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Director, External Relations (0456U), University Development and Alumni Relations - 44084
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Oct. 12, 2022
Title Director, External Relations (0456U), University Development and Alumni Relations - 44084
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Development/Institutional Advancement
    Alumni Relations

Director, External Relations (0456U), University Development and Alumni Relations - 44084

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.

At UC Berkeley, we believe that learning is a fundamental part of working, and our goal is for everyone on the Berkeley campus to feel supported and equipped to realize their full potential. We actively support this by providing all of our staff employees with at least 80 hours (10 days) of paid time per year to engage in professional development activities. To find out more about how you can grow your career at UC Berkeley, visit

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's philanthropic advancement strategies and works to strengthen development with campus fundraisers.

External Relations is responsible for activities associated with reaching, serving, and engaging external constituencies through programs, events, products, and services. Constituencies include alumni, local community, government, parents, donors, foundation board members, visiting dignitaries, students, and the general public. The unit translates constituent needs and priorities into customized programs to create, enhance, and sustain relationships between the campus and its external constituencies. The group advises the UCB community on all protocol matters, including visits by high-ranking government officials, the UC Office of the President, Regent's, or other dignitaries.

Position Overview

Having a wide-ranging exerience, the Director, External Relations, administers, oversees, or performs work involved in establishing and maintaining the highest level relationships between the institution and its many alumni and other constituents, including the general public, and various other relevant publics or interest groups, which may include internal, external, domestic and foreign audiences. Constituencies typically include the most influential or powerful institutional publics or special interest groups.


Events Management

  • Produce large-scale local, regional, and national alumni events such as dedication naming ceremonies, receptions, lunches, conferences, lectures, Homecoming and alumni reunions, donor and community relations events, Board of Trustee events, Commencement, Convocations, investitures, celebrations of life, and more.


  • Produce engaging digital experiences that require proficiency with digital platforms, data collection & analytics, and data security.
  • Direct editors, designers, photographers, and videographers to combine text, audio, images, animations, and video into event productions to reach an international donor audience

Chancellor's External Relations Management

  • Responsible for the total operations of programs at University House (the Chancellor's on-campus residence), including donor, student, staff, donor, and faculty events.
  • Serve as writing expert and producer of Chancellor's briefing documents and remarks for the Chancellor.
  • Coordinate and delegate tasks to Chancellor's house staff.
  • Serve as campuswide guide and expert in addressing inquiries about Chancellor's building protocols and house access.


  • Solicit in-kind gifts and sell tickets to events such as Homecoming and Brilliance of Berkeley.

Formulate Strategies/Administer Policies, Processes, & Resources

  • Provide consultation expertise when working with government officials, corporate sponsors, and planning boards such as the UC Regents, Chancellor's Board of Visitors, Campaign National Campaign Committee, UC Trustees, Alumni Association Board, etc.
  • Campus-wide advisement relating to community, state, national, and international protocol and cultural concerns.
  • Develop and improve protocols and procedures to improve productivity and consistently perform to university standards.
  • Incorporate new procedures to ensure events meet DEIBJA standards.
  • Train new employees on event protocols and procedures, and enforce the adoption and utilization with colleagues.
  • Develop course materials and conduct a teaching session at the UC Berkeley Event Planning Certificate Program.
  • Provide campus-wide guidance to Berkeley Events Network inquiry emails.
  • Participate as an active leader on internal task forces with various departments.

Prospect Management

  • Manage Cal Advancement Data System (CADS - tracks >500K alumni, donors, and constituents), including the tracking of data collection of donor, prospect, and constituent engagements to communicate viability of fundraising prospects.
  • Participate in strategy sessions with internal and external stakeholders to translate development and campaign objectives into transformational experiences for donors and the general public. This work targets campuswide audiences as well as our CADS base of constituents of 500K+.
  • Serve as campuswide expert and guide to up to 26 units on creating strategy for generating new contracts, cultivate, engage and steward donors and prospects.
  • Serve as campuswide expert and guide to up to 26 units on creating strategy for generating new contracts, cultivate, engage and steward donors and prospects.
  • Develop events, meetings, and programs to deepen affinities, solidify relationships, and create or strengthen loyalties.

Required Qualifications

  • Expert, thorough, in-depth knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the campus, its vision, mission, goals, objectives, infrastructure, history, long-range strategic plans, current issues of concern, accomplishments and awards.
  • Expert knowledge and understanding of general issues in higher education and campus specific issues.
  • Expert knowledge of alumni, internal and external constituencies, including their composition and areas of concern.
  • Expert knowledge of the principles and concepts of building and maintaining effective relationships with alumni and key constituencies to achieve institutional goals and objectives.
  • Expert level written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, including attentive listening skills and skills to ascertain constituency perception.
  • Expert skill to quickly identify and develop strategies to effectively communicate the institution's message.
  • Expert level analytical and decision-making skills, sound judgment and highly developed political acumen.
  • Expert skill to recognize potential areas of constituency concern and skill to effectively address, resolve and / or mitigate problems or issues.

Preferred Qualifications

Education Level

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

Salary & Benefits

  • This is an exempt, monthly paid position, eligible for UC benefits.
  • The annual salary range is commensurate with experience.
  • This is a hybrid remote-friendly position, with the flexibility of up to 75% remote eligibility.

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 in the Resume section of your application.

Other Information

The minimum posting duration of this position is 14 calendar days. The department will not initiate the application review process prior to October 27, 2022. This position will remain open until filled.

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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