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Manager, Graduate School Programs

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Work type: Restricted
Location: Malibu Campus
Categories: Development/Alumni Affairs, Advancement

The Pepperdine Fund Manager, Graduate Programs develops and executes multiple campaigns to create a culture of philanthropy at the Pepperdine University graduate schools. This position is responsible for the programs and events that educate, convert and steward graduate students and alumni so they become donors before they graduate and after they achieve alumni status. The Manager, Graduate Programs position has a significant impact on the annual giving program's sustainability. Converting current graduate students into educated donors while they are at Pepperdine is vital in order to create a future marked by a vibrant alumni donor base. Student and alumni giving through successful appeal campaigns supports both the financial needs the University must fulfill to accomplish its strategic plan and counts as a proxy vote of satisfaction for Pepperdine when it comes to university rankings.


  • Oversee graduate school giving initiatives designed to integrate with existing school formats, events, and culture including new student orientation, commencement, and alumni gatherings.
  • Develop, lead, oversee, promote and empower graduate school specific student philanthropy councils and/or initiatives where applicable in their efforts to scale student education and student giving, and to spearhead the development of the culture of philanthropy at each school via student peer-to-peer solicitations. This may include crowdfunding campaigns, video treatments, event participation, etc.
  • Develop, plan and execute graduate school specific giving initiatives including education, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship, recognition and retention components across all current classes as well as in alumni populations. Example: Caruso School of Law 1L, 2L, 3L student associate program.
  • Pioneer initiatives to collaborate with the existing internal graduate school specific stakeholders in order to make charitable giving back to Pepperdine as popular as supporting other non-profit charities. This includes the student clubs at each graduate school, as well as possibly affinity groups, cohorts and subsets of both the student and alumni populations.
  • Lay program foundations with documented partners, internal and external vendors, and other University stakeholders. Utilize correct budget allocations, develop innovative solutions to existing obstacles, implement detailed plans of action for specific initiatives and create adequate recording processes to track improvement and progress.
  • Identify, recruit, and train both faculty and staff partners as well as student volunteers, broadening the base of peer-to-peer support and the understanding by stakeholders about the case for support. This will include the cultivation of stories of alumni and student advocacy for giving back to alma mater.
  • Meet fundraising donor count goals and benchmarks by measuring with clear guidelines and metrics for evaluating ongoing progress and fulfilling quarterly quotas.
  • Study best practices at successful schools with well developed student giving campaigns and work with each graduate school at improving giving and the perception of giving back.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Uphold University mission through work performed.

The above information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Skills and Qualifications

Required: Bachelor's degree; superior written and oral communication skills; non-profit, fundraising, or project management experience via employment or internships; experience with Microsoft Office Suite and email systems; ability to multi-task, ability to work with a team as well as independently; ability to execute large scale projects with attention to great detail; ability to create and execute timelines; ability to initiate objectives that achieve departmental goals; ability to mobilize student groups and student volunteers; ability to act as department front page and to speak publicly whenever necessary.

Preferred: Graduate degree; project management training; experience with teams and collaborative groups, fundraising or non-profit experience; student engagement background; experience with marketing, sales, web/social media campaigns; annual giving experience and/or development /advancement or fundraising experience via non-profit or panhellenic efforts; superior data management skills; web development background; project management background; University development or annual fund/advancement experience; public speaking experience; working knowledge of Pepperdine platforms (i.e., Raiser's Edge, Eventbrite, Salesforce and/or other CRM systems, e.g., PeopleSoft); video platform experience; Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn skills; Google Analytics experience.

Qualified individuals should be able to articulate a strong commitment to diversity, and have the ability to work effectively with individuals from different backgrounds.

Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal, education, and employment screening. Qualified individuals with criminal histories will be considered for employment in compliance with applicable laws.

This is a restricted, exempt, 40 hour per week position.

Salary: Commensurate with experience 

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