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Associate Vice Chancellor for Development, School of Public Policy

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Work type: Regular
Location: Malibu Campus
Categories: Director/Executive/Management, Advancement, School of Public Policy, Development/Alumni Affairs

The Associate Vice Chancellor for Development at Pepperdine’s School of Public Policy is responsible for building prospect and donor relationships, raising financial support, and increasing the donor base for Pepperdine's School of Public Policy (SPP). This position focuses primarily on major and principal gift donors with a capacity to make gifts of $50K to $5M. The Associate Vice Chancellor will also be responsible for building alumni engagement and strengthening relationships with SPP alumni. The success of our mission to strengthen lives for purpose, service, and leadership depends largely on strong financial support from donors who enable us to provide the facilities, programs, faculty, and opportunities necessary to provide stellar, mission-driven programs for our students. This position also helps to build enduring alumni loyalty in keeping with the University's strategic plan.


  • Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward a portfolio of major and principal gift donors/prospects and conduct 180+ substantive visits annually. The focus is primarily on those with a capacity to give $50K to $5M.
  • Identify prospective and new members for the SPP Board of Advisors. Work with Dean to manage Board. 
  • Conduct ongoing stewardship activities to further enhance the relationship between SPP donors, Pepperdine University, and the School of Public Policy.
  • Identify prospects for planned gifts and corporate & foundation gifts in conjunction with faculty, the Planned Giving department, and Research, Grants, and Foundation Relations department.
  • Plan, implement, and evaluate the school's alumni activities, providing meaningful involvement opportunities for all alumni with special attention to events in Washington DC, Sacramento, Malibu, and online communities.
  • Utilize the Pepperdine advancement database, The Raiser's Edge, to research historical records and communications with donors and prospects, and document new actions and proposals.
  • Develop and manage annual travel and expense budget.
  • 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; 5+ years professional experience in fundraising, sales, or related profession; must be highly organized, able to take direction and handle multiple tasks in a rapid-paced environment; ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines and fundraising goals; proven ability to work well with character diversity; excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills; must have careful attention to detail; ability to work efficiently with minimal supervision, to deal with the public in a professional manner, and to communicate clearly and accurately; ability to articulate the Pepperdine mission and incorporate it into daily work; working knowledge of personal computer and programs.

Preferred: Advanced degree; 7+ years of success in fundraising at a major and/or principal gift level, preferably in public policy, higher education, or another nonprofit environment; ideal candidates will already have significant relationships with prospective donors who support public policy.

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 Regular, Exempt, 40 hour per week position.

Expected Pay Range: $153,000 - $180,000 per year 

The above pay range reflects what Pepperdine University reasonably expects to pay for this position at time of posting. Actual compensation may vary based on relevant factors such as work experience, market conditions, education/training, and skill level. In addition to base pay, Pepperdine offers a robust and highly competitive benefits package.

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