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Alumni Engagement and Public Events Specialist (6299U) - 38444
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Jul. 5, 2022
Title Alumni Engagement and Public Events Specialist (6299U) - 38444
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Alumni Relations

Alumni Engagement and Public Events Specialist (6299U) - 38444

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

On October 1, 1964, Mario Savio climbed onto a police car and ignited the Free Speech Movement, right here in Berkeley. As a catalyst for change, justice and human rights, what could be a more fitting location for a school of professional journalism? And what could be more relevant today, when free speech is under attack from both restrictive algorithms and people in power.

The only graduate-level school of journalism in the entire UC system mission, the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism's mission is to expand the worldwide impact of truth-seeking, fact-based and inclusive journalism by training the next generation of diverse journalists to become exceptional storytellers.

Berkeley Journalism's reputation for world-class education is recognized globally - and it has the awards to prove it. In 2021-2022 alone, Berkeley's faculty, students, and alumni were awarded, named as finalists, or nominated for 15 prestigious awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, the Student Academy Award for Best Documentary, The George Polk Award for National Television Reporting, the Online News Association's Student Journalism Award, the Guggenheim Fellowship, and more. And our students get great jobs at media outfits including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, NBC, the Center for Investigative Reporting, and dozens more.

Our faculty are both thinkers and doers. They embrace their role as mentors to the next generation of ground-breaking journalists. They teach and inspire, imparting skills and energizing vision. Our students are vibrant, diverse, curious, driven, unafraid. They are the future of journalism, compelled by an insatiable desire to investigate and report stories that matter, in any form. Our alumni include some of the leading journalists in the world. They produce award-winning and important work- and are paving the way for our current students.

We live in a moment like no other, when journalism education can help restore American democracy by strengthening bonds of trust and credibility in journalism, bringing new voices, new leaders, and new cultural competencies to the field. If you're ready to help take Berkeley Journalism into the future, we want to hear from you.

Berkeley Journalism is looking for a committed, experienced, self-directed professional to (1) produce superb events serving the J-School donor community and the larger public, and to (2) implement an effective alumni relations program for Berkeley Journalism graduates. Working with the Dean of the School and Assistant Dean, Advancement on event and alumni relations strategy and planning, you will produce a series of events each semester that further the fundraising objectives of Berkeley Journalism, and that enhance the School's reputation and visibility among key audiences, among them, general audiences interested in the way in which journalism intersects with the great public issues of the day; the media industry and journalism profession; and the campus community. You will also take the lead in designing and implementing a plan that will strengthen the School's relationships with its alumni. This might include on-campus reunions or other campus-based events; alumni meetups or other off-campus activities; communications through dedicated newsletters or social media; and research and information gathering about alumni experiences, employment, achievements, and preferences.

You'll be part of a small but mighty J-School advancement team responsible for enhancing the capacities and reputation of Berkeley Journalism. You'll also participate in a special campaign, under development and due to launch in the 2022-2023 academic year, that aims to transform the face of journalism by changing who gets to be a journalist - because who the storytellers are matters for the profession and for the future of democracy. The key to it all is experience, maturity, the ability to build and maintain strong relationships with the Berkeley Journalism community, and the joy of engaging with the community in service of a great cause.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: 07/14/2022.


Build and sustain a vibrant and engaged alumni community that enriches the personal and professional lives of Berkeley Journalism's graduates and advances the school's mission and strategic initiatives.

Examples of how this may be achieved include:
  • Producing alumni-related on- and off-campus events; organizing volunteer recruitment and engagement activities. Developing/improving digital communications channels with alumni. Working with student services and career development staff to help build strong network connections between alumni and students, as well as employment and internship opportunities for students. Assisting in production of alumni marketing materials. Developing information and research resources about alumni experiences, employment, awards, and preferences.

This position also functions as first point of contact for alumni inquiries, and actively and effectively collaborates with career development, student services, and advancement staff.

Handles special projects/assignments involving alumni relations and advancement activities, as assigned.

In collaboration with Dean and Assistant Dean, Advancement, plan an annual calendar of, and organize individual donor- and public-facing events.

Duties include managing logistics such as facilities, audience marketing and management activities, caterers, and vendors, coordinating services with speakers and facility maintenance staff and providing event promotion to the wider campus, donor and external community.

For donor-hosted events such as house parties, work together with the relevant advancement staff person, as well as the host and host's assistants if any to ensure a smooth and successful experience for host and guests.

  • Consults with clients on all details regarding events and event planning. Plans, organizes, and identifies real and potential event locations and vendors. Determines and coordinates staffing needs. Develops and coordinates guest lists. Develops and implements event budgets. Contributes to and participates in long-range unit event planning. Schedules and oversees the work of events staff, including external vendors and student workers. Ensures smooth-running, effective events, including successfully recognizing and resolving potential and real problems in a timely manner using tact, sensitivity, discretion and political acumen. Promotes events to internal and external constituencies; strategically drafts and distributes announcements.

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training. Thorough knowledge of basic concepts, principles, and procedures of building and maintaining effective relations with alumni. Thorough knowledge and understanding of concepts, principles and practices of event planning, including event design, organization and production. Demonstrated organizational and project management skills to successfully produce high quality events that meet client needs and appropriately represent the campus; for fundraising events, demonstrated skills to provide excellent donor stewardship. Highly developed written, verbal and interpersonal communications with the maturity, judgment, and grace and an orientation toward effective problem solving. Experience in managing multiple, competing, and time-sensitive deadlines. Availability for travel in California and out of state.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience with MS Office/Google Suite, and fundraising CRMs - especially Salesforce - a plus.

Salary & Benefits

This is a 100% full-time (40 hrs a week) exempt career position, which is paid monthly and eligible for full UC Benefits. Annual salary is commensurate with experience within the range of $56,800 - $108,000.

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

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume 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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