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Director, Donor Relations & Campaign Operations (7547U) - CoE, Job 34688
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Jul. 5, 2022
Title Director, Donor Relations & Campaign Operations (7547U) - CoE, Job 34688
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Institutional Advancement

Director, Donor Relations & Campaign Operations (7547U) - CoE, Job 34688

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Departmental Overview

The College of Engineering at UC Berkeley is recognized for its educational and research excellence, consistently ranking among the top three Engineering colleges in the United States. With more than 220 regular faculty members, 1,800 graduate students and 3,200 undergraduate students located in seven academic departments, Engineering is the second largest college on the Berkeley campus.

The College Relations Department supports the College's core projects and programs through marketing, communications, and private fundraising efforts designed to reach over 60,000 alumni, friends, students, foundations, and corporate partners. During the current fiscal year, the College of Engineering raised over $100 million in private gifts and is consistently among the top fundraising units within the university.

Reporting to the Assistant Dean, Development, this position cultivates and secures unrestricted and restricted funding working closely with Berkeley Engineering academic departments and research programs to build and maintain benefactor relationships/partnerships. As part of the College Relations team, The Fundraiser 3 serves as liaison on College-led initiatives and campaigns and provides leadership, guidance, and counsel to key leaders in the College. This position also works on special funding and development initiatives as they may arise.

Involves designing, developing, delivering, and administering fundraising programs. Identifies new donor prospects through researching background information on potential donors and developing materials, marketing plans, and organizing related programs/events; cultivates, stewards, and may solicit donor prospects. Will also require occasional proposal writing and development.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: 5/5/2022 - Open Until Filled


25% - Plans, schedules, and implements fundraising and alumni relations projects and programs, including specific fundraising programs such as annual fund, alumni relations, research, et cetera. Includes, but not limited to:

  • Establishes and maintains relationships with key academic leaders.
  • Creates and manages solicitation communication and impact reporting to Dean's Society donors.
  • In collaboration with Assistant Dean, facilitates engagement with College of Engineering's principal gift donors.

20% - Identifies, cultivates, solicits and/or stewards donors. Ensures that predetermined fundraising goals are met. Includes, but is not limited to:

  • Works closely with College's academic departments and research programs to build and maintain donor relationships.
  • Serves as liaison and supports high-level benefactors to help maximize the benefit of these targeted fundraising efforts.
  • Helps keep up-to-date engagement plans for key prospects.


  • Coordinates and oversees the work of support staff and/or other professionals.

15% - Assists in detailed planning of fund development and annual solicitation programs. Develops strategies within existing policy guidelines. Includes but is not limited to:

  • Works on special funding initiatives as they may arise, for strategic short-term and long-term funding needs in the College (i.e. scholarships for broadening student participation and access; funding for special student leadership programs, etc.).

10% - Designs, organizes, and implements special events. Includes but is not limited to:

  • Develops and executes strategic prospect campus visits, including identifying the key faculty to include, research projects to feature, student program to highlight.
  • Staffs the Dean, Associate/Assistant Deans, College/Berkeley faculty and other senior staff by providing strategic briefing memoranda and clearly articulated goals and plans to ensure the best outcomes for College/campus leaders and benefactor prospects.

5% - Provides analysis and information of complex results or activities, and makes recommendations to upper management for program changes or development of new programs as required. Includes but is not limited to:

  • Developing proposals, campaign materials, initiative one-pagers, etc.
  • Enhancing and maintaining the College of Engineering's fundraising program web presence, giving pages, and maintains current, useful print and digital publications, as needed.

5% - Participates in short and long-range strategic planning. Includes but is not limited to:

  • Annual business review and annual plan development, each June-July.
  • Regular management and revisions top prospects and portfolio of campaign leaders.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training
  • Thorough working knowledge and understanding of fundraising, donor relations and public relations concepts, principles, techniques, procedures and practices.
  • Thorough working knowledge of the campus, including its vision, mission, goals, objectives, achievements and infrastructure.
  • Thorough knowledge of applicable laws, rules, regulations, policies, et cetera.
  • Thorough written, oral and interpersonal communication skills, including political acumen, to build and maintain effective working relationship at all organizational levels and with outside constituencies.
  • The holder must be comfortable working with prominent benefactors and leaders and must have a successful track record of securing and stewarding gifts, preferably in a university setting.
  • Thorough analytical and critical thinking skills, including skill in creative and effective decision-making and problem identification/avoidance/resolution.
  • Thorough project management skills.
  • Skills to meet or exceed fundraising goals and objectives.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

Salary is commensurate with experience.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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