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Company: University of California
Location: Berkeley, CA
Career Level: Mid-Senior Level
Industries: Government, Nonprofit, Education


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. In 2019-20, UC Berkeley raised a record $1.04 billion from 117,533 gifts, pledges, and private grants. The totals represent contributions from more than 61,000 donors, reflecting an increase of $404 million in gifts, pledges, and private grants over the previous fiscal year.


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.

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.


The University of California, Berkeley seeks a strategic and accomplished development professional to lead its regional major gifts program in Southern California. Reporting to the Executive Director of Major Gifts, the Senior Director will help shape and implement a comprehensive regional major gifts strategy that ensures a collaborative approach to expanding the University's individual major gift activity in the Southern California region.

With nearly 200,000 alumni and parents in Southern California, a dedicated core group of current donors and leadership volunteers, and broad campus support, this role is pivotal for UC Berkeley's continued growth in the region.

The Senior Director will be based in either Southern California or Berkeley area with a donor portfolio focused on the greater Los Angeles Area, but also encompassing the broader Southern California region. They will manage a portfolio of major gift prospects, donors, and volunteer leaders with a focus on closing gifts in the $100k to $5M range. In addition, the Senior Director will manage and lead a team of three Southern California fundraisers and serve as the lead strategist in advancing Berkeley's philanthropic activity in Southern California.

Fundraising priorities are university-wide and require close collaboration with colleagues from across campus.

Leadership & Management

  • Lead the design of and implementation of a strategic major gifts program for the Southern California region in support of campaign goals and long-term fundraising plans. 
  • Develop and codify annual plans, serve as the business lead for regional event strategy and implementation.  As needed, serve as an expert and internal consultant on communications to major donor prospects in Southern California.
  • Set, support and monitor annual fundraising goals and monthly gift officer activity metrics. Today the team raises between $5M and $10M annually.
  • Proactively build high-trust relationships with Assistant Deans, Chief Development Officers and other advancement professionals based in colleges and in units to amplify a culture of collaboration and partnership.
  • Lead, inspire and support a team of remote professionals. Currently the team consists of three major gift officers and one analyst. All members of the team except one gift officer are based in Southern California and work out of their homes.
  • Management responsibilities include: recruiting, training, coaching, and directing staff and if appropriate, taking corrective action.
  • Serve as a key member of the Major Gifts management team with two Sr. Director peers. Help the Executive Director set direction, and contribute to a positive, result oriented, learning culture.
Volunteer Management, Collaboration & Chancellor Travel
  • Oversee and support the ongoing development of the Southern California Chancellor's Council - a regional advisory board consisting of 18-25 volunteer leaders and major donors. Communicate regularly with the Council Chair, coordinate meetings and collaborate with the New York City and Asia Chancellor's Council efforts. Identify, cultivate and recruit new members.
  • Orchestrate Chancellor travel to the Southern California region, which includes identifying and scheduling high profile meetings with regional donors and stakeholders, creating travel itineraries, coordinating and documenting travel logistics, writing and compiling briefing materials etc.
  • Serve as a resource and central point of contact for campus development professionals who are cultivating and soliciting Southern California donors, planning regional events and/or trying to increase their presence in the area.
  • Serve in a consultative capacity as a regional expert and thought leader relative to Southern California specific fundraising and constituent engagement strategies.
Frontline Fundraising
  • Oversee and manage the identification, cultivation and solicitation of 40-60 donors and donor prospects, partnering with campus units and other internal teams such as prospect development, principal gifts and annual programs.
  • Personally raise $1M-5M annually from a portfolio which includes some of the University's most important major and principal gift donors and volunteer leaders.
  • Conduct an average of 8-12 donor visits per month and document all visits and contacts in a centralized database (salesforce).

Required Qualifications
  • Progressively responsible experience in fund development with advanced knowledge of the multiple dimensions of fundraising, and donor relations, including principles, concepts, techniques, and best practices.
  • Formal or informal supervisory or management experience.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to establish and maintain effective working relationships both internally and externally.
  • Track record of forging collaborative and highly productive relationships.
  • Demonstrated commitment to understanding and addressing the opportunities and challenges of remote work.
  • Skilled at navigating and/or initiating difficult or sensitive conversations with diplomacy and clarity.
  • Commitment to promoting principles of non-discrimination, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Experience staffing and preparing executives for high profile meetings with donors and/or clients.
  • Experience working in a complex organization or institution.
  • Track record of successful fundraising with individual major donors and regularly reaching or exceeding goals.
  • Ability to lead, manage and inspire high levels of productivity and collegiality among a diverse workforce at a very high standard.
  • Proven ability to think strategically while also managing the details and execution of complex projects.
  • Willingness to travel frequently, which includes flying to either the Bay Area or Southern California at least once a month in addition to driving long distances across Southern California to meet with donors, prospects and colleagues.
  • A collegial, collaborative leadership style aligned with the ability to be well organized, focused, decisive and results-oriented.
  • Persuasive, nuanced and clear verbal and written communication skills that will speak to a range of audiences.
  • Originality, creativity, commitment, and personal integrity.


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience/training.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Work history that highlights extended tenures (5 years+) and long-term commitment to an organization or role.
  • Experience managing a remote or hybrid team.
  • Experience working remotely or in a hybrid setting.
  • Relevant experience fundraising or working in an externally facing position in Southern California; first-hand knowledge of the Southern California philanthropic landscape - especially in Los Angeles and Orange Counties.
  • Experienced business traveler.

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.

Diversity Statement

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.”


Other Information

The minimum posting duration of this position is 14 calendar days. The department will not initiate the application review process prior to June 4, 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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