Community Programs Manager (4330U) Job 56290 – Inst of Urban & Regional Development (JDURD)/CED

University of California, Berkeley

Community Programs Manager (4330U) Job 56290 – Inst of Urban & Regional Development (JDURD)/CED

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Departmental Overview

The Institute of Urban and Regional Development (IURD) is located within the College of Environmental Design (CED). IURD contains both a research unit and three academic degree programs: two graduate programs (the Master of Real Estate Development + Design, which is a self-supporting graduate program, and the Master of Urban Design program) and one undergraduate major (Sustainable Environmental Design).

The Institute's role is to teach and conduct research about climate change, environmental justice, and social equity with a mission to improve inclusion, accessibility, and justice for underserved communities while identifying adaptation and mitigation strategies. Our research identifies, evaluates and develops bold design and policy solutions for flooding, air and water pollution, infrastructure challenges, and the influences of systemic racism and poverty on the health, safety and welfare in urban regions.

Current IURD initiatives include developing research collaborations with community groups, public agencies, and other local and regional stakeholders. We are seeking partners to prepare research proposals in response to Federal and State climate change related funding programs that allow us to center social equity, accessibility, and environmental justice. Additionally, IURD is developing a partnership with NASA to build digital twins for urban and environmental analysis.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: 7/31/23 – Open Until Filled


40% Grant, Contract and Gift Proposals:

Formulate and lead research projects on climate change, environmental justice, and social equity.

Manage the development and submission of high-level proposals (including grants, consulting contracts, and major gifts), documents, presentations, site visits, and other special events and activities to meet key fundraising objectives.

Coordinate with IURD's Management Service Officer (MSO), University grants and contracts staff (ERSO), and IURD faculty to draft budgets for proposals.

Support the IURD Director and Research Director in developing and managing a proposal submission calendar for external and internal funding opportunities, assembling interdisciplinary research teams, and fostering collaborative partnerships (internal and external to campus) in support of grant proposals, contracts, and gifts.

Develop and design materials for communications using IURD document templates, including drafting proposals, agendas, briefings, a monthly newsletter, background information, slide deck presentations, social media posts, reports, website updates, and tailored correspondence for major donors and prospects.

Ensure the timely development, review, and submission of all grant and contract proposals and reports.

20% Resource Development Planning and Prospecting:

Work with program leadership to identify and pursue funding opportunities and revenue streams.

Lead short-and long-range development planning for funding, coordinating fundraising processes and tracking calls for proposals for IURD and its research groups. Oversee and implement a detailed plan for funding resource development, coordinating with CED external fundraising staff, the CED's Dean's Office, and other CED or University research centers who act as partners.

Engage with community and government partners, faculty and student researchers, social media followers and affiliates, and peer organizations working on community-based climate mitigations and adaptation strategies to make sure they're familiar with our research programs and products, and appropriately amplify our work to potential funder/ donor prospects.

Research potential funding prospects and/or funder networks via internal and publicly available resources in order to assess and pursue new sources for funding IURD's research and partnership activities.

15% Research & Data Analysis and Reporting:

Provide monthly reports on partnership, project and fundraising milestones and goals (tracking gifts to solicit and close, year-to-date totals, status of community partnerships relative to goals, status of project completion relative to project schedules).

Coordinate with IURD MSO to track incoming revenue from all sources (gifts, grants, contracts, etc.

Coordinate with CED external fundraising staff to ensure that recorded donor data and designations are accurate and complete.

15% Donor and Client Relations and Community Partner Liaison:

Respond to inquires from donors, event attendees, and the public.

Manage donor correspondence, gift acknowledgments, and ongoing stewardship of donor and community relationships, including ensuring donors/partners are up to speed on key IURD and UC Berkeley activities.

Work with the UC Berkeley and College of Environment Design donor relations teams to research prospects and manage existing relationships, ensuring alignment across different fundraising events.

Manage publication of IURD's annual research report, and other stewardship-related assets, and contribute research related news to IURD monthly newsletter.

Communicate research results with key stakeholders, including community partners, funders, and policymakers, using a variety of multimedia communication channels.

Coordinate with IURD Director and Research Director, CED Dean's Office and CED external relations in interactions with funders.

5% Event Planning & Execution:

Develop and organize conferences and other public forums.

In collaboration with the IURD Research Director and other IURD colleagues, manage two to three donor-oriented major events per year, typically as the lead event planner and assist with special events (including lunches, dinners, small receptions, and high level-meetings) as needed.

Assist the IURD operations team, as needed, with other events including research webinars, conferences, workshops, and policy brown bags.

Attend IURD research and community partner events as needed, both to assist in putting the events on and to meet and cultivate donors or partners who attend.

5% Adhoc Duties:

UCB Trainings, Professional Development requirements, and other Adhoc responsibilities.

Required Qualifications

  • Successful record of fundraising, contracting, and/or winning competitive grants.
  • Experience with quantitative and/or qualitative data analysis (using R, Python, SPSS, Stata, ArcGis, MaxQDA, NVivo, or equivalent).
  • Minimum of 3 years' experience in proposal writing and donor/partner development.
  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills to describe research proposals and results to both community partners and funders.
  • Superior writing, editing, and proofreading skills.
  • Highly detail oriented with a critical degree of accuracy.
  • Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills, including skills in creative and effective decision-making and problem identification/avoidance/resolution.
  • Superior writing, editing, and proofreading skills.
  • Highly detail oriented with a critical degree of accuracy.
  • Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills, including skills in creative and effective decision-making and problem identification/avoidance/resolution.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain effective working relationships at all organizational levels and with outside partners and community constituencies.
  • Demonstrated relationship management and conflict resolution abilities across cultural and communication differences.
  • Knowledge and understanding of project-based fundraising, donor and partner relationships, and basic public relations.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the concepts, principles, techniques, and practices used to evaluate social equity in budgets and programs.
  • Interest in communications and ability to communicate effectively to various audiences (e.g., annual reports, blog posts, social media content.
  • Thorough knowledge of computer and database systems, to facilitate research, extract meaningful data for program analysis, and prepare documents and presentation materials.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with non-profits or community advocacy organizations of similar size and scale.
  • Familiarity with web-based tools for displaying real time data streams on visual dashboards and/ or maps.
  • Eagerness to be part of a growing team in a sometimes fast-paced /demanding environment, working across cultural differences.
  • Familiarity with community development, community-based research, environmental injustices, accessible cities, equitable development goals, and the current/projected local impacts of climate change.
  • Ability to mentor Masters and PhD students with research interests in climate, environmental justice and/or social equity.
  • Record of high-quality publications in academic journals and other publication venues.
  • Experience working with underserved or underrepresented communities.
  • Ph.D. or equivalent International Degree in Urban Planning, Environmental Planning, Engineering, Social Sciences or related fields

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University, please visit the University of California's Compensation & Benefits website.

Under California law, the University of California, Berkeley is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary outside of the range posted in this job announcement. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, analysis of internal equity, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience.

The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $85,000 – $95,000.

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.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant, please see the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission poster.

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, please see the University of California Discrimination, Harassment, and Affirmative Action in the Workplace policy.

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