Development Officer (0462U) Job #22931 - Simons Institute
Simons Institute TOC
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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: Immediate Review
The Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing is an exciting new venue for collaborative research in theoretical computer science. Established on July 1, 2012 with a ten-year grant of $60 million from the Simons Foundation, the Institute is housed in Calvin Lab, a dedicated building on the UC Berkeley campus. Its goal is to bring together the world's leading researchers in theoretical computer science and related fields, as well as the next generation of outstanding young scholars, to explore deep unsolved problems about the nature and limits of computation.
The Institute aims to promote fundamental research on the foundations of computer science, as well as to expand the horizons of the field by exploring other scientific disciplines through a computational lens. This second and distinctive goal is motivated by the fact that natural phenomena in many scientific fields (including mathematics, statistics, physics, astronomy, biology and economics), or the models those fields have developed for these phenomena, are intrinsically computational in naturefrom chemical processes in living cells to the self-organizing behavior of complex systems of interacting particles, to mechanisms governing human evolution and the collective behavior of competing agents in an economy. The insights gained from such explorations often reflect back to the theory of computation, opening new directions and advancing our understanding of fundamental issues in complexity theory and algorithms.
The Development Officer for the Simons Institute for the Theory of computing will work closely with the Simons Institute's leadership and fundraising colleagues in various offices on campus to secure financial resources for the Institute's long-term success beyond the initial ten-year grant period, which ends in June 2022. This newly created position offers an exciting opportunity to build an individual giving program at the major gifts level, and to substantially expand engagement with corporations and private foundations.
The Development Officer will have a fundraising target of $1.5M per year from these three revenue streams (major gifts, the Institute's Industrial Partnership program, and private foundations). The position involves designing, developing, delivering, and administering the Institute's fundraising programs. The incumbent will identify new funding prospects through researching background information on potential funding sources and developing materials, marketing plans, and organizing related programs/events; he or she will cultivate and steward donor prospects, and may also solicit gifts directly, in collaboration with the Institute leadership. Given the highly technical nature of the research conducted at the Institute, the Institute's faculty leaders will play a key role in the development of fundraising strategy, as well as in face-to-face interaction with funders.
This is a highly collaborative position, with close working relationships with Institute faculty and staff. Some academic preparation in the sciences, possibly at the postgraduate level, may enhance the fundraiser's effectiveness. And a background of fundraising for scientific research is highly desirable. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the Institute's research, and in particular because of the Institute's academic ties to various departments and colleges, success in this role requires excellent skills for coalition-building among fundraisers and stakeholders across the university.
This position offers an opportunity to join a dynamic team in a start-up environment within the University. The ideal candidate will thrive in a collaborative environment where team members often work outside defined roles.
This position may require participation in occasional evening and weekend events.
25% Serves as an expert development professional, with expertise in major/principal gifts and corporate/foundation relations. May have an academic background, possibly at the postgraduate level, in the sciences or another quantitative field. Manages a portfolio of 75 - 100 funding prospects, to include individuals, foundations, and corporations. The portfolio will include influential and highly rated donors, typically with the capacity to give over $50,000. Makes at least 10 - 15 substantive contacts per month (i.e., significant moves that advance a relationship). Qualifies and cultivates major gift prospects in collaboration with Institute leadership. Ensures that predetermined fundraising goals are met, and raises at least $1.5M annually from these streams.
20% In consultation with Institute leadership, incumbent develops and implements individualized strategies for cultivation and solicitation of major gifts, gift planning, or corporate/foundation prospects (strategies may require a high degree of innovation).
15% Prepares Institute leadership and its top-level ambassadors (Institute trustees, deans, Vice Chancellor for Research) to present formal fundraising proposals to major donors and prospects; may participate in the presentation of proposals to donors and the direct solicitation of gifts. Collaborates with Institute Leadership in the preparation of fundraising proposals, including formal proposals for foundation grants.
10% Stewards relationships with ongoing funders. In collaboration with Institute leaders, incumbent may prepare grant reports and other deliverables.
10% Collaborates with Institute leaders in creating strategic and tactical plans for fundraising and other advancement programs.
10% Creates, establishes and evaluates methods for building/maintaining prospect and Institute trustee constituencies; identifies and assists in the recruitment of Institute trustees, and serves as a key liaison to that body.
5% Provides support for strategy-development and implementation, as necessary, for the Institute's pursuit of funding from federal agencies. Federal agency funding does not count toward the role's formal revenue target.
5% As a member of a small, dynamic team within the University, the Development Officer is expected to take on a variety of roles that fall outside his or her core job description.
Advanced knowledge of all aspects of fundraising, donor and public relations, especially as related to the quantitative sciences.
Advanced knowledge of current issues of concern for both the campus and throughout higher education generally.
Advanced knowledge of all applicable laws, rules, regulations, institutional policies relevant to fundraising.
Outstanding written, oral and interpersonal communication skills, including advanced political acumen, to establish and maintain good working relationships at all organizational levels and with outside constituencies, including donors and volunteers.
Advanced skill in making persuasive and compelling presentations of campus goals/objectives and in securing gifts.
Outstanding analytical, critical thinking, problem recognition/avoidance/resolution skills.
Advanced project/program management skills, including skill in setting and meeting program/project goals and objectives within budget and time constraints.
Skills to meet or exceed fundraising goals and objectives.
Highly refined sense of teamwork and collaborative work style.
Desired: academic background, possibly at the postgraduate level, in the sciences or another quantitative field.
Desired: experience raising funds for scientific research.
Advanced knowledge of the campus, including its vision, mission, goals, objectives, achievements and infrastructure.
Salary & Benefits
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*Salary commensurate with experience.
How to Apply
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
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