Assistant Dean for Development, Arts & Humanities (0463U) - 8027

San Francisco
Oct 13, 2020
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Assistant Dean for Development, Arts & Humanities (0463U) - 8027 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.

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 Strategic Plan.

Departmental Overview

The intellectual heart of UC Berkeley, the College of Letters & Science (L&S) is the largest of the university's 14 colleges and schools and the most prestigious teaching and research unit in the UC system. L&S encompasses more than half of the campus's faculty, three-quarters of its undergraduate students, and half of its Ph.D. candidates.

L&S takes students on the academic adventure of a lifetime by exposing them to a vibrant, broad-based liberal arts education at the highest level of excellence. Our students engage in dialogue with the world's best teachers and its most distinguished researchers and scholars. Together they participate in projects at the forefront of science, solve pressing social problems, create art, explore diverse values and cultures, and seek answers to the biggest questions of our times.

L&S offers students a choice of more than 80 departmental majors (link is external) as well as vast opportunities to study and conduct research both within and outside of the traditional disciplines. By encouraging students to pursue their curiosity in a multitude of areas, L&S sets its graduates on a lifelong path of learning and personal growth.

We are seeking a dynamic individual to help us sustain and surpass increasing fundraising and donor engagement suc-cess. A proven track record is essential, as is a willingness to work collaboratively with Berkeley faculty, with colleagues across the campus, and particularly with an energetic and ambitious academic dean. Candidates must bring a history of building strong relationships with donors and an instinct to go the extra mile to engage new donors and to help existing supporters deepen their relationship with the College in ways that are meaningful and motivating.

  • Serves as an expert development professional in the area of major/principal gifts in the Division of Arts & Humanities which has an environment that includes donors capable of making very significant contributions to the campus.
  • Collaborates closely with the dean of the Division as part of his/her leadership team, on direct engagement with donors and prospect.
  • Manage a portfolio of 75-100 major gift donor prospects that include the most influential, complex or highest rated donors, typically with the capacity to give $250,000 or more.
  • Make at least 8-10 visits per month as well as significant moves that advance a relationship.
  • Qualify major gift prospects and solicit gifts directly.
  • Ensure that predetermined Division fundraising goals are met and raise at least $3M annually.
  • Analyzes needs and designs and implements strategic plans related to all facets of advancement program, including highly specialized program activities designed to maximize donor engagement within the Division.
  • Develops, creates, writes, implements, and evaluates individualized plans and strategies for cultivation and solicitation of major gifts and gift planning (strategies typically require a high degree of innovation).
  • Collaborates with dean to identify funding opportunities and ensures that marketing plans fulfill immediate needs as well as long term goals.
  • Manage a team of 3 fundraising professionals, providing mentorship and expertise towards achievement of fundraising goals and metrics.
  • Serves as resource for assigned area of expertise, interacting with prospects, donors, staff, department chairs and deans to provide information, advice and counsel regarding assigned specialized program(s).

Required Qualifications
  • A minimum of 8 years of experience in the field and expert knowledge of all aspects of fundraising, donor and public relations.
  • Expert ability to develop and structure complex gifts.
  • Expert knowledge of or ability to quickly learn all aspects of the campus (both university and college level), including current issues of concern for both the campus and throughout higher education generally.
  • Expert knowledge of or ability to quickly learn the campus and college's vision, mission, goals, objectives, achievements and infrastructure.
  • Expert knowledge of or ability to quickly learn all applicable laws, rules, regulations, institutional policies, and knowledge of Arts & Humanities content.
  • Expert written, oral and interpersonal communication skills, including advanced political acumen, and demonstrated success in establishing and maintaining good working relationships at all organizational levels
  • and with outside constituencies, including donors and volunteers.
  • Expertise in developing persuasive written materials from diverse, unstructured written and oral information
  • Ability to quickly learn or expert skill in making or persuasive and compelling presentations of campus goals/objectives and demonstrated record of securing high end gifts.
  • Expert analytical, critical thinking, problem recognition/avoidance/resolution skills.
  • Expert project/program management skills, including skill in setting and meeting program/project goals and objectives within budget and time constraints.
  • Skills to meet or exceed fundraising goals and objectives.
  • Expert skills in building portfolios; researching databases, identifying prospects, cultivating and developing new donors to augment/grow a portfolio.
  • Must thrive in a high-pressure, fast-paced environment while effectively executing a challenging set of major gift plans and programs.
  • Some evening and weekend hours, as well as occasional travel required.

  • Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

Salary & Benefits

This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is 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.

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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