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Leadership Gift Officer

Company: University of California
Location: Irvine
Posted on: January 22, 2023

Job Description:

Job Opening ID: 46388

Reports To: Senior Director, Annual Giving

Working Title: Leadership Gift Officer

Department: Annual Programs

Bargaining Unit: 99

FLSA: Exempt

Payroll Job Code: 007547

Job Location: UCI Campus- Irvine

Percent of Time: 100%

Work Schedule: 8-5 M-F

Employee Class: Career

Position Summary:

In 1965, the University of California, Irvine was founded with a mission to catalyze the community and enhance lives through rigorous academics, cutting-edge research, and dedicated public service. A top public university, UCI has become internationally recognized for improving lives through research and discovery, fostering excellence in scholarship and teaching, and engaging and enriching the community. Today, UCI continues to inspire change and pioneer new ideas with the support of its generous partners, alumni and friends. Through the combined efforts of the University Advancement & Alumni relations team, the University is able to share its amazing achievements, build lasting relationships and generate support for important campus programs and initiatives. University Advancement seeks to strengthen contributions in research, education, and service; accelerate the university's place among globally preeminent research universities; and bring together passions, skills, and creativity to further improve people's lives.

Under the general direction of the Senior Director, Annual Giving, the Leadership Gift Officer is responsible for soliciting and securing sustaining annual gifts of $1,000 to $25,000. The Leadership Gift Officer is a fundraising professional who works collaboratively with the Annual Giving team and Development Officers across campus to identify and cultivate donors at the leadership giving level, connecting them to the appropriate areas when major gift capacity is identified with a goal of increasing fundraising activity to $500,000 annually within three years. The primary objective of the leadership level giving program is to increase the number of donors who give annually to UC Irvine at the $1,000+ level, ultimately increasing the amount of private annual support raised each year. Concentration on renewal, upgrades and acquisition within the sustaining giving prospect pool will assist in raising more private support each year and enhancing the major gift pipeline.

Compensation Range:

$80,000 - $86,000

Department Website:


* 2-5 years of professional fundraising experience, preferably at a higher education institution; or equivalent combination of education/experience. Campaign fundraising experience preferred.
* Experience preparing and conducting solicitations via phone, correspondence and in person, including making cold calls.
* Ability to prepare written gift proposals, fund agreements and collateral materials. Strong skills in maintaining confidentiality.
* Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
* Team-oriented strategist able to effectively manage complex situations involving multiple and sometimes competing constituencies. Resourcefulness in finding appropriate solutions to problems and initiative in presenting alternatives and implementing solutions to ensure effective change. Ability to anticipate problems and take necessary action to eliminate or mitigate potential negative effects. Strong organizational, analytical and critical thinking skills, including skills in creative and effective decision-making and problem identification / avoidance / resolution, and project management skills.
* Thorough working knowledge of fundraising, donor relations, and public relations concepts, principles, procedures, and techniques. Understanding of the needs and interests of donors in order to develop relationships between them and the University. Understanding of academic, research and education functions and operating principals of a major research university Ability to work independently with department, school and institutional goals in mind.
* Uses initiative to organize and follow through with complex tasks to meet deadlines. Strong 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. Ability to prepare complex and detailed proposals and related materials. Skill in communicating persuasively, both orally and in writing, about private philanthropy in general and in particular as it applies to UCI.
* Skills to use a personal computer and computer software programs at the level of sophistication required for the University Advancement team. Proven ability to use MS Office Suite and database programs. Knowledge of Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Familiarity with the Internet and how to conduct searches.


* Working knowledge of Salesforce or comparable a donor/prospect database system Thorough working knowledge of the location, its vision, mission, goals, objectives, achievements and infrastructure.

Special Conditions Required:

* Required to drive on occasion in order to perform the routine or essential job responsibilities for the position.
* Must possess a valid California driver license and participate in the DMV Pull Notice Program.

Conditions of Employment:

The University of California, Irvine (UCI) seeks to provide a safe and healthy environment for the entire UCI community. As part of this commitment, all applicants who accept an offer of employment must comply with the following conditions of employment:

* Background Check and Live Scan

* Legal Right to work in the United States

* Vaccination Policies

* Smoking and Tobacco Policy

* Drug Free Environment

The following additional conditions may apply, some of which are dependent upon business unit or job specific requirements.

* California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act

* E-Verify

* Pre-Placement Health Evaluation

Details of each policy may be reviewed by visiting the following page -

Closing Statement:

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

We are committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce along with honoring unique experiences, perspectives, and identities. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable, and welcoming.

UCI provides reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities upon request. For more information, please contact Human Resources at (949) 824-0500 or

Keywords: University of California, Irvine , Leadership Gift Officer, Other , Irvine, California

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