Senior Director of Development, College of Liberal & Creative Arts

San Francisco, California
Up to $130,000 with a comprehensive benefits package, vacation and sick leave and fee waiver program
Feb 21, 2019
Mar 23, 2019
Job ID 10078
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Senior Director of Development, College of Liberal & Creative Arts

The office of Development at San Francisco State University currently has an opening for a Senior Director of Development for the College of Liberal and Creative Arts to plan, organize, and implement the College’s major and principal gifts fundraising program.  The Senior Director builds relationships with prominent alumni and other potential funders to secure gifts of $50,000 - $1M and above.  The Senior Director works closely with the Associate Vice President for development (AVP) and the Dean of the College to increase philanthropic support for key fundraising priorities in both undergraduate and graduate programs and affiliated centers and institutes. The incumbent engages with department chairs and faculty to build and deepen relationships that will help support the College.  A key focus of this position will be to expand the major gift pipeline and grow the major and principal gifts program for the College.  

Qualifications, Required and Preferred:

  • Seven or more years of proven experience in successful fundraising, preferably in a university setting.
  • Demonstrated track record of success in personal face-to-face solicitations, cultivation and closing of major gifts of $50,000 -$1M or more.
  • Demonstrated experience and effectiveness in “cold-calling”, prospect identification, and ability to build relationships with major gift prospects and donors.
  • Proven experience in successfully developing and implementing cultivation and solicitation strategies for major gifts, including the preparation of proposals and related materials.
  • Management experience, especially demonstrated background supervising and coordinating the work of other professional level colleagues, as well as administrative staff
  • Ability to handle a large number of fundraising and alumni relations activities simultaneously with creativity and independence.
  • Ability to manage time and priorities to respond to and meet deadlines, and adaptable to changing priorities.  Outstanding organizational and analytical skills.
  • Excellent oral and presentation skills, writing and editing skills. Ability to communicate with an ethnically and culturally diverse campus community.
  • Ability to interact effectively with a broad range of constituents, inspiring donors, faculty, and others to take action and ensuring a rewarding experience.
  • Deep appreciation and understanding of the University and the ability to articulate academic goals and values with an ethnically and culturally diverse community.
  • Knowledge of fundraising databases and Microsoft Office suite.
  • Bachelor's degree required, master’s degree preferred.
  • Professional or personal experience working with community organizations and/or focused on health, preferably, or other human services is preferred.

The salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Anticipated Hiring Range: $95K - $130K annually

SF State offers a competitive compensation package that includes Medical, Dental, Vision, Pension, 401k, Healthcare Savings Account, Life Insurance, Disability Insurance, Vacation and Sick Leave as well as State Holidays and a dynamic Fee Waiver program, all geared towards the University's commitment to attract, motivate and retain our employees.

SF State is an Equal Opportunity/Americans with Disabilities Act employer and has a strong commitment to the principles of diversity.

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