairs & Campus Diversity (501397)

  • San Diego State University
  • San Diego, California
  • Aug 15, 2021
Full Time Administration and Management Planning and Development

Job Description


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.

Under the supervision of the Director of Development, Student Affairs and Campus Diversity, the Associate Director of Development, Student Affairs and Campus Diversity is a mid-level fundraising professional responsible for identifying, qualifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding gifts between $50,000 and $100,000, as well as participating in annual gift strategies and managing a pool of major gift prospects. The Associate Director of Development will work with the assigned development team to plan and strategically implement fundraising efforts (seeking both outright and planned gifts) for current campus diversity-oriented priorities and other related programs. Priority programs and academic areas may include, but are not limited to, the Divisional priorities: Associated Students, Military and Veteran Programs, SDSU Microsites, Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) and Ethnic Affairs, and SDSU Cultural Centers: APIDA Resource Center, Native Resource Center, Undocumented Resource Center, LatinX Resource Center, Women's Resource Center, Pride Center, Black Resource Center, Cultural Student Organizations, Student Ability Success Center, and Diversity Events, as well as academic programs such as LGTBQ+ Studies, Women's Studies, Africana Studies, American Indian Studies, and Chicana/Chicano Studies, in addition to other divisional initiatives and ongoing needs. This position will also support fundraising goals for the Aztec Parents Fund and other emerging initiatives for the Division of Student Affairs & Campus Diversity and is responsible for securing private voluntary support from individuals (primarily parents of SDSU students) and other donors to the University.

The Associate 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. This position manages the process of identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of leadership annual level prospects and donors. The Associate Director of Development will provide donors with customized, frequent, meaningful communication and involvement. The Associate Director of Development 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.

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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 a relevant field or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • 3 years of progressive development and/or community relations
  • 2 years of direct experience in personal gift solicitation and fundraising ($25,000+); preferably related to Student Affairs and/or Diversity Initiatives
  • Success in gift fundraising ($25K+) that demonstrates an ability to align strategy development/implementation with pre-approved goals/priorities
  • Experience working with volunteers and with corporate executives
  • Ability to attend events during non-business hours

Licenses and Certifications Required

A valid California driver's license is required

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience working in higher education
  • Experience working with diverse populations
  • Demonstrated experience in upgrading donors
  • Campaign experience

Specialized Skills
  • A high degree of interest in and commitment to higher education and philanthropy
  • Ability to thrive in an environment of change
  • Effectiveness and persuasiveness in both written and oral communication
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with colleagues, faculty, staff, students, alumni, corporate executives, and the general public
  • Ability to articulate a compelling case for annual support of a public institution of higher education

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 2, 2021. To receive full consideration, apply by July 1, 2021. This position is 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.

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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 or 619/273-3343.

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

San Diego, California 92182 United States View Map