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Senior Director of Development (0463U), Computational Precision Health - 61397
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Nov. 8, 2023
Title Senior Director of Development (0463U), Computational Precision Health - 61397
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Department Computational Precision Health
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Development/Institutional Advancement

Senior Director of Development (0463U), Computational Precision Health - 61397

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.

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Departmental Overview

University Development and Alumni Relations (UDAR) increases support for and enhances knowledge of UC Berkeley through communications, public outreach, and fundraising. UDAR is responsible for fundraising and donor engagement, and works to strengthen unit development offices by consulting and partnering with campus fundraisers. UDAR also handles a range of central activities and services encompassing events, communications, stewardship, prospect development, gift management, database management, and more.

UC Berkeley, UCSF, and Our Combined, Collaborative Culture

This position will have a joint appointment at Berkeley and our partner institution, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It is the only campus in the 10-campus UC system dedicated exclusively to the health sciences. It brings together the world's leading experts in nearly every area of health. UCSF is home to six Nobel laureates who have advanced the understanding of cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, aging, stem cells, and pain sensation. We are jointly 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.

About the Computational Precision Health Program

Thanks to a generous $50 million anonymous leadership gift, UC Berkeley and UCSF have established a one-of-a-kind joint program in Computational Precision Health (CPH). At UC Berkeley, CPH is academically anchored in the new College of Computing, Data Science, and Society (CDSS) and the faculty co-directors work closely with the Dean of CDSS. At UCSF, CPH is anchored within the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, with exposure across the university and health enterprise. As a new field, computational precision health bridges medicine, computing, statistics, and public health, to create new advances in treating and preventing disease and promoting health. CPH is building a first-in-kind interdisciplinary Ph.D. training program and a center with a world-changing impact. This partnership has been truly transformative, transcending traditional boundaries among institutions, disciplines, and scholarly communities to establish the world-leading program in this space. The new PhD program matriculated its first students in the fall of 2023, and is training research leaders to build the data- and computationally-driven future of medicine and health.

Position Overview

This role will be a part of both universities' Principal Gifts & Strategic Initiatives (PGSI) teams in the respective University Development and Alumni Relations (UDAR) divisions. The person in this role will also closely collaborate with the Chief Development Officer of CDSS. The Principal Gifts and Strategic Initiatives (PGSI) team works with members of the campus community to maximize complex, lifelong relationships between principal gift donors and the University. By doing so, we help the world's leading philanthropists achieve their dreams through partnerships with the University, and we help make the University's highest aspirations possible.

Last year, Berkeley raised and activated a record $1.03 billion in philanthropic support. As we look to the future and a new campaign, it is now more important than ever to build life-long relationships with those who have the passion, dedication, and capacity to make a transformational impact at Berkeley through involvement and philanthropy. This is an exceptional opportunity to be a part of two of the world's leading research universities, and to build a program at the cutting edge of health, artificial intelligence and machine learning. The position will report jointly to the Senior Director, Principal Gifts & Strategic Initiatives at Berkeley and the Executive Director of Principal Gifts & Strategic Initiatives at UCSF. The Senior Director of Development, Computational Precision Health position is an opportunity for a seasoned professional to join a team of leaders in principal giving at Berkeley and UCSF.

The Senior Director of Development, Computational Precision Health will work closely with the program faculty co-directors Drs. Ida Sim (UCSF) and Maya Peterson (UCB), as well as other campus leadership across both universities to develop solicitation strategies and proposals to bring the program to scale. A fully-scaled program will require approximately $100M from a variety of sources, and philanthropy will play a critical role. This will include philanthropy from donors with existing relationships with Berkeley and/or UCSF, and the effort is also expected to engage other parties who have the capacity to make major and principal gifts. The Senior Director of Development, Computational Precision Health will be responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding donor prospects personally and/or in partnership with others.

The Senior Director of Development, Computational Precision Health serves as an expert or lead development professional in a specialized area and partners with colleagues across campuses, such as major/principal gifts, gift planning or corporate/foundation relations, or a specific academic discipline such as Health Sciences which has an environment that includes, or potentially includes, donors capable of making very significant contributions to the campus. Collaboratively work with stakeholders to make decisions regarding program design, development, and procedures.


  • Exercising a high level of independent judgment, serves as an expert development professional in the area of philanthropy and principal gifts, leading strategies that include highly complex gift discussions and interaction with donors capable of making significant contributions to the university.
  • Develop and manage a portfolio of approximately 40-60 prospects with the capacity to give $5 million or greater, and collaborate with colleagues to advance with a particular focus of those who may give $10 million+. Qualify major gift prospects and solicit gifts directly. Ensure that predetermined fundraising goals are met and raise at least $2M annually.
  • Lead proactive collaborative efforts to develop effective and coordinated strategies for prospects shared by more than one academic unit; facilitate action plans and monitor implementation of strategies. Create and execute events and activities for cultivation, stewardship, and solicitations to advance gift conversations.
  • Drive and manage strategic, consistent, personalized engagement with donors, including meaningful interaction with academic leaders, faculty, and lead campus supporters and volunteers.
  • Prepare and present formal fundraising proposals to major donors and prospects; or prepare senior campus leaders to present proposals.
  • Ensure that proposals are well crafted, drawing on support from in-house communications team and gaining sign-off from relevant academic leaders.
  • Ensure that gifts are well-stewarded, drawing on campus partners for appropriate, timely, and consistent recognition, and ensure that all appropriate reporting and documentation is undertaken.
  • Contribute to the identification and refinement of compelling gift opportunities to connect donors' interests with the University's highest priorities and strategic initiatives.
    Meet predetermined goals and objectives established annually with the Senior Director, Principal Gifts & Strategic Initiatives at Berkeley and Executive Director of Principal Gifts and Strategic Initiatives at UCSF.

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum of 8 years of high-level performance in principal and major gift fundraising.
  • Expert knowledge of all aspects of fundraising strategies, structuring complex gifts, donor relations, and advancement communications.
  • Successful track record in building strong professional relationships with major philanthropists, academic leaders, collaborating development professionals, and other key faculty and staff.
  • Relevant field experience, project/program management skills, communication and interpersonal skills as well as strong writing skills.
  • Advanced knowledge of fundraising in a campaign at an academic institution and/or academic medicine.
  • Experience as a lead content specialist in a medical center or research university setting.

Education and Training

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

Preferred Qualifications

  • An advanced degree

Salary & Benefits 

  • This is a 100% full-time (40 hours a week) exempt career position, which is paid monthly and eligible for full UC Benefits.
  • This is a hybrid Bay Area-based position. The in-person percentage is to be determined and will vary based on the needs of the business.

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 salary of this position will be commensurate with experience in the range of $190,000 - $210,000.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter.

Other Information

The minimum posting duration of this position is 14 calendar days. The department will not initiate the application review process prior to November 21, 2023.

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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