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Assistant Dean for Advancement (0464U), Graduate School of Journalism - 27148 - 1328 - 1328
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Oct. 3, 2019
Title Assistant Dean for Advancement (0464U), Graduate School of Journalism - 27148 - 1328 - 1328
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Department N/A
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate/Assistant Dean
  • Development/Institutional Advancement

Assistant Dean for Advancement (0464U), Graduate School of Journalism - 27148 - 1328 - 1328

About Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world. Berkeley's culture of openness, freedom and acceptanceacademic and artistic, political and culturalmake it a very special place for students, faculty and staff.

Berkeley is committed to hiring and developing staff who want to work in a high performing culture that supports the outstanding work of our faculty and students. In deciding whether to apply for a staff position at Berkeley, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the alignment of the Berkeley Workplace Culture with their potential for success at

Departmental Overview

The Graduate School of Journalism at U.C. Berkeley is widely regarded as one of the top journalism programs in the United States. The School offers a two-year Master of Journalism degree to an enrollment of about 120 students at a time, while the summer-only journalism minor serves another 300 undergraduates. The school's emphasis is on mastering a wide variety of communication techniques while learning the highest standards of responsible and enterprising journalism. There are 9 Senate faculty members in the School and many working journalists who serve as lecturers. The School employs an average of 20 temporary and career staff members.

The Assistant Dean for Advancement leads an Advancement team to design, develop, deliver, and administer fundraising programs for the School. Taking direction from the Dean, the incumbent manages, cultivates and stewards a portfolio of 60-80 major gift prospects; identifies and cultivates new major gift prospects through researching background information; with the support of the advancement team, develops materials, marketing plans, and organizes related programs/events; establishes a strategic plan for meeting annual fundraising goals; partners with the dean to pursue major gifts by meeting with donors and supporters of the School; engages School's advisory board members in a systematic way to gain support for fundraising campaigns; writes proposals for solicitation of individual, corporate, and/or foundation prospects. The incumbent provides advice and guidance for contract and grant acquisition, gifts-in-kind, faculty engagement in advancement, and alumni engagement.


  • Assignments require managing a fundraising staff comprised of both professionals and related administrative support.
  • Selects, trains, mentors, guides and directs subordinate staff and as required, takes corrective action.
  • Manages the comprehensive fundraising program for the School of Journalism.
  • Conceives, creates, develops, implements and manages fundraising programs and strategies to successfully meet predetermined goals and objectives, and ensures that predetermined fundraising goals are met.
  • Evaluates programs using financial feasibility studies and market research, including planning and evaluating annual solicitation programs and making recommendations for improvements.
  • Conducts and participates in long and short-range strategic planning.
  • Oversees and manages the identification, cultivation and solicitation of donors and donor prospects.
  • Makes at least 10 - 15 substantive contacts per month (e.g., significant moves that advance a relationship).
  • Meets regularly with campus portfolio manager, attends all campus fundraiser meetings.
  • Manages other external relations functions, such as volunteers, outreach, et cetera.

Required Qualifications

  • Strong knowledge of all aspects of fundraising, donor and public relations, including strategies for donor identification, cultivation and solicitation.
  • Strong knowledge of applicable laws, rules, regulations, policies, et cetera.
  • Strong knowledge of the campus, its achievements, vision, mission, goals, objectives, applicable policies, infrastructure, and current issues of concern.
  • Strong knowledge of management/leadership concepts, principles and best practices.
  • Strong leadership/management skills to select, train, mentor, evaluate and motivate staff.
  • Strong written, oral and interpersonal communications skills and political acumen to establish and maintain good working relationships within all organizational levels and with outside constituencies.
  • Strong skills to meet predetermined goals and objectives, including securing gifts and meeting fundraising goals.
  • Strong strategic planning skills and skills to conceive, design, implement, evaluate and manage fundraising programs and strategies.
  • Strong analytical, critical thinking, problem-solving skills.
  • Strong skills in persuasion/negotiation and strong marketing skills.
  • Works well in a team environment.
  • Passion, respect and appreciation for journalism mandatory.

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

Salary & Benefits

This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience.

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.

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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