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Director of Development, Center for Jewish Studies and the Magnes Collection for Jewish Art and Life (0462U) 2938 - 2938
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Nov. 15, 2019
Title Director of Development, Center for Jewish Studies and the Magnes Collection for Jewish Art and Life (0462U) 2938 - 2938
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Department N/A
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Academic Affairs

Director of Development, Center for Jewish Studies and the Magnes Collection for Jewish Art and Life (0462U) 2938 - 2938

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 University of California, Berkeley is building a comprehensive program in Jewish and Israel Studies (JIS) that explores Jewish life and thought over time and throughout the world. The Program includes the Center for Jewish Studies (CJS), the Magnes Collection for Jewish Art and Life (Magnes), and the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Life and Israel Studies (Berkeley Institute). JIS is committed to the rigorous academic study of the wide-ranging Jewish experience and to fostering a welcoming environment for students pursuing knowledge and engagement in this area. As well, UC Berkeley's Jewish and Israel Studies program will highlight the study of the history, beliefs, texts and cultural practices of the Jewish people and of Israel in the context of society at large and the vitality and continuity of Jewish life.

The Director of Development for the Center for Jewish Studies and the Magnes Collection for Jewish Art and Life will design, develop, deliver, and administer a highly successful fundraising program to support the CJS and the Magnes, and co-coordinate the Jewish and Israel Studies campaign (JISC) with the Development Director of the Berkeley Institute. The Director will identify new donor prospects through researching background information on potential donors and will cultivate, solicit and steward donor prospects alone or in partnership with JIS faculty directors and campus leadership.

Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Development, Division of Arts and Humanities in the College of Letters and Science, the Director will work closely with the faculty directors of the above named entities and campus leadership to develop solicitation strategies and proposals for the highest capacity donors. The Director will be responsible for directing the identification of new donor prospects and will cultivate, solicit and steward donor prospects personally and/or in partnership with the faculty directors and campus leadership. S/he, in coordination with the Development Director of the Berkeley Institute, will be the JISC leads on joint efforts with fundraisers from across campus and in University Development & Alumni Relations (UDAR).


  • Serves as lead development professional for the Center for Jewish Studies and the Magnes, and co-coordinator of the campus Jewish and Israel Studies campaign, and is responsible, in coordination with the Development Director of the Berkeley Institute for developing an overall strategic fundraising plan in consultation with the faculty directors of CJS, the Magnes, and the Berkeley Institute, as well as other campus stakeholders including the Assistant Dean of Development, Arts & Humanities.
  • Manages a portfolio of 60-80 donor prospects that include the most influential, complex or highest rated donors. Make at least 10 -12 visits per month. Qualify major gift prospects and solicit gifts directly.
  • Working with the JIS faculty directors, develops, creates, writes, implements, and/or evaluates individualized proposals (sometimes in conjunction with University Development and Alumni Relations marketing/communications) and/or strategies for cultivation and solicitation of major gifts, gift planning, or corporate/foundation prospects (strategies typically require a high degree of innovation).
  • Presents individualized fundraising proposals to major donors and prospects or prepares academic faculty directors and/or senior management to present proposals.
  • Serves as a resource for the CJS and Magnes faculty leads, to provide information, advice and counsel regarding those units' initiatives, as well as serving, along with the Development Director of the Berkeley Institute, as campus convener of fund raising partners across Berkeley that may engage with JIS.
  • Creates, establishes and evaluates methods for building/maintaining prospect and volunteer constituencies and identifies, recruits, and directs the activities of high level volunteers.
  • Works closely with academic leadership of JIS and the Development Director of the Berkeley Institute, to analyze needs and create strategic and long-range plans for fundraising and other advancement programs and may have the authority to make commitments and precedent-setting decisions regarding program design, development, and procedures.
  • Serves, in coordination with the Development Director of the Berkeley Institute, as the campus convener of fundraising partners across Berkeley who represent the various academic disciplines engaged with JIS.

Required Qualifications

  • Expert knowledge of all aspects of fundraising strategies, donor relations and advancement communications.
  • Expert knowledge of all aspects of the campus, including current issues of concern for both the campus and throughout higher education generally with particular focus on the goals of the Jewish and Israel Studies campaign.
  • Expert knowledge of the campus including its vision, mission, goals, objectives, achievements and infrastructure.
  • Expert knowledge of all applicable laws, rules, regulations, institutional policies, et cetera.
  • Expert written, oral and interpersonal communication skills, including advanced political acumen, to establish and maintain good working relationships at all organizational levels and with outside constituencies, including donors and volunteers.
  • Expert skill in making persuasive and compelling presentations of campus goals/objectives and in securing gifts.
  • Expert analytical, critical thinking, problem recognition/avoidance/resolution skills.
  • Expert project/program management skills, including skill in setting and meeting program/project goals and objectives within budget and time constraints.
  • Skills to meet or exceed fundraising goals and objectives.
  • Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Certified Fund Raising Executive preferred.

Salary & Benefits

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.

Mandated Reporter

This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter.

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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