Fresno State campus

Senior Director of Development for Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology/Executive Director of Ag One Foundation

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

Senior Director of Development for the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology/Executive Director of Ag One Foundation
(Administrator II)

Compensation and Benefits

The Anticipated Hiring Salary is $105,000 - $140,000 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

This position is a member of the University Advancement division and reports to the Associate Vice President for Development and Comprehensive Campaigns and works in partnership with the dean of the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology.  The incumbent is responsible for managing and facilitating Jordan College efforts in fundraising. The Senior Director of Development is responsible for identifying, cultivating, and soliciting major and principal gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations.  In partnership with the Dean, they will plan and implement development and campaign strategies on behalf of Jordan College, including providing staff support to one or more volunteer groups. The Senior Director is expected to serve as a top performer and leader within the University Advancement division. Leads a team of a Director of Development, bookkeeping specialist, and program specialist.

This position also serves as the Executive Director of Ag One Foundation. This role manages and administers the activities and affairs of the Corporation under the direction of the University President, or his designee and the Board.


Key Qualifications

  • Knowledge of budgets, institutional planning, and fiscal analysis to make strategic business decisions.
  • Knowledge of campaign and fundraising best practices, trends, tools, and technology including applicable guidelines and compliance requirements.
  • Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Ability to manage and evaluate program operations, systems and information and provide data for review in developing and implementing strategies to enhance processes and meet programmatic goals.
  • Organizational and time-management skills with the ability to work under pressure and manage multiple tasks and projects under competing deadlines and maintain flexibility in response to constantly shifting priorities.
  • Ability to develop and implement short and long-term plans and initiatives, conduct on-going review and evaluation, and prepare and present reports or information with reliable conclusions and recommendations.
  • Collaborate with others to help advance the goals of the department and university.  Show courtesy and respect towards others and promote a positive and service oriented collegial work environment.
  • 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.
  • 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 socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Ability to manage a portfolio and build and implement strategy focused on $250,000+ solicitations.
  • Ability to lead a team of a Director of Development, bookkeeping specialist, and program specialist.
  • 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 six years of increasingly responsible and successful fundraising experience, preferably in higher education.
  • Experience in successfully raising multiple seven figure gifts.
  • Demonstrated track record in working with individuals and groups, ability to work as a member of a team.
  • Exposure to management, including budgetary responsibilities.
  • Experience with a nonprofit organization.
  • Experience with comprehensive campaigns and/or specific experience in major and principal gift solicitation, corporate foundation relations or constituent relations.
    • Preferred Skills:
      • Master's or other advanced degree preferred.
      • Experience/background in higher education philanthropy.
      • Experience with alumni/philanthropic partner databases and campus applications such as Advance, Reeher or Raiser’s Edge.


Department Summary

Our mission is to inspire and increase engagement and philanthropy for Fresno State by putting alumni, friends, and the philanthropic partner at the center of what University Advancement does, thereby focusing on the individual being the hero of their own story.


Deadline & Application Instructions

This position is open until filled and will have an initial consideration date of August 8, 2024.

  • 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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