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University of California, Berkeley
  • Position Number: 3142027
  • Location: Berkeley, CA
  • Position Type: Communications - Media & Communication Studies

Senior Editorial Director (0409U), University Development & Alumni Relations - 36964

University of California, Berkeley

Job ID: 36964
Location: Main Campus-Berkeley

About Berkeley
At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Departmental Overview
University Development and Alumni Relations (UDAR) strengthens Berkeley's excellence through engagement with alumni, parents, undergraduate and graduate students, and friends of the University, raising public awareness about Berkeley and increasing private philanthropy. UDAR provides overall direction for the campus' philanthropic advancement strategies and works to strengthen unit development in partnership with campus fundraisers. The Division handles a range of central activities and services encompassing communications, stewardship, prospect development, gift management, and more.

A full-service professional team, External Relations and Marketing Communications in UDAR delivers donor-centered and integrated editorial, design, digital, event, and logistical solutions to inspire philanthropy and engage UC Berkeley donors, alumni, parents, and students.

External Relations serves and engages the university's external and internal constituencies through programs, events, awards, and services. They also advise the university community on all matters of protocol, including visits by high-ranking government officials, the UC Office of the President, Regents, and other dignitaries.

Marketing Communications produces digital, multimedia, print donor materials; creates strategies for external-facing marketing and communications, media, and social media; develops fundraising messaging, talking points, slide decks; write proposals, concept proposals, gift acknowledgements, direct mail; and creates flexible campaign brand identity and language resources to build custom pieces.

Position Overview
This position shapes content and strategy for print, digital, and multimedia communications advancing the university's $6 billion comprehensive fundraising campaign. Works closely with senior management and unit leadership to conceive and implement long- and short-term communications plans. Oversees a team of ten high-performing professionals, including eight editors and two video producers. The senior editorial director is a strategic thought partner to the executive director, handles the content creation for the UCBF meetings, advancement speech writer for the Chancellor, and media relations contact for issues and media inquiries relating to philanthropy.

Additional projects may include, but are not limited to: talking points and key messages, remarks, major gift level collateral and confidential materials - such as proposals and case statements - videos, reports and brochures, slide decks, event materials, and occasional print and digital articles expressing the university's viewpoint.

  • Works with senior leadership, partner-clients, and subordinate staff to shape content and strategy for print, digital, and multimedia campaign communications, often with complex and/or sensitive communications requirements. Provides guidance and assistance to subordinate supervisors and professionals on most complex issues. Example: The senior editorial director manages a team overseeing science-based proposal writing, media relations, video-focused multimedia, and communications strategy to advance philanthropic and campaign-related donor initiatives.
  • Works with departmental administration to create, develop, and implement comprehensive long- and short-term strategic communications plans. Provides advice and counsel on all aspects of communications, including planning, effective messaging, problem resolution, etc. Ultimately responsible for final deliverables. Examples: The position is the strategic thought partner to the executive director, handles the content creation for the UCBF meetings, advancement speech writer for the Chancellor, and media relations contact for issues and media inquiries relating to philanthropy.
  • Selects, trains, manages, guides, directs, evaluates, and as required, takes corrective action with seven employees (writer editor 4).
  • Works closely with senior director of strategic communications and operations and managing editor to ensure production of high-quality products that effectively deliver the desired message within budget and time constraints.
  • Oversees subordinate staff who represents team - or acts as a proxy representative for executive director - at campus meetings. Cultivates coordination and collaboration with campus advancement and public affairs communicators.

    Required Qualifications
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of all aspects of communications, including print, digital, and multimedia communications strategy and development.
  • Excellent skills to create, develop and implement long- and short-term strategic communications plans based on project objective and target audience(s). Skilled at identifying effective strategies for key messaging and delivery platform(s) and managing complex stakeholder review and approval processes.
  • Excellent skills to advise and consult management on all aspects of communications, ranging from developing effective communication strategies to appropriately responding to inquiries regarding sensitive or complex issues or information.
  • Exceptional written, verbal, interpersonal communications, active listening, collaboration skills. Ability to obtain goals by exercising political acumen and discretion.
  • Excellent management skills to select and train, lead and direct, motivate and coach, and evaluate professional communications staff to produce high-quality work; skill to take corrective action as required.
  • Excellent analytical, critical thinking, project management and problem recognition, facilitation, and resolution skills.
  • Excellent skills to ensure production of high-quality work within budget and time constraints.

  • Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training

    Preferred Qualifications
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of technical applications including design concepts, various media and mediums, applications, etc. to effectively manage / supervise professional technical staff.
  • Thorough knowledge of the location, including its mission, vision, goals, policies, and infrastructure; strong knowledge of current affairs and issues in higher education and / or health sciences.
  • Excellent knowledge and skills in financial and personnel administration and management.

    Salary & Benefits
    This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is range $105,600 - $200,000, commensurate with experience.

    For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

    How to Apply
    Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying. Please upload the document in the Resume section, then skip the (optional) Cover Letter upload section.

    Diversity Statement
    Please include, as part of your application a brief (1-2 paragraph) statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in your professional experience.

    Advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion are fundamental to our UC Berkeley Principles of Community, which states that "every member of the UC Berkeley community has a role in sustaining a safe, caring, and humane environment in which these values can thrive."

    Other Information
    The minimum posting duration of this position is 14 calendar days. The department will not initiate the application review process prior to June 21, 2022.

    Percentage of remote work is negotiable, with an expectation that there will be required in-person events and meetings. Any travel costs would need to be covered by the employee.

    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 see:

    For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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