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Senior Director of Development, Principal Gifts and Strategic Initiatives

University of California, Berkeley
San Francisco

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Senior Director of Development, Principal Gifts and Strategic Initiatives, Computational Precision Health (0463U) 28634 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

UC Berkeley, UCSF, and Our Combined, Collaborative Culture

This position will have a joint appointment at our partner institution, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It is the only campus in the 10-campus UC system dedicated exclusively to the health sciences. It brings together the world's leading experts in nearly every area of health. UCSF is home to six Nobel laureates who have advanced the understanding of cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, aging, stem cells, and pain sensation.

This role will be a part of both universities' Principal Gifts & Strategic Initiatives teams in the respective University Development and Alumni Relations (UDAR) divisions. We are jointly 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.

About the Computational Precision Health Program

Thanks to a generous $50 million anonymous leadership gift, UC Berkeley and UCSF are establishing a one-of-a-kind joint program in computational precision health. Computational precision health bridges medicine, computing, statistics, public health and social science, to create new advances in treating and preventing disease and promoting health. This partnership will be a transformative opportunity that transcends traditional boundaries among institutions, disciplines, and scholarly communities to establish the world-leading program in this space. A new PhD program is anticipated for fall 2023 that will train research leaders to build the data- and computationally-driven future of medicine and health.

Job Summary

The success of the CPH program is a high priority for both universities' campus leadership. The Sr. Director will work closely with the program faculty co-directors Drs. Ida Sim (UCSF) and Maya Peterson (UCB), Vice Chancellors, Provosts as well as other campus leadership to develop strategies and proposals for the highest capacity donors to bring the program to scale. A fully-scaled program will require approximately $100M from a variety of sources, and philanthropy will play a critical role. This will include philanthropy from donors with existing relationships with Berkeley and/or UCSF, and the effort is also expected to engage other partners who have the capacity to make major and principal gifts. The Sr. Director will be responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding donor prospects personally and/or in partnership with campus leadership.

This is an exceptional opportunity to be a part of two of the world's leading research universities, and to build a program from the outset. The position will report jointly to the Executive Directors of Principal Gifts & Strategic Initiatives at Berkeley and UCSF.


    Serves as the lead development professional for the joint Computational Precision Health Program at UCB and UCSF. Manages a portfolio of 40-60 major and principal gift donor prospects that include the most influential, complex or highest-rated donors, typically with the capacity to give $10+ million. Qualifies, cultivates, and solicits principal gift prospects to ensure predetermined fundraising goals are met. Develops, creates, and/or evaluates individualized prospect strategies, including for some corporate/foundation prospects. Presents individualized fundraising proposals to major donors and prospects and/or prepares senior leadership to present proposals.

Leadership & Collaboration
    Advises academic program leadership on fundraising strategy, solicitation opportunities, and proposal development Serves as the campus convener of fundraising partners across Berkeley and UCSF to ensure collective coordination, strategic alignment, and momentum. Serves as a resource for a wide range of campus collaborators to provide information, advice, and counsel regarding the initiative

Strategy Development:
    Creates, establishes and evaluates methods for building a prospect pool. Works closely with academic and UDAR leadership on both campuses to analyze needs and create strategic and long range plans for fundraising

Required Qualifications
    Minimum of 8 years of high-level performance in principal and major gift fundraising. Expert knowledge of all aspects of fundraising strategies, capital campaigns, structuring complex gifts, donor relations, and advancement communications. Successful track record in building strong professional relationships with major philanthropists, academic leaders, and other key faculty and staff. Relevant field experience, project/program management skills, communication and interpersonal skills as well as strong writing skills.

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

Preferred Qualifications
      Advanced knowledge of fundraising in a campaign at an academic institution and an advanced degree in a relevant area of science or technology.

    Salary & Benefits

    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.

    Other Information

    The minimum posting duration of this position is 14 calendar days. The department will not initiate the application review process prior to January 1, 2021.

    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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