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Development Associate (7546U), UC Botanical Garden - 58231
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Feb. 23, 2024
Title Development Associate (7546U), UC Botanical Garden - 58231
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Institutional Advancement
    Graphic Design/Marketing
    Communications/Public Relations

Development Associate (7546U), UC Botanical Garden - 58231

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.

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Departmental Overview

The UC Botanical Garden is a unit of the Berkeley Natural History Museums administered by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. The Garden's broad mission is to develop and maintain a diverse collection of plants in support of the University's missions in teaching and worldwide research in plant biology. Additional major roles include conservation of plant diversity and promoting public understanding and appreciation of plants and the natural environment, through many Garden activities, including through a diverse array of public education programs.

The Garden is a living museum with one of the most diverse plant collections in North America. A priceless resource for international research, conservation and public enjoyment, the Garden covers 34 acres nestled in Strawberry Canyon. The Botanical Garden is open to the public, of whom many (>5500) are Garden members.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: September 7, 2023


  • Serves as the initial contact for Garden Tribute inquiries (brick, benches and trees). In consult with the Development Director plans, coordinates and helps execute donor visits at the Garden regarding these, finalizes these orders with outside vendors and oversees their placement.
  • Along with Development Director, oversees donor follow up once plaques are complete.
  • Meets Tribute fundraising goals.
  • Maintains and updates donor data in campus fundraising system (CADS) and Botanical Garden database (Altru) and supervises student employees with this task as well.
  • Processes donations into data bases and forwards all relevant components to campus in a timely manner.
  • Serves as the secondary development lead for the Botanical Garden.
  • Under the guidance of the Director of Development the Development Associate assists in identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding prospective and existing donors in line with best practices of Moves Management.
  • Works with the Director of Development to plan and organize fundraising campaigns and strategies, which will include multiple components.
  • Pulls reports from the donor databases to create and distribute customized donor acknowledgments in a timely manner.
  • Attends functions, meetings and serves on internal /external committees as a representative of the Botanical Garden.
  • Works with the Director of Development to facilitate social donor events, which may involve occasional evening and weekend activities.
  • With the Development Director as the lead, this also to include some event planning and execution, guest rosters, emails, name tags, and thank you follow ups.
  • With the Director of Development as the point of initial contact facilitates and cultivates activities with the Advisory Board. This to include board rosters, bios, and other materials needed for the Boards quarterly meetings.

Required Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of fundraising, donor relations, and public relations concepts, principles, procedures, and techniques.
  • Working knowledge of the location, its vision, mission, goals, objectives, achievements and infrastructure.
  • Working knowledge of applicable laws, rules, regulations, policies, etc.
  • Good written and interpersonal communication skills to establish and maintain good working relationships throughout the organization and with outside constituencies.
  • Good organizational, analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Skills in maintaining confidentiality.
  • Thorough knowledge of computer and database systems, to facilitate research, extract meaningful data, and prepare documents and presentation materials.


  • Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in nonprofit fundraising, donor development, marketing and communications.
  • Knowledge of the UC Berkeley campus, including its vision, mission, goals, objectives, achievements, programs, and infrastructure.
  • Outstanding customer service ethics.
  • Desire and ability to work in a highly collaborative team environment with input from multiple stakeholders.
  • Highly detail oriented with a critical degree of accuracy.
  • Experience working with CADS, Salesforce, Blackbaud and/or similar database systems.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University, please visit the University of California's Compensation & Benefits website.

Under California law, the University of California, Berkeley is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary outside of the range posted in this job announcement. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, analysis of internal equity, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience.

The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $33.57 - $44.58. This is equivalent to $70,094.16 - $93,083.04 annually.

  • This is a 100% full-time (40 hours per week), career position that is eligible for full UC benefits.
  • This position is non-exempt and paid bi-weekly.
  • This is in-person position in a shared office setting with the possibility of occasional remote work at the discretion of the Director and Development Director

How to Apply

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter.

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, please see the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission poster.

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, please see the University of California Discrimination, Harassment, and Affirmative Action in the Workplace policy.

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