Regional Development Officer – Job opening in the Los Angeles area in Los Angeles, California
University of California, Merced
Job ID: 18356
$ 75,000 – $ 95,000 depending on experience
Job end date
Consideration of applications will begin on or around June 1. The publication can close at any time thereafter.
NOTE: This is a 3 year renewable contract position. All UC contract positions enjoy the benefits of a career-oriented staff member. This position requires someone who will be working remotely from their home in the greater Los Angeles area.
About UC Merced
The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the 10 campuses in the University of California system and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With over 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, managers and staff.
Ranked among the nation’s top public universities by US News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities for highly qualified students in the San Joaquin Valley and across California. The campus enjoys a special connection to nearby Yosemite National Park, is at the forefront of sustainability in construction
The University of California, Merced, is an affirmative action / equal opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion in all fields. With this in mind, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a wide range of qualified individuals who would assist the University in demonstrating the principles of the University of California community. Come and be a part of history with our opportunities for positions where you can help build a legacy in Central California. For the full University of California Non-Discrimination and Affirmative Action Policy, see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.
About the department
The External Relations Division is the university’s primary advocate with elected officials, government staff, key community and business stakeholders to advance the university’s strategic goals. External Relations also raises funds to advance the university’s mission, building relationships with individuals, businesses, and foundations to generate support for UC Merced students, faculty, and programs. One of the main objectives of the External Relations Division is the formulation and implementation of strategic communication initiatives, fundraising programs and flagship events that showcase the newest and most innovative campus of the University of California system.
External Relations includes several units including: Alumni Relations, Government and Community Relations, Marketing, Philanthropy and Strategic Partnerships, Protocol and Special Events, and Public Relations.
About the work
The Regional Development Officer (RDO) will be responsible for managing a portfolio of individual donors, companies and foundations and will play an important role in growing the overall development strategy to identify and qualify new prospects that match the mission. by UC Merced. The RDO will use its skills as a professional fundraiser to identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit and manage donors.
The RDO will use a variety of methods to increase our donor base in the Los Angeles area, long-term strategic partnerships, and revenue capacity for the University’s fundraising efforts. The RDO must understand operational activities and the ability to help plan, coordinate and implement events and exercise good judgment in choosing methods and techniques to achieve solutions.
The RDO position is expected to raise the dollar amounts of donations established for each fundraising specialization. This position should coordinate with various UC Merced departments and campus management (college schools, student affairs, athletics, library, etc.) to ensure a strategic approach and consistent communications with donors.
1. Manages a portfolio of 100 to 120 prospects and develops strategies to ensure team goals are met. Uses movement management techniques to maintain and build a strong portfolio of individuals, companies and foundations with a high percentage of time spent qualifying new donors. Identify, cultivate, solicit and / or manage donors.
2. Collaborates with colleagues in development, administration, faculty and staff to identify funding opportunities, recognize new partnership opportunities, and pursue other areas for support. Performs proactive research, prospecting and networking to expand the base of support. Help develop and grow UC Merced’s reputation and philanthropic footprint.
3. Assists in the organization, implementation and participation in regional events and has direct interaction with donors and campus leaders.
4. Ensures that predetermined fundraising goals are met.
5. Attends networking events and conferences (community, regional and internal) on behalf of UC Merced as required.
* Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (ie Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, etc.) and three years of relevant experience at progressively higher levels of responsibility or equivalent or greater training / experience. (Obligatory)
* Must reside in the Greater Los Angeles area. (Obligatory)
CRITICAL KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:
* In-depth working knowledge and understanding of fundraising, donor relations, management and public relations concepts, principles, techniques, procedures and practices.
* In-depth working knowledge of the organization and the ability to articulate its vision, mission, goals, funding priorities, objectives, accomplishments and infrastructure.
* Strong knowledge of laws, rules, regulations, policies, etc. applicable.
* Strong written, oral and interpersonal communication skills, including political acumen, to establish and maintain effective working relationships at all levels of the organization and with external stakeholders.
* Strong analytical and critical thinking skills, including the ability to make creative and effective decisions and to identify, avoid and solve problems.
* Strong skills in maintaining confidentiality.
* Travel and provide staff support to campus leaders and administrators as needed.
* Represent UC Merced at internal, external and third party events (including evenings, weekends and possibly certain holidays).
* Perform other development related tasks as assigned.
* The ideal candidate will demonstrate initiative and should be strategic, well-organized and goal-oriented, with an enthusiastic and positive personality, strong interpersonal skills, the ability to manage complex projects and maintain a collaborative working style.
* Motivated to work in a fast paced entrepreneurial environment.
* Ability to articulate with compelling written and oral presentation skills.
* True affinity for UC Merced – able to learn and understand University priorities and advocate and articulate them to donors and prospects.
* Innovative and motivated leader. Strong organizational skills, attention to detail and a work ethic. Time sensitive, goal oriented, deadline oriented.
* Knowledge of Microsoft Office, database software (experience with Raiser’s Edge preferred) and other basic computer skills.
A background check and fingerprint may be required.
How to register:
An online application is required for each position. To apply, please visit: https://careerspub.universityofcalifornia.edu/psp/ucm/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_APP_SCHJOB.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_SCHJOB&Action=U&FOCUS=Applicant&SiteId=25
Equal opportunities for employment:
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be given consideration for employment regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.
Smoke-free and tobacco-free policy:
The University of California, Merced is a smoke-free and tobacco-free workplace. Information and the smoke-free and tobacco-free policy are available at http://smokefree.ucmerced.edu.
All employers who receive federal contracts and grants are required to comply with E-Verify, an Internet-based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA). E-Verify electronically verifies eligibility for employment by comparing the information provided on the Form I-9 against records in the DHS and SSA databases. Some positions funded by federal contracts / subcontracts require UC Merced to notify applicants that an E-Verify check will be performed and that the successful candidate must pass the E-Verify check.
Compensation, benefits and work schedule:
For more information on all of the benefits offered by the University of California, visit: http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/
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