Senior Editorial Director (0409U), University Development &
Alumni Relations - 36964
University of California, 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
University Development and Alumni Relations (UDAR) strengthens
Berkeley's excellence through engagement with alumni, parents,
undergraduate and graduate students, and friends of the University,
raising public awareness about Berkeley and increasing private
philanthropy. UDAR provides overall direction for the campus'
philanthropic advancement strategies and works to strengthen unit
development in partnership with campus fundraisers. The Division
handles a range of central activities and services encompassing
communications, stewardship, prospect development, gift management,
A full-service professional team, External Relations and
in UDAR delivers donor-centered and
integrated editorial, design, digital, event, and logistical
solutions to inspire philanthropy and engage UC Berkeley donors,
alumni, parents, and students.
External Relations serves and engages the university's external and
internal constituencies through programs, events, awards, and
services. They also advise the university community on all matters
of protocol, including visits by high-ranking government officials,
the UC Office of the President, Regents, and other
Marketing Communications produces digital, multimedia, print donor
materials; creates strategies for external-facing marketing and
communications, media, and social media; develops fundraising
messaging, talking points, slide decks; write proposals, concept
proposals, gift acknowledgements, direct mail; and creates flexible
campaign brand identity and language resources to build custom
This position shapes content and strategy for print, digital, and
multimedia communications advancing the university's $6 billion
comprehensive fundraising campaign. Works closely with senior
management and unit leadership to conceive and implement long- and
short-term communications plans. Oversees a team of ten
high-performing professionals, including eight editors and two
video producers. The senior editorial director is a strategic
thought partner to the executive director, handles the content
creation for the UCBF meetings, advancement speech writer for the
Chancellor, and media relations contact for issues and media
inquiries relating to philanthropy.
Additional projects may include, but are not limited to: talking
points and key messages, remarks, major gift level collateral and
confidential materials — such as proposals and case statements —
videos, reports and brochures, slide decks, event materials, and
occasional print and digital articles expressing the university's
- Works with senior leadership, partner-clients, and subordinate
staff to shape content and strategy for print, digital, and
multimedia campaign communications, often with complex and/or
sensitive communications requirements. Provides guidance and
assistance to subordinate supervisors and professionals on most
complex issues. Example: The senior editorial director manages a
team overseeing science-based proposal writing, media relations,
video-focused multimedia, and communications strategy to advance
philanthropic and campaign-related donor initiatives.
- Works with departmental administration to create, develop, and
implement comprehensive long- and short-term strategic
communications plans. Provides advice and counsel on all aspects of
communications, including planning, effective messaging, problem
resolution, etc. Ultimately responsible for final deliverables.
Examples: The position is the strategic thought partner to the
executive director, handles the content creation for the UCBF
meetings, advancement speech writer for the Chancellor, and media
relations contact for issues and media inquiries relating to
- Selects, trains, manages, guides, directs, evaluates, and as
required, takes corrective action with seven employees (writer
- Works closely with senior director of strategic communications
and operations and managing editor to ensure production of
high-quality products that effectively deliver the desired message
within budget and time constraints.
- Oversees subordinate staff who represents team — or acts as a
proxy representative for executive director — at campus meetings.
Cultivates coordination and collaboration with campus advancement
and public affairs communicators.
- Excellent knowledge and understanding of all aspects of
communications, including print, digital, and multimedia
communications strategy and development.
- Excellent skills to create, develop and implement long- and
short-term strategic communications plans based on project
objective and target audience(s). Skilled at identifying effective
strategies for key messaging and delivery platform(s) and managing
complex stakeholder review and approval processes.
- Excellent skills to advise and consult management on all
aspects of communications, ranging from developing effective
communication strategies to appropriately responding to inquiries
regarding sensitive or complex issues or information.
- Exceptional written, verbal, interpersonal communications,
active listening, collaboration skills. Ability to obtain goals by
exercising political acumen and discretion.
- Excellent management skills to select and train, lead and
direct, motivate and coach, and evaluate professional
communications staff to produce high-quality work; skill to take
corrective action as required.
- Excellent analytical, critical thinking, project management and
problem recognition, facilitation, and resolution
- Excellent skills to ensure production of high-quality work
within budget and time constraints.
- Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent
experience / training
- Thorough knowledge and understanding of technical applications
including design concepts, various media and mediums, applications,
etc. to effectively manage / supervise professional technical
- Thorough knowledge of the location, including its mission,
vision, goals, policies, and infrastructure; strong knowledge of
current affairs and issues in higher education and / or health
- Excellent knowledge and skills in financial and personnel
administration and management.
Salary & Benefits
This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is range
$105,600 - $200,000, 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
when applying. Please upload the document in the Resume section,
then skip the (optional) Cover Letter upload section.
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
The minimum posting duration of this position is 14 calendar days.
The department will not initiate the application review process
prior to June 21, 2022.
Percentage of remote work is negotiable, with an expectation
that there will be required in-person events and meetings. Any
travel costs would need to be covered by the employee.
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:
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