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Stewardship Communications Manager (6300U), University Development and Alumni Relations - 34363
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted May 9, 2022
Title Stewardship Communications Manager (6300U), University Development and Alumni Relations - 34363
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Public Relations/Marketing
    Development/Institutional Advancement

Stewardship Communications Manager (6300U), University Development and Alumni Relations - 34363

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

University Development and Alumni Relations (UDAR) strengthens Berkeley's excellence through engagement with alumni, parents, undergraduate and graduate students, and friends of the University, raising public awareness about Berkeley and increasing private philanthropy. UDAR provides overall direction for the campus' philanthropic advancement strategies and works to strengthen unit development in partnership with campus fundraisers. The Division handles a range of central activities and services encompassing communications, stewardship, prospect development, gift management, and more.


  • Involves activities associated with reaching, serving, and engaging external constituencies through programs, products, and services not primarily related to fundraising.
  • Constituencies include alumni, local community, government, parents, as well as the general public.
  • Translates constituent needs and priorities into customized narrative impact reports to create, enhance, and sustain relationships between the campus and its external constituencies.
  • Using institutional knowledge and awareness of constituency perception, designs, develops and implements short and long-term strategic plans, programs, events, and activities that are related to the stewardship of Berkeley's 4,400+ endowment funds.
  • Includes developing deep working relationships across campus to partner on the growth of existing stewardship programs and the development of new plans/activities that engage external constituencies around the impact of student, faculty and programmatic endowments.
  • Oversees aspects of complex external relations programs, projects and events, primarily the production of written and visual materials as they relate to communicating with external audiences on the use and impact of Berkeley's endowment.
  • For example, this position executes the campus-wide reporting programs that demonstrate to donors that their endowments are having a beneficial effect on the campus's students, faculty and programs.
  • Not limited to but including annual endowed chair reporting, which entails working across the campus's units to gather information.
  • Maintains appropriate messaging and design of program collateral.
  • This position is responsible for articulating the impact of the campus's 550 distinguished faculty that are supported through endowed chairs (with a total of $650M in endowment supporting them), and also articulate that support to the external community.
  • Quickly and appropriately identifies, addresses, and mitigates unforeseen and/or rapidly unfolding events that may negatively impact relationships between the campus and various constituencies, keeping senior management appropriately advised and notified.
  • May mentor less experienced staff members.
  • Analyzes, summarizes and/or reviews data, reporting findings, interpreting results and/or making recommendations.
  • Works across the campus's fundraising community to ensure that appropriate individuals are receiving these personalized reports.
  • Works on the messaging for the program and to secure the data required to prepare the personalized reports.
  • Responds to constituent inquiries as they relate to the use and importance of faculty support for the campus.
  • Establishes a standard of customer service to ensure exemplary support to internal and external constituents.

Required Qualifications

  • Advanced knowledge of and/or ability to learn the campus, its vision, mission, goals, objectives, achievements, issues of concern and infrastructure.
  • Advanced knowledge of and/or ability to learn the assigned area of responsibility, the campus' endowment and its support of students, faculty and programs.
  • Advanced knowledge of issues of concern in higher education.
  • Advanced knowledge of practices and procedures associated with building and maintaining effective working relationships with all levels of internal and external constituencies.
  • Advanced written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, including skill to produce information that is appropriately presented and effectively received by target constituencies.
  • Active listening skills, including advanced critical thinking and analytical skills.
  • Skill to recognize potential areas of constituency concern and address, resolve and/or mitigate problems or issues.
  • Advanced project management skills, including skills to plan and implement successful events.
  • Must be proficient in use of Microsoft Office and common desktop/web applications.
  • Experience with design, especially Adobe InDesign


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

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 $80,000.00 - $95,000.00.

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. Please upload the document in the Resume section, then skip the (optional) Cover Letter upload section.

Other Information

The minimum posting duration of this position is 14 calendar days. The department will not initiate the application review process prior to 14 calendars from when the job is posted. The first review date for this position is April 29, 2022. This is a remote-friendly position, eligible for 100% remote capability.

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:
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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