Job Details

United Way of San Diego County
  • Position Number: 2175363
  • Location: San Diego, CA
  • Position Type: Development and Fund Raising


Reporting directly to the VP, Corporate Relations, the Donor Relations Associate will be responsible for executing fundraising strategy with individual donors and prospects through research, acquisition, cultivation, and stewardship. They will develop and manage the strategic year round relationships with key individual donor segments, as well as manage a portfolio of corporate partners and workplace donors. The Donor Relations Associate will also manage all aspects of United Way of San Diego's Women United affinity group and its members. In doing so, they will work to retain and grow membership through thoughtful cultivation and meaningful events and other engagement opportunities.


  • In collaboration with VP, Corporate Relations, will develop and implement strategies to effectively increase total dollars raised, with a focus strengthening and growing donations from specific individual donor segments, as well as new donors and prospects.

  • Will establish and deploy communications strategies to effectively engage and cultivate portfolio of existing and prospective donors.

  • Manage all aspects of UWSD's Women United Affinity group including but not limited to:

  • Membership Engagement: Establish year round engagement plan for members to ensure they feel connected to the mission and vision of UWSD.

  • Relationship Management: Build and foster relationships with current and prospective members with a goal of growing overall membership.

  • Event Planning/Coordination: In collaboration with VP, Corporate Relations and Development Department, plan and execute key Women United Events, including Annual Women United Anniversary Celebration and Women United's Annual Investment Meeting.

  • Data Entry and Management: To effectively manage membership and communications plans, the Donor Relations Associate will rely on consistent data entry and donor analysis to ensure members are strategically communicated with and member renewals and acknowledgments do not go overlooked.

  • The Donor Relations Associate will manage a portfolio of existing corporate partners and look to strengthen and foster relationships with these accounts through tailored year-round engagement plans.

  • Identify opportunities and produce personalized donor stewardship communications to advance stronger engagement with UWSD.

  • Provides exceptional customer service for cross departmental collaboration, as well as external donor groups.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Effective and engaging communication Brings UWSD brand to life and enables everyone who interacts with UWSD to experience the power of our mission.

  • Effective fundraising – Is Donor focused and results driven, with relentless focus on gaining financial resources to support UWSD's mission and community impact strategic objectives.

  • Cross functional capability and collaboration Work effectively in a cross-functional, matrix organization. Bring a team-orientated mindset and approach to work. Demonstrate skills and abilities to collaborate for results.

  • Relationship oriented – Understands that people come before process and is astute in cultivating and managing relationships toward a common goal.

  • Creating Brand experience for everyone (individuals, donors, partners) – Effective and passionate communicator, articulating the UWSD message in a way that inspires other to act in service to the organization and the community.


Education & Experience: Bachelor's degree and/or related professional work experience required.


  • 3 to 5 years of demonstrated success in communications, development, or leading a group of executive volunteers, or strategic planning.

  • Should possess strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills

  • Must be able to exercise initiative, independent good judgment, flexibility, discretion, and solid decision making

  • Should possess excellent project management skills and disciplined time management skills with strong accountability

  • Must possess strong multitasking and prioritizing skills, with exemplary attention to detail

  • Must be a quick learner with ability to learn new database systems and easily adapt to change

  • Must have excellent relationship building skills, strong organization, and follow up skills.

  • Must be able to successfully manage multiple priorities and demonstrate confidence working within a fast paced team environment

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint) is essential; experience using Microsoft CRM or comparable fundraising database software preferred


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Hands are regularly used to write, type, key and handle or feel small controls.

  • The person in this position frequently communicates with Leadership, Staff and the Public. Must be able to exchange accurate information in these situations.

  • Weights of up to 30 pounds occasionally lifted (carrying devices provided)

The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of incumbents.

Work Schedule:

Typical schedule is 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. However, flexibility is required due to nature of business. Schedule may be changed as needed, to include evenings, weekends and holidays.

How to Apply for a Position

Please e-mail your cover letter (reference position title) and resume to: *protected email* (preferred) or fax your cover letter and resume to: 858.492.2014, Attn: Human Resources. No phone calls, please.

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