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UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley-Director of Development-Fri, 01/05/2018 - 2:49pm

Director of Development


UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley
Berkeley, California
200 Centennial Drive Berkeley
Berkeley , CA 94720-5045

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Job Description 

Before we launch into the formal job description, I will editorialize. I am Eric Siegel, the Director of the UC Botanical Garden for the past 2 years. I come from a 35 year career in senior roles in museums and botanical gardens, and the Garden is a fabulous place to work. I encourage you to consider this position if you want to work in a beautiful place, with a sterling mission and an energetic staff. Plus you get to be part of the #1 Public University in the United States, which has all kinds of benefits. We love it here, and hope you consider joining us.

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

Garden Overview

Our mission is to develop and maintain a diverse living collection of plants, to support teaching and worldwide research in plant biology, further the conservation of plant diversity, and promote public understanding and appreciation of plants and the natural environment.
The 34-acre UC Botanical Garden is one of the most diverse landscapes in the world, with over 10,000 types of plants including many rare and endangered species. Organized geographically, the Garden features 9 regions of naturalistic plantings from Italy to South Africa, along with a major collection of California native plants. The Garden was established in 1890 and its living collections are invaluable resources for international research and conservation.

Duties & Responsibilities 

Involves designing, developing, delivering, and administering all fundraising programs. Identifies new donor prospects through researching background information on potential donors and developing materials, marketing plans, and organizing related programs/events; cultivates, stewards, and solicit donor prospects. Additionally supervises all
Membership processing, renewals and programs, as well as all Marketing & Communications efforts of the unit.
Identifies, cultivates, solicits and/or stewards donors
Provides analysis and information of complex results or activities, and makes recommendations to upper management for program changes or development of new programs as required.
Manages and stewards 25 person advisory Board and associated committees
Plans and Implements all aspects of fund development and annual solicitation programs.
Designs, organizes, and implements donor cultivation and stewardship events.
Coordinates and oversees the work of support staff and/or other professionals.

Education and Experience 

Required Qualifications
Bachelors degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training
Thorough working knowledge and understanding of fundraising, donor relations and public relations concepts, principles, techniques, procedures and practices.
Thorough knowledge of applicable laws, rules, regulations, policies, et cetera.
Thorough written, oral and interpersonal communication skills, including political acumen, to build and maintain effective working relationship at all organizational levels and with outside constituencies.
Thorough analytical and critical thinking skills, including skill in creative and effective decision-making and problem identification/avoidance/resolution.
Thorough project management skills.
Skills to meet or exceed fundraising goals and objectives.
Working knowledge of bulk mail and email tactics
Working knowledge of Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) database use
Experience in crafting successful fundraising letters and capital campaign collateral
Preferred Qualifications
Thorough working knowledge of the campus, including its vision, mission, goals, objectives, achievements and infrastructure.

Application Instructions 

Go to and search for Director of Development (7547U), Botanical Garden #24300

Full Name 
Eric Siegel