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Assistant Director of University Development

University of California San Francisco

This is a Full-time position in San Francisco, CA posted June 10, 2021.

Assistant Director of University Development


Full Time


Job Summary

The Assistant Director of University Development occupies a key position in UCSF’s development and alumni relations program and in the School of Medicine (SOM).

The Assistant Director is responsible for managing a moderate-sized comprehensive development program to garner private gifts from key constituents that address the funding priorities and objectives determined in conjunction with key faculty and leadership.

They will be responsible for the range of functions focused on the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individual prospects and donors, corporations, and foundations rated at $100,000 and higher.
The ideal candidate will be a proven advancement professional with a demonstrated track record of success securing five figure gifts and larger.

This individual will have the necessary sophistication and breadth of experience to be credible with biomedical leaders as well as with colleagues within university development.

Key characteristics will be a collaborative style, an entrepreneurial approach, and the ability to succeed in a highly complex organization.
Within the first month you will be establishing rapport with faculty, meeting key stakeholders at University Development and Alumni Relations (UDAR) and UCSF, contributing to solicitations that are in progress, managing stewardship of existing donors, and beginning to build your portfolio.
After six months you will be engaging directly with donors and prospects, guiding the direction proposals and other written materials, assisting the Senior Directors and Executive Directors on solicitations, creating a business plan, developing next steps for prospects under management and collaborating with university faculty and leaders.
By the end of the first year you will have made progress building your portfolio, built trust with external and internal leaders, worked closely with donors and prospects, and solicited gifts independently.
Location – 2001 Embarcadero, SF. 

Department Description

The UCSF Foundation and the Office of University Development and Alumni Relations (UDAR) are responsible for fostering and strengthening campus outreach efforts to UCSF constituents and for garnering private support for the campus.

In raising private support, UDAR identifies, qualifies, solicits and stewards donors for the schools, medical center, departments and programs on campus; accepts and administers all private gifts to the university through the Regents or the UCSF Foundation; and manages all alumni relations activities, campus support group activities and campus events.

UDAR is also responsible for the design and implementation of fundraising campaigns for UCSF.

Required Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training

• Three years of related experience 

• Thorough working knowledge of fundraising, donor relations, and public relations concepts, principles, procedures, and techniques

• Thorough working knowledge of the location, its vision, mission, goals, objectives, achievements and infrastructure

• Strong knowledge of applicable laws, rules, regulations, policies, etc.

• Strong written and interpersonal communication skills to establish and maintain good working relationships throughout the organization and with outside constituencies

• Strong organizational, analytical and critical thinking skills, including skills in creative and effective decision-making and problem identification/avoidance/resolution, and project management skills

• Strong skills in maintaining confidentiality

Preferred Qualifications

• A deep appreciation for the history, achievements, and aspirations of UCSF Medicine, and the ability to effectively articulate the vision to a diverse audience

• The credibility, maturity and sound judgment to partner with volunteers, faculty, and other partners across UCSF to effectively cultivate, solicit, and steward key prospects and donors

• A high level of comfort and effectiveness working with wealthy individuals

• A sense of humor, a humble approach, and a level of comfort working with ambiguity.

A positive personality

About UCSF

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care.

It is the only campus in the 10-campus UC system dedicated exclusively to the health sciences.

We bring together the world’s leading experts in nearly every area of health.

We are home to five Nobel laureates who have advanced the understanding of cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, aging and stem cells.

Pride Values

UCSF is a diverse community made of people with many skills and talents.

We seek candidates whose work experience or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity and excellence – also known as our PRIDE values.

In addition to our PRIDE values, UCSF is committed to equity – both in how we deliver care as well as our workforce.

We are committed to building a broadly diverse community, nurturing a culture that is welcoming and supportive, and engaging diverse ideas for the provision of culturally competent education, discovery, and patient care.

Additional information about UCSF is available at
Join us to find a rewarding career contributing to improving healthcare worldwide.

The University of California San Francisco is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.