The Berkeley Student Cooperative (BSC) is an 85-year-old
student-governed and operated, non-profit affordable housing
cooperative near the University of California at Berkeley. Our
mission is to provide quality, low-cost, cooperative housing to
students who otherwise might not be able to afford a university
education. The BSC houses 1200 students in 17 room-and-board houses
and 3 apartment complexes (ranging in size from 17 to 259
students). We provide numerous leadership opportunities to
students, who perform the majority of the day-to-day functions,
working alongside a professional staff of 28, to operate the
organization. To learn more about the BSC please visit our website
General Job Description
The Development Director leads the Development Department and
works closely with the Executive Director and Board of Directors to
oversee, manage, and execute all aspects of the BSC’s expanding
development and alumni relations program. While the Development
Director reports to the Executive Director, the Development
Director is expected to work closely with and develop meaningful
relationships with alumni, donors, volunteers, and the student
leadership, both at the Board and unit-level. The Development
Director must have enthusiasm for working in a student-run
organization, a genuine interest in student leadership development,
a desire to collaborate with a diverse array of stakeholders, and a
commitment to equity and inclusion.
The Development Director must be able to think strategically and
practically to implement a comprehensive and results-oriented
development plan that includes traditional and innovative
strategies that reflect the BSC’s values as both a 501(c)(3)
non-profit charitable organization and a student-run cooperative.
They are responsible for evaluating the BSC’s needs and goals in
development and alumni relations and for directing the operational
activities necessary to support our development and alumni
relations program. This position reports to the Executive Director
and sits on the External Affairs Committee (EACom) of the Board of
- Fundraising & Alumni Engagement
- Develop, implement, and monitor progress toward short- and
long-term fundraising strategy and goals, including:
- Recruit, develop and retain a large base of individual annual
- Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with a core group of
iii. Advertise and build support for the BSC’s planned giving
- Identify and pursue opportunities for foundation, corporate,
and University grants and other fundraising opportunities, when
- Evaluate development and alumni relations activities, identify
systems and infrastructure needs, and implement improvements.
- Establish goals and metrics to track and regularly report on
alumni engagement and fundraising activities as required in the
Development Plan and/or by EACom.
vii. Work with the Executive Director and EACom to regularly
review and update the BSC Development Plan, including key
objectives and strategies for alumni engagement and
- Provide leadership, develop the strategy for, and oversee the
execution of the BSC’s annual giving campaigns as specified in the
Development Plan. Coordinate additional campaigns as necessary
and/or as directed by Board.
- Build opportunities and programs for student leadership and
engagement in development and alumni relations.
- Oversee and coordinate the execution of events and other
experiences designed to provide a variety of engagement
opportunities for alumni and community members to build affinity
for the BSC and its mission, as outlined in the annual Development
- External Communications
- In conjunction with the Executive Director and EACom, advise
and provide leadership in guiding the BSC’s external communication
- Clearly articulate and promote a strong case for the BSC’s
mission and social justice cause.
- Consult and assist in developing and refining the BSC’s key
messaging and branding, including communications that create
awareness for the organization, celebrate its work and the
experiences of students, and educate the community on the BSC’s
role in expanding access to higher education.
iii. Solicit content and develop impactful messaging and
marketing for the BSC including, but not limited to an annual
report, annual giving campaigns, alumni newsletters, email
communications, letters, holiday cards, and other written
- Develop and execute social media strategies that support
fundraising and other organizational priorities.
- In collaboration with the Executive Director, EACom, the Board
of Directors, and other student leaders, build opportunities to
create and sustain an organization wide culture that highlights the
relationship between philanthropy, the BSC’s student-run
cooperative structure, and the BSC’s social justice mission.
- Development Operations & Administration
- Oversee the administrative functions necessary to the smooth
functioning of the Development Department, including:
- Oversee data entry and gift processing and ensure the regular
reconciliation of records with the Accounting Department.
- Develop and manage the annual Development budget and provide
recommendations to the Capital & Finance Committee during the
budgeting process each Spring semester.
iii. Provide recommendations, input, and coordination in order
to ensure the Development Department has the IT tools necessary to
meet its fundraising and alumni relations needs, including donation
- Oversee the management of the BSC alumni and donor management
- Regularly evaluate and identify opportunities for technical
and/or data integrity improvements to the database.
- Advise and engage with consultants to continue to develop and
expand the capabilities of the database.
- Recruit, train, mentor, supervise, and support the student
staff positions within the Development Department.
- Program Management
- Oversee the administration of the BSC’s scholarship program,
including advertising, selection of scholarship recipients, thank
you cards for donors, and scholarship reception events.
- Relationship With the Board
- Advise and serve as a resource to EACom and the Board of
Directors by engaging in professional development and consistently
researching, staying abreast of, and providing trainings on trends
in alumni engagement and fundraising in the nonprofit
- Other duties as required by the Board of Directors, BSC
policies and/or as assigned by the Executive Director.
Knowledge/Skills Expected for Job
- Proven track record of fundraising success, particularly
securing major gifts, successfully managing campaigns, and engaging
a community of motivated supporters.
- Working knowledge of development best practices, trends in
development for nonprofits, and fundraising tools and
- Ability to coordinate multiple projects with attention to
detail. This includes creating work plans, periodic reporting,
evaluations, budgeting, record-keeping, and written and oral
- Experience (and enjoyment) in managing and working with
- Familiarity with and the ability to manage both general
database systems, as well as specialized fundraising software.
- Intermediate skill in both using and managing the effective use
by others of computer applications to achieve business results
(e.g. with Microsoft Office, Google suite, business database
programs, online business applications, email, etc.)
- Excellent management/supervisory skills.
- Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication
- Ability to cope with and resolve conflict.
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a team in a
fast-paced office environment.
- Excellent problem-solving and troubleshooting skills.
- Ability to develop familiarity with, have respect for and apply
consistently, a complex set of organizational policies dealing with
the areas of responsibility for this position.
- Basic knowledge of personnel policy and practices.
- Ability to analyze problems/issues, gather data and
information, evaluate and recommend alternative solutions, or
effect solutions with a tolerance for ambiguity and change, when
- Dedication to creating a cooperative, collaborative, creative
and highly productive work environment.
- A mission driven approach to work, and a desire to contribute
meaningfully to the BSC and its specific mission of providing
affordable, quality, cooperative housing to a population that needs
help in order to afford higher education.
- Enthusiasm for working in a student-run organization and
genuine interest in student development.
- Deep appreciation and understanding of the BSC’s mission and
the ability to articulate its values and vision internally and
Entrance Level Experience/Education
- BA or BS degree or equivalent.
- At least three years of comparable experience and demonstrated
success in alumni engagement, development, and implementing
marketing, capital campaigns, and/or fundraising programs for
non-profit organizations, ideally for a mid- to large-size
- Previous experience with general database systems as well as
specialized fundraising software.
- At least two years of previous supervisory experience.
- Combination of education and/or experience may be substituted
for the above requirements.
- Coursework at or above the undergraduate level in business
administration, communications, marketing, non-profit management or
other relevant fields.
- Previous experience working closely with a Board of
- Previous experience recruiting and managing volunteers.
- Previous experience working with alumni groups.
- Previous experience living in and/or working with
- Ability to sit for long hours and sustain long hours of
computer and keyboard use.
- Ability to work evenings and weekends to attend Board/committee
meetings and/or events on a regular basis.
- Occasional travel to support donor cultivation and development
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
This is a full-time exempt position, with compensation based on
prior experience and skill level, and a minimum starting salary of
$76,000/year. Benefits and other conditions of employment are
pursuant to a union contract, which currently provides for annual
cost-of-living increases, annual performance-based raises and/or
bonuses, paid health and dental insurance for employee and
dependents, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, long-term
disability and life insurance, and a generous retirement benefits
To be considered for this position, you must submit the
following: your resume, a cover letter summarizing your
qualifications (required), and a list of three professional
references. In addition, you may submit a BSC Job application,
which can be downloaded from our website:
hicom.bsc.coop. Applications may be sent directly to
jobs AT bsc.coop. Applications must be
received by 5:00pm on Friday, November 12, 2021.
THE BSC IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY