Fresno State campus

Director of Fundraising for the College of Science and Mathematics

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Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Fresno
Categories: MPP, At-Will, Fundraising & Alumni Relations, Full Time
Position Description

Director of Fundraising for the College of Science and Mathematics
(Administrator II)

Compensation and Benefits

The Anticipated Hiring Salary is $80,000 - $92,000 per year and is competitive and negotiable depending on the strength of qualifications. This is a CSU Management Personnel Plan (MPP) position.

The CSU system provides a comprehensive benefit package that includes medical, dental and vision plans, membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), sick and vacation time, and 15 paid holidays a year. Eligible employees are also able to participate in the fee waiver education program. A summary of benefit information can be found here.


Job Summary

The Director of Fundraising for College of Science and Mathematics reports to the Associate Vice President for Development and Comprehensive Campaigns, in close cooperation with the Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics and is a member of the University Advancement team. The incumbent is responsible for managing and facilitating the College of Science and Mathematics efforts in fundraising. The Director of Development is responsible for identifying, cultivating, and soliciting major and principal gifts from individuals, corporations, and foundations. The Director, in partnership with the Dean, will plan and implement development and campaign strategies on behalf of the College of Science and Mathematics, including providing staff support to one or more advisory groups that are philanthropically focused.

The College of Science and Mathematics is dedicated to the holistic preparation of the next generation of scientists and mathematicians for vital and diverse careers in STEM using innovative High Impact Practices. The college focuses on providing over 4,500 student majors with rich opportunities for innovative laboratory research, fieldwork, and community-based learning experiences. The college graduates the next generation of scientists and mathematicians, teachers, technicians, health professionals and field researchers who provide solutions to complex real-world, interdisciplinary challenges facing the Central Valley, including in food, water, energy, health, and sustainability. The college hosts seven departments ranging from biology to psychology as well as the STEM Education Center, the Downing Planetarium, the Advising and Resources Center (ARC), and the Center for Access to Science for All (CASA). Faculty offer cutting-edge research opportunities for students and support groundbreaking instruction that integrates teaching and research across interdisciplinary curriculum. Each year, faculty and students typically co-author over 150 publications and make over 350 conference presentations at regional, national, and international meetings. Some of the key areas of research include cancer treatment, biotechnology, neuroscience, environmental science, cybersecurity, and applied mathematics/data science. The college includes 108 full-time tenure-track faculty that typically bring in over $5M a year in grants and contracts to support collaborative research with students. The college aims to expand and strengthen student success, community outreach efforts, and networks and partnerships by recruiting innovative new faculty, staff, and postdoctoral scholars while establishing state-of-the-art laboratories, research facilities, and enhanced classroom spaces.  The college aspires to serve as a national model for R2/comprehensive universities in the integration of teaching and research and STEM education for diverse students and as a regional and state leader in educational outreach and community service.


Key Qualifications

  • Demonstrated track record in working with individuals and groups, ability to work as a member of a team, recognition of the importance of education to individuals and society as a whole.
  • Exposure to management, including budgetary responsibilities.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Highly motivated and proven self-starter, creative and entrepreneurial characteristics.
  • Ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the university from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Flexibility to travel as needed to develop and maintain relationships.
  • Competency and experience with the use of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, email, and the internet.
  • History of regular attendance and positive performance evaluations.

To view the full list of qualifications and job responsibilities, please click the Position Description button above.


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree required from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Minimum of four years of increasingly responsible and successful fundraising experience or professional experience with transferable skills such as sales, marketing, or public relations.
  • Experience with a nonprofit organization.
  • Experience with comprehensive campaigns and/or specific experience in major gift solicitation, corporate/foundation relations, or constituent relations.
    • Preferred Skills:
      • Master's or other advanced degree preferred.
      • Experience/background in higher education.
      • Experience with alumni/donor databases and campus applications such as Advance, Reeher or Raiser’s Edge.


Department Summary

University Advancement fosters pride and connections that result in loyalty and giving for Fresno State. The division works with alumni, friends, and our community to broaden the resources available to the University, thereby strengthening the impact of higher education to prepare the next generation of leaders and to elevate our beloved San Joaquin Valley and beyond to the world. Providing engagement opportunities is a primary role of the division, with every interaction focused on increasing partnerships with Fresno State and its mission. University Advancement ensures that a strong brand inspires and deepens the University’s bond with the public it serves. As such, it advances communications that uplift the image and reputation of the University and supports the University’s strategic plan.


Deadline & Application Instructions

Applications received by June 23, 2024 will be given full consideration by the search committee.

  • Applications received after that date will be forwarded at the request of the Hiring Manager and/or search committee.

Please click “Apply Now” to complete the employment application for California State University, Fresno. Interested applicants must complete the application and attach the following: 1) their most recent resumé/vitae, 2) a cover letter that addresses their specific qualifications and interest, and 3) contact information for three professional references.


Fresno State

California State University, Fresno is one of 23 campuses in the California State University System. The University's mission is to boldly educate and empower students for success through our values of Discovery, Diversity and Distinction. The current student population is more than 25,000, including a large percentage of students with diverse and culturally rich backgrounds. The University serves the San Joaquin Valley while maintaining deep involvement with the state, nation, and across the globe.

Metropolitan Fresno, with a multi-ethnic population of over 527,000, is located in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley. The campus is within driving distance of Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, San Francisco, Los Angeles, the Monterey Peninsula, beaches, sailing, lakes, and numerous ski resorts. Fresno boasts one of the most reasonable housing markets in California and offers a wide array of locally grown fruits and produce.


Equal Employment Opportunity Information

California State University, Fresno is committed to maintaining and implementing employment policies and procedures in compliance with applicable state and federal equal employment opportunity laws and regulations. Executive Orders 1096 and 1097 prohibit discrimination, harassment, and retaliation on the basis of a protected status: race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex (including gender identity), sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition and covered veteran status. Fresno State's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring, and retention. We are proud to be an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.


COVID19 Vaccination Policy

Per the CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, it is strongly recommended that all employees who are accessing office and campus facilities 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.  Questions may be sent to


Supplemental Information

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with California State University, Fresno. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Fresno State has identified as sensitive.

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.

This position may be a "designated position" under the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This will require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within six (6) months of assuming office and every two (2) years thereafter.

Fresno State is a tobacco-free, smoke-free and vapor-free campus.

Fresno State is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions. (e.g. H1-B Visas)

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