Development Specialist (TUC- Autonomy Research Center for STEAHM)

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Work type: Auxiliary
Location: Northridge
Categories: At-Will, Full Time

About the ARCS

The Autonomy Research Center for STEAHM (ARCS) is a NASA-sponsored Center of Excellence combining the multidisciplinary, university-wide knowledge and talent of faculty and students from CSUN, including Science (S), Technology and Engineering (T), Entrepreneurship and Business (E), Arts (A), Humanities (H) and Mathematics (M). Our vision is to be a global leader in education, research and commercialization of Increasingly Autonomous (IA) systems. We converge in our desire to research and advance our students’ education and together uncover new trajectories to make a societal impact and improve our world. ARCS engages in strategic partnerships with NASA, related industries, government agencies, and other academic institutions resulting in research opportunities to achieve our goals which include:

  1. Developing and advancing trained, workforce-ready graduates who are the result of multidisciplinary research endeavors at ARCS.
  2. Securing financial resources including philanthropic gifts and revenue to amplify industry capacity and research commercialization resulting in positive and lasting impacts on society’s most pressing challenges and needs.


Major Duties

The Specialist is primarily responsible for developing and implementing fundraising initiatives aimed at securing public and private funding in support of the on-going financial sustainability of CSUN Autonomy Research Center for STEAHM. The Specialist will solicit individual donors and external agencies for philanthropic support; develop and execute fundraising strategies and key activities to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward prospective donors; support the Director in his solicitation efforts; and work collaboratively with CSUN internal stakeholders (students, professors, administrators) and external stakeholders (industry, government, community, NGOs). Identify, qualify, cultivate and solicit prospective supporters by making at least 240 discovery contacts or visits and submitting at least 12 well-positioned solicitations/proposals valued at $10,000 or more for a total to be determined on an annual basis. Serve as the primary front-line fundraiser to initiate, cultivate, and sustain philanthropic relationships with CSUN alumni, federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, higher education institutions, industry and businesses, and community organizations and foundations. Develop and execute initiatives to identify, qualify, cultivate, steward and enhance major fundraising and donor relations efforts consistent with the mission and vision of the center. Understand the unique and specific aspects of fundraising for STEAHM disciplines and be able to share enthusiasm, knowledge, value and impact of our research in Increasingly Autonomous systems to local, national and international stakeholders. Cultivate and maintain a strong partnership and communication with CSUN University Advancement based on the established ARCS/UA MOU to achieve ARCS resource development goals and objectives. Work with ARCS staff to help create an environment that encourages strong support for ARCS and fosters a culture of philanthropy among volunteers, campus partners and the community. Work with ARCS team members on developing and implementing creative initiatives for the Center’s long-term financial sustainability. Other duties as assigned by the Director.



  • BS/BA required, and a MS or higher degree is preferred.
  • Minimum of two years of progressively responsible Development experience, preferably in higher education fundraising and/or prior professional experience in a related field such as sales, marketing or business development.
  • Proven skills in developing, implementing and administering gift solicitation strategies.
  • Experience in making cold calls and familiarity with prospect screening activities and applications.
  • Comfort working in start-up environments.
  • Be able to work effectively with diverse internal and external stakeholders.
  • Have a strong work ethic.
  • Have excellent organizational, strategic thinking and planning skills.
  • Demonstrate ability to manage multiple tasks and multi-phase projects simultaneously from inception to completion.
  • Ability to travel and work occasional nights and weekends.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to work collaboratively with others. Persuasive oral and writing communication skills to prepare and present solicitation strategies, proposals and other communication materials.


Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

Be proficient in using standard office and fundraising software including but not limited to Microsoft Office Suite, Google Cloud Documents, Raiser’s. Edge or other customer relationship management software. Have the values of integrity, compassion, justice, and affirmation as well as a commitment to fairness, dignity, and respect. Have a commitment to lifelong learning and professional growth.


Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

This position is employed through The University Corporation (TUC). TUC offers an excellent benefits package.

Work Schedule M-F8am-5pm; some weekends

The anticipated salary range $80,000-$100,000  


General Information



How to Apply

Please complete the on-line application/resume upload submission process in order to be considered for any open position within the university and its auxiliaries. The hiring department will contact the best qualified candidates and invite them to participate in the interview process.


Application Screening begins June 3, 2021 and will continue until position is filled.

In order to be considered in the initial review, applications must be submitted prior to the date listed above.

Application submissions received after the application screening date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.


For more detailed information on the application and hiring process, please view the link below:


Equal Employment Opportunity

The University Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and disability. Applicants who wish to request an accommodation for a disability may contact the Office of Equity and Diversity at (818) 677-2077.

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