Job Requisition Number: 23808. University Development and Alumni Relations (UDAR) strengthens Berkeley’s excellence through engagement with alumni, parents, undergraduate and graduate students, and friends of the University, raising public awareness about Berkeley and increasing private philanthropy. UDAR provides overall direction for the campus’s philanthropic advancement strategies and works to strengthen unit development in partnership with campus fundraisers. The Division handles a range of central activities and services encompassing communications, stewardship, prospect development, gift management, and more. The Student Experience, Diversity, Equity and Success Fundraising (SEDESF) program is designed to raise significant funds, and provide meaningful engagement opportunities for, alumni students, and friends to contribute philanthropically to the success of Berkeley students and the advancement of educational equity. The Student Experience, Diversity, Equity, and Success fundraising program raises funds in support of student aid, co-curricular activities, diversity, equity and inclusion. The SEDESF Program interfaces with a broad range of divisions on campus, with focus on the divisions of Equity & Inclusion, Undergraduate Education, and Student Affairs. The fundraising program encompasses major gift fundraising from individuals and foundations as well as direct response marketing. While most of the fundraising work will be focused on programs for undergraduate students, some of which will also benefit graduate student services in Equity & Inclusion, Undergraduate Education, and Student Affairs.
Berkeley seeks a visionary and accomplished development professional to lead and realize the full major gifts potential in support of a defined set of funding priorities that support student academic success, co-curricular development, and closing access and equity gaps. This senior development director position entails both managerial and direct frontline fundraising responsibilities.
The Director is accountable for: 1) providing strategic direction and oversight for the University’s suite of student experience, diversity, equity, and scholarship fundraising; 2) developing and implementing a comprehensive plan that increases philanthropic support for student-focused initiatives; 3) leveraging opportunities for meaningful engagement with the University through active donor engagement with students, faculty, and senior leadership; and 4) advocating for and providing professional fundraising guidance to defined centers and programs related to student success/experience, diversity, equity, and scholarship fundraising.
Leadership and Management • Serves as a key member of the Constituent Programs/Development UDAR team; • Conceives, creates, develops, implements, and manages fundraising programs and strategies to successfully meet predetermined goals and objectives for supporting the success of Berkeley students; • Conducts and participates in long and short-range strategic planning, leading the design and execution of a comprehensive fundraising strategy while engaging stakeholder divisions of • Equity and Inclusion, Undergraduate Education, and Student Affairs; • Hires, trains, mentors and oversees staff of 4 FTE, including two frontline fundraisers, a stewardship officer, and an administrative associate; • Maintains ongoing communication with appropriate Vice Chancellors on fundraising results and planning, including quarterly progress reports; • Manages other external relations functions such as volunteer committees, donor events and programs which cultivate and steward donors and prospects; • Oversees stewardship programming execution, including coordination of scholarship reporting through UDAR’s Donor Gifts Services; • Provides overall leadership in conducting assessment related to fundraising activities, then using this assessment to revise fundraising goals.
Direct Fundraising • Manage a portfolio of 75-100 prospects with capacity to make six and seven figure gifts to UC Berkeley; serve as the lead fundraiser for SEDESF; • Is responsible for meeting overall SEDESF goal and personal fundraising goal to be determined with supervisor. • Works in close partnership with Prospect Development on executing a sustainable and continuing prospect identification and research process.• Advanced knowledge of all aspects of fundraising, donor and public relations, including strategies for major gifts donor identification, cultivation and solicitation; • Understanding and appreciation of the value of diversity, equity and inclusion to institutional excellence; • Outstanding written, oral and interpersonal communication skills and political acumen to establish and maintain good working relationships within all organizational levels and with outside constituencies; • Demonstrated skills to meet predetermined goals and objectives, including securing gifts and meeting fundraising goals. Competitive candidates will have a demonstrable record of success in all aspects of fundraising and donor relations with high-end donors. • Advanced analytical, critical thinking, problem-solving skills; • Demonstrated knowledge of management/leadership concepts, including principles and best practices • Knowledge and appreciation of the campus, its achievements, vision, mission, goals, objectives, and applicable policies, infrastructure, and current issues of concern.
Education/Training: • Bachelors degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/trainingThe University of California,
The University of California was chartered in 1868 and its flagship campus - envisioned as a "City of Learning" - was established at Berkeley, on San Francisco Bay. Today the world's premier public university and a wellspring of innovation, UC Berkeley occupies a 1,232 acre campus with a sylvan 178-acre central core. From this home its academic community makes key contributions to the economic and social well-being of the Bay Area, California, and the nation.