University of the Pacific

University of the Pacific is a nationally ranked comprehensive university and California’s first chartered institution of higher learning. Established in 1851, Pacific has nearly 6,300 students and 10 schools and colleges across three campuses in northern California.
The majority of students and the NCAA Division 1 athletics program are based on the Stockton Campus, often cited as one of the nation’s most beautiful college campuses. The Sacramento Campus in California’s state capital is home to the McGeorge School of Law, the new School of Health Sciences and an array of graduate programs while the renowned Dugoni School of Dentistry is based on the downtown San Francisco Campus. 

Pacific takes pride in providing the highly personalized and caring educational, social and residential environments of a small college combined with the choices and opportunities of a major comprehensive university.

About the Role

The Senior Director of Donor Engagement and Communications will lead the newly formed Office of Donor Engagement and Communications. The director will be responsible for the development and implementation of a multi-channel, digital- first comprehensive communications strategy to inspire engagement and motivate philanthropy. The director will oversee the direction, operation and assessment of a university-wide donor relations program in support of Pacific’s development goals. This leadership position reports to the Vice President of University Development and Alumni Relations.



  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Seven years of related increased responsibility and work experience, preferably in development communications and/or donor relations with a focus on alumni giving/ engagement, stewardship and marketing.
  • Experience and knowledge in editorial, printing and production including multi- media, digital design and graphic principles.


  • Master's Degree

Skills/Knowledge and Expertise Include:

  • Outstanding writing, editorial, and proofreading skills; ability to synthesize information and compose clear and effective materials.
  • Knowledge of fundraising philosophy and practices.
  • Demonstrated ability to conceive fundraising communications and marketing strategies for a variety of audiences and projects.
  • Experience successfully developing and writing customized stewardship reports.
  • Understanding of philanthropy, donor-funded financial aid data and scholarship practices in higher education.
  • Ability to inspire, educate, manage, mentor and motivate development personnel about strong stewardship and donor communication practices.
  • Experience interpreting gift and financial data for fund tracking and donor stewardship practices.
  • Demonstrated management and organizational ability to work on multiple projects with competing deadlines and to establish goals and workload priorities.
  • Strong design skills, proficiency with design software and project and process management skills and ability to create original, innovative design directions for a variety of publications.


Applications and Inquiries

University of the Pacific is currently accepting applications for this position. Applicants will be required to upload a cover letter and current resume.

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AA/EEO Statement

University of the Pacific is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer dedicated to workforce diversity. In compliance with applicable law and its own policy, Pacific is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff and does not discriminate in its hiring of faculty and staff, or in the provision of its employment benefits to its faculty and staff on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, sex/gender, marital status, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, medical condition, pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression, or mental or physical disability. The university will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with a disability.