Sets and achieves University fundraising and engagement goals. Designs, manages, and executes development strategies and programs to maximize philanthropic support for the University’s priorities. Increases engagement and participation of the University’s worldwide community of alumni, parents, families and friends via diversified communication programs and activities.
Career Track and Job Level
Major & Principal Gifts
Manages and executes strategies designed to meet University fundraising goals. Builds relationships with faculty and administrators to support prospect visits. Builds relationships with alumni, parents, families and friends, with potential to make gifts in support of the University. Develops communication plans for individual solicitations.
Requires in-depth knowledge and experience. Uses best practices and knowledge of internal or external University issues to improve products or services. Solves complex problems; takes a new perspective using existing solutions. Works independently, receives minimal guidance. Acts as a resource for colleagues with less experience.
The job manages programs designed to meet University fundraising goals for contributed income. Serves as strategist of efforts to secure gifts and build relationships with alumni, faculty, administrators and organizations with potential to make gifts. Develops communication strategies for projects.
1) Establishes fundraising goals and priorities based on department objectives, designs strategies to meet those goals, and monitors progress against goals., 2) Identifies, analyzes, and qualifies donor interest to maximize giving. Helps with overall planning efforts for the University's most important prospects. Works independently to develop communication strategies for projects, including publications and public presentations., 3) Works with Senior Leadership, Officers and Deans to design strategic objectives and action steps that will lead to the successful realization of these projects., 4) Acts as a member of the President's Development Cabinet and an integral part of the Vice-President's team. Briefs the President and other senior level administrators in preparation for contact with prospects., 5) Performs other related work as needed.
1) Identify, qualify, cultivate, and solicit alumni and friends who have the capacity and interest to make financial commitments of $100,000 or more to the Division of the Humanities and the University of Chicago. 2) Develop and implement compelling engagement strategies to inspire high net worth individuals to maximize their philanthropic engagement with the University. 3) Build and manage a prospect pipeline that would support an annualized pace of 12 major gift commitments per year, with over 100 corresponding prospect visits. 4) Raise donor sights, articulate aspirational goals and ideas, present philanthropic opportunities in a compelling manner, and close gifts. 5) Lead discovery and prospect engagement activity for assigned geographic regions or prospect segments. 6) Collaborate with the Director of Development to identify and target key gaps in coverage among prospect segments with promising fundraising potential, and build major gift pipeline. 7) Build knowledge and ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and in meetings, about a range of Division of the Humanities programs, priorities, and initiatives. 8) Achieve personal fundraising activity goals monthly, quarterly, and annually. 9) Establish and maintain strong communications links with Humanities development team members and other University colleagues to ensure a coordinated approach to prospects and donors. 10) Deliver timely and effective follow up to prospects and donors. 11) Develop and implement compelling stewardship plans for donors, and assist in the preparation of stewardship reports. 12) Assist in the planning and execution of strategic events designed to advance relationships with prospects, donors, and key volunteers. 13) Maintain active and regular travel schedule to key geographic regions. 14) Seek opportunities for professional development that will enhance job performance, including building networks within the University and with colleagues at peer institutions.
1) Communicate Effectively & With Influence 2) Exhibit Resilience & Optimize Resources 3) Display Emotional Intelligence 4) Demonstrate University Stewardship & Serve as a Brand Ambassador 5) Foster Partnership & Collaboration 6) Demonstrated skill and knowledge of, or ability to learn quickly, the internal workings of the University as well as the technology tools available to the Office of Alumni Relations and Development, including Griffin (the University's Donor Relationship Management System), Microsoft Windows computer environment, Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access. 7) Willingness and ability to travel to campus and/or non-campus locations for University business. 8) Willingness and ability to work evenings and weekends.
Work Setting 1) Standard office environment
Mental Demands 1) Self-motivation and the ability to take initiative. 2) Ability to prioritize multiple projects and independently follow through with detail.
Education, Experience, and Certifications
Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.
Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 5-7 years of work experience in a related job discipline.
1) Cultivating, soliciting, and closing significant philanthropic commitments.
2) Excellent written and oral communication skills with demonstrated presentation abilities.
1) Resume 2) Writing sample (no more than two (2) double-spaced pages, 12 pt. font)
3) Cover Letter (optional)
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.
Internal Number: 7737029290
About University of Chicago
The University of Chicago Campaign: Inquiry and Impact (http://campaign.uchicago.edu), the most ambitious and comprehensive campaign in the University's history, is raising $5 billion+ to support faculty and researchers, practitioners and patients, and students and programs across the University. The campaign supports priorities in every division, school, department, and institute. Along with its fundraising goal, the campaign has an equally ambitious goal of engaging 125,000 alumni and friends through intellectual, professional, and social activities on campus, around the world, and online. A central component of the University’s Office of Alumni Relations and Development (ARD), the Division of the Humanities Development enterprise is a team of three fundraising professionals who work collaboratively to secure annual, major, and principal gift support for divisional priorities and objectives, as set by the Dean, and foster increased engagement with the division. The team undertakes this work through in-person meetings, carefully curated cultivation and stewardship events, and other forms of donor engagement.