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Director of Development

Company: Fielding Graduate University
Date Posted: September 13, 2014

Fielding Graduate University

Santa Barbara, CA


Director of Development, Office of Advancement and Development


Reports to: President 

Position: Regular, Full-Time
Salary Range: $100,000.00-$110,000.00 Annually
FLSA Status: Exempt


Applications will be accepted for consideration until the position has been filled.


Fielding Graduate University seeks a Director of Development to lead university development operations. Fielding’s headquarters are located in Santa Barbara, CA.




Under the direction of the President, the Director of Development leads development at Fielding Graduate University. This work includes developing and executing all the elements of Fielding Graduate University’s annual fundraising plan; creating and executing a strategy for a sustained base of major donors; and overseeing development staff responsible for data entry and gift processing.  This work consists of creating development materials, overseeing the organization of special events, and other advancement and development work as determined in partnership with the President.


We are seeking a talented and hard-working individual who is passionate about higher education, especially our mission, which is to develop research that leads to social change and justice in our professions and communities.  As an institution that works nationally, we seek an individual who can build relationships with donors, alumni, foundations, corporations, and federal agencies that reflect a number of disciplines in the social sciences with a focus on psychology, educational leadership, organization development, change management, civic engagement, social and ecological justice, and other associated fields. 




Applicants should possess a bachelor’s degree. A Master’s degree is preferred as well as evidence of experience in the social sciences. A minimum of 5 years’ of experience in development is required, with preference given to candidates that have previous experience of development in a higher education setting. Demonstrated excellence in project management is essential along with experience in generating development campaign strategies.  


The ideal candidate will possess a professional, collaborative, and upbeat approach to their work. Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, both verbal and written, and the ability to prioritize and work under tight deadlines are essential to success in the role. Applicants should have previous experience researching and writing grant solicitations. Applicants should have advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and donor database applications. Proficiency with any of the following is highly desirable: Donor Perfect, Zoom, Ellucian (Datatel) Colleague, and ShoreTel phone systems. Candidates must be able to travel by plane, work weekends and alternative work hours as needed. 




Fielding employees enjoy a friendly and dynamic environment with competitive salaries and excellent benefits that include a 37.5 hour work week, 14 paid holidays per year, 2 weeks of vacation per year, medical/dental/vision insurances, Flexible Spending Accounts, retirement contributions after one year of service, Childcare Assistance, Tuition Assistance, and professional development opportunities.


Fielding Graduate University is committed to social justice and diversity, and encourages individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply.


Application Instructions


Please complete Fielding’s online application and attached your CV/Resume and cover letter. In your cover letter, please address the following:


Briefly describe a past fundraising campaign that you developed. Please include information about campaign strategies and results. 


Fielding Graduate University utilizes ADP Workforce Now for online applications. You will be prompted to create a user name and password to initiate the application process. Applications will not be considered complete unless both a resume and cover letter are uploaded. Applicants are encouraged to have their employment history, educational information, and professional references on hand while completing the application. The online application process takes approximately 30-60 minutes. Upon completion, applicants will receive a confirmation of receipt via email.


Online Application Link: 




Fielding Graduate University is an innovative global community dedicated to educating scholars, leaders, and practitioners in pursuit of a more just and sustainable world. We do this by providing exemplary interdisciplinary programs within a distributed and relational learning model grounded in student-driven inquiry and leading to enhanced knowledge.  Fielding has approximately 1,050 students and 150 faculty members residing throughout the United States and internationally. Please visit our website at to learn more.