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Associate Director of Development, Special Events and Donor Hospitality - University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics consists of more than 275 staff members and coaches and sponsors 30 varsity sports programs.  These 30 programs include more than 850 student-athletes who participate in the various sports programs annually within the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA).  We are currently seeking an Associate Director of Development, Special Events and Donor Hospitality who will work within the department’s development unit.

Description of Position: 

The Cal Athletics Fund is the fundraising and alumni relations arm of UC Berkeley’s Intercollegiate Athletics Department, Cal Athletics.  The Associate Director is a key member of the development operations team within the Cal Athletics Fund and is one of two special events and donor hospitality leads.  This position will plan, organize and execute fundraising and alumni engagement events for the Cal Athletics Fund.  This could include managing event logistics such as facilities, tickets, budgets, invitations, audience management activities, concessionaires, caterers, vendors, and facilitating communication and internal and external constituents.  This position also supports the efforts of their development operations colleagues; including stewardship and communication.


  • Plans, organizes and implements fundraising and Cal alumni engagement events.
  • Plans and executes larger or more complex events, such as the Golden Gala and Scholarship Banquet.
  • Supports specific large event segments such as parking/transportation, catering, etc.
  • Uses departmental database and procedures to provide event briefings, produce invitations, collect attendee data and provide a post-event analysis.
  • Communicates regularly with internal and external constituents to update and keep them informed of development events.
  • Helps to oversee day-of volunteer and/or operational support staff.

Required Qualifications:  

  • Bachelor’s degree in related area and/or equivalent training/experience.
  • Experience in a development office or non-profit setting.
  • Skills and experience in project management, specifically with event planning.
  • Highly developed interpersonal communication skills.
  • Strong attention to detail, decision-making, time management, ability to multi-task in a high volume environment, organizational skills and problem resolution skills.
  • Thorough knowledge of basic concepts, principles, and procedures of building and maintaining effective relations with internal and external constituencies.
  • Must be proficient in use of Microsoft Office and common desktop/web applications.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with the development operations and events in an Intercollegiate Athletics department.
  • Working knowledge of the institution, its mission, vision, goals, achievements, policies, and infrastructure preferred.
  • Knowledge and understanding of applicable NCAA and Pac-12 Conference rules and regulations.

For more information on our department, please visit www.calbears.comThe University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. This position has been designated as sensitive and may require a Criminal Background Check. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of a Criminal Background Check. 

It is mandatory that you apply for this position on the Berkeley Jobs Website, the job number for this position is #23601.  If you click “Apply Now” at the bottom of this listing, you will be asked to sign in through Teamwork Online. Once you have logged in to their site, you will be rerouted to Berkeley Jobs to submit your application. Please include a cover letter, resume, and three references submitted as a single attachment with your application. 

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