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Assistant Director of Development, College of Arts and Sciences
University of San Francisco

Date Posted Jan. 21, 2020
Title Assistant Director of Development, College of Arts and Sciences
University University of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate/Assistant Director
  • Development/Institutional Advancement

Job Title:
Assistant Director of Development, College of Arts and Sciences

Job Summary:
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 Service 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.

The University of San Francisco is at a pivotal time in its 162-year history by investing in building stronger ties to its alumni and surrounding communities. USF is committed to raising $300M by 2022 in its largest comprehensive campaign in the University's history. The next three years will be crucial as the University launches a number of significant initiatives, including the opening of an engineering program under the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS).

CAS houses nearly 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students and is positioned to raise over $100 million during this campaign. The Assistant Director will be focused on actively building the College of Arts and Sciences donor pipeline,

Reporting to the Assistant Dean of Development and working closely with the Director of Development, Associate Vice President of Development and the Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences, the Assistant Director of Development is focused on support for graduate programs and campaign priorities in the College, and manages relationships and secures funding from donors capable of making gifts of $10,000+ with a goal of $250,000.00 in year one and increasing in subsequent years.

Full Job Description:


The Assistant Director of Development will be tasked with engaging alumni and fundraising for initiatives in the College of Arts and Sciences, with a focus on graduate programs and campaign priorities. Key duties and responsibilities for this assignment include:
  • Coordinating all development activity and communication with the graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences and the leaders in those units.
  • Staffing the advisory boards for the College of Arts and Sciences. Responsibilities include identifying and helping to recruit board members and playing an integral role in managing and deepening relationships with the board members.
  • Managing an initial personal portfolio of 120-150 prospects, developing ongoing personal relationships with those prospects from research and identification through cultivation, solicitation, closure, and stewardship.
  • With the Director of Development and Assistant Dean of Development, establish a three-year strategy to substantially grow contributions at all levels and through all channels to the College increasing the number and amount of major gifts the College receives annually. A critical component of this strategy will be securing major gifts from non-alumni and parents.
  • 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.
  • Remaining current on programs and faculty/research/student initiatives in the College of Arts & Sciences and at the University as a whole.
  • Other duties as assigned

  • A minimum of a bachelor's degree with a preference for candidates who have advanced degrees.
  • A minimum of 3 years of progressive and successful development experience in major gifts in the higher education arena, with a preference for candidates who have experience with comprehensive campaigns.
  • Ability to understand the needs and interest of major donors in order to develop relationships between them and the University, and a demonstrated track record of success with identifying, qualifying, soliciting and stewarding major gift donors.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including demonstrated writing and editing skills in the preparation of proposals, and in the drafting of related correspondence, often for the signature of institutional leaders.
  • Stellar relationship building skills and ability to build rapport with internal and external stakeholders around innovative ideas and programs.
  • Commitment to appropriate use of sensitive and confidential constituent data.
  • Familiarity with relevant privacy laws.
  • Excellent time management and follow-up skills.
  • Ability to work well under deadline and to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to establish and achieve quantified objectives.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to travel around the region and to other areas of the country.
  • Must have a valid driver's license.

  • A self-starter with discipline in establishing and meeting personal and team goals.
  • Mission-driven and identifies with the Jesuit principles and goals of USF.
  • Possesses a high degree of emotional intelligence, diplomacy, and self-awareness.
  • Creative, hardworking and committed to successful fundraising.
  • Highly attentive to detail.
  • Strong communication, organization, and strategic thinking skills.
  • Collaborative and transparent with the ability to make independent decisions when appropriate.

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The University of San Francisco is located in the heart of one of the worlds most innovative and diverse cities, and is home to a vibrant academic community of students and faculty who achieve excellence in their fields. Its diverse student body enjoys direct access to faculty, small classes and outstanding opportunities in the city itself. USF is San Francisco's first university, and its Jesuit Catholic mission helps ignite a students passion for social justice and a desire to Change the World From Here. For more information, visit


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