Situated on 2,000 acres among the redwoods and overlooking the Monterey Bay, the campus serves nearly 18,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The campus is located just 30 miles from San Jose, the southern hub of Silicon Valley.
University Relations builds enduring relationships, resources, and understanding that enable UC Santa Cruz to provide educational opportunities, create knowledge, and transform lives. University Relations works closely with internal and external constituencies of the campus including trustees of the UC Santa Cruz Foundation, the Alumni Council, and members of other key constituencies.
University Relations provides leadership, strategic planning, and central services in the areas of alumni, donor and parent relations and outreach, fundraising, government relations, communications, marketing, media relations, public events and publications (electronic and print), and campus Web development. In addition, University Relations provides support for the UC Santa Cruz Foundation and the UCSC Alumni Associations, both separate, not-for-profit corporations in the state of California.
Under the direction of the Director of Development Research, the Assistant Director is an integral member of the Philanthropy fundraising team, housed within the University Development unit. In this role, the incumbent performs duties in all areas of the Prospect Management and Research operations, supporting pipeline and portfolio development via a client-based system.
This includes the development of prospect portfolios and management of prospect moves through all stages of the pipeline for Development Officers (currently numbering 30) and fundraising executive leadership. Analysis and distribution of system generated reports and dashboard metrics further pipeline and portfolio development.
An expansive set of resources is used to implement research and analytic strategies, primarily for major gift prospect identification and analysis, engagement, solicitation, and project management. Synthesized results are presented in written forms such as detailed prospectuses, biographies, or spreadsheet analyses. This specialized research creates opportunities for interaction among fundraisers, senior university administrators, and major donors and prospects, including corporate and foundation executives, government officials and public personalities.
The ideal candidate is a curious, detail-oriented individual with analytical skills who enjoys working in a team environment and is comfortable with databases and manipulating data.