Assistant Director of Development, Fowler College of Business and ZIP Launchpad (501048)

  • San Diego State University
  • San Diego, California
  • Aug 15, 2021
Full Time Clerical and Administrative Support

Job Description



Position Summary

University Relations and Development at San Diego State University are 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. Units of URAD work together to create enduring relationships with alumni, parents, donors, students, and the community, to generate private support for SDSU students, faculty, and a diverse number of programs. URAD handles a range of services encompassing stewardship, events, gift administration, communications, and more.

The Assistant Director of Development, Fowler College of Business and ZIP Launchpad is a mid-level fundraising professional responsible for raising gifts ($25,000 and above) to support the Fowler College of Business and the Zahn Innovation Platform (ZIP) Launchpad. The Assistant Director reports to the Senior Director of Development of the Fowler College of Business and University Initiatives and is a member of the university's development team. The Assistant Director, working with the Senior Director, Fowler College of Business and University Initiatives, is responsible for implementing both short term and long term fundraising goals as part of a development plan, and is responsible for securing private voluntary support from individuals, corporate and foundation donors to the University.

The primary responsibility for this position is to raise major gifts for the Fowler College of Business and ZIP Launchpad funding initiatives. Additionally, the Assistant Director has a dotted line reporting to the Executive Director of the ZIP Launchpad and is responsible for fundraising for ZIP Launchpad initiatives as assigned by the Executive Director, including the Aztec Cooperative Fund and advisory board development. This position will work to identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward prospects. The Assistant Director will manage a portfolio coordinating activities of prospect management, research, scholarship, annual and planned giving, and corporate and foundation relations. The Assistant Director will actively conduct and prepare basic prospect research, developing profiles on major gift prospects, corporations, and foundations, summarizing verbally and in writing, pertinent and detailed information as it relates to college priorities and strategic plans. The Assistant Director will work with the Senior Director and Executive Director on strategies for prospects in their portfolio. The Assistant Director will work with the Senior Director and Executive Director to define annual and long-term fundraising strategic plans and goals for the Fowler College of Business and the ZIP Launchpad.

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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.

Candidate Qualifications

The successful candidate will have a high degree of commitment to higher education and philanthropy with the ability to represent SDSU and University Development in a positive manner on campus and with external constituencies. They will possess a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion with demonstrated success working effectively with diverse individuals and communities. They will be a skilled communicator who will establish and maintain cooperative working relationships. The successful candidate will thrive in an environment of change, manage competing priorities, problem solve, and serve as an effective team member in a complex development environment.

Education and Experience
  • Bachelor's degree in relevant field
  • Minimum of 3-4 years of progressive development experience or related work such as community or public relations, sales, and/or marketing
  • Experience in writing grant proposals
  • Direct experience in personal gift solicitation and fundraising
  • 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
  • Demonstrated fundraising experience raising major gifts of $25K and above
  • Experience managing a large pool (150+) of major gift prospects
  • Fundraising experience in a large, complex university
  • Ellucian CRM experience
  • Demonstrated experience in upgrading donors
  • Experience with comprehensive and/or capital campaigns

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

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply quickly. SDSU will conduct an expedited search and selection process to fill this critical position. Applications will be considered upon submission. 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

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