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Major Gifts Officer (0462U), New York Region (Based) - 42767

University of California, Berkeley
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Oct 22, 2022

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Major Gifts Officer (0462U), New York Region (Based) - 42767 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.

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Departmental Overview

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 administrative staff.


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.

Position Overview

The Major Gift Officer, New York Region is an 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 $1M.

    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 components. 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 foundation prospects. May attend functions, meetings and serve on internal / external committees as a representative of the location. Results have a major impact on the overall goals of the program.

Required Qualifications
    Advanced knowledge of all aspects of fundraising, donor relations, and public relations concepts, principles, procedures, and techniques. 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, policies, etc. Advanced written, oral and interpersonal communication skills, including political acumen, to establish and maintain good working relationships throughout the organization and with outside constituencies. 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 management skills. 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.
  • This is an East Coast-based position focusing on the tri-state region
  • Hybrid 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.

Other Information

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.

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:
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