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Exec Dir of Dev, Jacobs School of Engineering

UC San Diego

La Jolla, California 92093
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UC San Diego

Exec Dir of Dev, Jacobs School of Engineering

Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience


At the University of California San Diego, challenging convention is our most cherished tradition. Since its inception, UC San Diego has been shaped by exceptional scholars who aren’t afraid to take risks and redefine conventional wisdom. In our short history, through sheer determination and a relentless pursuit for groundbreaking discovery, UC San Diego has earned recognition as one of the world’s premier research universities and one of the top-10 public universities in the nation. Washington Monthly has consistently ranked UC San Diego as the top public university for positive impact on the nation.


Launched publicly in March 2017, the Campaign for UC San Diego is the most ambitious fundraising effort in our history: a $2 billion comprehensive fundraising campaign to transform the student experience, our campus, and ultimately the world. Private support is necessary to help us continue to drive innovation, advance society, propel economic growth, and, ultimately, solve the world’s most pressing problems. UC San Diego Advancement’s University Development department is the frontline-fundraising team responsible for supporting General Campus and Scripps Institution of Oceanography leadership in securing philanthropic resources that advance opportunity for their students, faculty and initiatives.


The Jacobs School of Engineering trains more aspiring engineers than any other California university — more than 1,600 graduates enter the workforce each year — with an emphasis on innovation and instructional excellence. Our world-class faculty, staff, and students are catalyzing solutions in six departments: Bioengineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical/Aerospace, NanoEngineering, and Structural Engineering. Trailblazing ahead of rapid change means investing in opportunities to develop our infrastructure. The Jacobs School seeks support for our pioneering people and programs; to fund a physical space for our expanding research, institutes, and centers; and to steer our startup culture into a new era of digital discovery.

 University Development recognizes the crucial role development professionals play in identifying, engaging, cultivating and stewarding the philanthropic partners capable of assuring this university’s brightest future. Our leadership works tenaciously to seek out development professionals at all stages of their careers who evince the passion and integrity representative of our university’s character. Once part of the University Development team, colleagues are celebrated for their accomplishments and offered the support necessary to identify and realize ambitious goals. We place a premium on collaboration and shared endeavor, recognizing that true philanthropic success is measured best by the long-term advancement of UC San Diego and the impact of its work.



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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:



• Provide leadership and direction for the comprehensive Jacobs School of Engineering fundraising program.

• Plan, implement and maintain fundraising programs and activities to include written strategies for top prospects, efforts addressing current funding priorities, special fundraising initiatives, prospect pipeline, leadership in the development of individual and programmatic strategies for moving prospects from identification and qualification to solicitation and closure.

• Personally identify, cultivate, solicit and provide stewardship for individuals, corporations and foundations capable of contributing major and principal gifts in excess of $1M.

• Oversee the recruiting and training of volunteers to assist in appropriate capacities in the fundraising program.

• Supervise the management of programs implemented to engage volunteers, prospects and donors in activities benefiting the Jacobs School.

• Provide leadership, mentoring and supervision for professional Jacobs School development staff, soliciting major gifts, special gifts, planned gifts, and annual gifts.

• Collaborate with the Dean and University Development leadership to set fundraising priorities and solicitation strategies for programs and projects initiated by Jacobs School administration and faculty.

• Maintain personal prospect/donor portfolio of major and principal gift ($1M+) prospects.



• Background check required.

• A valid California Driver's License.

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