Job Requisition Number: 26193. The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (VCRO) facilitates interdisciplinary research across the university with a focus on new emerging ideas and the most promising approaches to innovation as well as entrepreneurship. We are seeking a Major Gift Officer, Biodiversity to be part of the VCRO development and external relations team. The Major Gift Officer will report to the Senior Director for Development and will work in close collaboration with fundraisers and administrators in many campus units.
The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research has overall managerial responsibility for Berkeley's research enterprise. It seeks to maintain a research environment that fosters creativity, collaboration and community. Its specific goals are to provide effective support for campus-wide research efforts; to advocate for research needs and resources; and to maximize the benefits of Berkeley's research to the scholarly community and the general public. In support of these goals, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research oversees over fifty research units, museums, and field stations; administers the flow of research funding to the Berkeley campus; ensures the compliance of campus research with federal, state and university regulations; and facilitates relations between University researchers and private industry that include tech transfer as well as innovation and entrepreneurship programs.
Biodiversity UC Berkeley enjoys a wide range of excellence related to biodiversity research. The campus Natural History Museums provide a unique resource that enables researchers to trace the historic record of climate change and biodiversity loss. The Museums provide a gateway for the sciences — one that is equipped physically and programmatically to operate at the very cutting edge of scientific research, teaching, education and interaction with a broad audience. Similarly, several field stations provide unique “living laboratory/observatory” research facilities in the state of California facilitating cutting edge research in ecology, fire dynamics, water resources, climate change and related areas.
•Serves as an expert or lead development professional in a specialized area related to Biodiversity research with a special focus on the campus’ Natural History Museums, field stations, and related units, an environment that includes, or potentially includes, donors capable of making very significant contributions to the campus. Exercises a high level of independent judgment leading strategies that include complex gift discussions and interaction with donors capable of making significant contributions to the campus. •Manage a portfolio of 100 - 125 major gift donor prospects that include the most influential, complex or highest rated donors, typically with the capacity to give $100,000 or more. Make at least 10 - 15 substantive contacts per month (e.g., significant moves that advance a relationship). Qualify major gift prospects and solicit gifts directly. Ensure that predetermined fundraising goals are met and raise at least $1.5M annually. •Works in close collaboration with faculty leadership of the Natural History Museums, field stations and others to identify the most promising areas for philanthropic support. Develops, creates, writes, implements, and/or evaluates individualized plans and/or strategies for cultivation and solicitation of major gifts, gift planning, as well as corporate/foundation prospects (strategies typically require a high degree of innovation). •Presents formal fundraising proposals to major donors and prospects or prepares senior faculty and campus leaders to present proposals. Stewards relationships with past and current supporters in collaboration with museum and field station leadership, •Serves as campus resource for biodiversity research, interacting with prospects, donors, other fundraising staff and outside professionals to provide information, advice and counsel regarding specialized program(s). •Creates, establishes and evaluates methods for building/maintaining prospect and volunteer constituencies and coordinates Advisory Board activities •Analyzes needs and creates strategic and long-range plans for fundraising and other advancement programs and may have the authority to make commitments and precedent-setting decisions regarding program design, development, and procedures. •May oversee the work of professional and support staff. •Ensures that predetermined fundraising goals are met.•Bachelors degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training •Expert knowledge of all aspects of fundraising, donor and external relations, especially as related to biodiversity research, natural history museums and field stations •Expert knowledge of all aspects of the campus, including current issues of concern for both the campus and throughout higher education generally. •Expert knowledge of the campus including its vision, mission, goals, objectives, achievements and infrastructure. •Expert knowledge of all applicable laws, rules, regulations, institutional policies, et cetera. •Outstanding written, oral and interpersonal communication skills, including advanced political acumen, to establish and maintain good working relationships at all organizational levels and with outside constituencies, including donors and volunteers. •Expert skill in making persuasive and compelling presentations of campus goals/objectives and in securing 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.
The University of California was chartered in 1868 and its flagship campus - envisioned as a "City of Learning" - was established at Berkeley, on San Francisco Bay. Today the world's premier public university and a wellspring of innovation, UC Berkeley occupies a 1,232 acre campus with a sylvan 178-acre central core. From this home its academic community makes key contributions to the economic and social well-being of the Bay Area, California, and the nation.