Leadership Giving Officer (7547U) - 8303
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, our Principles of Community
, and our Strategic Plan.
Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: July 15, 2020
Founded in 1892 as the Department of Pedagogy, the Graduate School of Education (GSE) at the University of California, Berkeley is home to a diverse group of students and faculty joined by their common interests in understanding and improving the complex world of education. A central mission of the GSE is to improve teaching and learning for all students in our schools by preparing the next generation of teachers, administrators and school psychologists in exemplary professional preparation programs, with an emphasis on working with diverse students in urban settings. GSE graduates make a global impact as researchers, professional educators, leaders, and innovators.
The Leadership Giving Officer is responsible for designing and implementing a comprehensive leadership giving program for the School, as part of our larger Development and External Relations Team. Reporting into the Senior Director of Development and External Relations, the Leadership Giving Officer is an entrepreneurial, creative, and results-oriented professional who is inspired by the opportunity to build a community of champions in service of excellence and equity in public education. The Leadership Giving Officer serves as the GSE staff lead for Annual Giving and Alumni Relations programs, participates in short and long range strategic planning, and manages a portfolio of prospects and donors at various stages of engagement. The Leadership Giving Officer is responsible for increasing annual support of the GSE and actively fundraises for campaign priorities and GSE initiatives.
- Under the supervision of and in partnership with the Senior Director of Development and External Relations, designs, plans, and implements fundraising programs, including Annual Giving, the Big Give, alumni appeals, special campaigns, etc.
- Conducts analysis, benchmarking, and makes recommendations for program changes or development of new programs as needed.
- In collaboration with the Senior Director of Development and External Relations, participates in short and long-range strategic planning for the GSE.
- Coordinates with the School's Senior Director of Development and External Relations to ensure that marketing and donor outreach are in line with the school's brand.
- Ensures that predetermined fundraising goals are met and raises at least $500,000 in new gifts and pledges annually.
- Manages a portfolio of 150 major gift prospects and donors at various stages of engagement (qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship).
- Makes at least 8-10 visits per month as well as significant moves that advance a relationship.
- Solicits donors for new gifts, renewals, and upgrades via face-to-face visits, phone calls, video conferencing, and customized correspondence.
- Serves as lead staff member for Annual Fund and Alumni Relations programming, partnering with University Development and Alumni Relations (UDAR) on implementation.
- Maintains accurate and ongoing donor outreach reporting in CADS, as well as easily accessible donor files and information.
- Designs and organizes special events focused on donor stewardship and cultivation. Implements events in partnership with the Dean's Office and GSE colleagues. Supports donor engagement strategies before, during, and after events.
- Drafts informational and marketing materials for events and campaigns, including digital and written communications.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Lifelong learner with a deep commitment to excellence and equity in public education.
- Thorough working knowledge and understanding of fundraising, donor relations and public relations concepts, principles, techniques, procedures and practices.
- Thorough working knowledge of and/or ability to quickly learn the Berkeley campus, including its vision, mission, goals, objectives, achievements and infrastructure.
- Superlative written, oral and interpersonal communication skills, including political acumen, to build and maintain effective working relationships at the GSE, throughout campus and with external constituencies.
- Strong analytical and critical thinking skills, including creative and effective decision-making and problem identification/avoidance/resolution.
- Sound judgment, discretion and ability to maintain confidentiality.
- Flexible, positive attitude and ability to work both independently and as a team player.
- Experience planning and executing special events.
- Highly skilled with Word, Excel, PowerPoint and database management programs.
- Strong project and time management skills.
- Available to work occasional evening or weekend events.
- Bachelor's degree and/or equivalent experience/training.
- A minimum of 4 years of experience in development, with a track record of engaging individual donors. Interest and/or working knowledge of planned giving principles is a plus.
Salary & Benefits
This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience.
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
How to Apply
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
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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