Assistant Director, Parent Engagement & Philanthropy

Posted on 08/09/2022

UC Irvine

Irvine, CA

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 Associate Director of Parent Philanthropy and Engagement, the Assistant Director, Parent Engagement and Philanthropy is responsible for securing leadership annual fund support to enhance the Parent Campaign for Student Success. The Assistant Director supports the development of fundraising and engagement strategies for the parent community to increase revenue. The Assistant Director is responsible for establishing and managing successful relationships and strategies that result in greater affinity and engagement with the University, increased volunteerism and the enhancement of processes that support the development of pipeline. Through extensive knowledge in constituent relations and pipeline building, the Assistant Director applies creative and strategic thinking to engagement processes to increase parent involvement. The Assistant Director is responsible for personally soliciting and securing leadership annual level gifts and supports the development of a pipeline for future major gifts. The Assistant Director, Parent Engagement and Philanthropy will also work on the development of a marketing and communications strategy focused on increasing engagement and financial contributions. As such, responsibilities include writing, some event communications coordination, parent e-newsletters, stewardship, website/social media content, and other marketing materials highlighting ways for parents and families to be connected to the university.


  • 2-3 years of professional experience in higher education fundraising or alumni relations.
  • Experience working to raise private support or build volunteer programs.
  • One to two years of experience in development or fundraising in non-profit organizations or closely related fields which utilize skills such as sales, marketing and public relations.
  • Bachelor’s degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
  • Proven experience in volunteer management. Good written and interpersonal communication skills to establish and maintain good working relationships throughout the organization and with outside constituencies. Skills in maintaining confidentiality. Working knowledge of the location, its vision, mission, goals, objectives, achievements and infrastructure. Strong organization, time management and collaboration skills. Good organizational, analytical and critical thinking skills. Working knowledge of fundraising, donor relations, and public relations concepts, principles, procedures, and techniques. Working knowledge of applicable laws, rules, regulations, policies, etc.


Demonstrated experience with and/or commitment to working effectively with parents, students, and alumni from diverse backgrounds, in support of an inclusive and welcoming environment.

Special Conditions Required:

  • May be required to drive on occasion in order to perform the routine or essential job responsibilities for the position. Travel required and weekend duties as needed
  • 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

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 [email protected]

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