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Development Careers

Join the UC Santa Barbara Office of Development
What role will you play?

There are so many opportunities to grow and innovate within the collaborative culture of UC Santa Barbara. The Office of Development serves every scholar on our beautiful seaside campus. We hope you will consider joining us to help fulfill UC Santa Barbara’s mission of research, teaching and public service.

UC Santa Barbara is widely recognized as a premier research university, and people are our greatest strength. We embrace the value and richness of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace. From our hiring process to the university programs we support, we are committed to these principles. We invite you to consider advancing your career in our Office of Development.

Review our open positions to find jobs of all levels that match your passions and skills. We look forward to welcoming new colleagues to our dynamic Office of Development.

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Open Positions

  • Director of Development, Intercollegiate Athletics
    This University Development Officer (DO) serves as Director of Development for Intercollegiate Athletics (ICA) within the Athletics Department. S/he will personally work with donor prospects to optimize philanthropy to benefit UC Santa Barbara and to support the athletics program generally, each of the team sport's initiatives, as well as annual giving. The DO primarily focuses on giving from individuals in order to promote fundraising priorities, with additional attention to stewardship activities to support the overall fundraising strategy for the department. As a member of the Intercollegiate Athletics staff, his/her fundraising efforts are devoted primarily to the priorities of the Athletic Director (AD). The DO focuses on the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individual prospects and associated family foundations. Primary solicitation focus is securing new and renewing donors ($1,000+ annually) level gifts and helping to pipeline other gift prospects ($50,000+).
  • Director of Development, Regional Giving
    The Director of Development, Regional Giving ("Director"), for Southern California (San Diego and Orange County primarily) reports to the Senior Director, Constituent and Regional Operations ("Senior Director"), with a primary emphasis is on increasing philanthropic support to UC Santa Barbara by maximizing the interest, involvement and commitment of alumni, parents and friends as well as select corporations and foundations in the assigned regions. The Director focuses on the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of individual prospects, including alumni, parents, and friends of the University. Primary solicitation focus will be based on a donor-centric approach with emphasis on major gifts ($100,000 or more) and new and renewing Chancellor's Council (annual) level gifts ($1,000 to $99,999).
  • Director of Development, Social Sciences
    The Director of Development ("Director") in the Division of Social Sciences in the College of Letters and Science works to optimize philanthropic support for the Division in response to priorities established by the Social Sciences Dean. As a member of the Development Office staff, the Director will focus primarily on this division with the remaining time to serve the campus overall, including special projects, interdisciplinary initiatives and other University initiatives, as appropriate. The position assists the Assistant Dean of Development and other Director(s) of Development in the Social Sciences on strategies and activities to maximize donor support, with an emphasis on global, feminist and ethnic studies departments within the Division, and others as identified by the Dean. The Director focuses on major gift fundraising activities ($100,000+ level).
  • Associate Director of Development, Annual Fund and Digital Fundraising
    The Associate Director of Development, Annual Fund & Digital Fundraising works to optimize philanthropic support in response to university priorities established by the Office of Development. As a member of central development, fundraising efforts are devoted to a broad array of philanthropic initiatives, including interdisciplinary programs and other university initiatives. Associate Director assists in the creation, design and implementation of a comprehensive, multi-year, plan to increase financial support from a broad constituency of alumni, parents and friends primarily through phone solicitations, supported by direct mail, text and e-mail solicitation follow up. The Associate Director serves as both a fundraiser and as the associate director of the Annual Fund. The Associate Director is responsible for overseeing all calling floor operations of the Annual Fund to produce strong fundraising results. Responsible for the primary implementation of both the calling and text program(s).
  • Assistant Director, Donor Acknowledgement & Recognition
    Reporting to the Senior Director of Development for Donor Relations & Stewardship, the Assistant Director of Donor Acknowledgement and Recognition Programs oversees gift acknowledgements and recognition, and manages donor recognition societies. The Assistant Director provides expert analytical, strategic planning, project management and proactive department support for DRS. Will work closely with the Senior Director, implementing strategic approaches to donor relations, including the development of donor retention programs that appreciates donor giving behavior and trends. Additionally, the Assistant Director will exercise strong and effective leadership and will be responsible for the development of new tools, protocols, criteria and best practices around donor acknowledgements and recognition. This position calls for strong leadership traits, as the Assistant Director will train and oversee student assistants as needed, delegating projects appropriately and with ease. Must sustain positive and mutually-rewarding relations between the university and its donors and with campus stakeholders.
  • Interim Assistant Director, Donor Stewardship and Engagement Programs
    Reporting in to the Senior Director of Development for Donor Relations and Stewardship (DRS), the Interim Assistant Director of Donor Stewardship and Engagement Programs, [hereafter referred to as the "Interim Assistant Director"] oversees the implementation of centralized stewardship planning & reporting, including the creation of highly customized reports, as well as manages the interpretation and application of complex data for the entire unit. The Interim Assistant Director, provides expert analytical, strategic planning, project management and proactive department support for DRS. S/he maintains a substantial knowledge of University and divisional policies and procedures related to the acquisition and use of data, and the use and application of Advance in a major capital fund raising environment.
  • Team Lead, Advance Information Systems (AIS)
    Reports to the Sr. Dir. of Advancement Services & Technology and is accountable to provide technical leadership, Advancement systems expertise and management of complex Institutional Advancement (IA) data systems. Support/develop/improve Advancement business processes to ensure effective knowledge management and business intelligence. Evaluates/documents business requirements maintaining a thorough understanding of Advancement relevant business functions. Implements/upgrades/maintains Ellucian's Advance Web/CRM and tracking related system outcomes in terms of quality accuracy and timeliness. Responsible for strategic planning/application development/systems design/technical report requirements gathering/data analysis/web system management/database administration & management/user training/help desk management/user support & oversight of the Advancement database multi-server environment. Serves as lead technical contact with Enterprise Technology Services (ETS) in support/collaboration of server, network & desktop support initiatives & upgrades.
  • Development Analyst, Ecological & Environmental Sciences
    Under general supervision, serves as a Development Analyst for the Ecological & Environmental Sciences (EES) development team, supporting a complex and multifaceted program in coordination with Central Development's Development and Advancement Services team and Donor Relations and Stewardship team. Provides leadership for all analytical functions that support EES development's strategic goals and activities leading toward philanthropic support from individuals, foundations and organizations. The EES development team's initiatives and programs include the National Center for Ecological Analysis & Synthesis; Marine Science Institute; Natural Reserve System; Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration; and UCSB Sustainability, as well as other initiatives and program areas as assigned.