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(Archived) Development Assistant

Last Updated: 7/22/21

Job Description

UC San Diego

Development Assistant

Filing Deadline: Mon 7/5/2021

Salary Range: $50,028.48 - $51,114.24 /year

The Development Assistant will provide administrative and development support for complex and confidential projects in the Leadership Strategy and Engagement Unit (LSE). Responsibilities include: calendar support, handling a large volume of mail, coordinating donor and prospect activities in support of development strategies, assisting with the preparation, research and gathering of materials and information for meetings and events, and drafting, editing, and proofreading correspondence, briefings and reports for senior university officials. Fiscal support requires gathering fiscal data, assisting in preparing budgets, and monitoring budgets for discrepancies. The incumbent will also create and maintain department contracts, purchase orders, reimbursements, travel and other expenses records as assigned.

The incumbent is also responsible for project support in a wide range of areas including resource administration, strategic planning, constituent engagement, donor relations and general administration management issues. As requested, manage special projects of a highly confidential and sensitive nature. Incumbent will interact with all levels of the organization, including campus executive administration, other offices of development throughout the campus, and Advancement. Incumbent will be responsible for independent problem solving and performing duties with high quality service, utmost courtesy and confidentiality, using a group-process approach to accomplishing work.


• Experience providing senior-level administrative support, including organizing and prioritizing tasks, scheduling meetings, serving as a liaison to on- and off- campus entities, and managing general office needs.

• Proven administrative skills to include the ability to organize and prioritize tasks with strong use of initiative, sound judgment, independent thought, and precise attention to detail with high level of professionalism.

• Strong interpersonal, written and oral communication skills that demonstrate correct grammar usage, syntax, edit and format, with the ability to communicate clearly and effectively both in person and on the telephone in a positive manner to a diverse and demanding group of people including major gift prospects, donors, volunteers, prominent social, business, and governmental figures, and campus administrators. Ability to use tact, diplomacy, and discretion, with emphasis of flexibility and professionalism.

• Proficiency in using and adapting computer software programs, applications and tools to meet office needs. Proficient in the use of software applications necessary in administrative work, including database to retrieve current and historical information to compile reports and briefings, spreadsheets, and graphics programs and the ability to implement new systems to increase productivity, using e-mail, word processing, spreadsheet, and calendar applications.

• High degree of integrity, dependability, use of sound judgment, diplomacy and resourcefulness, with a strong work ethic. Ability to maintain confidentiality in all matters, including those related to sensitive donor relations.

• Proven organizational skills. Ability to prioritize workload, meet deadlines, and work with frequent interruptions under constantly changing priorities in a fast-paced operation while exhibiting extreme attention to detail and high degree of accuracy at all times.

• Excellent writing/composition/spelling/proofreading skills; excellent understanding of the rules of English grammar and syntax, to write clear, concise correspondence and briefings.

• Thorough knowledge of accounting principles and practices for financial analysis of budgets. Experience in producing financial and expense reports, purchasing, accounting, Skill to monitor financial activities and transactions for report generation, purchasing, travel vouchers, accounts payable, and accounts receivable.

• Knowledge of the techniques of donor/prospect research with the ability to extract and distill pertinent/critical information from multiple sources.

• Demonstrated ability to operate office equipment proficiently, including copiers, scanners, and fax machines; demonstrated expertise in PC based computer software.

• Proven resourcefulness in independently finding appropriate solutions to complex problems, operational and administrative, and use of initiative in implementing solutions or making recommendations. Ability to anticipate problems and take necessary actions to mitigate potential negative effects.

• Experience in arranging and coordinating logistics for meetings and events. Experience arranging travel, including booking, creating itineraries, and reconciling expenses.


• Must have access of reliable transportation and a valid California Driver's License to travel and transport materials to multiple work sites, including meetings and events on and off campus and within San Diego County.

• Occasional overtime may be required, including evenings and/or weekends that coincide with events and meetings.

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La Jolla, California, United States