Major Gifts Officer (0462U), New York Region (Based) - 42767
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University Development and Alumni Relations (UDAR), increases
support for and enhances knowledge of UC Berkeley through
communications, public outreach, and fundraising. UDAR is
responsible for fundraising and donor engagement, and works to
strengthen unit development offices by consulting and partnering
with campus fundraisers. UDAR also handles a range of central
activities and services encompassing events, communications,
stewardship, prospect development, gift management, database
management, and more.
The Major Gifts team
within UDAR works to secure
philanthropic support among University alumni, parents, and friends
across a range of geographical regions with a focus on gifts in the
$100,000 - $2 million range. Geographically, the regional areas of
focus of the team are Southern California, the greater Bay
Area/Northern California region, and the greater New York
metropolitan area. There are 18 staff on the Major Gifts team
including three senior development directors in charge of each of
the three regions, as well as gift officers and professional
LIGHT THE WAY: THE CAMPAIGN FOR BERKELEY
In February 2020, the university publicly launched the largest
fundraising campaign in its history, to raise $6 billion by the end
of 2023. The ambitious goal—the highest set by any U.S. public
university without a medical school—aims to secure UC Berkeley's
status as the world's top public research and teaching university
at a time when the state funds about 14 percent of its budget.
Since its quiet phase began January 1, 2014, the campaign has
already raised over $4.3 billion.
The campaign is focused on continuing UC Berkeley's tradition of
comprehensive academic excellence, as well as its public mission
and reputation as a powerful agent of upward mobility for
low-income students. Funding priorities include creating 100 new
tenure-track faculty positions; 300 new graduate student
fellowships; a dramatic increase in the number of undergraduate
scholarships; campus housing for all freshmen, sophomores and
first-year transfer students; and support for research to transform
health, the environment, and society.
The Major Gift Officer, New York Region
East Coast-based position
with a focus on the
tri-state region. This position will be a leader with a high degree
of knowledge in the overall field and recognized expertise in
fundraising. This position includes formulating fundraising
strategies including planning, organizing, and directing complex
large-scale fundraising campaigns which include multiple
components. These results have a major impact on the overall
program goals and assignments and are typically at the "major
gifts" or "corporate / foundation relations" level, including
managing portfolios of donors capable of giving gifts of an agreed
upon amount. This position may attend functions, meetings, and
serve on internal / external committees as a location
representative. This position is expected to raise gift dollar
amounts as established with an overall goal to achieve a minimum of
Develops and manages a dynamic
portfolio to identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward
prospective and current donors.
Helps to manage and directly
staff campus leadership travel including Chancellor, Vice
Chancellors, Deans and Faculty.
Plans, organizes, and directs
large-scale, fundraising campaigns which include multiple
May serve as an expert or lead
development professional in a specific academic discipline.
Evaluates programs using
financial feasibility studies and market research, including
planning and evaluating solicitation programs and making
recommendations for improvements.
Writes proposals for solicitation
of individual, corporate, and / or foundation prospects.
Ensures that predetermined
fundraising goals are met and implements program activities to
achieve these goals.
Recruits, trains, and supports
key volunteers who assist in advancement efforts.
May oversee the work of
professional and support staff involved in the implementation of
multi-component fundraising programs.
May include corporate and
May attend functions, meetings
and serve on internal / external committees as a representative of
Results have a major impact on
the overall goals of the program.
Advanced knowledge of all aspects of fundraising, donor relations,
and public relations concepts, principles, procedures, and
Advanced working knowledge of all aspects of the location,
including current issues of concern for both the campus and / or
throughout higher education / healthcare generally.
Advanced working knowledge of the location, its 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 outside
Ability to make persuasive and compelling presentations of goals
and objectives for a location in order to secure gifts.
Advanced organizational, analytical and critical thinking skills,
including skill in creative and effective decision-making and
problem identification / avoidance / resolution, and strong project
Very strong skills in maintaining confidentiality.
- Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent
experience or training.
Salary & Benefits
This is an exempt,
monthly paid position, eligible for UC benefits.
The annual salary is
commensurate with experience up to $135K.
is an East Coast-based position focusing on the tri-state
remote-friendly position up to 100%.
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.
The minimum posting duration of this position is 14 calendar days.
The department will not initiate the application review process
prior to October 4, 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.
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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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