Assistant Director, Women in Leadership & Philanthropy
University of San Francisco
The University of San Francisco (USF) is recognized nationally and internationally as a leading Jesuit Catholic, urban university with a tremendously diverse student and faculty population and a global perspective. Established as San Francisco's first institution of higher education in 1855, the University is deeply embedded in the intellectual, spiritual, and cultural life of one of the most innovative, diverse, and dynamic cities in the world. USF presently serves over 11,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in Arts and Sciences, Education, Law, Management, and Nursing and Health Professions and has 1,217 faculty members. USF is frequently recognized for its community engagement, public service, and contribution to the common good. The University has been listed for eight straight years on the Higher Education Community Services Honor Roll. USF is one of the top twenty on Forbes's list of most entrepreneurial universities and is tied for No. 2 in the nation for undergraduate student ethnic diversity according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report. It also is listed as a Tier One National University in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report.
In addition to its campus in San Francisco, USF has a long, distinguished history of providing education opportunities through its branch campuses located in Sacramento, Santa Rosa, Downtown San Francisco, Orange, San Jose, and Pleasanton. Online degree programs are available in a growing number of fields.
USF is committed to raise $300 million by 2022 in the largest campaign in its history. We anticipate that success in this and subsequent campaigns will come in large part from engagement of alumnae of the University. The Assistant Director, Women in Leadership & Philanthropy will play an integral role in this process at an exciting time in the school's history.
The Assistant Director, Women in Leadership & Philanthropy is responsible for developing and implementing comprehensive alumnae programs for the University of San Francisco designed to increase engagement and philanthropic support for the University. The Assistant Director is responsible for identifying, cultivating and soliciting gifts and working in consultation with the major gifts team. The Assistant Director will be responsible for engagement efforts of the university's Women in Leadership & Philanthropy initiative. She/he will build stronger ties among alumnae and the university, accomplished by a wide variety of programming, volunteer opportunities and communications and build a strong pipeline of female volunteer and philanthropic leaders for USF. This position reports to the Associate Vice President of Development who oversees Alumni & Donor Engagement and serves as the Director of the Women in Leadership & Philanthropy initiative. This position also works closely with the Major Gifts team and the Associate Vice President overseeing that team.
The Assistant Director serves as an expert on women's philanthropy and works closely with internal and external volunteers, managing one or more councils and committees.
The University of San Francisco is a forward-leaning, mission-driven institution that has invested in significant growth of its development capacity. Recognizing that the long-term success of Development depends on engaging alumni as volunteers and donors in ways that reflect the demographics of our alumni body, USF launched Women in Leadership & Philanthropy (WILP) in 2012. The Assistant Director will design and support engagement and fundraising efforts for the initiative, including the planning of annual events, communications and prospective volunteer and donor outreach.
Under the guidance of the AVP/Director of Women in Leadership & Philanthropy and in close collaboration with the AVP, Major Gifts, serve as project lead on all engagement and fundraising efforts for the Women in Leadership & Philanthropy initiative with the goal of building a robust pipeline of potential female volunteer leaders and donors.
Essential job duties are:
Design varied events, both on- and off-campus including, but not limited to an annual Symposium and event during Alumni Weekend
Develop and manage meaningful, broad volunteer opportunities
Collaborate on communication strategy and implementation for the initiative, including but not limited to, a quarterly e-newsletter and social media
Surface high potential women for leadership opportunities at the university
Participate in high-level planning and implementation of board and committee meetings, providing members of the Women in Leadership & Philanthropy Board and faculty/staff committees with continuous support including coordinating meetings, developing agendas, and assisting with volunteer recruitment (with support of a program assistant)
The Assistant Director will be tasked with raising philanthropic support via Women in Leadership & Philanthropy rooted in the best practices of the development and fundraising industry. Key duties and responsibilities for this assignment include:
Build relationships with alumnae who are potential donors to the University and meet frequently with donors and prospects (5-7 visits per month).
Managing an initial personal portfolio of 60-70 prospects, developing ongoing personal relationships with those prospects, as well as internally with stakeholders who can support the deepening of those relationships and securing revenue in support of University priorities.
With the Associate Vice President, Major Gifts establish a three-year strategy to substantially grow contributions from women at all levels and through all channels.
Following a pass-through model, raise gifts for university purposes, cross-disciplinary priorities, or designated for a specific school, program or other part of USF.
Working collaboratively and in partnership with Alumni, Donor, and Institutional Engagement and the Annual Giving team to ensure strong, consistent, and clear messaging and program on behalf of USF and Women in Leadership & Philanthropy.
Collaborating with the Director of Corporation and Foundation Relations, Director of Gift Planning and the Annual Fund staff to ensure coordination with other giving programs.
Participating in Development division team efforts including solicitation strategy teams for key prospects and internal planning efforts.
Maintain good working relationships with university administrators, donors, faculty, staff, development colleagues and alumni volunteers.
Perform other activities as assigned.
Minimum of five years working in alumni relations/engagement or development
Ability to understand the needs and interests of alumnae and donors in order to develop relationships between them and the University
Demonstrated success in working with volunteers and advisory boards at a highly professional level with excellent customer service and commitment to exceptional quality.
Successful ability staffing senior institutional leaders. Ability to effectively leverage the time of senior volunteers and academic and administrative staff, including strong preparation and good judgement.
Exceptional interpersonal skills and a demonstrated ability to interact effectively with alumnae of all ages and demographics
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Project management expertise and the ability to prioritize and manage over-lapping and competing deadlines
Team orientated with a strong habit of collaborating, but also capable of working independently on projects with minimal supervision
Ability to travel, and work evenings and weekends
Additional Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
An understanding of and appreciation for a Jesuit education is preferred
Experience working with women in their philanthropy
For information on how to apply, please visit the following link: www.usfjobs.com
The University of San Francisco is an equal opportunity institution of higher education. As a matter of policy, the University does not discriminate in employment, educational services and academic programs on the basis of an individuals race, color, religion, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, age (except minors), sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition (cancer-related and genetic-related) and disability, and the other bases prohibited by law. The University reasonably accommodates qualified individuals with disabilities under the law.