Director of Development, Student Affairs

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Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Northridge
Categories: MPP, Administrative, Compliance/Legal, Finance/Accounting, Probationary, Fundraising & Alumni Relations, Full Time, Education Support Professionals, Information Systems & Technology, Marketing/Communications, Research, Student Services, Telecommute eligible (work onsite as scheduled and/or as requested and telecommute as scheduled)

Student Affairs is responsible for the overall quality of student life at CSUN. The Division encompasses the following centers services: Career Center, Disability Resources and Educational Services, Enrollment Services, Financial Aid and Scholarship Department, International and Exchange Student Center, National Center on Deafness, Student Development and Transitional Programs, Student Health Center, Student Housing and Residential Life, Student Life and Leadership (Matador Involvement Center), Student Outreach and Recruitment, and University Counseling Services.


At CSUN we aspire to continually grow as an inclusive, cooperative community! 

CSUN strives to be a destination workplace, where everyone understands that they belong to a community that is vital in advancing student success and providing exemplary service to all stakeholders. We foster an environment of success, both for our students and our employees. We have a relentless passion for celebrating diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as being an employer of choice. You will also have the opportunity to realize your own personal goals and be recognized for the work you do and enjoy the unique value the CSUN community can offer. As a leader you will have the opportunity to thrive in a community in which our leaders share common traits as identified in our Leadership Principles If this sounds like you, you've come to the right place.



Under general supervision of the Assistant Vice President of Development for Campus Development Programs, the Director of Development, Student Affairs designs and carries out a comprehensive fund development program aimed at identifying, qualifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding prospects and donors for major gifts to support the Division of Student Affairs and other university priorities. The incumbent oversees and organizes special cultivation and fundraising events for the division and its centers.

  • Fosters a culture of philanthropy among staff and volunteers and collaborates closely with the Vice President to ensure staff and volunteers are involvement in all development efforts.
  • Maintains a culture of communication within Student Affairs, Advancement division, donors, and volunteers.
  • Ensures best practices and procedures are followed related to data management and prospect management.
  • As a leader, demonstrates a commitment to student success that is mission aligned with the university’s vision, values and priorities. Establishes an ethical and collegial work environment, promoting a collaborative, accountable and inclusive team. Encourages a courageous and resilient solution-oriented environment by participating in new opportunities to further the mission of the university. Participates in developing initiatives that further support the campus mission with a service-oriented and catalytic mind set. Strengthens employees by being communicative and a talent builder that develops team attributes, furthering departmental goals.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

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  • Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor's degree in a job-related field. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Equivalent to five (5) years of progressively responsible professional/administrative experience; with two of the five years in a managerial role preferred.
  • Experience in higher education fundraising and/or prior professional experience in a related field, such as sales, marketing, or business development highly preferred.
  • Experience in making cold calls and resilience in dealing with initial resistance and rejection highly preferred.


Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Leadership

  • Proven skills in developing sophisticated strategies in planning, implementing and administering complex major gift solicitation and/or other solicitations of a similar nature, level, and complexity. Strong documented record of gifts solicited and closed in the special and major gifts range and/or solicitations of a similar nature, level, and complexity.
  • Demonstrated ability to: manage multiple tasks and multi-phase projects simultaneously from inception to completion. Demonstrated skill in problem-solving and using judgment in situations requiring independent initiative and tact. Ability to demonstrate: a high degree of professionalism; familiarity with prospect screening activities and applications; strong interpersonal skills to work collaboratively with faculty, deans, volunteers, and Development colleagues campus-wide; and well-developed organizational skills, fucus, and a goal-oriented temperament, with a high level of drive and energy.
  • Skilled in: motivating colleagues, volunteers and donors; databases, office software, and fundraising databases.
  • Ability to: exercise initiative and accept responsibility to work proactively and with minimum supervision; travel and work occasional nights and weekends; demonstrate oral and written communication skills to prepare and present solicitation strategies, proposals, and other marketing materials.
  • Lead diverse teams to support the operational mission and vision of employers by fostering an ethical, inclusive and collegial work environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to support ongoing improvement through courageous, resilient, and catalytic leadership.
  • Lead varying initiatives through a collaborative, service-oriented and communicative approach.
  • Demonstrated commitment to employee development, recognition, and accountability to further operational goals.


Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

  • Salary is commensurate with knowledge, skills, and experience. The University offers excellent fringe benefits.
  • The anticipated HIRING RANGE: $95,000 - $101,652 annually, dependent upon qualifications and experience.
  • The position is currently hybrid (2 days in office, 3 days remote); however, this is subject to change based on student and/or operational needs.


General Information

  • This position is a sensitive position as designated by the CSU.
  • A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.
  • The person holding this position may be considered a 'limited reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
  • In accordance with the California State University (CSU) Out-of-State Employment Policy, the CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California and prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside of California.
  • This position is a "designated position" in the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. The successful candidate accepting this position is required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.
  • Candidates should apply by completing the CSUN on-line application. To submit an application and for more detailed information on the application and hiring process, please visit this link:
  • Applications received through June 21, 2023, will be considered in the initial review and review of applications will continue until position is filled.
  • The CSU recommends that faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities at any university location be immunized against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and that all individuals who access any in-person program or activity (on- or off-campus) operated or controlled by the University follow COVID-19 vaccine recommendations adopted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) applicable to their age, medical condition, and other relevant indications and comply with other safety measures established by each campus.


Equal Employment Opportunity

CSUN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, covered military and veteran status, and disability. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Recruitment Services at 818-677-2101.

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