Associate Director (6300U), Letters & Science Alumni
Engagement - 35597
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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, and more. Within this umbrella, the newly created
Office of Alumni Relations
works to inspire the
lifetime engagement of Berkeley graduates through a highly
specialized and coordinated approach that advances alumni towards
increased involvement and greater giving. The Office of
serves as the university's first-ever hub
for coordination of alumni programs across the university's
schools, colleges, departments, and units, developing new
initiatives, and working in collaboration with the independent Cal
Alumni Association (CAA).
The Associate Director, Letters & Science Alumni Engagement
uses advanced concepts and university objectives to resolve highly
complex issues related to the engagement of the more than 200,000
living graduates of the UC Berkeley College of Letters &
Science (L&S). The College of L&S comprises 86
undergraduate degree programs that enroll three-quarters of all
undergraduate students at Berkeley and 57 graduate programs with
over 2,500 students.
The Associate Director works in close partnership with the L&S
Executive Dean, Deans, Chief Development Officers, the L&S
Communications Director, and the UDAR Constituent Programs team to
plan, develop, and implement alumni engagement strategies for each
of the College's five academic divisions: Undergraduate Studies,
Arts & Humanities, Mathematical & Physical Sciences,
Biological Sciences, and Social Sciences. The Associate Director
functions with a high degree of autonomy and provides oversight in
direct management of programs, events, activities, and
communications design to deepen alumni involvement and increase
alumni philanthropy for L&S, including coordination of alumni
and constituency groups that are typically complex or large and may
include controversial and/or politically sensitive issues or
Reporting to the Executive Director, Alumni Relations, the
Associate Director is a senior member of the Office of Alumni
Relations team and is charged with creating the first-ever
comprehensive alumni relations program for L&S by aligning
resources and staff efforts across multiple divisions towards a
clear set of engagement priorities as outlined in the campus-wide
Alumni Engagement plan.
- Using institutional knowledge and awareness of alumni relations
best practices, designs, develops, and implements short and
long-term strategic plans, programs, events, communications, and
activities for L&S. Delivers alumni activities in partnership
with and through peers at the College and in UDAR that deepen
alumni involvement and promote philanthropy as measured by the
University's annual alumni engagement metrics report to the Council
for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Serves as an
internal consultant to and engagement subject matter experts for
the over one-dozen volunteer alumni donor boards at the College.
Partners with L&S staff to plan board meetings; manage and
recruit 200+ annual alumni volunteers.
- Oversees all aspects of complex alumni external relations
programs for L&S projects and events, including coordinating
special programs and overseeing the production of audio/video or
written and visual materials. Aligns efforts with the strategies
and metrics outlined in the campuswide Alumni Engagement Plan.
Develops and delivers, in partnership with the Associate Deans,
Development, an annual relations plan that outlines discrete alumni
engagement deliverables for each Division.
- Plans and implements large-scale alumni events, including
oversight of volunteers and recruits. Delivers, in partnership with
L&S and UDAR staff, at least 10 discrete alumni activities per
year, two per L&S Division, and 5 alumni engagement
communications, one per L&S Division.
- Quickly and appropriately identifies, addresses,and mitigates
unforeseen and/or rapidly unfolding events that may negatively
impact relationships between the campus and various constituencies,
keeping senior management appropriately advised and notified.
- Mentor less experienced staff members, including 4 full-time
staff and two student assistants.
- Analyzes, summarizes and/or reviews data, reporting findings,
interpreting results and/or making recommendations. Delivers
twice-yearly reports on alumni engagement activity to the Executive
Dean and Associate Deans, Development, including information on the
number of L&S alumni engaged via volunteering, events and
experiences , and communications. Makes recommendations to
management for growth targets in each engagement area.
- Responds to alumni and other external constituent
- Advanced knowledge of the campus, its vision, mission, goals,
objectives, achievements, issues of concern and
- Advanced knowledge of undergraduate alumni relations and
engagement best practices.
- Advanced knowledge of issues of concern in higher education and
- Advanced knowledge of practices and procedures associated with
building and maintaining effective working relationships with all
levels of alumni, internal and external constituencies.
- Advanced written, verbal, and interpersonal communication
skills, including skill to produce information that is
appropriately presented and effectively received by target
- Active listening skills, including advanced critical thinking
and analytical skills.
- Skill to recognize potential areas of constituency concern and
address, resolve and/or mitigate problems or issues.
- Advanced project management skills, including skills to plan
and implement successful events.
- Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent
experience / training
Salary & Benefits
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.
The minimum posting duration of this position is 14 calendar days.
The department will not initiate the application review process
before May 24, 2022.
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
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Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive
consideration for employment without regard to race, color,
religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national
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