Job Requisition Number: 26731. University Development and Alumni Relations (UDAR) builds Berkeley’s excellence and character by strengthening relations with alumni, parents, and friends of the University, raising public awareness about Berkeley, and increasing private philanthropy. UDAR provides overall direction for the campus’s philanthropic advancement strategies and works to strengthen unit development offices by partnering with campus fundraisers. It handles a range of central activities and services, encompassing events, communications, stewardship, prospect development, gift management, database management, and more.
The Innovative Genomics Institute
The Innovative Genomics Institute (IGI) is an academic partnership between UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco and the Gladstone Institute that supports collaborative research projects across the Bay Area. The IGI’s mission is to develop and deploy genome engineering to cure disease, ensure food security, and sustain the environment for current and future generations.
The IGI is composed of diverse researchers with a powerful combined expertise. The discovery of the CRISPR-Cas9 system for rewriting DNA, opened great potential to apply this technology to solve some of humanity’s greatest problems. Our scientists conduct world-class research, driven by the real possibility to cure human disease, end hunger, and protect the environment. In addition to our scientific efforts, the IGI is committed to advancing public understanding of genome engineering and providing resources for the broader community.
Overview of Position
The Senior Analyst will serve as a member of the Principal Gifts & Strategic Initiatives (PGSI) team in UDAR, providing key analytic, project management and writing support for the Innovative Genomics Institute’s fundraising program. The Senior Analyst will work in close coordination with, and under the direction of the Senior Director of Development, IGI, and will be a key partner in the strategic development and implementation of IGI fundraising initiatives. The Senior Analyst will operate independently, taking on a variety of assigned tasks and projects essential to achieving critical IGI program goals and will be available on occasion to support the broader needs of the PGSI team.
The role will be primarily internally facing, however will involve external activity to help deepen the engagement of ultra high capacity net worth prospects, volunteers and donors and enhance the capacity of the Senior Director for maximum strategic focus. The Senior Analyst will support the advancement of high-major and principal level IGI prospects, with writing and project management as key contributions. This work requires active, thorough research and rapid acquisition of knowledge about IGI programs, priorities and prospects, as well as the ability to adopt a donor-centric perspective and think critically about how best to advance fundraising priorities within a complex and high profile institute.
The Senior Director of Development, IGI, has reporting lines into UDAR at both UC Berkeley and University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and is actively engaged in prospect and programmatic activity at both universities, as it relates to the IGI. The Senior Analyst will also support development work on both campuses and must be comfortable with and adept at engaging with a variety of internal constituents across organizations of varying cultures and protocols. The Senior Analyst will directly contribute to managing information and communication flow between the two universities in support of the IGI fundraising priorities. While primarily housed in the UC Berkeley UDAR offices, the Senior Analyst will regularly need to be physically present at the UCSF UDAR offices, as well as at the IGI’s various locations at UC Berkeley and UCSF.
•Prospect Advancement Support
o Track on and be knowledgeable about strategies, current engagements and next steps for all prospects in the IGI pipeline – assist in prioritization and execution of donor strategies and serve as strategic thought partner for Senior Development Director.
o Use the campus donor database to track and advance, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies. Help ensure accurate and up-to-date information on initiative donors/relationships.
o Work in partnership with Prospect Development colleagues to actively maintain the IGI prospect pool. Conduct informal prospect research, summarize and prepare background information to assist in evaluating prospect potential.
o Draft a range of strategic documents important to advancing IGI relationships with high-level donors and prospects including draft correspondence for faculty, helping to prepare background briefings for donor meetings, talking points, etc. Ensure accuracy of all written pieces.
o Assist in developing high-quality, custom materials for prospects, donors and volunteers, including proposals, presentations, faculty bios, acknowledgement letters, stewardship reports and other communications.
o Assist in the creation of persuasive materials (written, oral and printed) to communicate the strengths and specialized needs of the program to a variety of audiences/purposes (i.e. slide decks, collateral materials, videos, etc.)
o Support preparation and follow up for events and individual prospect/donor meetings with senior development staff, faculty and academic leaders.
o Interact with donors in person, by phone and/or written communication, as needed. Attend stewardship events and meetings as appropriate.
•IGI Content Resource
o Be familiar with the programmatic priorities of the IGI, its faculty leadership and development strategies, and be comfortable representing these components, as needed, to both an internal and external audience.
o Independently field inquiries from internal and external constitutes regarding IGI content broadly (background information, impact, program priorities), strategies and plans. Catalog and organize these and other IGI resources.
o Maintain awareness of national philanthropic trends, particularly in the content areas assigned. Track donors and prospects in the press/public eye.
o Attend IGI meetings, functions, and events as a representative of IGI/UDAR.
o Collaborate with technical staff to standardize and systematize routine reports on program activity; manage customized dashboard and analyses to identify strategic priorities and maximize potential in program and individual prospect strategies.
o Participate in short and long-range strategic planning to achieve campaign goals and accommodate donor interests, in partnership with the Senior Director.
o Develop tools for collecting and analyzing information about the IGI’s fundraising progress in close collaboration with the Advancement Information Management unit in UDAR and campus colleagues. Provide analysis of fundraising results and activities.
o Help plan and execute donor events that highlight IGI programs and advance strategic priorities. Develop invitation lists, plan programming in consultation with Senior Director and faculty members, manage follow-up.
•Other duties as assignedThis position will be best suited for an individual who has 3-5 years of development experience, preferably in individual giving and/or with academic/university experience, and who is looking to become more integrated with the strategic elements of high-major and principal gifts. Specific skills and qualities include: Skills •Strong analytical and critical thinking skills; possess ability to think strategically and thoughtfully about donor engagement at the highest level.
•Superb writing and research skills, including ability to make complex information clear and accessible for multiple audiences; logical and readable organization; proficiency with grammar, syntax, style and punctuation.
•Outstanding organizational and project management skills; Exceptional attention to detail and follow-through.
•Knowledge of/experience with conducting research and analysis through databases/online information systems. Proficiency with Excel.
•Strong oral and interpersonal communications skills, including political acumen and active listening, to build and maintain effective working relationships at all organizational levels within UDAR, and with campus units.
•Working knowledge of and/or interest in fundraising and donor relations concepts, principles, and practices.
•Knowledge of the UC Berkeley and/or UCSF campus or experience in a complex, multi-disciplinary environment.
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