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Executive Director, External Relations - Luskin School of Public Affairs
Development - Luskin School of Public Affairs
Working Title : Executive Director, External Relations - Luskin School of Public Affairs
Department : Development - Luskin School of Public Affairs
Reports To : Senior Executive Director, Professional Schools Development
Supervises : Professional and Support Staff
Salary : Up to $160,000
Payroll Classification: ADVANCEMENT OFFICER IV
Req Nbr : 25454

Position Summary
At the convergence of the fields of social work, urban planning, and policy-making, the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs identifies and develops emerging areas of research and teaching, cultivating leaders and change agents who advance solutions to society's most pressing problems. Faculty of the School are actively engaged in research that addresses pressing national and regional issues including immigration, drug policy, prison reform, health care financing, transportation and the environment, national security, economic development, and an aging U.S. and world population. Philanthropic support provides the resources to make this vital research possible and grow future generations of transformative leaders.

Primary Responsibilities
Reporting jointly to the Dean of the Luskin School of Public Affairs and the Senior Executive Director of Development for the Professional Schools, the Executive Director, External Relations, oversees the entire range of development, external relations and communications for the Luskin School of Public Affairs. The Executive Director will establish long-range goals and objectives for the development programs and activities that reflect funding priorities of the School. He/She will design and implement a comprehensive and integrated development program for the Luskin School of Public Affairs, addressing the specific needs and academic priorities of the School.

In conjunction with the Dean, the Executive Director will maintain progress in meeting Centennial Campaign goals, priorities, planning and strategy. He/She will plan, manage and direct efforts of the School to attract private support from individuals, corporations, foundations and other organizations. He/She will lead activities in the areas of Special Events and Protocol, Alumni Relations and the Senior Fellowship Program. In cooperation with University Communications and Public Outreach, the Executive Director will oversee activities in the School's communications unit, responsible for the development and implementation of a strategic communications program designed to enhance the visibility and reputation of the School. The Executive Director will represent the Dean, the School, and UCLA to donors and to the wider community across a range of public settings.

Qualifications
1. Excellent donor and alumni relations skills with superior working knowledge of the principles and practices of university development and alumni relations, with seven or more years' experience.

2. Progressively responsible experience in the design, implementation and management of complex development programs to include developing sophisticated strategies for successful cultivation and solicitation of annual and major gifts.

3. Ability to develop, implement and oversee a strategic communications program designed to enhance the visibility and reputation of the Luskin School of Public Affairs.

4. Strong communication skills to express, both verbally and in writing, the mission of the University and the fundraising goals of the campus, especially as they relate to the Luskin School of Public Affairs.

5. Excellent interpersonal skills to work effectively with the Dean, faculty and administration; central development; major donor prospects; and volunteers.

6. Effective and compelling verbal communication skills to make persuasive oral presentations to senior management and internal and external constituencies and to conduct participatory meetings, gain acceptance of decisions, and advise and collaborate with others.

7. Management and administrative skills to organize, direct, motivate and evaluate other professionals and volunteers.

8. Strong analytical and organizational skills to develop creative, credible solutions, recommendations and programs as well to define and implement special development or alumni relations projects.

9. Superior skill in writing effective correspondences, funding proposals for major gifts and creative solicitation materials.

10. Ability to work evening and weekend hours as required and to travel to achieve stated goals.

11. Bachelor's degree is preferred.

Continued employment contingent upon completion of satisfactory background investigation.

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Position Summary
At the convergence of the fields of social work, urban planning, and policy-making, the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs identifies and develops emerging areas of research and teaching, cultivating leaders and change agents who advance solutions to society's most pressing problems. Faculty of the School are actively engaged in research that addresses pressing national and regional issues including immigration, drug policy, prison reform, health care financing, transportation and the environment, national security, economic development, and an aging U.S. and world population. Philanthropic support provides the resources to make this vital research possible and grow future generations of transformative leaders.

Primary Responsibilities
Reporting jointly to the Dean of the Luskin School of Public Affairs and the Senior Executive Director of Development for the Professional Schools, the Executive Director, External Relations, oversees the entire range of development, external relations and communications for the Luskin School of Public Affairs. The Executive Director will establish long-range goals and objectives for the development programs and activities that reflect funding priorities of the School. He/She will design and implement a comprehensive and integrated development program for the Luskin School of Public Affairs, addressing the specific needs and academic priorities of the School.

In conjunction with the Dean, the Executive Director will maintain progress in meeting Centennial Campaign goals, priorities, planning and strategy. He/She will plan, manage and direct efforts of the School to attract private support from individuals, corporations, foundations and other organizations. He/She will lead activities in the areas of Special Events and Protocol, Alumni Relations and the Senior Fellowship Program. In cooperation with University Communications and Public Outreach, the Executive Director will oversee activities in the School's communications unit, responsible for the development and implementation of a strategic communications program designed to enhance the visibility and reputation of the School. The Executive Director will represent the Dean, the School, and UCLA to donors and to the wider community across a range of public settings.

Qualifications
1. Excellent donor and alumni relations skills with superior working knowledge of the principles and practices of university development and alumni relations, with seven or more years' experience.

2. Progressively responsible experience in the design, implementation and management of complex development programs to include developing sophisticated strategies for successful cultivation and solicitation of annual and major gifts.

3. Ability to develop, implement and oversee a strategic communications program designed to enhance the visibility and reputation of the Luskin School of Public Affairs.

4. Strong communication skills to express, both verbally and in writing, the mission of the University and the fundraising goals of the campus, especially as they relate to the Luskin School of Public Affairs.

5. Excellent interpersonal skills to work effectively with the Dean, faculty and administration; central development; major donor prospects; and volunteers.

6. Effective and compelling verbal communication skills to make persuasive oral presentations to senior management and internal and external constituencies and to conduct participatory meetings, gain acceptance of decisions, and advise and collaborate with others.

7. Management and administrative skills to organize, direct, motivate and evaluate other professionals and volunteers.

8. Strong analytical and organizational skills to develop creative, credible solutions, recommendations and programs as well to define and implement special development or alumni relations projects.

9. Superior skill in writing effective correspondences, funding proposals for major gifts and creative solicitation materials.

10. Ability to work evening and weekend hours as required and to travel to achieve stated goals.

11. Bachelor's degree is preferred.

Continued employment contingent upon completion of satisfactory background investigation.