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Fundraiser (Contract)
Job Category:   Managerial/Professional
Unit:   Office of Research
Position Code:   SOR6418A
Status:   Closed/Cancelled
Closing Date:   Review of applications to begin December 11, 2015.
Salary:   Commensurate with experience and education.
Location:   Sacramento, CA
Background check:   Background check and fingerprinting may be required

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system's 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With nearly 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

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 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. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, 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.

Using advanced fundraising concepts, the Fundraiser plans, organizes, and directs complex large-scale fundraising campaigns which include multiple components. Results have major impact on overall program goals and assignments and are typically at the major gifts or corporate/foundation relations level, including managing portfolios of donors capable of giving gifts of an agreed upon amount. May oversee work of professional and/or subordinate staff. May attend functions, meetings and serve on internal/external committees.

CCST seeks to implement a strategy for enhancing private, philanthropic support by leveraging the CCST Development Committee to secure major continuing gifts, with primary initial emphasis on funding the CCST Science and Technology Policy Fellowship.

This position will build relationships with high-net-worth donors and prospects, family foundations, science-focused foundations, and other sources to increase major and annual gifts. The preferred location is Sacramento but CCST would consider a work site in the San Francisco Bay Area. Prepare effective funding proposals and customized reports for solicitation of individual, corporate, and/or foundation prospects.

Qualifications:   • Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training and three (3) or more years demonstrated successful experience in a multifaceted fundraising organization with a focus on prospect identification, relationship building, and solicitation.
• Thorough working knowledge and understanding of fundraising, donor relations and public relations concepts, principles, techniques, procedures and practices.
• Thorough working knowledge of the organization, including its vision, mission, goals, objectives, achievements and infrastructure.
• Commitment to the mission of CCST and the fellowship program.
• Thorough written, oral and interpersonal communication skills, including political acumen, to build and maintain effective working relationship at all organizational levels and with outside constituencies.
• Thorough analytical and critical thinking skills, including skill in creative and effective decision-making and problem identification/avoidance/resolution.
• Thorough project management skills.
• Skill to meet or exceed fundraising goals and objectives. High level of discretion and finesse. Demonstrated initiative and success at meeting goals.
• Ability to travel occasionally (in California), a safe driving record, access to reliable transportation, and a valid driver’s license.
• Strong organizational and research skills and ability to prioritize and handle multiple projects simultaneously and to work calmly under pressure.
• Ability to work well with donors and prospects, to listen to and discern their motivations, to understand positive and negative donation outcomes, and to follow up assiduously to secure donations.
• Demonstrated proficiency in Windows operating systems, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), and fundraising databases.
To Apply:   Click on the link below to use our new on-line application system.

If you do not have internet access you may mail your application, resume, and cover letter to: University of California, Merced, 5200 North Lake Rd., Merced CA 95343. Please list the job number on the subject line.

NOTICE: This position is not open. We are not accepting applications at this time.

    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

As of January 1, 2014 the University of California, Merced will be a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at

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