Development/Fundraising, Executive/Senior Management, Medical & Health
Organization: GI Research Foundation (GIRF) www.girf.org Title: Fundraising Officer Position Level: Officer Position Reports to: Board of Directors Employment Type: Full-Time, part-time, contractor Location: Chicago, IL, remote optional Who We Are:
The GI Research Foundation (GIRF) is a non-profit 501(c)3 dedicated to supporting the physicians and scientists at the University of Chicago Medicine Digestive Diseases Center in their efforts to provide outstanding care, train future leaders and perform innovative clinical and laboratory research in order to treat, cure, and prevent digestive diseases.
GIRF seeks a self-driven and highly motivated development professional to head its ongoing fundraising and operational needs.
The Fundraising Officer is a dynamic and essential member of GIRF’s leadership team, with a focus on supporting the Director of Major Gifts; growing our major donor portfolio and managing grant writing and fundraising campaigns. The successful candidate will work in partnership with the Board, the Director of Major Gifts and leadership to lead and implement the organization’s fundraising. They will meet and grow our $1.5m annual campaign, which includes the annual fundraising ball, summer event and other campaigns.
Direct Reports: Full-time Development Associate Sub-contractors include PR Firm, Marketing Firm, Event Planner
The Fundraising Officer reports to the Board of Directors, supervises the Development Associate, and works closely with the Director of Major Gifts.
Required Qualifications, Characteristics and Skill Sets:
-BA degree and a minimum of 3+ years in a fundraising/fundraising support position with at least 2 years in a direct fundraising role. -Candidates with experience managing diverse aspects of an annual campaign preferred.
-Experience and demonstrated success with assistance to a Director of Major Gifts in gift prospecting, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.
-Excellent relationship building skills with prior experience managing staff/volunteers/board committees.
-Excellent interpersonal, organizational, written and oral communication skills.
-Enthusiastic leader and team player with a positive attitude.
A passion for the mission of GIRF and a personal interest in gastro-intentional issues.
Flexibility and responsiveness to changing priorities.
- Supporting to meet and grow annual fundraising goals of approximately $1.5m. - Monitor and evaluate progress of reaching fundraising strategies and goals.
- Craft and implement GIRF’s overall giving program. - Focus on leading gift planning, in-person solicitations, grant applications, special events, and direct mail appeals. - In partnership with the Director of Major Gifts, Development Associate, event consultants, manage and carry out all aspects of annual fundraising events.
- Coordinate and assist with the writing of grant proposals and grant submissions. - Supervise Development Associate and ensure they are supported and mentored in order to reach their goals. - Ensure donor database Little Green Light Software is carefully maintained and up-to-date. - Participate in the planning and implementation of strategies to promote planned giving. - Work closely with the Board of Directors to achieve fundraising goals. - Research and write funding proposals for foundation, corporate and individual donors and prospects; oversee the development of grant reports and updates to funders as required; steward relationships with institutional funders.
Competitive salary and benefits package available.
The GI Research Foundation (GIRF) is dedicated to raising funds to support the physicians and scientists at the University of Chicago Medicine Digestive Diseases Center in their efforts to provide outstanding care, train future leaders and perform innovative clinical and laboratory research in order to treat, cure, and prevent digestive diseases.