Berkeley, CA

Advancement Officer (7547U) - 38165, University of California, Berkeley

The Organization

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, our, and

Departmental Overview

On October 1, 1964, Mario Savio climbed onto a police car and ignited the Free Speech Movement, right here in Berkeley. As a catalyst for change, justice and human rights, what could be a more fitting location for a school of professional journalism? And what could be more relevant today, when free speech is under attack from both restrictive algorithms and people in power.

The only graduate-level school of journalism in the entire UC system mission, the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism’s mission is to expand the worldwide impact of truth-seeking, fact-based and inclusive journalism by training the next generation of diverse journalists to become exceptional storytellers.

Berkeley Journalism’s reputation for world-class education is recognized globally – and it has the awards to prove it. In 2021-2022 alone, Berkeley’s faculty, students, and alumni were awarded, named as finalists, or nominated for 15 prestigious awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, the Student Academy Award for Best Documentary, The George Polk Award for National Television Reporting, the Online News Association’s Student Journalism Award, the Guggenheim Fellowship, and more. And our students get great jobs at media outfits including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, NBC, the Center for Investigative Reporting, and dozens more.

Our faculty are both thinkers and doers. They embrace their role as mentors to the next generation of ground-breaking journalists. They teach and inspire, imparting skills and energizing vision. Our students are vibrant, diverse, curious, driven, unafraid. They are the future of journalism, compelled by an insatiable desire to investigate and report stories that matter, in any form. Our alumni include some of the leading journalists in the world. They produce award-winning and important work— and are paving the way for our current students.

We live in a moment like no other, when journalism education can help restore American democracy by strengthening bonds of trust and credibility in journalism, bringing new voices, new leaders, and new cultural competencies to the field. If you’re ready to help take Berkeley Journalism into the future, we want to hear from you.

Position Overview

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: 07/12/2022.


Berkeley Journalism is looking for a committed, experienced, self-directed development professional to help broaden our community of donor support and volunteer leadership. Working with the Dean of the School and Assistant Dean, Advancement, you will identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major donors at the $5,000-plus level. You’ll be part of a small but mighty J-School advancement team responsible for raising funds from major donors, foundations, planned gifts, events, and midlevel donors. In addition to raising funds for Berkeley Journalism’s award-winning faculty and students, you’ll also participate in a special campaign, under development and due to launch in the 2022-2023 academic year, that aims to transform the face of journalism by changing who gets to be a journalist – because who the storytellers are matters for the profession and for the future of democracy. The key to it all is experience, maturity, the ability to build and maintain strong relationships with donors, and the joy of raising funds for a great cause.

• Manages and grows a defined major donor portfolio that includes current, lapsed, and prospective donors.

• Responsible for cultivating and stewarding strong relationships with individual donors and institutions, and successfully raising funds through personal solicitation.

• Ensures successful use of donor events – intimate house parties to high-profile soirees—to cultivate donors and raise funds, identify new prospects, and increase the visibility of the organization.

• Works with the Dean and Assistant Dean, Advancement to develop and manage an annual budget of income and expense projections that reflect specific prospect cultivation and solicitation responsibilities, and achieves the fundraising goals established for this position in the annual budget.

• Participates with Dean, Assistant Dean, Advancement, and staff in designing, launching, and successfully achieving goals for a special campaign for Berkeley Journalism.

• Collaborates with Dean and Assistant Dean, Advancement to identify, recruit, and support volunteer leadership including but not limited to members of the Berkeley Journalism Advisory board.

• Other relevant duties as assigned by Assistant Dean, Advancement.

Required Qualifications

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

• Three to five years of general development experience including experiencing successfully soliciting 5 and 6-figure individual major gifts.

• Demonstrated experience in mission-driven fundraising, whether through campus/academic work or other nonprofit activities.

• Strong written and interpersonal communication skills to establish and maintain good working relationships throughout the organization and with outside constituencies.

• Demonstrated ability to discuss complex issues in a way that energizes prospective donors in writing, in person, and in presentations.

• Strong organizational, analytical and critical thinking skills, including skills in creative and effective decision-making and problem identification/avoidance/resolution, and project management skills.

• The maturity, judgment, and grace to effectively manage multiple, competing, and time-sensitive deadlines.

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience with MS Office/Google Suite, and fundraising CRMs – especially Salesforce – a plus.

• Availability for travel in California and out of state.

Salary & Benefits

This is a 100% full-time (40 hrs a week) exempt career position, which is paid monthly and eligible for full UC Benefits. 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 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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