Job Requisition Number: 27195. Berkeley Law is one of the nation's great centers for legal education, ever exploring and pushing new intellectual boundaries while tackling urgent, real-world issues. Berkeley Law is also known for its vibrant and engaged community of students and scholars who are committed to providing leadership and making a difference on problems of local, national, and global import. Currently ranked among the top law schools in the country, the School of Law has ambitious fundraising goals as looks to continue producing leaders in law, government, and society.
Reporting to the Senior Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni Relations (DAR), the Executive Director of Development is responsible for leading major philanthropic support for Berkeley Law. This position often works directly with and on behalf of the Dean, and in collaboration with University Relations and other fundraising professionals across campus. The Executive Director will collaboratively plan and lead strategies designed to optimize philanthropic giving to Berkeley Law, and supervise a small team of high-level professionals who work on major gifts. The position involves designing, developing, delivering, and administering fundraising programs. Identifying new donor prospects through background research on potential donors, and developing materials, marketing plans, and organizing related programs/events; cultivating, stewarding, and soliciting donor prospects.
•Assists Berkeley Law’s Senior Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni Relations with campaign planning; case statement development; campaign marketing materials, and other campaign tasks. •Serves as lead development professional in a specialized area such as major/principal gifts, gift planning or corporate/foundation relations, which has an environment that includes, or potentially includes, donors capable of making very significant contributions to the School of Law and campus. •Creates and manages the law school’s Leadership Council program. •Solicits and secures multilevel, unrestricted gifts from Council members. •Prepares marketing materials for the program and organizes annual meetings for the dean of the Law School in each of the Leadership Council regions (San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Los Angles, DC, NY, and other markets), and an annual on-campus meeting for participants. •Ensure that predetermined fundraising goals are met and raise at least $2M annually. •Designs and implements highly specialized program activities. •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). •Presents formal fundraising proposals to major donors and prospects or prepares senior management to present proposals. •Manages, trains, mentors, and evaluates the work of two Field Officers and the Leadership Giving Program Coordinator to ensure these individuals’ success on predetermined fundraising goals. •Enhances the University’s data on prospects for use by current and future fundraising staff by completing contact reports in the Central Development database (CADS) for all visits and other significant interactions with prospects in a timely manner; reviewing managed prospects pool periodically and updating strategies and solicitation plans, manager relations, and other appropriate fields as necessary; and updating alumni information in Central Development database. •Analyzes needs and creates strategic and long-range plans for fundraising and other advancement programs and may have the authority to make commitments and precedent-setting decisions regarding program design, development, and procedures.•10+ years of fundraising experience; expert knowledge of all aspects of fundraising, donor and public relations. •Expert written, oral and interpersonal communication skills, including advanced political acumen, to establish and maintain good working relationships at all organizational levels and with outside constituencies, including donors and volunteers. •Expert skill in making persuasive and compelling presentations of the School of Law’s goals/objectives and in securing gifts. •Expert analytical, critical thinking, problem recognition/avoidance/resolution skills. •Expert project/program management skills, including skill in setting and meeting program/project goals and objectives within budget and time constraints. •Skills to meet or exceed fundraising goals and objectives. •Travel and occasional work on nights and weekends required. •Expert knowledge of all applicable laws, rules, regulations, institutional policies, et cetera.
Education/Training: •Bachelor’s degree in related area, such as Marketing, Communications, Public Relations, and/or equivalent experience/training.
The University of California was chartered in 1868 and its flagship campus - envisioned as a "City of Learning" - was established at Berkeley, on San Francisco Bay. Today the world's premier public university and a wellspring of innovation, UC Berkeley occupies a 1,232 acre campus with a sylvan 178-acre central core. From this home its academic community makes key contributions to the economic and social well-being of the Bay Area, California, and the nation.