Director of Development, UCLA Lab School, Graduate School of Education & Information Studies

Part of the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies (GSE&IS), UCLA Lab School is an inventive school for children that encourages children’s natural love of learning while also helping them develop a disciplined approach to their work. The mission of the School is to promote innovation and excellence in education through research, outreach, teaching and learning. Philanthropic support provides the School the discretionary ability to meet instructional needs and act on new initiatives throughout the year as well as help adjust to financial changes brought on by fluctuations in the local and world economy.

Under the leadership of the Executive Director of External Relations and the UCLA Lab School Principal, as the Director of Development you will be responsible for developing and executing long- and shot-term strategies to secure major gifts from individuals, alumni, foundations, and other entities in support of the School’s mission and strategic plan. You will be responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major gift prospects; establishing goals and objectives for each program; preparing and implementing annual operating plans and helping to evaluate progress; managing a major gifts program for a laboratory school environment; and working with the UCLA Corporate and Foundation Relations Office. As the Director, you will also oversee marketing and promoting donor opportunities to various constituencies through a wide variety of communication channels and mediums. In addition, you will work closely with the School’s principal, staff, parents and volunteers as well as collaboratively with GSE&IS development staff, central development staff and other colleagues campus-wide.

As an ideal candidate for this role, you will have at least three to five years of fundraising experience, preferably in fundraising for K-12 initiatives. Demonstrated working knowledge of the principles and practices of development within a complex research university setting is also preferred. You will have outstanding interpersonal skills that are effective with a wide range of individuals from diverse backgrounds and with diverse perspectives and responsibilities combined with the ability to successfully build and maintain relationships. You will have extensive skills in analysis, planning, and administration of develop strategies with the ability to direct communications efforts in support of development goals. You will be a creative and critical thinker, able to analyze complex issues and problems with the ability to develop solutions and/or procedures to address problems. In addition, you will be a self-starter with good judgment and be able to set priorities, manage deadlines, and complete work in a timely manner in a dynamic and ever-changing environment. Fluency in Spanish is preferred because most communications to families are in both English and Spanish.  

The University of California 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 -

To learn more about this opportunity and submit an online application, please visit UCLA’s Development Careers website at: and click on “Open Positions”, then “Other External Affairs Position” and scroll down to requisition #28492.