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Director of Development, California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI)
Development - Campus-Wide Initiatives
Working Title : Director of Development, California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI)
Department : Development - Campus-Wide Initiatives
Reports To : Sr DoD, Campus-Wide Initiatives; CNSI Academic Director
Supervises : Professional & Support Staff
Salary : $100,000 - $120,000
Payroll Classification: ADVANCEMENT OFFICER III
Req Nbr : 24538

Position Summary
The UCLA California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) is an integrated research facility that promotes collaborations across disciplines and enables the rapid commercialization of discoveries in nanoscience and nanotechnology. CNSI faculty represent a multi-disciplinary team of preeminent scientists from the life and physical sciences, engineering, medicine, and related fields. The work conducted at CNSI represents world-class expertise in four targeted areas of nanosystems-related research focused on Energy, Environment, Health-Medicine, and Information Technology.

Reporting jointly to the Senior Director of Development for UCLA Campus-Wide Initiatives in External Affairs and to the CNSI Academic Director, and working closely with the CNSI Executive Director, the Director of Development, CNSI, will establish long-range goals and objectives for CNSI external relations in an effort to significantly increase philanthropic funding for the Institute.

Primary Responsibilities
The Director of Development, CNSI, will be directly responsible for identifying, cultivating, and soliciting major gift prospects, creating external facing communications that reflect funding priorities, and developing a calendar of outreach activities to promote those priorities. He/She will design and implement a comprehensive and integrated set of strategies related to philanthropy, including public/private partnerships for CNSI; formation and engagement of the CNSI external advisory board; development communications; and media relations, as appropriate, to address the specific funding needs related to the academic priorities of the Institute. He/She will plan, manage and direct efforts of the CNSI to engage and build relationships with private individuals, corporations, foundations and other organizations in an effort to significantly increase philanthropy for the CNSI.

The Director of Development will collaborate closely with the Institute's staff to build a multi-faceted communications platform to enhance the reputation of the Institute and increase its visibility to a broad range of funders. Together they will identify and generate the necessary resources from public/private partnerships that will enable the CNSI to continue providing its transformative research capabilities. The Director of Development will represent the Academic Director of the CNSI, the Institute, and UCLA to donors, foundations, corporations and the wider community across a range of public settings. In partnership with the CNSI's leadership, the Director of Development will be responsible for managing the Institute's participation in the UCLA Centennial Campaign, which includes developing strategies to build a significant endowment for the Institute.

Qualifications
1. A minimum of five years' progressive fundraising experience with a demonstrated working knowledge of the principles and practices of university development, external relations, corporate and foundation giving, as well as models of public/private partnerships.

2. Progressively responsible experience in the design, implementation and management of complex development and other funding programs with a proven track record in developing sophisticated strategies for successful cultivation and solicitation of annual and major gifts.

3. Excellent interpersonal skills in building relationships with potential funders and stewarding existing funders. Strong ability to work effectively with CNSI Academic and Executive Directors, faculty and administration, central development, major donor prospects and volunteers.

4. Strong communication skills to express, both verbally and in writing, the mission of the University and the fundraising goals of the campus, especially as they relate to CNSI; skill in writing persuasive correspondences, funding proposals for major gifts and creative solicitation materials.

5. Effective verbal communication skills to make persuasive oral presentations to senior management and internal and external constituencies as well as to conduct participatory meetings, gain acceptance of decisions, and advise and collaborate with others.

6. Skill in the development and leadership of team approaches to accomplish goals with a demonstrated ability to recruit, organize, direct, motivate and evaluate staff and volunteers who support development goals and programs.

7. Strong strategic, analytical and organizational skills to develop creative, credible solutions, recommendations and programs aligned with the ability to define, implement and follow through with special development or partnership projects.

8. Experience with diverse academic research topics including the ability to understand quickly and translate clearly and succinctly faculty research and the impact of its benefits to society and relevance to potential donors.

9. Ability to travel and work some evenings and weekends as needed.

10. Awareness of nanoscience and nanotechnology landscape, industry and commercialization pathways, understanding of shared technology resources and models to integrate corporate and foundation giving models as well as public/private partnerships into these areas is preferred.

11. Knowledge of philanthropic models/funders that support startups and entrepreneurship would be a significant plus and is strongly preferred.

12. Advanced degree is preferred.

Continued employment contingent upon completion of satisfactory background investigation.

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Position Summary
The UCLA California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) is an integrated research facility that promotes collaborations across disciplines and enables the rapid commercialization of discoveries in nanoscience and nanotechnology. CNSI faculty represent a multi-disciplinary team of preeminent scientists from the life and physical sciences, engineering, medicine, and related fields. The work conducted at CNSI represents world-class expertise in four targeted areas of nanosystems-related research focused on Energy, Environment, Health-Medicine, and Information Technology.

Reporting jointly to the Senior Director of Development for UCLA Campus-Wide Initiatives in External Affairs and to the CNSI Academic Director, and working closely with the CNSI Executive Director, the Director of Development, CNSI, will establish long-range goals and objectives for CNSI external relations in an effort to significantly increase philanthropic funding for the Institute.

Primary Responsibilities
The Director of Development, CNSI, will be directly responsible for identifying, cultivating, and soliciting major gift prospects, creating external facing communications that reflect funding priorities, and developing a calendar of outreach activities to promote those priorities. He/She will design and implement a comprehensive and integrated set of strategies related to philanthropy, including public/private partnerships for CNSI; formation and engagement of the CNSI external advisory board; development communications; and media relations, as appropriate, to address the specific funding needs related to the academic priorities of the Institute. He/She will plan, manage and direct efforts of the CNSI to engage and build relationships with private individuals, corporations, foundations and other organizations in an effort to significantly increase philanthropy for the CNSI.

The Director of Development will collaborate closely with the Institute's staff to build a multi-faceted communications platform to enhance the reputation of the Institute and increase its visibility to a broad range of funders. Together they will identify and generate the necessary resources from public/private partnerships that will enable the CNSI to continue providing its transformative research capabilities. The Director of Development will represent the Academic Director of the CNSI, the Institute, and UCLA to donors, foundations, corporations and the wider community across a range of public settings. In partnership with the CNSI's leadership, the Director of Development will be responsible for managing the Institute's participation in the UCLA Centennial Campaign, which includes developing strategies to build a significant endowment for the Institute.

Qualifications
1. A minimum of five years' progressive fundraising experience with a demonstrated working knowledge of the principles and practices of university development, external relations, corporate and foundation giving, as well as models of public/private partnerships.

2. Progressively responsible experience in the design, implementation and management of complex development and other funding programs with a proven track record in developing sophisticated strategies for successful cultivation and solicitation of annual and major gifts.

3. Excellent interpersonal skills in building relationships with potential funders and stewarding existing funders. Strong ability to work effectively with CNSI Academic and Executive Directors, faculty and administration, central development, major donor prospects and volunteers.

4. Strong communication skills to express, both verbally and in writing, the mission of the University and the fundraising goals of the campus, especially as they relate to CNSI; skill in writing persuasive correspondences, funding proposals for major gifts and creative solicitation materials.

5. Effective verbal communication skills to make persuasive oral presentations to senior management and internal and external constituencies as well as to conduct participatory meetings, gain acceptance of decisions, and advise and collaborate with others.

6. Skill in the development and leadership of team approaches to accomplish goals with a demonstrated ability to recruit, organize, direct, motivate and evaluate staff and volunteers who support development goals and programs.

7. Strong strategic, analytical and organizational skills to develop creative, credible solutions, recommendations and programs aligned with the ability to define, implement and follow through with special development or partnership projects.

8. Experience with diverse academic research topics including the ability to understand quickly and translate clearly and succinctly faculty research and the impact of its benefits to society and relevance to potential donors.

9. Ability to travel and work some evenings and weekends as needed.

10. Awareness of nanoscience and nanotechnology landscape, industry and commercialization pathways, understanding of shared technology resources and models to integrate corporate and foundation giving models as well as public/private partnerships into these areas is preferred.

11. Knowledge of philanthropic models/funders that support startups and entrepreneurship would be a significant plus and is strongly preferred.

12. Advanced degree is preferred.

Continued employment contingent upon completion of satisfactory background investigation.