Senior Development Director, Innovative Genomics Initiative

University of California, Berkeley
Job Location
Berkeley, CA 94720
Job Description

Senior Development Director, Innovative Genomics Initiative


About Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world’s most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world. Berkeley’s culture of openness, freedom and acceptance—academic and artistic, political and cultural—make it a very special place for students, faculty and staff.


Berkeley is committed to hiring and developing staff who want to work in a high performing culture that supports the outstanding work of our faculty and students. In deciding whether to apply for a staff position at Berkeley, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the alignment of the Berkeley Workplace Culture with their potential for success at


The Innovative Genomics Initiative

The Innovative Genomics Initiative (IGI) is committed to expanding our understanding of the ways in which genomic information is harnessed by facilitating fundamental advances in biological and biomedical research that enable scientists to edit genomes with unprecedented ease, speed, and cost effectiveness. At the core of the program’s work is a technology called CRISPR/Cas9, an extraordinarily effective gene-editing tool that has revolutionized biomedical research. This technology was discovered in 2012 at UC Berkeley by Professor Jennifer Doudna, who serves as IGI Executive Director and holds the Li Ka Shing Chancellor’s Chair in Biomedical and Health Sciences. The technology is generating new approaches to health problems as diverse as sickle cell anemia, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, AIDS, and depression; agricultural applications to address issues of food supply around the world; and activating microbial genomics to provide new solutions for global sustainability.


Professor Doudna, in recognition of her discovery and earlier work on RNA, has received many honors, including the 2014 Breakthrough Prize and the 2016 Tang Prize. She has been a professor of molecular and cell biology since 2003, is affiliated with the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3), and holds the prestigious position of Investigator in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at UC Berkeley. Applicants can review the history of IGI here: and learn more about Prof. Doudna’s work here:


University Development and Alumni Relations

University Development and Alumni Relations (UDAR) increases support for and enhances knowledge of UC Berkeley through communications, public outreach, and fundraising. The department is responsible for fundraising and donor engagement, and works to strengthen unit development offices by consulting and partnering with campus fundraisers. University Development and Alumni Relations also handles a range of central activities and services encompassing events, communications, stewardship, prospect development, gift management, database management, and more.


University Development and Alumni Relations encompasses the UC Berkeley Foundation (UCBF), a California nonprofit public benefit corporation established to secure support for the University. The UCBF is also Cal’s primary vehicle for enlisting fundraising volunteers from the private sector. The UCBF is staffed by University Development and Alumni Relations leadership.


Job Summary

The Sr. Director will work closely with Professor Doudna, the academic leadership team for IGI, including the Dean of Biological Sciences, as well as other campus leadership to develop solicitation strategies and proposals for the highest capacity donors. This will include donors with existing records of support for scientific programs at Berkeley, but the effort is also expected to aggressively target other parties who have the capacity to make major and principal gifts. The Sr. Director will be responsible for directing the identification of new donor prospects and will cultivate, solicit and steward donor prospects personally and/or in partnership with campus leadership. S/he will be the IGI lead on joint efforts with fundraisers from across campus and in UDAR.



•Serves as lead development professional - for campus-wide Innovative Genomics Initiative.

•Manage a portfolio of 50-75 principal gift donor prospects that include the most influential, complex or highest rated donors, typically with the capacity to give $1-$10+ million. 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.

•Develops, creates, writes, implements, and/or evaluates individualized proposals and/or strategies for cultivation and solicitation of major gifts, gift planning, or corporate/foundation prospects (strategies typically require a high degree of innovation).

•Presents individualized fundraising proposals to major donors and prospects or prepares senior management to present proposals.

•Serves as a resource for IGI and campus partners to provide information, advice and counsel regarding the initiative, as well as campus convener of fund raising partners across Berkeley that may engage with IGI.

•Creates, establishes and evaluates methods for building/maintaining prospect and volunteer constituencies and identifies, recruits, and directs the activities of high level volunteers.

•Works closely with academic leadership of IGI to analyze needs and create 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.

•Serve as the campus convener of fund raising partners across Berkeley who represent the various academic disciplines engaged with the genomics initiative.


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 gift donors, Deans and other key faculty and staff.

• Expert knowledge of current issues of concern for both the campus and higher education generally with particular focus on genomics and related areas.

• Ability to work some limited evening and weekend hours (occasional travel may be required).

• Relevant field experience, project/program management skills, communication and interpersonal skills as well as strong writing skills will be evaluated.

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

• Preferred, but not required: Advanced knowledge of fundraising in a campaign at an academic institution and an advanced degree in a relevant area of science or technology.


Preferred Qualifications



•Bachelors degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training


Licenses or certifications, if any:

•Certified Fund Raising Executive preferred


Salary & Benefits

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:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

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