Berkeley Lab Foundation President & Chief
Development Officer - 100757
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, one of the
U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) national laboratories, is the
home of great team science performed in the service of the public
good. Since its founding in the 1930s, Berkeley Lab has tackled
national and global science challenges of our time – explaining
photosynthesis, mapping the human genome, discovering dark energy,
developing energy efficient technologies, and creating fuel from
biomass, just to name a few. A host of award-winning scientists –
including 16 Nobel Prize winners – have called the Lab
The Berkeley Lab Foundation (https://www.berkeleylabfoundation.org/)
supports research programs, centers, and facilities at Berkeley Lab
that are aligned with the DOE’s basic science and applied energy
missions. This support can increase the real-world impact of
research at Berkeley Lab by translating fundamental research to
issues related to energy use and the environment. Now in its ninth
year, the Foundation has an efficient and effective staff and
organizational structure, as well as an engaged and hands-on Board,
and Berkeley Lab has been attracting high-end philanthropic support
across a wide array of donor interests (approximately $10 million
Berkeley Lab is seeking a Foundation President &
Chief Development Officer (CDO) to leverage the Foundation’s
successful track record to continue advancing the Foundation’s
goals, serving as the bridge between Berkeley Lab and donors who
wish to support its multidisciplinary research. In partnership with
the Lab Director and fellow members of Berkeley Lab’s senior
leadership team, the new President & CDO will develop
compelling philanthropic priorities to engage, cultivate, and
inspire donors to advance Berkeley Lab’s vision of bringing science
solutions to global problems. This position works to raise funds,
oversees the administration of the foundation, and organizes
meetings of the Board. The President & CDO is an employee of
the University of California (UC), reporting to Berkeley Lab’s
Director and the Foundation’s Board Chair, and works closely with
the Vice President for National Laboratories in the UC Office of
What You Will Do:
• With the Lab Director and senior Lab
leadership, develop and implement an annual fundraising plan based
on the Lab’s short- and long-term strategies and initiatives. This
is to be accomplished within a large, complex scientific and
technical environment while working within the DOE and UC
• Leverage the current Foundation staff and
organization to support short- and long-term fundraising
strategies. Effectively manage staff, operations, and resources
within the organization.
• Identify projects suitable for philanthropic
support and continually search for and evaluate new funding
prospects, devising approaches for responding to these prospects;
propose relevant funding opportunities to pursue to the Lab
Director and senior leadership team; manage their execution of
• Ensure that all philanthropy is managed
consistently with DOE, UC, and IRS regulations, working closely
with Berkeley Lab staff and external legal support to negotiate
allowable gift and grant agreements with funders.
• Collaborate with development teams from UC’s
Office of the President and UC Berkeley, identifying opportunities
for synergistic efforts and taking care to avoid competing efforts.
A healthy relationship between UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab is
paramount to the success of the institutions.
• Manage the day-to-day operations of the
Berkeley Lab Foundation. Oversee all aspects of the organization’s
infrastructure and processes for financial transactions,
recordkeeping, and communication with donors.
• Serve as the executive director and staff to
the Berkeley Lab Foundation Board of Directors, managing the Lab
Director and UC’s interaction with this governing body.
What is Required:
• Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 15 years of
relevant experience, including 8 years of proven achievement as a
senior development officer within a large, complex organization; or
an equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Excellent and effective verbal and written
communications, including public presentation experience; ability
to articulate complex scientific and technical issues. Demonstrated
ability to conceptualize and describe funding needs in a way that
is clear and compelling to a variety of potential donors.
• Outstanding interpersonal skills, including
the ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies within
and external to the institution.
• Experience working with individuals, private
foundations, and corporations to cultivate, solicit, and steward
large gift commitments, including multi-million-dollar principal
• Ability to develop multi-institutional
frameworks and networks for collaborative projects; ability to
identify needs of philanthropic sponsoring organizations and
individuals to promote new research opportunities.
• Experience in identifying and building new
constituencies for philanthropic support.
• Demonstrated outstanding organizational and
managerial skills, with the ability to organize, inspire, and guide
Laboratory leadership, Berkeley Lab scientific staff, and
Foundation staff in the fulfillment of their fundraising
• Demonstrated knowledge and leadership ability
in budget formulation and execution, financial analysis,
administrative management and human resource management.
• Excellent problem-solving skills; ability to
research and analyze complex situations critically, act decisively
and clearly convey information to others.
• Ability to stay abreast of Berkeley Lab’s
science program development goals, funding information, and
research trends as the basis for development of new funding
• Experience working closely with
volunteer/non-profit leadership boards.
• Experience working in a science-oriented
• Bachelor’s degree in a business, financial,
technical field or other relevant discipline.
• For full consideration, please submit your
resume and cover letter by February 20, 2024.
• In the cover letter, please highlight your:
interest and vision for the position; relevant experience and
accomplishments; and personal contributions to diversity, equity,
This is a full-time career
appointment, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
This position is expected to
pay $270,000 to $340,000, which fits within the full salary range
of $224,292 to $448,380 for the Chief Development Officer job
classification. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a
salary at or near the top of the full range for a position. Salary
for this position will be commensurate with the final candidate’s
qualifications and experience (including skills, knowledge,
relevant education, certifications), as well as aligned with the
internal leadership peer group.
This position is subject to a
background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if
they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of
the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically
disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
The President & CDO is an
at-will position that is appointed by and serves at the discretion
of the Laboratory Director.
This position is subject to
the financial disclosure requirements of the California Political
Reform Act of 1974. The successful candidate for this position will
be required to file financial interest statements upon assuming
this position, annually while holding this position, and when
leaving this position.
This position is eligible for
a hybrid work schedule - a combination of teleworking and
performing work on site at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1
Cyclotron Road in Berkeley, CA. Work schedules are dependent on
business needs. Individuals working a hybrid schedule must reside
within 150 miles of Berkeley Lab.
How To Apply
Apply directly online at http://126.96.36.199/counter.php?id=273764
and follow the on-line instructions to complete the application
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energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and
revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931,
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Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for
the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.
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