Position Description

Senior Director of Development, Biology and Biological Engineering
Job Category Fulltime Regular
ExemptOvertimeEligible Exempt
Benefits Eligible Benefit Based
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Job Summary

The purpose of Development and Institute Relations (DIR) is to foster a thriving and engaged community of support for Caltech. By connecting the people who share and support Caltech’s mission and values, we will ensure the Institute receives the necessary resources to achieve Caltech’s aspirations and sustain its excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship in perpetuity. DIR team members embrace and uphold the values of diversity, integrity, respect, focus, and pride.

Reporting to the Executive Director of Individual Giving, the Senior Director of Development (SDOD) provides overall direction for the advancement of one of six academic divisions at Caltech (similar to a College or School) by providing leadership in fundraising to advance the mission and goals of the Division and the Institute. The SDOD will collaborate broadly with campus and academic leadership, Development and Institute Relations colleagues, faculty and volunteer councils to ensure strategic coordination and integration of campaign funding priorities across the Institute. The SDOD will be personally responsible for a portfolio of donors affiliated with the Division, interdisciplinary institutes and centers associated with the Division, as well as Institute wide funding priorities.

Job Duties

– Collaborate with the Executive Director of Individual Giving; Vice President of DIR, Associate Vice President of DIR; Division Chair and others to develop, direct and implement all aspects of the Division’s development program
– Consult with the Division Chair to identify the Division’s fundraising goals, including the Division’s priorities in Caltech’s current campaign, and develop a comprehensive plan to meet those goals
– Execute the Division’s plan by securing major gifts, engaging established and prospective donors, building a major gift pipeline, collaborating with faculty members, organizing events and performing other activities to promote and achieve the fundraising goals of the Division and the Institute
–  Develop an in-depth understanding of the Division, its programs and priorities in order to leverage emergent opportunities within the framework of the Division’s and the Institute’s strategic development priorities
– Actively identify and manage a portfolio of major gift prospects and develop and implement donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies
– Represent the Division in all its facets to all development stakeholders (donors, parents, alumni, faculty, Associates, students, campus leadership, etc.) and ensure the involvement of stakeholders in supporting the Division and contributing to the direction of its development function. Build strong relationships with donors and prospects, faculty, alumni and volunteers
– Work with the Division Chair to build and manage the Chair’s Council, a group of key volunteers for the Division. Create meaningful engagement opportunities for the Council that strengthen the commitment of Council members to the Division and ultimately lead to increased support for Division priorities
– Work with Advancement and Campaign Communications to create compelling case documents in support of the Division’s priorities that are consistent with the communications strategy for the current capital campaign for Caltech
– Prepare proposals to established and prospective donors
– Provide leadership and ensure coordination with colleagues regarding Campaign, annual, major and planned gifts, corporate and foundation gifts and grants, as well as Advancement Services and Alumni Relations
– Collaborate and communicate with colleagues to ensure strategic focus, outcomes and documentation of prospect identification and management, and gift agreements and documentation

Basic Qualifications

– Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 7-10 years of progressively responsible principal and major gift experience, including raising seven and eight figure gifts from individuals
– A working understanding of a research university environment and working with prominent faculty along with the grace and enthusiasm necessary to engage high net worth individuals on behalf of Caltech
– Demonstrated success persuading and influencing groups and individuals to support the organization’s agenda with respect to colleagues, team members, volunteer leadership and other potential stakeholders
– Outstanding demonstrated success building, cultivating and stewarding new relationships leading to measurable results i.e. larger donor base, increase in campaign revenue, increase in volunteer participation and partnership
– Demonstrated success personally soliciting significant principal and major gifts
– Excellent written and oral communication skills and a track record of successfully managing current and prospective benefactors at the principal and major gift level along with outstanding social skills, instincts, judgment and integrity are required for success
– The ideal candidate will be an ambitious and motivated professional, who values a collaborative working environment and who will be able establish strong, interpersonal relationships with academic leaders, donors and development office staff
– Must demonstrate a highly sophisticated understanding of all aspects of the cultivation and solicitation process, whether staffing senior administrators such as the Institute's President, members of the Board of Trustees, Division Chairs and key faculty or making successful solicitations him/herself
– Candidates must be comfortable with a flexible work schedule, including travel for major donor cultivation and some evening and weekend work
– Demonstrate the ability to practice and adhere to organizational values

Preferred Qualifications

– Advanced degree
– Demonstrated success in fundraising for engineering, science or medical related centers
– Candidates will have an authentic curiosity about basic science as well as a strong appreciation for the extraordinary intellectual accomplishments and challenges of Caltech's faculty and students
– Familiarity with Excel and Power Point is helpful

Required Documents

– Resume
– Cover Letter

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