The University of Southern California Gayle Garner Roski School of Art and Design invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of Development. The selected candidate will help grow and sustain philanthropic support for the schoolâs students, faculty, and programs. The Director of Development will work directly with the Dean and assist in the design, implementation, and creation of campaigns to advance the mission of the art and design program.
The ideal candidate will have a strong record of fundraising success both as a leader and individually. Visionary direction, unprecedented contribution, and unwavering dedication to the arts and design are needed for USC to realize its goal and establish itself among the worldâs most preeminent research universities. The candidate will possess outstanding communication skills, be self-motivated and suited to work with donors, artist, designers and creative professionals both locally, nationally, and internationally.
First organized in 1883, the USC Gayle Garner Roski School of Art and Design is the oldest art school in Southern California with a noteworthy history, illustrious alumni, internationally renowned faculty, and bright, talented students. The school is a unique, supportive environment for creativity, experimentation, and collaboration in visual arts and design. USC Roski features an open approach to art that allows for both the integration and overlap of a number of artistic fields, as well as opportunities for cross-discipline research and collaboration at the 22 professional schools at USC, one of the worldâs leading research institutions. This gives students the ability to seek a wide range of paths and customize their degree in a way that is as individual as they are.
Located in the heart of Los Angeles, home to a vital local art and design community and an international gallery and museum scene, at USC Roski, creativity is unleashed, and students thrive. The school offers courses in all mediaâpainting, drawing, photography, design, sculpture, video, digital media, ceramics, performance, printmaking â and students are encouraged throughout their education to explore, combine, mix, match and move freely among them.
Reporting to and working closely with the Dean, the Director of Development will lead all aspects of development and donor relations for USC Roski.Â
Creating and implement a fundraising plan and strategic goals to cultivate, solicit, and steward donors to grow individual, annual, corporate, and foundation giving.Â
Strengthen programs that engage individuals as advocates, partners, volunteers, donors
Serve as primary staff liaison to the USC Roski Board of Councilors by scheduling quarterly in-person meetings with faculty presentations.
Maintain a focus on pipeline development by continuously discovering and qualifying potential donors that could lead to further engagement and philanthropic potential.
Increase base of support for major donors through outreach and building relationships through virtual meetings, in-person meetings, telephone contact and correspondence.
Obtain contributions form new donors and renews/increases support form prior donors
Steward donors with updates and impact reports
Work collaboratively with colleagues in University Advancement including regional offices, corporate and foundation relations, planned giving, parent program, and annual giving.
Prepare development reports assessing progress toward goals. Analyze information trends and patterns, evaluate strategies and make recommendations for further advancement goals.
The ideal candidate for the above position will have a minimum of seven years of experience fundraising in an arts organization or with a major campaign environment. This individual will have a strong track record of securing and closing philanthropic investments of $1 million and more and possess documented success building integrated donor, corporate, and foundation relations. Experience leading advancement for a university unit and knowledge of Salesforce is preferred.
Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education
Minimum Experience: 7 years, Combined education/experience as substitute for minimum experience
Minimum Field of Expertise: Major campaign, fundraising, and/or senior volunteer group management experience.
Preferred Education: Master's Degree
Preferred Experience: 10 years
Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum educationMinimum Experience: 7 years, Combined education/experience as substitute for minimum experienceMinimum Field of Expertise: Major campaign, fundraising, and/or senior volunteer group management experience.
USC is the leading private research university in Los Angeles—a global center for arts, technology and international business. With more than 47,500 students, we are located primarily in Los Angeles but also in various US and global satellite locations. As the largest private employer in Los Angeles, responsible for $8 billion annually in economic activity in the region, we offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic and diverse environment, in careers that span a broad spectrum of talents and skills across a variety of academic and professional schools and administrative units. As a USC employee and member of the Trojan Family—the faculty, staff, students, and alumni who make USC a great place to work—you will enjoy excellent benefits, including a variety of well-being programs designed to help individuals achieve work-life balance.