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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.
The School of Information (I School) advances knowledge and practice everywhere humans interact with digital technologies. Through interdisciplinary research and teaching we are committed to expanding access to information and to improving its usability, reliability, and credibility while preserving security and privacy. Our faculty conduct research in human-computer interaction (HCI), security and privacy, applied data science, and technology in developing regions.
We currently offer three professional master's degrees and an academic doctoral degree. Our Master of Information Management and Systems (MIMS) program trains students for careers as information professionals and emphasizes project-based learning. Our Master of Information and Data Science (MIDS) program is an online degree designed for working professionals with career goals in the emerging field of data science. The newly launched Master of Information and Cybersecurity (MICS), also offered online, offers a holistic approach to cybersecurity and prepares students for professional careers in cybersecurity. Our Ph.D. program equips scholars to develop solutions and shape policies that influence how people seek, use, and share information.
The I School is home to several important centers, including the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC), the Center for Technology, Society and Policy (CTSP) and the BioSENSE Lab. The CLTC was established in 2015 with a $15M grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to support the building of a new field of cybersecurity research that is multi-disciplinary and global in scope. CTSP is a multidisciplinary research and design/build center focused on emergent social and policy issues of technology. The BioSENSE Lab is a socio-physiological computing initiative that brings together a multi-disciplinary team to work on the future of biosensing and bio signaling.
The Chief Development Officer (CDO) holds a key leadership role within the I School, tasked with strategy development for, and oversight and management of, all fundraising activities for the School of Information. Working closely with the Head of School, establishes a strategic plan for meeting annual fundraising goals that will include meeting with both individual and corporate donors. The CDO role currently manages 1.5 full-time fundraisers and in turn reports to the most senior administrator of the School. The CDO will have a dotted line to the AVC-Constituent Programs, University Development & Alumni Relations (UDAR).
60% Fundraising: Serves as the lead development professional and manages a comprehensive fundraising program for the I School. Leading the School's professional fundraising staff, this position conceives, implements and manages fundraising programs and strategies to successfully meet predetermined goals and objectives. This includes oversight and management of identification, cultivation and solicitation of donors and donor prospects in collaboration with UDAR. Presents formal fundraising proposals to major donors and prospects or prepares senior management for the presentation of proposals. Manages own portfolio of 50-60 prospects of major and principal gifts. Oversees, and maintains a small portfolio of corporate and foundation prospects. Serves on the Campaign Management Team. Upholds University policies regarding managing prospects. Oversees the prospect portfolio of each of the fundraising staff. Supervises gift administration and donor stewardship.
25% Management: Selects, trains, leads, directs, and motivates a team of professional fundraising staff). Guides, directs, and manages staff charged with fundraising and identifying, building, nurturing and maintaining effective relationships with external constituencies. Takes corrective action as necessary. Collaborates, trains and staffs I School faculty leadership at the I School on cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donors. This includes providing prospects briefings and accompanying the head of school and other faculty leadership on donor visits. Recruits, trains, nurtures and manages a cohort of alumni volunteers committed to the philanthropic success of School of Information. Oversees the work of professional and support staff. This includes leading, directing, and motivating staff, and taking corrective action as necessary.
15% Strategic Planning: Analyzes needs and creates strategic and long-range plans for fundraising at the School of Information. Develops, creates, writes, implements, and / or evaluates individualized marketing plans and / or strategies for cultivation and solicitation of major gifts, gift planning or corporate / foundation prospects (strategies typically require a high degree of innovation). Strategic decisions and results have a major impact on the overall goals of the / program.
- A minimum of eight years as a front line fundraiser with Expert working knowledge of all aspects of fundraising, donor relations concepts, principles, procedures, and techniques.
- Expert level experience developing strategies for donor identification, cultivation and solicitation.
- Expert knowledge of applicable laws, rules, regulations, policies, etc.
- Expert oral, written and interpersonal communication skills, including political acumen, to establish and maintain good working relationships throughout the organization and with outside constituencies. Expert skills in making persuasive and compelling presentations of goals and objectives for a location in order to secure gifts.
- Expert organizational, analytical and critical thinking skills. Expert project / program management skills, including skills in setting and meeting program / project goals and objectives within budget and time constraints.
- Expert level skills in maintaining confidentiality.
- Experience developing benchmarks and using metrics to evaluate fundraising success.
- Expert knowledge of management/leadership concepts, principles and best practices.
- Expert level strategic planning skills and skills to conceive, design, impletment, evaluate and manage fundraising programs' and strategies.
- Strong analytical, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
- Bachelors degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
- Strong knowledge of the School of Information and the Berkeley campus, their achievements, vision, missions, goals, objectives, applicable policies, infrastructure, and current issues of concern.
Salary & Benefits
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
Starting salary commensurate with experience.
Please include, as part of your application a brief (1-2 paragraph) statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in your professional experience.
Advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion are fundamental to our UC Berkeley Principles of Community, which states that “every member of the UC Berkeley community has a role in sustaining a safe, caring, and humane environment in which these values can thrive.”
The minimum posting duration of this position is 14 calendar days. The department will not initiate the application review process prior to June 17, 2021.
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.
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