Director of Development and External Affairs, The Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

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The Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Director of Development and External Affairs . The Director serves as the lead fundraiser for The Center, and is an integral part of The Center’s Leadership Team. The primary responsibilities for the position include: cultivating and soliciting major and annual gifts from individuals, foundations and corporations; overseeing event planning and sponsorship solicitation; and developing strategic communications encompassing publications and marketing. The Director also coordinates activities with the development and communications teams in the Sol Price School of Public Policy and the University.

This individual will spearhead The Center’s fundraising efforts, activities, and events to ensure goals of The Center and the School are met, working with The Center’s Director and Board of Advisors. The individual will have responsibility for designing fundraising strategies, developing and managing donor relations and prospect management, event management, and building external relationships with leaders in the philanthropic and nonprofit community, as well as responsibility for ensuring compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

The Director will work closely with the Director, The Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy and the Dean to develop, prepare and present formal proposals to The Center’s Board of Advisors, major donors, and prospects in furtherance of The Center’s mission.

This is a full-time position with a fully on-site work arrangement.

Position Qualifications

The minimum education is a Bachelor’s degree with seven years of experience in fundraising, public relations, and project management, preferably in an academic or nonprofit environment. One year of supervisory experience is required. A Master’s degree and experience leading a comprehensive fundraising campaign is preferred. Excellent verbal and written communications skills and prior management experience are critical requirements for this position. Ideal candidate must be highly organized, entrepreneurial, and adaptable.

About The Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy

The Center is an integral part of the Sol Price School of Public Policy. The Center, established in 2000, seeks to foster a better understanding of philanthropy and its contribution to social impact. The Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy promotes more effective philanthropy and strengthens the nonprofit sector through research that informs philanthropic decision making and public policy to advance community problem solving. Using California and the West as a laboratory, The Center conducts research on philanthropy, volunteerism, and the role of the nonprofit sector in America’s communities.

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Compensation and Benefits

The annual base salary range for this position is $140,167.53 – $160,439.98. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state, and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.

The University of Southern California offers also offers excellent benefits to employees, which include: health, dental and life insurance; tuition assistance; disability and retirement plans; credit union membership; and participation in cultural and social events, as well as access to athletic and recreational facilities.

USC is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer that actively seeks diversity in its workplace.

Closing Date:  Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

Minimum Education:
Bachelor’s degree

Addtional Education Requirements
Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education

Minimum Experience:
7 years

Addtional Experience Requirements
Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum work experience

Minimum Skills:
Experience in development, maintaining meaningful relationships with a wide variety of internal/external stakeholders
One year of management experience.
Ability to self-manage, prioritize work assignments and manage multiple deadlines.
Experience maintaining and interpreting large datasets and database systems.
Excellent planning, organizational and interpersonal skills.
Detail oriented with excellent written and oral communication skills.
Proficient in Microsoft Office.

Preferred Education:
Master’s degree

Preferred Experience:
10 years

Preferred Skills:
Master’s degree in business administration or a related field.
Development experience in higher education.
Experience in management/leadership roles.
Volunteer experience in fundraising, campaign or non-profit environments.
Experience with email marketing, website development/coding and Adobe Creative Suite.
Extensive customer service experience.
Fluent in one or more language in addition to English (e.g., Spanish).

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