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Associate Director, Development

Palomar College

Last Updated: 6/16/22

Job Description

Associate Director, Development
MiraCosta College

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Type of Assignment: Full Time
Assignment Category: Regular Position

Position Details:
One regular, full-time position, 40 hours per week, 12 months per year on the Oceanside campus. The work schedule will be Monday through Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, with evenings and weekends as needed for projects and events. The Vice President, Institutional Advancement has approved the option for the person selected to work remotely up to 20 percent of the workweek during the training period and then up to 60 percent of the workweek once fully trained. The person selected for this position will be subject to assignment to any district facility during any hours of operation.
MiraCosta College believes that flexible work enables employees to achieve a more successful balance between work responsibilities and family life. The District offers the opportunity to telework (remote work) for certain positions, depending on the operational needs of the District and the provisions of the telework policy. Probationary and temporary employees are not eligible to telework unless approved by the appropriate vice president. No employee is guaranteed the right to telework. No employee shall be authorized to telework 100% of the time; regular, on-campus presence is expected for all District employees on a weekly basis.
IMPORTANT: MiraCosta College requires that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to promote a safe and healthful workplace for employees and to promote the health and safety of our campus community. Unvaccinated employees are at greater risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19 within the workplace and to the college community that depends on college programs and services. As of August 23, 2021, all employees must submit proof of vaccination or request and receive approval for a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. For more information, please visit

Salary Range: 32
Compensation: Starting at $90,413 – $95,369 per year, salary range 32, step 1 or 2 on the 2022-2023 classified salary schedule. Initial step placement will be determined based on directly-related experience, with annual salary step increases up to step 5. In addition, after five years of district service, employees earn a longevity stipend that increases over time.

Employees must make arrangements for the direct deposit of paychecks into the financial institution of their choice, via electronic fund transfer.

MiraCosta College offers an array of benefits to eligible employees.

  • The district pays 100% of the cost of medical, dental and vision insurance for eligible employees and dependents
  • $100,000 life insurance policy
  • Up to $250 of benefit credits per month to help pay for a variety of voluntary benefit options, such as supplemental life insurance, disability coverage, and health care/dependent care flexible spending account (FSA)
  • Vacation, sick leave, and up to 18 paid holidays
  • State pension system retirement benefits (CalPERS)
  • Free and confidential employee assistance program
  • Wellness Program
  • Participation in the District’s Early Retirement Program
  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • Tuition fee reimbursement
  • Childcare Facility (Oceanside Campus)

Position Term in Months: $Term

Application Procedure:
In order to be considered for this position, you must submit the following documents directly in the online system and finish applying and receive a confirmation number. Applications submitted by 11:59 PM on Friday, July 8, 2022 will receive first consideration. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

1. Application on which you list all relevant experience.

2. A current resume or curriculum vitae summarizing your educational background and experience.

3. A cover letter addressed to the “Screening and Interview Committee” specifically describing how your experience aligns with the Essential Duties, Other Duties, and Desirable Qualifications.

4. Transcripts of college coursework which provide evidence of meeting the minimum qualifications as stated in this job posting. Unofficial or legible photocopies are acceptable. If a degree(s) was earned, the transcripts must state that the degree was awarded. Any degree/coursework used to satisfy the minimum qualifications must be from a postsecondary institution accredited by an accreditation agency recognized by either the U.S. Department of Education or the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation.

If your degree(s) is from a college or university outside of the United States, you must submit a detailed evaluation from a professional evaluation agency. To view a list of agencies approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, go to Transcripts or translations in English still require the evaluation to show the U.S. equivalence of your degree.

The screening and interview committee will review application materials for up to three to four weeks following the closing/first screening date. Applicants selected for interview will be contacted by phone; those not selected for interview will be notified by e-mail once interview candidates have been scheduled.

Offer of employment to the person selected for this position is contingent upon 1) proof of being fully vaccinated* for COVID-19 or requesting and receiving approval for a medical or religious exemption; 2) successful completion of a pre-placement physical exam at district expense; 3) submission of a current tuberculosis test clearance; 4) proof of eligibility to work in the United States; 5) fingerprint clearance; and 6) approval by the Board of Trustees.

*Individuals are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks or more after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (e.g. Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or two weeks or more after they have received a single-dose vaccine (e.g., Johnson and Johnson [J&J/Janssen).

Retired STRS members are not eligible for this position.

Basic Function:
The Associate Director of Development leads fundraising and internal grantmaking for the MiraCosta College and the MiraCosta College Foundation, with a focus on individual and major gifts. Reporting to the VP of Institutional Advancement / Executive Director of the Foundation, this position plans and implements comprehensive fundraising strategies to support MiraCosta College’s mission. Strategies include annual fund, major gifts, planned giving, events, and private grants. This position is a professional self-starter who can work collaboratively across the MiraCosta College district, shaping future growth strategies to support student access and success.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this class.

1. Plan, design and implement fundraising and donor development programs for the college including the Annual Fund, the Business Roundtable and the President’s Circle campaigns, capital campaigns to support major needs of the college, scholarship programs for students and in-kind donation programs.

2. Plan, develop and implement prospect and donor development activities; develop short and long-term campaign goals and objectives incorporating community volunteers and college staff into campaigns as needed; monitor campaign progress and develop campaign reports; maintain campaign financial reports; with support from the Marketing & Communi­cations department, develop campaign publications, correspondence and gift acknowledg­ment processes.

3. Coordinate and collaborate with college faculty and staff in identifying college programs that could benefit from private support; collaborate with appropriate individuals so that college programs are presented to potential donors – individuals, foundations and corporations – in a manner most appealing to potential funders.

4. Assist in planning, developing and implementing fundraising and recognition events includ­ing soliciting donations, event sponsors and underwriters and identifying/recruiting honorees and speakers; prepare presentations and develop and produce invitations, programs and publications; oversee event logistics including contacting vendors for facilities and food orders, supplies and audio-visual equipment; provide staff support to volunteer committees.

5. Assist in identifying, cultivating and soliciting major prospects, and developing strategies for cultivating participation from new and existing donors and moving them into major gift and planned giving programs.

6. Plan and facilitate meetings with community leaders, business owners, CEOs of local companies and the Superintendent/President.

7. Establish, maintain and update the constituent management system, automated gift processing system and donor tracking and recognition systems; oversee the development and adher­ence to district policies regarding gift acceptance and other matters related to the Fund Development Office.

Other Duties:
1. Serve on or staff Foundation board committees and college committees as appropriate.

2. Develop and/or review emails, solicitation letters, telemarketing scripts and other donor/prospect marketing materials.

3. Participate in community civic efforts and service clubs to enhance the college’s presence in the community; act as a college outreach speaker to service clubs, associations, businesses and corporations.

4. Perform related duties as assigned.

Knowledge Of:
1. Principles and practices of fund development including campaign development, major donor cultivation techniques and planned giving.

2. Professional ethical standards and practices as identified and agreed to by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) or similar body.

3. Community relations and community outreach.

4. Principles and practices of public administration, including compliance, purchasing, contract­ing and maintaining public records.

5. Principles, practices and methods of budget development and management and donor tracking and monitoring.

6. Applicable sections of the state education code, Title V and other state and federal laws governing foundations.

7. Federal, state, corporate, private and non-profit funding sources to meet high-priority college funding needs.

8. Research, statistical and forecasting methods used in donor analysis and management.

9. Federal, state and local laws, ordinances, codes, regulations and policies affecting Founda­tion accounting and financial systems.

10. Principles and practices of sound business communication.

11. Research methods and analysis techniques.

12. Principles and practices of effective management and supervision.

13. Basic principles and practices of organization and culture change.

14. District human resources policies and labor contract provisions.

Ability To:
1. Plan and implement the activities of a complex fund development program and educational foundation.

2. Build strong and mutually beneficial relationships between the faculty and staff and external audiences.

3. Analyze and make sound recommendations on complex funding issues.

4. Work collaboratively with other directors and managers and provide expert advice and counsel to develop solutions to complex issues.

5. Organize, set priorities and exercise expert independent judgment within areas of responsi­bility.

6. Read, interpret, apply and explain rules, regulations, policies and procedures including appropriate sections of state education code and other applicable laws.

7. Prepare clear, concise and comprehensive correspondence, reports, studies and other written materials.

8. Represent the district effectively in dealings with donors, the community and a variety of not- for-profit organizations.

9. Present proposals and recommendations clearly, logically and persuasively.

10. Operate a computer and standard business software.

11. Use tact and diplomacy in dealing with sensitive and complex issues, situations and concerned people.

12. Demonstrate sensitivity to and understanding of diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic and disability issues.

13. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all those encountered in the course of work.

Education & Experience:
To be eligible for this position, you must meet and provide evidence of the following minimum qualifications:

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university, and five (5) years of related profes­sional experience that includes a proven and demonstrable track record of suc­cessful major gift solicitation, grant award and program development experience. Experience in an educational setting is preferred.

NOTE: For work experience, one “year” is defined as equivalent to 40 hours per week for 12 months, or at least 2,080 hours.

Desirable Qualifications:
Staff supervisory experience is preferred.

Raiser’s Edge experience is preferred.

Licenses & Other Requirements:
A valid California driver’s license and the ability to maintain insurability under the district’s vehicle insurance program.

Certified Fundraising Executive or similar certification is strongly preferred.

Physical Effort:
Primarily sedentary with intermittent standing, walking, bending and stooping; occasional light lifting and carrying of objects weighing up to 25 pounds; ability to travel to a variety of locations on and off campus as needed to conduct district business.

Emotional Effort:
Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships involving interactions and com­munications personally, by phone and in writing with a variety of individuals and/or groups from diverse backgrounds on a regular, ongoing basis; ability to work effectively under pressure on a variety of tasks concurrently while meeting established deadlines and changing priorities.

Working Conditions:
Primarily business office environment; subject to frequent public contact and inter­ruption; inter­mittent exposure to individuals acting in a disagreeable fashion; may work at any district location or authorized facility with occasional evenings and/or week­ends on an as-needed basis. Occa­sional local travel may be requested.

Posting Number: S21/22059P
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Job Close Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes
First Screening Date: Applications submitted by 11:59 PM on Friday, July 8, 2022 will receive first consideration. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

About MiraCosta College
MiraCosta College is one of California's 115 public community colleges. The district operates two campus sites and two centers, and offers a robust online education program. Situated between San Diego and Los Angeles, MiraCosta College benefits from multicultural influences and cultural opportunities. Both students and staff enjoy a friendly atmosphere and the feeling that we are all here to help one another. MiraCosta College is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. For more details, please visit our website at

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