Principal Gifts Associate

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Work type: Staff
Location: Sacramento
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Probationary, Fundraising & Alumni Relations, Full Time

*4/12/22 - We are still accepting applications for this job posting. Previous applicants in this recruitment need not re-apply.*

Working Title: Principal Gifts Associate

Classification Title: Administrative Analyst/Specialist - Exempt II

Posting Details 

Priority Application Date (Posting will remain open until filled): Wednesday, May 11th,  11:55 pm

Hiring Preference

Eligible on-campus applicants in California State University Employees Union (CSUEU) Bargaining Units 2,5,7, and 9 will be given first consideration in the recruitment.

Position Summary

Under the direct supervision of the Executive Director, Principal Gifts & Campaign, the Principal Gifts Associate provides support for the Principal Gifts & Campaign department fundraising goals and activities.

This is an early career fundraising position focused on the strategic identification, qualification, and cultivation of current donors and highly rated non-donors with a goal of building and maintaining a new pipeline of prospects.  Guided by a "donor centered" approach, the incumbent will strategically work to qualify, cultivate, and secure gifts, for the university from high-net worth individuals.  The incumbent will be a strategic member of the Principal Gifts & Campaign team, leading meetings, and projects, coordinating high-profile campus visits for principal gift donors/prospects, and provide support for the ED for Principal Gifts & Campaign with day-to-day strategic initiatives.

The incumbent is an excellent listener, with exceptional interpersonal skills and a positive, collaborative work style. As such, the incumbent possesses the skills and ability to draft correspondence, utilize social media, make phone calls, and employs all communication channels to personally conduct proactive outreach to prospects.

Success at Sac State requires the incumbent to be a collaborative team player who embraces other’s strengths and differences and works collaboratively upon principles of cultural humility and respect for all to create an atmosphere in which a sense of belonging within our community can flourish. With a commitment to employee development and talent retention, additional training, professional development, career, and mentoring opportunities are offered as well.

FLSA: Exempt - This position is covered by health benefits, and is exempt (not eligible for overtime compensation according to the Fair Labor Standards Act).

CSU Classification Salary Range: $4,693 - $8,489 per month 

Hiring Range: $4,693 - $8,489 per month 

Salary Grade/Range: 3

Recruitment Type: Regular 

Time Base: Full-Time

Pay Plan: 12 months 

Work Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm. Must be available to work evenings and weekends and on-call responsibilities as needed. 

Department Information 

Sacramento State embarked upon its first comprehensive campaign, On the Rise: A Campaign for Sacramento State, to transform the University, create new possibilities, and elevate our students and the region to a new level of excellence. With a goal to raise $225M by 2023, Principal Gifts and Campaign is responsible for the day-to-day management and support of the campaign and advocates for the University’s vision through securing transformative philanthropic support.

Minimum Qualifications 

Entry to this classification requires general knowledge and skills in the applicable administrative and/or program field with a foundational knowledge of public administration principles, practices, and methods. This foundation would normally be obtained through a bachelor's degree and/or equivalent training and administrative work experience involving study, analysis, and/or evaluation leading to the development or improvement of administrative policies, procedures, practices, or programs.

Required Qualifications 

  1. A dedicated professional that is committed to teamwork and collaboration.
  2. Must possess outstanding writing and communication skills, and the ability to gain confidence and build trust across a variety of audiences.
  3. A desire to be actively engaged with high profile and high net worth prospects and donors.
  4. Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality and responsibility regarding information related to advancement and university business and prospect information.
  5. Ability to work with all levels of stakeholders including board members, executive leadership, deans, faculty, alumni, students, and donors across the generational mix, etc.
  6. Must embrace a donor centric, mission driven engagement and philanthropic strategy.
  7. Ability to successfully manage the philanthropic relationship with a donor/prospect on behalf of the University.
  8. Demonstrated knowledge and experience in meeting and event planning, including coordinating teams/committees, organizational development, decision-making, contracts, and policy implementation.
  9. Ability to articulate the University’s fundraising goals to internal and external constituents.
  10. Strong interpersonal skills, particularly the ability to work with a diverse constituency, both internal and external to the University.
  11. Strong organizational and time management skills, focused, and goal oriented.
  12. Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  13. Ability to work effectively in a large, complex, and dynamic organization.

Work Schedule Requirements:

  1. Ability to work evening and weekend on-call responsibilities as needed 

Conditions of Employment:

  • Ability to pass a background check.

Preferred Qualifications 

  1. At least two years of proven experience in fundraising or in a higher educational setting with a working familiarity with CASE or other professional development organization.
  2. Knowledge of fundraising operations including experience using fundraising software/systems

Required Licenses/Certifications 


Documents Needed to Apply


Cover letter

Diversity statement

About Sac State

Sacramento State is located in the heart of California’s capital city, five miles from State Capitol. The lush, 300-acre campus is situated along the American River, close to numerous bike trails and other recreational areas. Sacramento, also known as the “Farm-to-Fork Capital,” is one of the most ethnically diverse and livable cities in the country, with a population of half of a million. Sacramento State’s 31,000 students come not only from the Greater Sacramento Region, but also from across the state, country, and world. Our 1800 faculty and 1,500 staff are committed to meeting our mission: “As California’s capital university, we transform lives by preparing students for leadership, service, and success. Sacramento State will be a recognized leader in education, innovation, and engagement.” As the regional hub of higher education, Sac State is dedicated to student successdiversity, equity and inclusioncommunity engagementphilanthropy, and campus safety.  

As evidenced by the values embedded in our Hornet Honor Code, Sacramento State is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all faculty, staff, students, and guests are welcome and valued.  Our commitment is more than simply ensuring that our campus is free from bias and discrimination, but is one devoted to celebrating many diverse identities, life experiences, and perspectives that enrich our community, teaching and learning.  

To learn more about why you should join the Hornet Family, please visit the Why Sac State? page.

Background Check Disclaimer  

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with California State University, Sacramento. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current California State University, Sacramento employees who apply for the position.

COVID-19 Vaccine Certification Information:

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

Out of State Employment Policy

Sacramento State University, as part of the CSU system, is a State of California Employer. As such, the University requires all employees (up)on date of hire to reside in the State of California.

As of January 1, 2022 the CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits the hiring of employees to perform CSU-related work outside the state of California.

Equal Employment Opportunity

California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Sacramento State hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States. 

It is the policy of California State University, Sacramento to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you need a disability related reasonable accommodation as part of the application and/or interviewing process, visit . 

The University is committed to creating an education and working environment free from discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. For more information on mandatory training for new employees, visit . 

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Fire Safety Right-To-know Act Notification

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the current Annual Security Report (ASR) is available for viewing at . 
The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Sacramento State for the last three (3) calendar years. Paper copies are available upon request at the Police Service Center located in the University Union.

Eligibility Verification  

Selected candidate must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.. California State University, Sacramento is a sponsoring agency (i.e. H-1-B Visa). 

Note to Applicants:

Possession of the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview unless required by collective bargaining agreement.

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