Under direction of the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Development, School & Units Program with joint reporting to the University Librarian & Vice Provost of Digital Scholarship, the Senior Director of Development is responsible for the design, development, delivery and implementation of the fundraising programs for the UC Davis Library and Data Science Initiative.
Responsible for raising significant private support in the form of major philanthropic gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations, the Senior Director of Development will bring an entrepreneurial mindset to build and grow major gift prospect pipelines for the Library's top initiatives. Working collaboratively across schools, colleges and units to advance multi-disciplinary programs, positioning the Library as a critical partner in gift strategies, will be a prominent function.
As a major gift officer, responsible for identifying new donor prospects through researching background information on potential donors and developing materials, marketing plans and organizing related programs/events. Employing creativity, innovation and flexibility in identifying, cultivating and soliciting major gifts is essential.
Create, develop, implement, evaluate and manage major gift fundraising programs and strategies to meet predetermined goals and objectives for the UC Davis Library, and ensure that predetermined fundraising goals are met. Incumbent is expected to raise gift dollar amounts as established for this fundraiser specialization of $2.5M - $5M annually.
Maintain a portfolio of donor prospects that include influential, complex and highly rated donors. Guided by a donor-centered approach, responsible for identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major/planned gift prospects. Develops individual, sophisticated, long and short-term donor strategies.
Responsible for targeted major gift development cultivation and special events, designed to assist with identification, cultivation and solicitation of major gift prospects. Manage volunteer and staff activities related to planning and execution of these events.
Assist with volunteer management including board activities associated with the UC Davis Library.
The UC Davis Library is the academic hub of the University of California, Davis, ranked among the top academic research libraries in North America. It encompasses four buildings, holds 10 million items in its physical collections, and has more than 1.66 million visitors annually to its main facility - 93 percent of whom are students. The library collaborates closely with the university's schools and colleges, research institutes, and administrative units to develop campus-wide information systems supporting cutting-edge research, teaching, and public engagement.
The UC Davis Library is committed to innovation and entrepreneurship in the context of 21st Century information-intensive research and teaching institutions. Fundraising for the UC Davis Library involves new audiences that are attracted to ground-breaking information services and helping data-intensive research and digital-native students, because we are designing inspiring physical spaces to study, learn, and conduct modern research, as well as new online experiences with state-of-the-art technology.
The UC Davis Library conducts nationally recognized research on changing research and publishing practices, and deploying information technology to advance digital libraries, research, and higher education. The University Librarian and Vice Provost for Digital Scholarship also oversees the university's fledgling Data Science Initiative, supporting the university's strategy for Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, and data-intensive research in all fields of research. The Library enjoys broad and deep support for its mission and activities across the entire university - faculty, students, and senior leadership.
Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Minimum of five years of professional or volunteer fundraising experience involving a major gifts prospect portfolio management as a frontline fundraiser, including knowledge of proven cultivation/solicitation techniques for gifts at all dollar levels with identified success in major gift fundraising. Successful experience soliciting $1M+ gifts.
Excellent knowledge of the contemporary issues and methods of institutional advancement and fundraising, particularly with specific emphasis on the fundraising for the visual arts.
Experience designing, directing and participating in major comprehensive campaigns in large, complex institutions, and working in a centralized and decentralized fundraising environment.
Demonstrated experience working effectively with board level volunteers, donors and prospects as well as with their legal and financial advisors, development colleagues and with senior university leaders and volunteers.
Demonstrated experience analyzing needs and creating strategic and long-range plans for fundraising and other advancement programs.
Experience working in a metrics-driven environment and ensuring that predetermined fundraising goals are met.
Experience supervising staff to ensure accountability and stewardship of resources (operational, financial, and human) in compliance with unit goals and objectives.
Senior-level experience using excellent written and oral communication skills to prepare various types of high-level and confidential communication including briefings, proposals and other written presentations, and marketing materials.
Intellectual depth and collaborative skills to garner the trust and confidence of senior university leadership and chief development officers university-wide.
Leadership experience both in a senior management position and in working as a team.
Knowledge and understanding of complex university academic structures in order to effectively coordinate with various university-wide leaders and professional development colleagues.
Seven or more years of progressively responsible experience in higher education development.
Additional Salary Information: (commensurate with experience)
Internal Number: 03022167
About University of California, Davis
UC Davis is the home of the Aggies — go-getters, change makers and problem solvers who make their mark at one of the top public universities in the United States.
Since we first opened in 1908, we’ve been known for standout academics, sustainability and Aggie Pride as well as valuing the Northern California lifestyle. These themes are woven into our 100-plus-year history and our reputation for solving problems related to food, health, the environment and society.
Our 5,300-acre campus is in the city of Davis, a vibrant college town of about 68,000 located in Yolo County. The state capital is 20 minutes away, and world-class destinations such as the San Francisco Bay Area, Lake Tahoe and the Napa Valley are within a two-hour drive.