The California Policy Lab (CPL) creates data-driven insights for the public good. Our mission is to improve the lives of Californians by generating evidence that transforms public policy. We do this by forming lasting partnerships between government and California's flagship public universities to harness the power of research and administrative data. We work on California's most urgent problems, including homelessness, poverty, crime, and education inequality. We facilitate close working partnerships between policymakers and researchers at UC Berkeley and UCLA to help evaluate and improve public programs through rigorous empirical research and technical assistance.
The Development Manager will lead the Lab's development efforts, reporting to the Executive Directors of each site. The position will develop and implement a fundraising strategy and will be responsible for identifying potential foundations and donors, cultivating those relationships, and fundraising for a multi-million-dollar annual budget and future endowment. The Development Manager will support research staff in applying for government and foundation project support grants and will run a major gifts program.
The Development Manager will join our growing team at a critical juncture in our development. Our project launched in 2017 and we are rapidly expanding our teams in the UCLA and UC Berkeley offices. We have had success with early development efforts, especially with foundation support, and have a stable base on which to grow the Lab. The Development Manager's efforts will focus on expanding and diversifying our long-term funding sources.
The Development Manager should have experience working with organizations doing policy or research in one or more of CPL's policy areas, including criminal justice, education, labor, homelessness, and the social safety net. We have a preference for candidates who are familiar with a non-profit, academic, or research environment, especially one where there is an existing development environment to navigate. The position works directly with leading social policy researchers at UC Berkeley and UCLA, state and local government agency staff, as well as the leadership team at CPL, and it is important that the candidate be able to communicate our work to different audiences. The position will be based in Berkeley, but will occasional require travel to Los Angeles and other cities.
We are looking for a Development Manager who is passionate about the work of the California Policy Lab and is effective at telling our story to potential funders.
Some of the main responsibilities of the Development Manager are:
Developing, updating, and implementing a fundraising strategy
Identifying potential prospects through background research
Creating and maintaining a database of prospective foundations and donors
Cultivating relationships with foundations and donors and preparing fundraising pitches
Maintaining ongoing communication with funders
Planning and implementing fundraising projects, programs, and events
Developing reports and communications for existing funders
Identifying opportunities to apply for grants and managing submissions
Supporting research staff in the writing of grant applications
Works with Executive and Faculty Directors to ensure that predetermined fundraising goals are met ($4-5 million annually through multiple channels)
Training and experience that clearly demonstrates qualifications.
Minimum requirement of a Bachelor's degree in a relevant field.
2+ years of experience in policy or research in one of the policy areas in which CPL works.
Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills, including political acumen, to build and maintain effective working relationships at all organizational levels and with outside constituencies.
Expert skill in making persuasive and compelling presentations in securing gifts.
Expert analytical, critical thinking, problem recognition/avoidance/resolution skills.
Experience in project management and conducting projects independently on deadline.
Skills to meet or exceed fundraising goals and objectives.
Preference for 5+ years of job experience in fundraising.
Experience in policy or research in one of the areas in which the California Policy Lab works preferred.
Past experience fundraising at a non-profit, university, or other research environment preferred.
Past experience in applying for grants and managing relationships with foundations preferred.
Past experience working for or with government agencies a plus.
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.
The University of California was chartered in 1868 and its flagship campus - envisioned as a "City of Learning" - was established at Berkeley, on San Francisco Bay. Today the world's premier public university and a wellspring of innovation, UC Berkeley occupies a 1,232 acre campus with a sylvan 178-acre central core. From this home its academic community makes key contributions to the economic and social well-being of the Bay Area, California, and the nation.