Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.
In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. When complete in summer 2020, the Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. In 2018, UC Merced opened the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building located in the heart of Merced.
ABOUT THE JOB The Director, Foundation Board directs and supports the work of the campus's primary support groups including the UC Merced Foundation Board of Trustees. Working independently as well as by managing the work of others, the Director coordinates the operations and engagement of these groups to ensure maximum effect and positive outcome for the university.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES Strategic Planning
Support the identification and implementation of strategies and priority programming that will increase leadership volunteer engagement and giving.
Manage activities and opportunities related to institutional engagement of volunteers.
Collaborate with the office of the Chancellor, University leadership and with colleagues within External Relations to ensure the highest quality engagement and stewardship of university trustees.
Donor Cultivation & Stewardship
Front line face and contact for Trustees, donors, business leaders, guests, dignitaries and senior leadership on campus interacting with the Foundation Trustees and Foundation leadership.
Oversees and implements programming associated with the UC Merced Fellows Program to create engagement opportunities for former Trustees.
Proactively initiate Trustee/donor cultivation and stewardship activities associated with meetings and events attended by and/or hosted by the Foundation, which includes Foundation Trustees, high level prospects and donors, business leaders and other individuals supportive of the campus.
Conceptualize, research, and develop donor correspondence, which could include acknowledgement notes, photos, phone calls, remembrances of birthdays or other milestones, and congratulatory messages. Customize correspondence to ensure they reflect the donor's relationship with campus officials and that the information is accurate.
Enter and/or draft donor and prospective donor contact reports into the Development database. Perform research and/or create prospect reports utilizing database and other information and generate reports for AVC. Develop tracking systems to assist in the strategic identification and cultivation of donors and Trustee candidates.
Interface with colleagues in Philanthropy and Strategic Partnerships to ensure efficient gift processing.
Foundation Administration/Operations & Executive Support
Oversee and ensure daily administrative operations for the Foundation including the development, compilation and maintenance of Board and Committee meeting agendas, calendars, correspondence, informational materials, and event planning.
Manage a broad range of logistical and administrative support for Board and Committee Meetings and Board special events, including staffing at the Board and Committee meetings that occur both on and off campus.
Maintain all records of the Foundation Board and its' committees, including but not limited to: Board and committee rosters, meeting minutes, business correspondence, mailed materials, mailing recipient lists, policies, guidelines, and bylaws and resolutions.
Maintain up-to-date and accurate information on current and past Foundation Trustees and their spouses in both the Foundation files and in the Raiser's Edge database. This includes but is not limited to: biographical information, including regular updates on their business and professional activities and accomplishments, information on appointments, term dates, participation on committees and leadership roles.
Manage Trustee biographical data in the university's CRM, following appropriate protocol for names and titles
Works directly with Controller and AVC to prepare agendas and compile documentation for the Financial and Audit Committees, including the annual audit report.
Research, analyze, compile and coordinate necessary back-up and detailed briefing materials to support the VC's and AVC's daily activities, including pertinent facts, data, and other background information as necessary for meetings, reports, agendas and presentations.
Oversee coordination of both travel and meeting arrangements.
Oversees coordination of minutes for all Foundation Board/committee meetings and routes to AVC or appropriate staff liaison in a timely manner.
Liaison with Special Events Office regarding Foundation meetings and events.
Liaison with Academic divisions regarding Foundation meetings and events.
Provide oversight and support to the Trustees' Impact Fund.
Provide support for Foundation communications and Trustee relations, including drafting informational memos, event briefings, Foundation mailings with associated mailing lists, responding to inquiries, and conveying information or referring questions, as appropriate, to the AVC and UR staff.
Oversees and coordinates including distribution of the monthly Foundation e-newsletter promoting targeted activities and UC Merced engagement opportunities for Trustees.
Manage the public Foundation website.
Regularly interface with Chancellor's Office, Deans Executive Assistants, and executive level assistants regarding Foundation meetings and events.
Qualifications: EDUCATION Bachelor's degree in related area and minimum 5 years directly related experience, with emphasis on writing and communication.
Licenses: Valid US Driver's License
SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
Thorough knowledge and understanding of fundraising, donor relations, moves management and public relations concepts, principles, techniques, procedures and practices.
Thorough working knowledge of the organization and ability to articulate its vision, mission, goals, funding priorities, objectives, achievements and infrastructure.
Thorough knowledge of applicable laws, rules, regulations, policies, etc.
Strong written and interpersonal communication skills to establish and maintain good working relationships throughout the organization and with outside constituencies.
Strong organizational, analytical and critical thinking skills, including skills in creative and effective decision-making and problem identification/avoidance/ resolution, and project management skills.
Strong skills in maintaining confidentiality.
Thorough knowledge of applicable laws, rules, regulations, policies.
Three or more years of successful development experience, preferably in higher education.
Travel for work; including evenings and weekends as need to support colleagues, campus leaders, trustees, etc.
Excellent computer skills: Microsoft Office, database software (experience with Raiser's Edge preferred) and online research.
Innovative, self-motivated, able to manage multiple projects well, working both independently and as a team member.
Ability to work in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment.
Ability to work well both independently and collaboratively with other team members and colleagues across campuses, prioritizing time, and managing multiple projects, priorities and deadlines.
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The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy: https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/DiscHarassAffirmAction
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UC Merced is the first new American research university built in the 21st century, with a mission of research, teaching and service. The campus opened Sept. 5, 2005, in the San Joaquin Valley. The university is about an hour north of Fresno, two hours south of Sacramento, two hours southeast of San Francisco and the Silicon Valley, and 90 minutes west of Yosemite National Park.