Development Director (0462U), UC Botanical Garden - 11922
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The UC Botanical Garden is a unit of the Berkeley Natural History
Museums administered by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for
Research. The Garden's broad mission is to develop and maintain a
diverse collection of plants in support of the University's
missions in teaching and worldwide research in plant biology.
Additional major roles include conservation of plant diversity and
promoting public understanding and appreciation of plants and the
natural environment, through many Garden activities, including
through a diverse array of public education programs.
- Serves as the lead development professional for the Botanical
- Plans, organizes, and directs large-scale fundraising campaigns
which include multiple components.
- Manages a portfolio of 100 - 125 major gift donor prospects
that include the most influential, complex or highest rated donors,
typically with the capacity to give $50,000 or more.
- Identifies, cultivates, solicits and stewards major gift
prospects and donors and develops and manages a dynamic portfolio
to identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward prospects for
gifts in the agreed upon range. Makes at least 10 - 15 substantive
contacts per month (e.g., significant moves that advance a
- Ensures that predetermined fundraising goals are met and raise
at least $1M annually.
- Develops, creates, writes, implements, and/or evaluates
individualized plans and/or strategies for cultivation and
solicitation of major gifts, gift planning, as well as
- Presents formal fundraising proposals to major donors and
prospects or prepares Botanical Garden Director or other faculty
leaders to present proposals.
- Works in close collaboration with faculty leadership of the
Botanical Garden to identify the most promising areas for
- Stewards relationships with past and current supporters in
collaboration with Botanical Garden leadership.
- Evaluates programs using financial feasibility studies and
market research, including planning and evaluating annual
solicitation programs and making recommendations for
- Tracks interactions in campus fundraising system (CADS) and
Botanical Garden membership database (Altru) in line with best
practices for moves management.
- Creates, establishes and evaluates methods for
building/maintaining prospect and volunteer constituencies,
including Advisory Board activities.
- Responds to requests from members of the Advisory Board.
- Responsible for preparing the annual newsletter and oversees
the preparation of other Garden member/donor communications.
- Manages the work of professional and support staff involved in
the implementation of multicomponent fundraising programs as well
as the Botanical Garden membership program.
- Oversees the membership program which involves supervising one
Membership Specialist. Supervises and works closely with one
- Supervises 1-3 work-study students who are mainly involved with
input of donor data.
- Attends functions, meetings and serves on internal / external
committees as a representative of the Botanical Garden.
- Advanced knowledge of all aspects of fundraising, donor
relations, and public relations concepts, principles, procedures,
- Advanced working knowledge of fundraising in the higher
education sector and/or for botanical gardens, natural history
museums, and other non-profits serving similar purposes.
- Advanced working knowledge of relevant vision, mission, goals,
objectives, achievements and infrastructure.
- Advanced knowledge of applicable laws, rules, regulations,
- Advanced written, oral and interpersonal communication skills,
including political acumen, to establish and maintain
- good working relationships throughout the organization and with
- Ability to make persuasive and compelling presentations of
goals and objectives of the Botanical Garden in order to secure
- Advanced organizational, analytical and critical thinking
skills, including skill in creative and effective decision-making
and problem identification / avoidance / resolution, and strong
project management skills.
- Very strong skills in maintaining confidentiality.
- Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent
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
Applications will be continue to be accepted until this position is
This is a full-time, Career position.
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
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