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Assistant Dean

Job Title: Assistant Dean, Development and Alumni Relations, Haas School of Business (0466U) #22742
Job ID: 22742
Location: Main Campus-Berkeley
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Department: Haas Devt and Alumni Relations
Regular/Temporary: Regular

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Departmental Overview

Background—Haas School of Business
As the second-oldest business school in the United States, the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley is one of the world's leading producers of new ideas and knowledge in all areas of business—which includes the distinction of having two of its faculty members receive the Nobel Prize in Economics. Berkeley-Haas offers outstanding management education to about 2,200 undergraduate and graduate students each year who come from around the world to study in one of its six degree-granting programs. The school boasts nearly 40,000 alumni worldwide.

What makes Berkeley-Haas distinct? It is our People, Place, and Culture. People: The talented faculty and exceptional students who could go anywhere for business school, but choose Berkeley-Haas because it is a fit that lasts a lifetime. Place: Located in the Bay Area, Berkeley-Haas students and alumni are part of the lifecycle of new venture development and new business creation in Silicon Valley. Culture: Our culture is embodied in our four defining principles that codify what has always been here at Berkeley: Question the Status Quo, Confidence Without Attitude, Students Always, and Beyond Yourself.

The Role
The Assistant Dean, Development & Alumni Relations will head Berkeley-Haas's development and alumni relations efforts, including primary responsibility for designing and implementing a strategic campaign plan. Reporting to and working closely with the Dean, the Assistant Dean is a member of the senior leadership of the school. He/She works closely with key stakeholders, including alumni, students, faculty, and affiliates, to direct a new comprehensive schoolwide campaign with an expected goal of greater than $300 million. He/She will lead a team of roughly 30 professionals in an integrated alumni and fundraising enterprise. The Assistant Dean will work closely with the advisory board and will personally cultivate, solicit and steward major and principal gift prospects and major foundation support. With nearly 40,000 alumni worldwide, the task of sustaining high-quality ties with, and leveraging meaningful charitable support from, alumni of the school is central to this role. The Assistant Dean sets the tone for goal-setting, programmatic innovation and team performance. Generating a broad base of on-going charitable support and utilizing this foundation to secure major and principal gifts ($5+ million) is essential. The Assistant Dean is responsible for developing comprehensive annual and long-term department plans to achieve and grow fundraising results from the current roughly $30 million annually, including the substantive growth of the Haas Fund to $5 million.

Berkeley-Haas is committed to the strength of its alumni network and furthering engagement at all levels through innovative programming, life-long learning offerings, and volunteer opportunities.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated:

  • Successful leadership and motivation of a metrics-driven fundraising enterprise.
  • Substantive record of soliciting and securing major and principal level gifts.
  • Proven fundraising experience on a significant scale.
  • Strong execution focus and results orientation.
  • Understanding of the culture of philanthropy.
  • Creative thinking and capable of setting clear strategic direction.
  • Revenue growth through iterative program development and strategy adjustment.
  • Passion for an enterprise dedicated to producing the next generation of business leaders.
  • Ability to build strong allegiances across diverse stakeholders both internal and external.
  • Ability to navigate a complex institution and collaborate with other campus entities.


  • Manages a large and complex fundraising program with a complex constituencies and programs, typically through a large professional staff, including non-fundraising professionals (for example, editors, information systems, public relations staff) as well as related administrative support staff.
  • Selects, trains, mentors, guides, directs and evaluates staff, and, as required, takes corrective action.
  • Manages the full range of development programs and may also manage other external relations functions.
  • Conceives, creates, develops, implements, evaluates and manages fundraising programs and strategies to meet predetermined goals and objectives.
  • Directs, implements and evaluates long and short-range strategic planning.
  • Manages the identification, cultivation and solicitation of donors and donor prospects.
  • Manages other external relations functions, such as volunteers, outreach, et cetera.

Required Qualifications

  • Advanced knowledge of all aspects of fundraising, donor and public relations, including principles, concepts, techniques and procedures.
  • Advanced knowledge of design and implementation of identification, cultivation and solicitation strategies and techniques.
  • Advanced skills to conceive, design, implement and evaluate effective fundraising programs.
  • Advanced knowledge of leadership and management principles, concepts, techniques, et cetera.
  • Advanced knowledge of the campus, its achievements, vision, mission, goals, objectives and issues of concern both on campus as well as in higher education.
  • Advanced leadership/management skills, including skills to select, training, mentor, motivate and evaluate all levels of staff.
  • Advanced written, oral and interpersonal communication skills to establish and maintain effective working relationship within all organizational levels and with outside constituencies.
  • Advanced skills to meet predetermined goals and objectives, including securing gifts and meeting fundraising objectives.
  • Advanced political acumen skills.
  • Advanced strategic planning, critical thinking, analytical and persuasion/negotiation skills.
  • Advanced marketing skills.

Preferred Qualifications


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

Salary & Benefits

Commensurate with experience

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit the 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.

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