Development Associate

California State University, Northridge

Northridge, CA

The Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (The Soraya) is seeking a Development Associate to join The Soraya’s Fundraising team as it turns a new chapter towards becoming a fundraising centric organization. The Soraya is seeking a candidate who can help The Soraya’s leadership team create the systems and develop the strategy required to double its donor base over the next year.


Open since 2011 and located on the campus of California State University, Northridge (CSUN), The Soraya serves as the intellectual and cultural heart of the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, providing vibrant and relevant programming for the region’s communities. The Soraya presents a broad range of local, national and international artists each season; from classical, jazz, big band, and Latin and Mexican regional music concerts to dance, theater, and family programming in its state-of-the-art Great Hall with 1,700 seats as well as the 500-seat Plaza del Sol Performance Hall.


Under general supervision of the Executive Director and in close coordination with The Soraya’s Director of Developmental and CSUN’s University Advancement, the Development Associate is responsible for fundraising appeals to potential funders identified from ticket-buyer data and renewing donors, not assigned to The Soraya’s Director of Development. The incumbent works closely with The Soraya’s Marketing team and 3rd party designers to create fundraising collateral; organizes tasks (including compiling and segmenting lists, preparing mail merges, etc.) for direct mail and digital institutional asks; oversees The Soraya’s tele funding operation; is responsible for developing the fundraising pipeline and for meeting goals set by the Executive Director and growing The Soraya’s fundraising operation; is responsible for Annual Fund renewals for donors not assigned to Director of Development; works closely with the staff to coordinate activities of the Ambassadors and the Executive Director’s Circle; coordinates with the Event Manager to oversee follow-up with current and prospective donors who attend Porter Pavilion, The Soraya’s preshow VIP lounge; helps with coordinating invoices for donors; and performs other duties as assigned.


Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university in a job-related field. Equivalent to three (3) years of full-time, progressively responsible technical, analytical, or administrative experience. Additional fundraising experience may be substituted for up to two years of the required education, on a year for year basis.


Working knowledge of Fundraising best practices. Working knowledge of operational analysis and techniques. Ability and specialized skills to expertly investigate and analyze problems with a broad administrative impact and implications. Ability to: oversee and/or train others and provide lead work direction; interpret, and apply a wide variety of policies and procedures to develop conclusions and make recommendations; compile, write and present reports related to program or administrative specialty; communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing; and process data through multiple databases.


Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

The university offers an excellent benefits package.


The salary range for this classification is: $3897 - $6846 per month.

The anticipated HIRING RANGE: $3897- $5000, dependent upon qualifications and experience.


HOURS: Full-Time; 40 hours per week; 8:00am - 5:00pm, Tuesday through Saturday. Will include some evenings and weekends.


REG: This is a Regular position with a one-year probationary period.  


General Information      

This position is a sensitive position as designated by the CSU.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the status of candidates who apply for the position.


This position is a “designated position” in the California State University’s Conflict of Interest Code. The successful candidate accepting this position is required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.  


The person holding this position may be considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.


How to Apply

Candidates should apply by completing the CSUN on-line application utilizing: link.  NOTE: Internal candidates should apply through the portal by accessing the View Job Openings/Apply link on the Human Resources/Employee pagelet.


Applications received through May 31, 2019, will be considered in the initial review and review of applications will continue until position is filled.


In order to be considered in the initial review, applications must be submitted prior to the date listed above. Application submissions received after the initial review date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.


For more detailed information on the application and hiring process, please visit the link below:


Equal Employment Opportunity

CSUN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and disability. Our nondiscrimination policy is set forth in CSU Executive Order 1096. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Recruitment Services at 818-677-2101.

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