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Director of Board and Executive Affairs

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Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: San Diego
Categories: MPP, Administrative, At-Will, Full Time, Telecommute eligible (work onsite as scheduled and/or as requested and telecommute as scheduled)

Position Summary

The Director of Board and Executive Affairs serves as a key member of the Vice President's office by providing administrative and project management support.  The Director is responsible for planning, directing, and managing operations and relationships involving the Office of the Vice President and The Campanile Foundation (TCF).

The Director will serve as the principal liaison between the Vice President’s office and other senior University officials, deans, faculty, staff, alumni, donors, prospects, students, and parents, as well as state and local government offices.  This position is responsible for independently setting office priorities and scheduling and assignment of own work. The Director will serve as liaison with the senior managers of the division and with the Vice President’s direct reports and will schedule meetings, prepare agendas, and coordinate meeting plans.  The Director works closely with the Chief-of-Staff and other staff in the President’s office.

Working closely with the President and CEO, the Director manages the operations of The Campanile Foundation's Board of Directors, including organizing and coordinating all board and committee meetings, planning retreats and associated activities, providing background material for board deliberations, assisting with committee appointments, setting agendas, scheduling, and correspondence, and maintaining records.

The Director will also work in coordination with Special Events on internal and external events in support of University Relations.

This is a full-time (1.0 time-base), benefits eligible, at-will position. This position is designated exempt under FLSA and is not eligible for overtime compensation. Standard SDSU work hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but may vary based on operational needs.

This position is approved for partial telecommuting with onsite work in San Diego.

Department Summary

University Relations and Development (URAD) shares the university’s vision and mission underscored in the 2020 five-year strategic plan. The plan identifies five strategic priorities including: Becoming a Premier Public Research University: A New Kind of Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI); Resilience. Designed to Thrive; We Are SDSU; Equity and Inclusion in Everything We Do; and Students at Our Core.

Units of URAD work together to create enduring relationships with alumni, parents, donors, students and the community to generate private support for SDSU students, faculty and a diverse number of programs. URAD handles a range of services encompassing stewardship, events, gift administration, communications and more.

Within URAD, the departments of Development, SDSU Alumni, Planned Giving, Special Events, Donor Relations, Marketing and Communications, Financial Management, Data Management, Prospect Research and Management and Operations are making a difference in the lives of SDSU’s 37,000 students.  

URAD had another record-setting fundraising year in 2022-2023 with $136.9M total raised. Other superlatives in 2022-2023 include 16,534 total gifts, 2,254 scholarships awarded and 5,969 first-time donors. The latest fundraising success can be credited to the university’s goal of building a world-class university campus, research center, and multi-use stadium in Mission Valley to serve higher education, the public good, and the community’s goals and aspirations.

SDSU has been recognized several times for its exceptional development program by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). With the support of loyal donors and working alongside SDSU’s visionary faculty and staff leaders, SDSU builds lifelong relationships with nearly 500,000 alumni, friends and the community that advance the mission of SDSU.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:

University Relations and Development at San Diego State University is committed to upholding, as a foundational belief, a supportive working environment of inclusion that values, honors, and respects, all members of our team and the University community. 

We strive to engage in and promote the fair and equitable recruitment and training of URAD staff members, develop meaningful relationships with all groups in our diverse campus community, and share philanthropic stories that highlight the impact of and opportunity for diverse giving by our SDSU community. 

University Relations and Development firmly believe that an inclusive environment facilitates critical and creative thinking, and that differences in identities, values, beliefs, and perspectives are fundamental to our mission of generating philanthropic support for the university and its student body.

Within University Relations and Development, the term diversity implies a respect for all and an understanding of individual differences and other characteristics protected by applicable state or federal law, so that all members of the community are treated at all times with dignity and respect.

We value diversity and inclusion in the working environment and believe it is vital to the fulfillment of the university’s mission.

For more information regarding University Relations and Development, click here.

Education and Experience

Five years of progressively responsible related experience or equivalent administrative experience which has provided the applicant with the knowledge and abilities listed below.

Key Qualifications

  • Knowledge of Board etiquette and experience interfacing with Boards and volunteers.
  • Experience generating meeting minutes, reports, board packages and general correspondence.
  • General accounting knowledge and fiscal management skills.
  • Ability to establish format, to independently initiate, compose and draft clear and concise final form memoranda, board meeting materials, minutes and correspondence requiring selection of material and reference from a variety of sources.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with the University's highest-level donors, President's office, legislative offices, faculty, administrators, staff, students, and the public.
  • Computer-savvy with exceptional research skills.
  • Experience supporting an Executive Management position at a university or non-profit organization.
  • Experience with events management and experience dealing with volunteer committees and committee leadership.
  • Ability to travel and attend off-campus appointments and events.
  • May, on occasion, be required to attend events or perform duties outside of normal work hours.

Compensation and Benefits

San Diego State University will offer a competitive salary based on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. San Diego State University also offers a rich benefits package that includes:

  • Extensive Leave benefits: 15 paid holidays, 24 vacation days, and 12 sick days per year;
  • Retirement security through a CalPERS defined benefit pension (with CalPERS and UC Retirement Plan reciprocity) and retiree healthcare benefits;
  • An array of health, dental, and vision coverage at no-cost or low-cost to the employee; and
  • California State University system fee reduction program (fee waiver) for the employee or their qualified dependent

Anticipated hiring range:  $80,000 - $100,000 annually.

Diversity and Community at SDSU

At SDSU, our diversity gives us power and benefits every single member of our community. 

Through our commitment to equity and inclusion, we encourage all members of our community to purposefully learn from one another through open and respectful dialogue and responsible engagement.  For more information, click here.

Principles of Community

At San Diego State University, we are a community of diverse individuals who have and represent many perspectives, beliefs and identities. This diversity lends our community strength, and we commit to creating and sustaining an inclusive and intellectually vibrant environment that benefits all members of our university. 

SDSU’s Principles of Community is an aspirational statement that is intended to evolve over time. The statement reflects the ideals we are encouraged to uphold in our interactions with one another. 

Supplemental Information

Initial review of the required application materials, including cover letters and resumes, will begin on July 3,2024. To receive full consideration, apply by July 2, 2024. The position will remain open until filled.

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated 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. 

San Diego State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (e.g., H-1B visa). Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Offers of employment are contingent upon the presentation of documents that demonstrate a person's identity and authorization to work in the United States, which are consistent with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act. 

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily and is required for employment. SDSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current SDSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

SDSU is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click here.

SDSU is an Equal Opportunity Employer that considers all qualified candidates for employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered military and veteran status, or any other protected characteristic or status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who request an accommodation by contacting Rachael Stalmann at


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