Senior Development Director, Innovative Genomics Initiative, Letters & Science Deans' Office (0463U)

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

Sr. Development Director, Innovative Genomics Initiative, Berkeley College of Letters & Science (0463U)


The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world’s most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world. 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.


The Innovative Genomics Initiative (IGI) was established at the Li Ka Shing Center for Genomic Engineering in early 2014 through a generous gift from the Li Ka Shing Foundation. Li Ka-shing, a Hong Kong-based, self-made businessman and philanthropist, had also provided a cornerstone gift of US$40 million to establish the Li Ka Shing Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences, which opened its doors in 2012 and houses the IGI laboratories. The purpose of IGI is to support the research and teaching recently catalyzed by the revolutionary discovery, CRISPR/Cas9. 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 CRISPR-Cas9 technology - precision “DNA scissors” that enable highly sophisticated manipulation of genetic material - has exploded in use and significance since it was first published in June 2012. In honor of her discovery and earlier work on RNA, Doudna has received multiple honors, including the 2014 Breakthrough 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. Serious applicants can review the history of IGI here: and learn more about Doudna’s work here:


Job Summary
Berkeley is seeking to hire a highly sophisticated, seasoned fundraiser as Sr. Director of Development to raise very significant private philanthropic resources to support the work of the Innovative Genomics Initiative. Based in the College of Letter & Science (L&S), and reporting to the Dean of Development & College Relations, the Sr. Director will design, develop, deliver, and administer a highly successful fundraising program to support IGI across the Berkeley campus. It is our ambition to raise several hundred million dollars in the next five years to expand research facilities, engage additional full time researchers, and offer assistance to graduate students and post-doctoral fellows who are interested in working with the CRISPR-Cas9 technology in a wide array of subfields of human and plant biology.


The Sr. Director will work closely with Professor Doudna, the L&S Dean of Biological Sciences, as well as others in IGI leadership as well as campus leadership to develop solicitation strategies and proposals for the highest capacity donors. This will include some 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 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 University Development & Alumni Relations (UDAR). The individual chosen for this position must have a high level of energy, a strong appetite for independent, creative donor prospecting and engagement, and an entrepreneurial ethos that is reflective of the fast-moving environment of the San Francisco Bay Area's technological environment.


Partial list of Responsibilities

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• Serve as lead development professional for campus-wide genomics-related fund raising initiatives with special focus and attention to the Innovative Genomics Initiative.

• Lead major/principal gifts, gift planning and/or corporate and foundation relations efforts related to genomics, and interface with donors capable of making very significant contributions to the campus efforts.

• Manage a portfolio of 50-75 principal gift donor prospects that include the most influential, complex or highest rated donors (with capacity to give $1-$5+ million).

• Qualify major gift prospects and solicit gifts directly. Ensure that predetermined fundraising goals are met (at least $5M in the first year).

• Work closely with academic leadership of IGI to analyze needs and create strategic and long-range plans for fundraising and other advancement programs.

• Responsible for developing and presenting individualized proposals and strategies for cultivation and solicitation of principal gifts - typically requiring a high degree of innovation.

• Serve as 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.




Partial list of Required Qualifications

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• 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.



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