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Assistant Director (7547U), Southern California Major Gifts - 38003
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Jul. 25, 2022
Title Assistant Director (7547U), Southern California Major Gifts - 38003
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
    Associate/Assistant Director
  • Public Relations/Marketing
    Financial Planning/Budget Management
    Development/Institutional Advancement
    Business & Administration
    Alumni Relations
    Administration - General

Assistant Director (7547U), Southern California Major Gifts - 38003

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), 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.

The Major Gifts team within UDAR works to secure philanthropic support among University alumni, parents, and friends across a range of geographical regions with a focus on gifts in the $100,000-$2 million range. Geographically, the regional areas of focus of the team are Southern California, the greater Bay Area/Northern California region, and the greater New York metropolitan area. There are 18 staff on the Major Gifts team including three senior development directors in charge of each of the three regions, as well as gift officers and professional administrative staff.


In February 2020, the university publicly launched the largest fundraising campaign in its history, to raise $6 billion by the end of 2023. The ambitious goal-the highest set by any U.S. public university without a medical school-aims to secure UC Berkeley's status as the world's top public research and teaching university at a time when the state funds about 14 percent of its budget. Since its quiet phase began January 1, 2014, the campaign has already raised over $4.3 billion.

The campaign is focused on continuing UC Berkeley's tradition of comprehensive academic excellence, as well as its public mission and reputation as a powerful agent of upward mobility for low-income students. Funding priorities include creating 100 new tenure-track faculty positions; 300 new graduate student fellowships; a dramatic increase in the number of undergraduate scholarships; campus housing for all freshmen, sophomores and first-year transfer students; and support for research to transform health, the environment, and society.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: July 7, 2022

  • Build and manage a portfolio of 100 - 125 major gifts prospects, with the capacity to give between $25,000 and $100,000. Make at least 10 - 15 substantive contacts per month (e.g., significant moves that advance a relationship). Qualify, cultivate and steward prospects and donors appropriately. Ensure that predetermined fundraising goals are met and raise at least $1M annually
  • Build high-trust relationships with business unit Development Directors on campus and provide strategic counsel to the Senior Director. Attend
  • functions, meetings and serve on internal/external committees.
  • Recruit, motivate, support and steward high level donors to advance the fundraising goals of the University.
  • Craft and edit proposals for individual major gift prospects and donors.
  • Serve as an expert and key development professional in Southern California.

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        Salary & Benefits

        This is an exempt, monthly paid position.

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