Associate Director, Principal Gift Research

UCI Health
June 12, 2023
Offerd Salary:$80,000
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Updated: May 12, 2023 Location: Irvine-Campus Job Type: Department: Advancement Services-AVC

Job Opening ID: 53282

Reports To: Senior Director, Prospect Development

Working Title: Associate Director, Principal Gift Research

Department: Advancement Services-AVC

Bargaining Unit: 99

FLSA: Exempt

Payroll Job Code: 007139

Job Location: UCI Campus- Irvine

Percent of Time: 100%

Work Schedule: Hybrid 8-5 M-F

Employee Class: Career

Position Summary:

In 1965, the University of California, Irvine was founded with a mission to catalyze the community and enhance lives through rigorous academics, cutting- edge research, and dedicated public service. A top public university, UCI has become internationally recognized for improving lives through research and discovery, fostering excellence in scholarship and teaching, and engaging and enriching the community. Today, UCI continues to inspire change and pioneer new ideas with the support of its generous partners, alumni and friends. Through the combined efforts of the University Advancement & Alumni relations team, the university is able to share its amazing achievements, build lasting relationships and generate support for important campus programs and initiatives. University Advancement seeks to strengthen contributions in research, education, and service; accelerate the university's place among globally preeminent research universities; and bring together passions, skills, and creativity to further improve people's lives.

Under the general direction of the Senior Director, Prospect Development, the Associate Director, Principal Gift Research serves as a serves as a subject matter expert in principal gift research and a senior strategist and campus liaison in the development of prospect identification and research strategies for principal gift prospects and VIP Donors in conjunction with campus-wide fund-raising initiatives for their fundraising units. The incumbent supports campus fund-raising by identifying new prospective principal gift donors, providing pertinent information on principal gift donors and known prospects, building strong campus relationships, and by managing and maintaining research related information in the Zotforce database. The Associate Director, Principal Gift Research plays a key role in the planning, organization, coordination, and implementation of prospect development programs, policies and goals to ensure leadership, Vice Chancellor, Associate Vice Chancellors and Deans have an adequate prospect pool and strategic prospect information to meet their fund-raising priorities. The quality and accuracy of information and analysis generated by the Associate Director is essential to the units' fund-raising success and to the University's ability to develop resources to carry out its goals. The Associate Director, Principal Gift Research also plays a key role in the development, implementation, and evaluation of new and existing Prospect Research programming. This includes independent collaboration with the fundraising staff in the development of innovative methods to assist with prospect identification, research processes and efficiencies of wealth data in Zotforce. This may include: contributions to the creation of prospect research procedures to streamline prospecting, and development of selection criteria and formats required to prepare reports on prospects, potential prospects, and other specialized reports.

Total Compensation:

In addition to the salary range listed below, we offer a wealth of benefits to make working at UCI even more rewarding. These benefits may include medical insurance, sick and vacation time, retirement savings plans, and access to a number of discounts and perks. Please utilize the links listed here to learn more about our compensation practices and benefits.

$80,000.00 - $89,500.00 (Annual Salary) Expected Pay Range within the Full Salary Range $71,300.00 - $128,700.00 (Annual Salary)


5-10 years successful experience working with principal gift research within a complex fundraising environment and/or in development research or information research-related field

•Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.

Expert knowledge of prospect research techniques, tools and data analysis. Thorough knowledge of confidentiality, regulatory and university policies governing research activities. Strong technical skills to utilize and manipulate database, biographical, financial and other research systems and tools. Subject matter expertise in analyzing and extracting asset information from complex databases and data sets. Expert familiarity with research data as analysis of securities, real estate, private company valuation, venture capital and investment income as well as understanding wealth across professions, family and hidden assets. Proven ability to manage a project through to completion while performing a wide variety of tasks, adapting to changing priorities, deadlines and directions. Excellent Interpersonal and relationship building skills to maintain professional relationships with Leadership, peers, and team members. Strong skills to evaluate issues and identify solutions within defined procedures and policies. Proven ability to address problems and suggest solutions through critical thinking processes. Strong verbal and written communication skills to explain technical concepts and articulate reasoning behind analyses and recommendations. Active listening skills to understand varying opinions and receive feedback.Ability to manage the varying technical, interpersonal and project management skills among staff to deliver appropriate, productive and professional support to the campus development officers. Demonstrated ability to conceptualize and develop proactive prospecting methodologies to support organizational goals. Demonstrated advanced analytical skills to initiate and perform complex analyses and organize information to identify philanthropic patterns, tendencies, and relationships among principal gift level individuals, corporations and foundations. Demonstrated advanced prospect research skills and understanding of the role of prospect research function and goals are integrated into the overall fund-raising operation as defined by the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (APRA) skills set for advanced prospect research and prospect management. Expert-level knowledge of the field of prospect research techniques and methodologies to conduct research and to train staff, knowledge of major fund-raising principles, and understanding of campus fund-raising priorities. Deep understanding of the role of prospect development in principal gifts fund raising, including connected disparate pieces of information that inform prospect strategy for leadership. Knowledge of prospect research methodology and interactive computer support systems. Knowledge of electronic databases, other reference sources, library reference tools, and research procedure. In-depth understanding of data acquisition methods, techniques, and sources (including electronic sources) to continually upgrade the quality of data. Leadership skills, including demonstrated experience in collaboration, motivating and promoting teamwork. Proven ability to guide and support database applications to ensure that database access designs conform to database integrity rules. Proven ability to recognize and identify patterns of giving, propensity, and relationships for prospect pool development. Ability to anticipate problems and take necessary action to eliminate or mitigate potential negative effects. Understanding of the principles of fundraising and philanthropy, particularly in a higher education setting. Working knowledge of the dynamics of fundraising and the concepts of development for academic institutions.

Conditions of Employment:

The University of California, Irvine (UCI) seeks to provide a safe and healthy environment for the entire UCI community. As part of this commitment, all applicants who accept an offer of employment must comply with the following conditions of employment:

  • Background Check and Live Scan

  • Legal Right to work in the United States

  • Vaccination Policies

  • Smoking and Tobacco Policy

  • Drug Free Environment

  • The following additional conditions may apply, some of which are dependent upon business unit or job specific requirements.

  • California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act

  • E-Verify

  • Pre-Placement Health Evaluation

  • Details of each policy may be reviewed by visiting the following page - https: //

    Closing Statement:

    The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

    We are committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce along with honoring unique experiences, perspectives, and identities. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable, and welcoming.

    UCI provides reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities upon request. For more information, please contact Human Resources at (949) 824-0500 or [email protected].

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