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Associate Director Donor Engagement (6299U), Berkeley Law 4712
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Jan. 10, 2020
Title Associate Director Donor Engagement (6299U), Berkeley Law 4712
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate/Assistant Director
  • Institutional Advancement
    Alumni Relations

Associate Director Donor Engagement (6299U), Berkeley Law #4712

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.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: January 22, 2020

Departmental Overview

Berkeley Law is one of the nation's premier law schools, located at one of the world's great universities, in one of the most vibrant places on the planet. As one of the 14 schools and colleges at the University of California, Berkeley, it is consistently ranked as one of the top law schools in the nation.

The law school has produced leaders in law, government, and society, including Chief Justice of the United States Earl Warren, Secretary of State of the United States Dean Rusk, American civil rights activist Pauli Murray, California Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso, president and founder of the Equal Justice Society Eva Paterson, United States Northern District of California Judge Thelton Henderson, and Attorney General of the United States Edwin Meese.

Reporting to the Director of Administration and Donor Engagement, the Associate Director of Donor Engagement is responsible for the development and the implementation of multiple donor engagement programs and associate events, gift funds management, and donor stewardship reporting. The Associate Director liaises with the Law School Business Office, Events Services Unit, Admissions and Financial Aid, and other law administrative offices to ensure that donors are well stewarded and gifts are spent per donor intention. This position also works closely with University Development and Alumni Relations Office (UDAR), particularly with Donor and Gift Services colleagues, to ensure accurate and timely recording of gifts and pledges, delivery of donor stewardship reports, and appropriate stewardship of donors.


  • Develops and implements donor engagement and stewardship programs, events and/or projects that advocate for the Law School and highlight or showcase campus achievements, awards or contributions, such as: gift acknowledgments, annual donor stewardship reports, the Scholarship Students/Donors Luncheon, and other large-scale donor appreciation events, etc.

Stewardship Reporting:
  • Gathers data and/or written content from beneficiaries (students, faculty, programs)
  • Produces reports and distributes them to donors.

Event Planning:
  • Coordinates with Events Services Unit on event logistics.
  • Creates and distributes invitations.
  • Drafts Dean's event briefings.
  • Stages Donor Engagement events.
  • Collects and files event participation data in CADS.

Gift Acknowledgements:
  • Drafts template or custom gift acknowledgement letters.
  • Proofs acknowledgement letters.
  • Distributes letters and ensures mailing data is recorded in CADS.
  • Oversees gift management, including appropriate distribution of gift funds. Partners with Finance Office and other departments/programs/student organizations receiving gift funds to ensure that gift funds are spent appropriately (in accord with donor intent) and in a timely manner.
  • May research various topics and gather relevant data to inform unit strategic plans, keeping management informed as necessary and providing input as required. Responds to constituent inquiries about processes for making a gift to the Law School, past giving histories, stewardship issues, etc.
  • Enhances the University's data on donors for use by current and future advancement staff by completing contact reports in the Central Development database (CADS) for all significant interactions with donors in a timely manner; Reviews and Updates stewardship plans for top donors; Enters event attendance data in CADS; Updates donor contact information as necessary.

Required Qualifications

  • Thorough knowledge of all aspects of donor relations, public relations, alumni relations and/or fundraising.
  • Thorough knowledge of UC Berkeley and the School of Law, and its vision, mission, goals, objectives, achievements and infrastructure and/or the ability to quickly develop an understanding or the ability to learn.
  • Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills, including political acumen to establish good working relationships at all organizational levels and with outside constituencies, including donors, alumni and students.
  • Strong skills in making persuasive and compelling presentations and the ability to maintain strong, productive relationships with Law School donors.
  • Thorough research, analytical and critical thinking skills, including sound judgment and decision-making skills and skills to correctly identify real and potential problems, advising management as required, and proposing effect strategic resolutions.
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize, with very close attention to detail.
  • Strong project/program management skills with the ability to successfully establish and meet program/project goals and objectives within budget and time constraints.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Ability to work with sensitive information and maintain confidentiality.
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint with the ability to learn new systems.
  • Travel and occasional work on nights and weekends.

  • Bachelor's degree in a related area, such as English, Communications, Marketing, Public Relations or Accounting and/or equivalent experience/training.
  • Experience working in donor relations, fundraising, and/or alumni relations.
  • Project Management experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to thrive in a high-stake, fast-paced environment while effectively executing a range of donor engagement plans and programs.
  • Working knowledge of University policies and procedures relating to alumni programming, data management, gift management systems, procurement and expense reimbursement, etc or the ability to learn.
  • Proficiency with Constant Contact, event software, Google Docs, and the University's constituents data system (CADS) or the ability to learn.
  • Good web-based research skills.
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational, analytical and critical thinking skills. Experience managing, supporting and reporting on complex projects and events.
  • Experience managing, supporting and reporting on complex projects and events.

Salary & Benefits

The annual salary range of the position is $68,670 to $76,300, 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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