Assistant Dean for Advancement (0464U), Graduate School of Journalism 26299

University of California, Berkeley
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Dec 9, 2021

View more

Position Type
Fundraising, Corporate and Foundation Relations
Academic Centers
Salary Band
Not Specified
Employment Type
Full Time
You need to sign in or create an account to save a job.

Assistant Dean for Advancement (0464U), Graduate School of Journalism 26299 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

The Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley is widely regarded as one of the top journalism programs in the United States. The School offers a two-year Masters of Journalism degree to an enrollment of about 120 students at a time plus a summer journalism minor (in the process of expanding to an academic year minor) currently serving another 300 undergraduates. The school's emphasis is on mastering a wide variety of communication techniques while learning the highest standards of responsible and enterprising journalism. There are 13 senate and adjunct faculty members in the School and over 20 working journalists who serve as lecturers. The School employs approximately 22 career staff members that manage the academic functions of the School as well as ancillary revenue-generating programs.

Position Overview

The Assistant Dean for Advancement leads an Advancement team to design, develop, deliver, and administer fundraising programs for the School. Taking direction from the dean with a dotted line to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Constituent Relations, the incumbent manages, cultivates and stewards a portfolio of 60-80 major gift prospects; identifies and cultivates new major gift prospects through researching background information; with the support of the advancement team, develops materials, marketing plans, and organizes related programs/events; establishes a strategic plan for meeting annual fundraising goals; partners with the dean to pursue major gifts by meeting with donors and supporters of the School; engages School's advisory board members in a systematic way to gain support for fundraising campaigns. Writes proposals for solicitation of individual, corporate, and/or foundation prospects. The incumbent provides advice and guidance for contract and grant acquisition, gifts-in-kind, faculty engagement in advancement, and alumni engagement. Manage a comprehensive fundraising program.

Manage a fundraising staff comprised of both professionals and related administrative support: one jr. development officer (to be hired), a coordinator of events and alumni services and a person responsible for outreach, publicity and social media. Provides guidance to subordinates to achieve goals in accordance with established policies. Review and approve recommendations for functional programs. Using advanced fundraising concepts, plans, organizes, and directs complex large-scale fundraising campaigns which include multiple components. Procured gifts are expected to be at the "major gifts" or "corporate/foundation relations" level, including management of a portfolio of donors capable of giving $100K or more. Attends functions, meetings and serve on internal/external committees as a campus representative. Position is expected to raise at least $2-5M annually. Results have a major impact on the overall goals of the program.

  • Assignments require managing a fundraising staff comprised of both professionals and related administrative support. Selects, trains, mentors, guides and directs subordinate staff and as required, takes corrective action.
  • Oversees and manages the identification, cultivation and solicitation of donors and donor prospects. Makes at least 10 - 15 substantive contacts per month (e.g., significant moves that advance a relationship). Meets regularly with campus portfolio manager, attends all campus fundraiser meetings.
  • Manages the comprehensive fundraising program for the School of Journalism. Conceives, creates, develops, implements, and manages fundraising programs and strategies to successfully meet predetermined goals and objectives, and ensures that predetermined fundraising goals are met. Evaluates programs using financial feasibility studies and market research, including planning, and evaluating annual solicitation programs and making recommendations for improvements.
  • Conducts and participates in long and short-range strategic planning.
  • Manages other external relations functions, such as volunteers, outreach, et cetera.

Required Qualifications
  • Strong knowledge of all aspects of fundraising, donor and public relations, including strategies for donor identification, cultivation and solicitation.
  • Strong knowledge of applicable laws, rules, regulations, policies, etc.
  • Strong knowledge of the campus, its achievements, vision, mission, goals, objectives, applicable policies, infrastructure, and current issues of concern.
  • Strong knowledge of management / leadership concepts, principles, and best practices.
  • Strong leadership / management skills to select, train, mentor, evaluate and motivate staff.
  • Strong written, oral and interpersonal communications skills and political acumen to establish and maintain good working relationships within all organizational levels and with outside constituencies.
  • Strong skills to meet predetermined goals and objectives, including securing gifts and meeting fundraising goals.
  • Strong strategic planning skills and skills to conceive, design, implement, evaluate, and manage fundraising programs and strategies.
  • Strong analytical, critical thinking, problem-solving skills.
  • Strong skills in persuasion / negotiation and strong marketing skills.
  • Works well in a team environment.
  • Passion, respect and appreciation for journalism is a necessity.

  • Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.

Salary & Benefits

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 November 16, 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.

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 affirmative action policy see:

To apply, visit

You need to sign in or create an account to save a job.

Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert