Senior Director of Development, Division of Biological Sciences

University of California San Diego
La Jolla, CA
Jul 02, 2019
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time



San Diego, California

The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with University of California San Diego in the search for a Senior Director of Development, Division of Biological Sciences.

Reporting to the Senior Executive Director of Development and working closely with the Dean of the Division of Biological Sciences, the Senior Director of Development, Division of Biological Sciences will provide leadership and overall program strategy to the planning, coordination, and implementation of fundraising programs for the Division of Biological Sciences. Coordinating with the Senior Director of Development, University Development, Deans and Directors, and the Senior Executive Director of Development, the Senior Director will assure that development within Biological Sciences is in accordance with the university's academic priorities and policies. The successful candidate will provide strong leadership in strategizing and facilitating opportunities for major gift fundraising among the staff and carry a portfolio of key major and principal gift prospects.

The Senior Director will create an environment that enhances communication and encourages collaboration between the Division of Biological Sciences, General Campus, University Development, and other Advancement program areas, and will have primary responsibility for the recruitment, training, evaluation, coaching, and retention of development staff in Biological Sciences. The Senior Director will participate in a core team that provides the Associate Vice Chancellor with strategic insight and guidance regarding Biological Sciences fundraising programs. In addition, the successful candidate will have primary responsibility for managing the Biological Sciences' participation in current and future comprehensive campaigns, as well as in developing and implementing post-campaign fundraising strategies.

At the University of California San Diego, challenging convention is its most cherished tradition. Since its inception, UC San Diego has been shaped by exceptional scholars who take risks and redefine conventional wisdom. Through sheer determination and a relentless pursuit for groundbreaking discovery, UC San Diego has earned recognition as one of the world’s premier research universities and one of the top-10 public universities in the nation. Washington Monthly has consistently ranked UC San Diego as the top public university for positive impact on the nation.

The Division of Biological Sciences, the largest undergraduate school of biological sciences in the nation, is at the very heart of UC San Diego's non-tradition. Its students, faculty, and staff spark scientific breakthroughs every day, dividing their world-class work into four sub-disciplines: Cell and Development Biology; Molecular Biology; Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution; and Neurobiology. The Division of Biological Science's grand vision will usher fundamental science into a new period of quantitative, collaborative research with the next generation of evidence-based breakers at the helm. Its task is to meet the challenges of the climate, improve the health of individuals, conserve delicate ecosystems, and help populations thrive, while integrating students into its top-tier endeavors. Opening doors to new eras in science means investing in opportunities for access, collaboration, and nonstop discovery. The Division of Biological Sciences seeks to fund people with potential; support emerging research from genetics to the microbiome; and communicate its work to the communities it serves, expanding science education, appreciation, and engagement.

A bachelor's degree is required for this position. At least seven years of experience in a de-centralized, large, public higher education advancement environment is preferred. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé.

The university takes a proactive approach to cultivating a welcoming environment for all because excellence is only attainable when everyone is included, respected, and empowered. It is committed to providing a workplace free of discrimination and harassment.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see