Assistant Dean for Development and External Relations, School of Public Health (0463U) 30853
University of California Berkeley
Internal Number: 2834952
Assistant Dean for Development and External Relations, School of Public Health (0463U) 30853
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Berkeley Public Health (BPH) aims to improve population health, especially for the most vulnerable, through interdisciplinary collaborations, preeminent education, and transformational research. Established in 1943, BPH is a professional school on the UC Berkeley campus that comprises six academic divisions and nearly 30 research centers and programs. Our school's values include social justice, health as a right, challenging conventional thought, embracing diversity, and creating meaningful impact. We honor our principles of community by centering and valuing everyone in our community; prioritizing prevention while remaining grounded in social justice; promoting safety and respect; practicing self-care and kindness; and remaining optimistic, hopeful, and committed to change.
The Development & External Relations team manages a comprehensive development program (including major gifts, annual fund, corporate and foundation fundraising, planned giving, donor programs, research gifts, and gift processing and acknowledgment), in addition to programs to strengthen linkages between BPH and its alumni, as well as with other external constituents and stakeholders.
The Assistant Dean for Development & External Relations plans, manages, and executes comprehensive development, alumni, and external relations programs. Reporting directly to the Dean, as well as to the Associate Vice Chancellor of Constituent Programs in University Development and Alumni Relations (UDAR) via dotted line, the Assistant Dean works closely with the school's six academic division heads, directors of eighteen programs/areas of concentration, dozens of research unit directors, chief financial officer, director of strategic initiatives, communications and marketing team, and others, in a highly collaborative setting. In addition, due to the school's interdisciplinary nature and dual degree programs, the Assistant Dean coordinates fundraising activities with other schools and colleges on the campus, as well as with colleaguesin UDAR. They convene the Dean's Advisory Council, a key group of external constituents including alumni, employers of our graduates, policy makers, and current/potential donors, to provide important input on strategic priorities and direction.
The Assistant Dean uses a high degree of initiative, sound judgment, specialized knowledge, and sensitivity to individual needs to cultivate relationships with current and potential donors, exploring areas of potential mutual interest. They counsel and solicit donors and prospects for major gifts, balancing donor motivation with the needs of the school. They maintain a portfolio of donor prospects that includes the most influential, complex, or highest rated donors, with an expectation of raising at least $3-5M annually. The Assistant Dean also manages a results-driven development team that explores the full range of fundraising options, including campaigns, annual giving, and deferred giving. They are responsible for establishing and reaching strategic financial goals for private support for the school, including regular review and analysis of the program, with all of its elements, to ensure an efficient, effective, highperforming, and quality operation.
The Assistant Dean position requires local, domestic, and international travel (when pandemic conditions/guidelines allow), as well as occasional evening engagements. The position is eligible for a hybrid work arrangement (i.e., part on-site, part remote), should the incumbent desire; however, members of the BPH senior leadership team are expected to spend the majority of time on-site (when not on travel status).
Directs a comprehensive development program including major gifts, annual fund, corporate and foundation fundraising, planned giving, donor programs, research gifts, and gift processing and acknowledgment.
Creates, develops, and executes a strategic vision and strategic plans related to all facets of development activities, in alignment with school priorities, including highly specialized program activities designed to maximize donor engagement with the school.
Creates strategies linking opportunities/needs with philanthropic interests of donors, and ensures an organized and inclusive approach.
Develops, writes, implements, and evaluates individualized plans and strategies for cultivation and solicitation of major gifts and gift planning, which often requires a high degree of innovation.
Collaborates closely with the dean, as part of their leadership team, on direct engagement with donors and prospects.
Presents formal fundraising proposals to major donors and prospects or prepares senior management for the presentation of proposals.
Interacts with prospects, donors, faculty leadership, and staff to provide information, advice, and counsel regarding areas of subject matter expertise.
Represents the dean and school at functions, meetings, and on committees.
Manages a portfolio of 40-60 prospects that include the most influential, complex, or highest capacity-rated donors, typically with the capacity to give $250K or more.
Qualifies major gift prospects and solicits gifts directly.
Writes complex proposals for solicitation of high value individuals, corporate, and/or foundation prospects.
Ensures that predetermined fundraising goals are met, including increasing annually the school's fundraising capacity.
People & Administrative Management:
Manages a team of 3-4 direct reports responsible for all areas of development and alumni/external relations.
Leads team to achieve results, holding team members accountable for achievement of fundraising goals and metrics, as well as collective success.
Recommends hiring of new employees, salary actions, terminations, performance ratings, and other related issues of managed staff.
Ensures team members are fully trained and have the tools they need to perform successfully in their roles.
Actively engages in and supports the professional and career development of direct reports.
Effectively develops, leads, and manages team, harnessing strong team-building skills as a means to build staff morale.
Oversees unit budget and expenditures, ensuring appropriate stewardship.
Oversees a program to strengthen linkages between the school and its alumni, including: the coordination and implementation of all alumni-related events and activities.
Oversight of the Public Health Alumni Association Board of Directors, including managing board and committee meetings and events, overseeing finances, coordinating activities with the California Alumni Association and other campus alumni groups, ensuring compliance with university-wide policies.
Coordinates with the Student Services & Admissions unit to administer and award approximately 25 annual scholarships.
Convenes the Dean's Advisory Council, a key group of external constituents including alumni, employers of our graduates, policy makers, and current/potential donors, to provide important input on strategic priorities and direction.
Designs and implements outreach strategies and programs related to local, state, and federal legislative and community relations matters with the objective of establishing/maintaining a level of visibility and creditability with various constituents that will turn into tangible support for the school.
Fundraising & Program Building
Expert working knowledge of the fundraising field, including expertise in donor relations and public relations concepts, principles, procedures, and/or techniques.
Knowledge of design and implementation of donor identification, cultivation, and solicitation strategies and techniques.
Working knowledge of foundations and non-profit, public benefit corporations.
Skills to meet or exceed fundraising goals and objectives.
Expert skills to conceive, design, implement, and evaluate effective fundraising programs.
Ability to develop and structure complex gifts.
Ability to develop multi-institutional frameworks and networks for collaborative projects.
Ability to identify needs of private and public sponsoring organizations to promote new opportunities.
Demonstrated ability to build and sustain cohesive, high-performing, results-driven teams through excellent training, coaching, mentoring, and management of direct reports, to achieve goals through subordinate staff, and to hold team members accountable for their performance and collective success.
Strategic Planning & Execution
Demonstrates strong strategic, critical, and analytical thinking, creative and problem-solving skills.
Ability to synthesize large amounts of information.
Ability to serve as strategic thought partner for the Dean.
Ability to focus on vision and strategies, without neglecting operational details required to execute.
High level project planning/management skills, to lead successful execution of strategic development plans.
Excellent verbal and written communication and listening skills; expertise in developing persuasive written materials from diverse and/or specialized information.
Expert skill in making persuasive and compelling presentations of school goals/objectives in order to secure gifts.
Ability to represent the school and Dean professionally in all settings.
Advanced skill in advocating for and representing the institution to its various publics.
Interpersonal / Collaborative
Outstanding interpersonal skills to be able to work effectively across and outside of the organization and at all levels.
High degree of emotional intelligence; proven political acumen in complex, multilayered organizations; ability to influence and negotiate.
Demonstrated experience building collaborations; ability to build deep and trusting relationships.
Inspires trust, confidence, and credibility in others.
Education & Research Driven
Expert knowledge, or ability to quickly gain, of all aspects of the campus (both university and school level), including current issues of concern for both the campus and throughout higher education generally.
Expert knowledge, or ability to quickly gain, of the campus and school's vision, mission, goals, objectives, achievements, and infrastructure.
Advanced knowledge of external constituencies and skill in intuiting and addressing external concerns while ensuring appropriate and adequate support for campus concerns and issues.
Ability to stay abreast of relevant scientific literature, funding information, and research trends as the basis for development of new funding opportunities.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging
Multicultural competencies, and ability to work with diverse populations.
Demonstrated commitment to and understanding of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, and ability to integrate core concepts of DEIB into everyday practice.
Ability to juggle competing priorities successfully with a high volume of work in a complex working environment.
High-level organizational skills and superb attention to detail.
Ability to maintain confidentiality, objectivity, sensitivity, discretion, professionalism, and exercise good judgment and tact.
Comfortable, flexible, and adaptable in a fast-moving, high pressure, and constantly shifting environment.
Excellent computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Suite, Google Collaboration Suite, and/or other related business software programs, systems, and databases.
Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
Working knowledge of the field of public health.
Advanced degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
Salary & Benefits
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