Assistant Director, Annual Giving

Posted on 06/24/2022

University of California, 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 can 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 leadership of the Senior Director, Annual Giving, the Assistant Director, Annual Giving oversees the UCI Fund’s telemarketing program, crowdfunding campaigns, and student philanthropy programming, and assists with various communications, events, and fundraising efforts. This role also collaborates with Advancement staff and campus partners to aid in successful fundraising and provides regular updates regarding program statistics and progress toward goals. In addition to managing these programs, the Assistant Director assists with communications, including but not limited to email, mail, social media, and text-to-give, staffs a variety of events in partnership with other University Advancement offices, and performs administrative tasks related to Annual Giving fundraising, pledge fulfillment, gift acknowledgement, and stewardship.


Experience with large database management systems, preferably in a networked environment. Innovation and ability to identify/evaluate technological solutions for automation projects. Experience with Automated Telemarketing software. (preferred) • Experience in fundraising and telemarketing sufficient to manage telemarketing program, train and supervise callers. Demonstrated working knowledge of the principles and practices of development and fundraising in higher education, with an emphasis on annual giving and alumni relations.

Bachelor’s degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.

Good written, oral and interpersonal communication skills and political acumen to establish and maintain good working relationships within all organizational levels and outside constituencies. Ability to be flexible in working independently as well as collaboratively with Advancement and faculty and staff to achieve defined goals. Ability to work effectively under time constraints and performance pressures to meet nightly, weekly, and monthly fundraising goals. Leadership / management skills, including skills to lead, direct, mentor, evaluate and motivate staff. Ability to lead and supervise a team of student employees, including organizing workflow to accomplish established objectives, delegating responsibility, training, coaching, evaluating subordinate effectiveness and administering necessary disciplinary action. Basic knowledge of applicable laws, rules, regulations, policies, etc. Proven ability to use MS Office and database programs. Knowledge of Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint. Strong experience with computers to operate automated telemarketing system. Skills to analyze, evaluate, and improve programs / services. Skills to implement and execute programs including skills to achieve predetermined goals and objectives within budget and time constraints. Knowledge of management concepts, principles and applicable policies. Project management, critical thinking, problem-solving and analytical skills. Skills to meet predetermined goals and objectives including securing gifts. Working knowledge of fundraising, donor and public relations principles, concepts, procedures and techniques, including identification, cultivation, and knowledge of solicitation strategies.


Working knowledge of basic functions of fundraising software and CRM software. Knowledge of the campus and / or medical center, including its vision, mission, goals, objectives, achievements and infrastructure.

Special Conditions Required:

Ability to work evening hours regularly and weekend hours, as well as occasional holidays when necessary. • May be required to drive on occasion 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 • Will need to travel periodically to multiple University Advancement offices to meet essential job responsibilities as call center is a satellite location.

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

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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 [email protected].


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