Overview

Another Source’s client, University of the Pacific, is recruiting a Director of Donor Relations to join their development team in Stockton, CA. This is your chance to join a mission-driven organization focused on creating the next generation of leaders. No matter the job, every employee at Pacific is part of contributing to the mission of California’s first university, which ranks in the Top 20 in the West and Top 100 in the U.S.

 

Pacific has three unique campuses across northern California. The largest campus is found in Stockton in the heart of the Central Valley. The 175-acre campus is regularly ranked as one of the most beautiful college campuses in America. As the only college on the West Coast that uses collegiate gothic architecture, the Pacific campus conjures up images of the brick-and-ivy campuses seen at traditional East Coast colleges, and the soothing tones of the carillon bells help create a truly special work environment. The campus also is home to the Faye Spanos Concert Hall, where employees can enjoy the work of students from the Conservatory of Music and guest artists. Employees also can enjoy watching Division I athletic competitions. Pacific is a member of the West Coast Conference and has 17 D-I sports.

 

The university also has campuses in Sacramento and San Francisco. The Sacramento campus is in the Oak Park neighborhood, just a few blocks from new stores, restaurants, cafes and apartments created by former Mayor Kevin Johnson. In San Francisco, Pacific is housed in a state-of-the-art building in the heart of downtown on Fifth Street, walking distance from world-class shopping, dining and cultural venues.

 

 

Pacific by the Numbers:

University of the Pacific, California’s first university, has many key rankings of which we are extremely proud of including:

#1 – Career earnings, among U.S. colleges and universities that have the highest percentage of Pell Grant recipients (Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce)
#7 – Ethnic Diversity in California (tied with UC Berkeley and University of Southern California) (U.S. News & World Report, 2023)
#11 – Best Private University in the West (Wall Street Journal/College Pulse, 2024)
#56 – Best Value (U.S. News & World Report, 2023)
#82 – Social Mobility (U.S. News & World Report, 2023)
Top 100 – Student Experience (Wall Street Journal/College Pulse, 2024)
Top 10 – Sustainable food and dining practices (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, 2022)
4.5 our of 5 stars – Best Colleges in America (Money Magazine 2023)
And more! See all the fun facts and rankings here: https://www.pacific.edu/about-pacific/fast-facts
Benefits:

Pacific offers a unique and powerful set of benefits for its employees with your individual needs in mind. We know that employees come with differing needs that can change and grow just as you and your family’s needs may change over time. A few of our benefits we like to highlight are:

Pacific contributes 10% toward employee retirement each paycheck
Pacific offers up to 90% tuition remission and exchange for employees and their dependents
Pacific offers 14 paid holidays and seasonal days each year in addition to regular vacation days.
Pacific also provides affordable and high-quality comprehensive benefits to support employees’ varied needs. We invite you to explore our Health Benefits, Income Protection plans, Financial Planning benefits and Work-Life Balance programs. Learn more using this link: https://www.pacific.edu/sites/default/files/2024-01/2024%20UOP%20Benefit%20Guide.pdf

 

University of the Pacific Office of Development:

The Division of Development and Alumni Relations connects the passions of Pacific alumni, supporters and friends with the aspirations of our students and faculty to ensure the university continues to make a meaningful difference in our communities and our world. Donors play an integral role in Pacific’s mission by supporting bright students, talented faculty, transformative learning experiences and ground-breaking research that benefits society and improves lives. Contributions of any kind make a meaningful difference for our students.

 

Department website: https://www.pacific.edu/about-pacific/administrative-offices/university-development-alumni-relations

 

Meet the Development Team: https://www.pacific.edu/about-pacific/administrative-offices/university-development-alumni-relations/contact

 

About the Role:

The Director of Donor Relations is responsible for leading the direction, operation and assessment of a comprehensive stewardship and donor relations program in support of Pacific’s development goals. This position will be a vital member of the development team and will play a key role in Pacific’s expanding donor relations program. The Director oversees all central stewardship processes and programs and collaborates with development teams and campus partners in a collective effort to ensure consistent, impactful stewardship and meaningful donor recognition at all giving levels. The position reports to the Senior Associate Vice President of Development.

The salary range for this role is $90,000 to $110,000.

Responsibilities:

The Director creates, implements, manages, and assesses a comprehensive donor relations plan to support fundraising goals for the university.
Oversee all central stewardship processes and programs and collaborates with development teams and campus partners in a collective effort to ensure consistent, impactful stewardship communications, gift agreement compliance and meaningful donor recognition at all giving levels.
Develop and ensure high quality content for a full range of development materials including acknowledgments, endowment reports, giving societies, impact reports, and videos through multiple mediums including web, social, email and print.
Responsible for the Annual Endowment Reporting process, including annual process development/improvement, research, collaborating with internal partners, assembly, mailing, maintaining appropriate documenting practices, and responding to donor or development officer inquiries.
Partner with Pacific’s senior leadership to identify stewardship priorities, goals, and activities for the
University’s high-level donors. Drive the implementation, management, and evaluation of these priority stewardship initiatives.
Responsible for donor recognition events. Plan detailed programs, coordinate, and coach student presenters, and orchestrate successful logistical arrangements to enhance program success.
Collaborate with staff and faculty on impact reporting, endowed chairs and professorships recognition, and other VIP donor experiences in partnership with senior development leadership.
Manage all gift acknowledgement processes, ensuring that donors are thanked appropriately, professionally, and accurately through specialized acknowledgements (both custom and broad-based) according to gift levels, donor history, and special circumstances.
Develop and implement a comprehensive strategy for fund utilization monitoring, fund administrator training, and donor intent compliance. Work closely with schools/units to identify underspent and unspent funds, determine the causes of underspending, and implement solutions that honor donors’ intent. Relay information to senior development leadership.
Collaborate with major gift officers, annual giving, and other campus partners to ensure effective and cohesive stewardship and impact reporting around solicitations.
Design and execute annual giving day stewardship plan.
Establish methods to assess ROI on donor relations activities, report results, and evaluate and refine scope of work based on evidence-based successes.
Oversee the Assistant or Associate Director of Donor Relations for goal setting and performance management purposes.
Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.
Required Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree.
Seven (7) years of relevant work experience of increased responsibility, preferably in donor relations with a focus on alumni giving/engagement and stewardship.
Preferred Qualifications:

An understanding of philanthropy as it relates to higher education.
Ability to inspire, educate and motivate development personnel about strong stewardship and donor communication practices.
Experience and discretion with confidential materials.
Understanding of donor funded financial aid and scholarship practices in a university setting. Ability to interpret gift and financial data for fund tracking and donor stewardship practices.
Positive attitude, proven ability to work successfully with diverse populations and demonstrated commitment to promote and enhance diversity and inclusion
Demonstrated management and organizational ability to work on multiple projects with competing deadlines and to establish goals and workload priorities.
Ability to develop and monitor budgets and production schedules.
Proven ability to review detailed materials accurately (frequently under time pressures).  Demonstrated ability to build, manage, mentor and motivate an effective team.
Ability to navigate a complex academic community and to build bridges and effective, collaborative relationships with internal colleagues and external stakeholders.
Results-oriented leader with ability to successfully manage multiple and competing priorities.  Strong project and process management skills.
Exemplary interpersonal and oral / written communication skills.
Strong negotiation, conflict resolution, and consensus building abilities.  Innovative, creative strategist dedicated to continuous improvement.
Experience and sensitivity in working with people of diverse backgrounds and cultures.
Demonstrated experience in advancing social justice, equity, and inclusion in a university setting.  Ability to engage and integrate culturally responsive practices and knowledge in their work.
University of the Pacific is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer dedicated to workforce diversity. In compliance with applicable law and its own policy, Pacific is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff and does not discriminate in its hiring of faculty and staff, or in the provision of its employment benefits to its faculty and staff on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, sex/gender, marital status, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, medical condition, pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression, or mental or physical disability.

 

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