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Major Gifts Officer (0462U) - CED 16993
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Apr. 5, 2021
Title Major Gifts Officer (0462U) - CED 16993
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Institutional Advancement

Major Gifts Officer (0462U) - CED 16993

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 Environmental Design (CED) is comprised of faculty, students and staff with an impressive set of backgrounds and talents. We believe in the importance of supporting an inclusive environment that values community and builds its strength from a diversity of views and expertise. There are approximately 50 faculty, 1000 undergraduate and graduate students, and approximately 50 total staff. The college budget is approximately $30M. CED is a multifaceted academic unit, with three departments (Architecture, City & Regional Planning, and Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning); undergraduate, professional graduate and doctoral programs; a suite of highly regarded summer design institutes; widely recognized environmental design archives; extensive computing and fabrication facilities; and is located in Bauer Wurster Hall, a building with extensive auditoria, classrooms, studios, labs, research centers, library, and a cafe.

The position reports to the Assistant Dean of Development + Alumni Relations (D+AR) of CED. The successful candidate will carry out initiatives for the D+AR team, primarily through managing a moderately complex fundraising portfolio. The person in this position will be responsible for a full range of major gift development functions including gift opportunity development with faculty leadership, cultivation and stewardship, and proposal development and submission. This development officer's portfolio will average 100 prospects, primarily focused on individuals. Some corporate and foundation solicitations will be managed by this position. CED has around 20,000 alumni and non-alumni donors and averages 1,000 individual gifts per year. CED's annual fundraising now exceeds $10M per year.
More information about the College can be found at:

  • 70% - Major Gifts Fundraising. Manage a portfolio of 100 major gift prospects, the majority with the capacity to give $100,000 or more to the College of Environmental Design; conduct 8-10 significant prospect/donor visits (virtual or in-person) per month; identify, qualify, and cultivate major donors and prospects using Berkeley's CADS database and in collaboration with the campus's University Development and Alumni Relations (UDAR) staff; develop and implement short and long-term solicitation strategies to secure gifts primarily from individuals (and some corporations and foundations) for CED's mission and strategic plan; oversee and support stewardship for portfolio donors; solicit current use, endowment and planned gifts directly; work independently with CED's dean, department chairs and faculty leadership to carry out solicitations; and raise $2.5 million per year once mature portfolio established.

  • 15% - Prospect Research & Development. Build CED's major gift prospect pipeline through discovery and cultivation; prioritize donors based on capacity and inclination.

  • 15% - Planning and Development Programs Support. Conceive, develop, implement and manage fundraising initiatives to meet CED priorities; coach CED leadership and faculty for prospect meetings and communications; and advance development-focused marketing and communications with D+AR and CED's Communications group, particularly in the area of planned gifts and major CED priorities.

Required Qualifications
  • Advanced knowledge of all aspects of fundraising and donor relations.
  • Experience in campaigns (university preferred) and development-focused strategic planning.
  • Advanced knowledge of university fundraising approaches, institutional policies, and norms.
  • Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills, including political acumen to maintain relationships grounded in trust with prospects, donors and university colleagues.
  • Ability to independently write clear and accurate communications for CED's Dean and department chairs to alumni, prospects, donors, and campus colleagues.
  • Strong skills to make persuasive presentations of unit goals to close gifts.
  • Experience meeting goals and objectives through project planning, organization, execution and evaluation.
  • Highly motivated and detail oriented.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality.
  • Proficiency with desktop computing applications and fundraising databases, such as Advance and Salesforce.
  • Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training required.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Graduate degree or equivalent experience.
  • 5+ years in higher education fundraising.
  • Working knowledge of UC Berkeley, its vision, mission, goals, objectives, achievements and infrastructure.
  • Strong knowledge of current affairs and issues in higher education.
  • Knowledge of research and education for the field of environmental design and planning, particularly in terms of competitor schools and programs.

Salary & Benefits

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

*Salary commensurate with experience.

Other Information

The First Review Date for this job is: 4/16/21 - OPEN UNTIL FILLED

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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