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Director of Stewardship & Donor Communications
Job Category:   Managerial/Professional
Unit:   External Relations
Position Code:   SSER8876A
Status:   Filled
Closing Date:   Review of applications will begin 05/17/19
Salary:   $65,000+ commensurate with experience
Location:   DCC - Downtown Campus Center
Background check:   Background check is 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.

About the Job:

The Director of Stewardship and Donor Communications is responsible for the design, implementation and management of a comprehensive and donor-centric stewardship program that appropriately and consistently promotes interaction with and recognition of donors at all levels. The stewardship program is expected to foster positive and mutually-rewarding relations between the University and its donors, which will increase donor retention and encourage donors to upgrade to higher giving levels.

In partnership with External Relations executive management, the Director will provide leadership in establishing fundraising policies related to stewardship initiatives, creating a library of stewardship tools, determining effective donor stewardship strategies, and developing a system for tracking and reporting stewardship activities. The Director will also advance the University's efforts to maintain and strengthen high-quality relationships with donors by ensuring they receive a consistent level of care across all departments and giving levels, and by facilitating the cross departmental communication and collaboration necessary to effectively ensure those levels of care.

Qualifications:   • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Communications or Public Relations or related area and five years of progressively responsible in fundraising, marketing, communication, external relations or related experience.

• Strong organizational skills and demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks and projects simultaneously, meet deadlines with minimal supervision, and proactively keep all collaborators informed of project progress.

• Excellent writing, copy editing, and proofreading skills; ability to synthesize information and compose clear and effective materials.

• Advanced knowledge of practices and procedures associated with building and maintaining effective working relationships with all levels of alumni, internal and external constituencies.

• Advanced written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, including skill to produce information that is appropriately presented and effectively received by target constituencies.

• Active listening skills, including advanced critical thinking and analytical skills.

• Advanced project management skills, including skills to plan and implement successful stewardship and recognition society programs.

• Excellent analytical and information management skills, including the ability to conduct research in multiple databases and systems and manage information using Excel and other applications.

• Ability to listen and communicate clearly, concisely, and diplomatically with a range of audiences.

• Strong customer service focus; excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Ability to listen and respond with diplomacy and tact.

• Demonstrated sound judgment in situations requiring independent decision-making and in handling confidential and sensitive material.

• Experience in a fundraising organization, ideally in development communication or stewardship roles is PREFERRED.

• Experience in higher education, particularly complex research institutions is PREFERRED.
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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