Director of External Relations and Community Partnerships

Saint Mary’s College of California

Moraga, CA

ID: 7066037 (Ref.No. 1909480)
Posted: May 6, 2020
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job Type: Full-Time
Job Number: 2015-1602533
Location: CA 94556, CA
Department: Kalmanovitz School of Education (KSOE)
Closing: 5/25/2020 11:59 PM Pacific


Founded in 1863, Saint Mary's is a residential campus nestled 20 miles east of San Francisco in the picturesque Moraga Valley. Based in the Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts traditions, Saint Mary's currently enrolls more than 4,000 students from diverse backgrounds in undergraduate and graduate programs. The De La Salle Christian Brothers, the largest teaching order of the Roman Catholic Church, guide the spiritual and academic character of the College.

As a comprehensive and independent institution, Saint Mary's offers undergraduate and graduate programs integrating liberal and professional education. Saint Mary's reputation for excellence, innovation, and responsiveness in education stems from its vibrant heritage as a Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts institution. An outstanding, committed faculty and staff that value shared inquiry, integrative learning, and student interaction bring these traditions to life in the 21st century. The College is committed to the educational benefits of diversity.

The Director for External Affairs and Community Partnerships, in support of the Dean, oversees the KSOE's external affairs, including fundraising and donor relations, communication, alumni relations, and other special programming. This Director collaborates with the SMC development office for prospect identification and solicitation, corporate grants and foundations proposal development, mobilization of outside support, and coordination of internal support activities. The Director serves as a member of the KSOE leadership team, which informs enrollment management, marketing, program planning, budget management personnel matters, and strategic priorities. The Director is responsible for public relations including communications, social media, and web presence. The director is expected to lead and support KSOE's commitment to Catholic, Lasallian values including diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • Responsible for the KSOE's fundraising, communication, outreach, alumni volunteers and external relations efforts that build and sustain the work of the School.
  • Responsible for cultivating, tracking and developing KSOE alumni relationships; collaborate with KSOE academic programs and centers to conduct alumni communications and events.
  • Lead a wide range of fundraising activities, including providing stewardship, identifying new prospective donors, developing solicitation goals, objectives, and strategies that cultivate support for the KSOE's academic programs and centers. Collaborate with the SMC Developent Office to maintain currency of systems to track solicitations and fundraising progress.
  • Oversee annual giving program(s) that generates large and small contributions, and develop relationships leading to gifts in the $250,000-$10,000,000 range.
  • Enhance relationships between current and prospective donors, including supporting the dean with management of the Dean's Advisory Board and other KSOE advisory board(s)
  • Serve as the KSOE's primary liaison to the SMC Development Office.
  • Work closely with colleagues to align program goals with overall fundraising, communication, and outreach goals.
  • Lead and manage staff to oversee internal and external communications to all stakeholders (students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community partners), including print, web, and social media activities.
  • Responsible for professional development for direct reports and accountable for their performance.
  • Contribute to KSOE and center-wide event publicity, including newsletter, commencement, speaker series, learn events, celebrations and support key annual Center for Environmental Literacy events including the River of Words program; Assist with content development;
  • Develop and manage annual budgets and planning processes for development, communications and other special programming, and oversee assessment and evaluation of these areas.
  • Interpret, implement and ensure compliance with university, academic and administrative policies. Recommend new internal policies, guidelines and procedures related to development and communication.

Experience and Qualifications
Qualifications: A combination of education and experience may be considered.

REQUIRED: Bachelor's degree

Experience: Eight years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.

  • Demonstrated effectiveness in prospect identification, relationship building, and solicitation.
  • Ability to translate complex concepts into compelling development proposals.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with a wide variety of students, faculty, staff, executives, and community leaders.
  • Advanced project management skills, including skills to plan and implement successful events.
  • Superior written and oral communication skills, with exceptional attention to detail and the ability to articulate a compelling case for philanthropic support.
  • Demonstrated experience mentoring and working with volunteers, faculty, and staff.
  • Demonstrated commitment to public service education in higher education.
  • Proficiency working with fundraising databases is desirable.
  • Prior experience in fundraising and donor relations in postsecondary environments.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, initiative, and self-motivation.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in building community among different groups in university and community settings.
  • Ability to effectively utilize and keep up-to-date with software packages (Microsoft Office suite is currently used), social media, and other communication technologies.
  • Ability to effectively and creatively lead teams and manage/supervise diverse operational groups towards excellence in execution and scaling.
  • Ability to manage complex personnel and financial issues, including developing, analyzing and monitoring complicated budgets.
Other requirements: May require travel and weekend/evening work;

Supplemental Information
Application Instructions: Please apply online at
Include a cover letter that specifically addresses how you meet the qualifications and are prepared to support the mission of the College
  1. A resume
  2. The name and contact information for three (3) professional references.
  3. In applying for a position, candidates sign a consent authorizing a broader inquiry which may include reference checks, a motor vehicle check, and a third party background check.
Saint Mary's is an equal employment opportunity employer. We support inclusive excellence and are committed to creating a safe and welcoming community for all.
College policy prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, gender stereotyping, and gender identity, taking a protected leave (e.g. family medical or pregnancy leave), or on any other basis protected by applicable laws.
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