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Director of Philanthropy, College of Natural Sciences (Administrator II) / University Advancement

Apply now Job no: 512558
Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: San Bernardino - San Bernardino Campus
Categories: MPP, At-Will, Fundraising & Alumni Relations, Full Time





California State University, San Bernardino is a preeminent center of intellectual and cultural activity in Inland Southern California. Opened in 1965 and set at the foothills of the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains, the university serves more than 20,000 students each year and graduates about 4,000 students annually. CSUSB reflects the dynamic diversity of the region and has the most diverse student population of any university in the Inland Empire. Seventy percent of those who graduate are the first in their families to do so.

At CSUSB, you can:

  • Build your future
  • Work with the best
  • Be your authentic self
  • Focus on you
  • Make a lasting impact
  • Work for a purpose that is greater than your own
  • Bring everything you are, become everything you want


Department Summary

The Office of Philanthropic Giving is part of University Advancement and is responsible for securing private philanthropy from alumni, friends, corporations, and foundations to advance the University’s mission in support of the faculty, staff, and students. OPG plays a critical role in advancing the University and cementing CSUSB’s reputation as a preeminent center of intellectual and cultural activity in Inland Southern California.


Required Application Materials

All applicants must submit 1). Letter of interest or cover letter, 2). Current resume or curriculum vitae, 3). Three professional references who can provide assessments of your professional experience, accomplishments, and prospects for success in this position, and 4). Diversity Statement – may include your interpretation of diversity, inclusion, gender equity and must include specific examples of how your educational and/or professional experiences, background/philosophy has prepared you for this role at California State University, San Bernardino (maximum 250 words).

Job Summary

Director of Philanthropy (DoP) for the College of Natural Sciences is a proven and forward-looking fundraising professional who understands how to generate philanthropic support for CSUSB from various stakeholders – individuals and organizations and who will work collaboratively with university representatives including the academic leadership within the college. The DoP reports to the Associate Vice President of Philanthropic Giving. This position will focus on major gift fundraising in support of the College of Natural Sciences.      

Responsibilities include, but is not limited to: 

  • Serves as a front-line fundraiser who identifies, cultivates, and solicits alumni, friends, corporations and foundations with the capacity and affinity to make gifts of $25,000 and above.
  • Design, develop and implement a major gift program and will be responsible for managing and cultivating relationships with existing major gift prospects, as well as identifying new prospects.
  • Work closely with the AVP of Philanthropic Giving and Dean to develop and implement strategies to engage major gift prospects, and advance gift conversations towards funding opportunities and university priorities. In addition, the DoP will be responsible for raising resources in support of endowed scholarships, fellowships, professorships, and capital projects as well as unrestricted and restricted current use purposes. 
  • The DoP will play a critical role in the planning of the College of Natural Sciences priorities as part of the University’s fundraising campaign, collaborating with University officials, faculty, campaign volunteers, and colleagues throughout the Advancement office.
  • Conduct personal visits annually to cultivate, solicit prospects and close gifts.
  • Completes a minimum number of major gifts asks, visits, and written strategies; metrics and goals are negotiated and set annually with the DoP including guidance from the Dean and AVP for Philanthropic Giving. 
  • Identifying, cultivating and soliciting alumni, parents and friends for the College of Natural Sciences.
  • Works in a highly collaborative environment, DoP will have opportunities to engage with faculty, manage volunteers, and collaborate with colleagues across the Philanthropic Giving team, and Advancement Division.
  • Major Gift portfolios may include regional and national assignments involving travel.
  • Represent the College of Natural Sciences in the preparation and submission of grant applications, case statements and appropriate major gift proposals. Submit contact and technical reports, deliver timely and effective follow-up to prospects and donors, draft copy for press releases, and communication materials.


Employment Status: Full-time, Exempt, At-will, included in the Management Personnel Plan (MPP).

Application Review Deadline: This position will remain open until filled. The initial review of applications will begin on January 11, 2023..


Work Schedule

Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, weekends and evenings may be required.

Key Qualifications

  • Basic knowledge of planned/deferred giving vehicles such as wills, life income plans, gifts of unusual assets, beneficiary designations.
  • Ability to manage and cultivate relationships
  • Proven customer service and relationship building experience.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communications skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and BSR Advance database (or equivalents).
  • Successful experience in working with people from diverse backgrounds.

Education and Experience

  • Minimum 3 years experience in fundraising for higher education or other non profits.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.


Anticipated Hiring Range: $7,500 - $9,167 per month

Classification Salary Range: $4,583 - $13,750 per month

Statement of Commitment to Diversity

In our commitment to the furthering of knowledge and fulfilling our educational mission, California State University, San Bernardino seeks a campus climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the entire variety of human experience. In our commitment to diversity, we welcome people from all backgrounds, and we seek to include knowledge and values from many cultures in the curriculum and extra-curricular life of the campus community. Our commitment to work toward an environment that values diversity requires that we create, promote, and maintain activities and programs which further our understanding of individual and group diversity. We will also develop and communicate policies and promote values which discourage intolerance and discrimination.

The concept and dimensions of diversity are to be advanced and incorporated into every aspect of university activity, including student life, the curriculum, teaching, programs, staffing, personnel training practices, research, community services, events, and all other areas of university endeavor.

Dimensions of diversity shall include, but are not limited to, the following: race, ethnicity, religious belief, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, gender expression, ability, socioeconomic status, cultural orientation, national origin, and age.

The implementation of the Commitment to Diversity will rest with the university as a whole. The president, in addition to a personal commitment and involvement, may use the University Diversity Committee, campus administrators, faculty, staff, and students as well as other members of the campus community to implement effectively the philosophy and intent of this statement.


Supplemental Information

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

The person holding this position is considered a `mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

California State University, San Bernardino is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

This position may be "Designated" under California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This would require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within 6 months of assuming office and every 2 years thereafter.  Visit the Human Resources Conflict of Interest webpage link for additional information:

This position adheres to CSU policies against Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Violence, including Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking. This requires completion of Sexual Violence Prevention Training within 6 months of assuming employment and on a two-year basis thereafter. (Executive Order 1096)

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