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Executive Director, OC Alliance


Irvine, CA

Employer:  University of California, Irvine
Job Type:  Full Time


Position Summary:
In 1965, the University of California, Irvine was founded with a mission to catalyze the community and enhance lives through rigorous academics, cutting-edge research, and dedicated public service. A top public university, UCI has become internationally recognized for improving lives through research and discovery, fostering excellence in scholarship and teaching, and engaging and enriching the community. Today, UCI continues to inspire change and pioneer new ideas with the support of its generous partners, alumni and friends. Through the combined efforts of the University Advancement & Alumni relations team, the university is able to share its amazing achievements, build lasting relationships and generate support for important campus programs and initiatives. University Advancement seeks to strengthen contributions in research, education, and service; accelerate the university's place among globally preeminent research universities; and bring together passions, skills, and creativity to further improve people's lives.

Under the supervision of the Chief Operating Officer, University Advancement, the Executive Director, OC Alliance will oversee and direct outreach, engagement programming, solicitation, and stewardship strategies for targeted UCI communities. UCI is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). This federal designation aligns with UCI's aspiration to be a national leader and global model of inclusive excellence. As a designated HSI, UCI faculty, staff and students are eligible to apply for Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) grants, internships and partnerships. Established by UCI Foundation Trustees in 2021, the OC Alliance aims to support UCI in its objective to become a Hispanic-thriving university. The Alliance connects local leaders and businesses with UCI to advance Latino/a students through engagement with more than 135 programs on campus geared toward promoting upward mobility. The Executive Director serves a critical role as ambassador for the University, building strong and sustained relationships with targeted constituent groups and engaging them in meaningful ways in the life of the University. This individual will develop, prioritize, and grow engagement initiatives as well as design and implement systems for facilitating a constituent-centric experience. This position is critical to creating, sustaining, strengthening, and shaping constituency partnerships. They will develop new engagement program initiatives; explore opportunities to strengthen existing programs; raise unrestricted annual donations from alumni and friends of specific programs and oversee the strategies for communications, stewardship and events that support OC Alliance and Advancement objectives. A key focus of activity over the next three years will be directing targeted communications, events and outreach plan for the Brilliant Future campaign and the 60th anniversary.

Compensation Range: $95,300 - $150,000

Department Website: https://advancement.uci.edu/

Job Opening ID: 46387
Reports To: Chief Operating Officer
Working Title: Executive Director, OC Alliance
Department: Development Programs
Bargaining Unit: 99
FLSA: Exempt
Payroll Job Code: 000456
Job Location: UCI Campus- Irvine
Percent of Time: 100%
Work Schedule: 8-5, M-F
Employee Class: Career

  • Five years of successful, professional development and/or fundraising-related experience, preferably in higher education
  • Demonstrated experience working with alumni constituencies and a deep understanding of the principles/foundation of alumni relations.
  • Significant experience in a management role in constituent engagement
  • Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
  • Must possess a valid California driver license and participate in the DMV Pull Notice Program
  • Expert level analytical and decision-making skills, sound judgment and highly developed political acumen.
  • Expert knowledge of Latino/a alumni, internal and external constituencies, including their composition and areas of concern. Knowledge and appreciation for Latino cultures, issues in the relevant communities, and a commitment to translating these into a local academic context.
  • Expert skill to quickly identify and develop strategies to effectively communicate the institution's message.
  • Expert skill to recognize potential areas of constituency concern and skill to effectively address, resolve and / or mitigate problems or issues. Expert, thorough, in-depth knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the campus, its vision, mission, goals, objectives, infrastructure, history, long-range strategic plans, current issues of concern, accomplishments and awards.
  • Expert knowledge of the principles and concepts of building and maintaining effective relationships with key constituencies to achieve institutional goals and objectives.
  • Demonstrated understanding of strategic planning, experience utilizing data and assessment to inform decision making, and effective program advocacy skills Commitment to diversity, openness, flexibility, integrity, and kindness Expert knowledge and understanding of general issues in higher education and campus specific issues affecting the Latino/a student population.
  • Expert level written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, including attentive listening skills and skills to ascertain constituency perception.
 Working knowledge of Salesforce Understanding of the needs and interests of donors in order to develop relationships between them and the University.
  • Bilingual: English/Spanish at a fluent level (understand; speak; read; and write)
  • Knowledge of University constituencies, organizational structure, traditions, policies and procedures
Special Conditions Required:
  May work occasional evenings and weekends. 
  • May be required to drive on occasion in order to perform the routine or essential job responsibilities for the position
  •  Local and regional travel required
Special Conditions Preferred:
 Bilingual: English/Spanish at a fluent level (understand; speak; read; and write) preferred
Conditions of Employment:
The University of California, Irvine (UCI) seeks to provide a safe and healthy environment for the entire UCI community. As part of this commitment, all applicants who accept an offer of employment must comply with the following conditions of employment:
  • Background Check and Live Scan
  • Legal Right to work in the United States
  • Vaccination Policies
  • Smoking and Tobacco Policy
  • Drug Free Environment
The following additional conditions may apply, some of which are dependent upon business unit or job specific requirements.
  • California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act
  • E-Verify
  • Pre-Placement Health Evaluation
Details of each policy may be reviewed by visiting the following page - https://hr.uci.edu/new-hire/conditions-of-employment.php

Closing Statement:
The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

We are committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce along with honoring unique experiences, perspectives, and identities. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable, and welcoming.

UCI provides reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities upon request. For more information, please contact Human Resources at (949) 824-0500 or eec@uci.edu.
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