About The Unit: As a center of intense intellectual inquiry, the University of Chicago Library shares with the University of Chicago the aspiration to be the most dynamic research and learning environment in the world, supporting the University's commitment to research and teaching in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and the College.
The University of Chicago Library is the 9th largest research library in North America, with over 11 million volumes across six campus locations.
The Library seeks an articulate, energetic, and highly organized professional to join its development team.
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Unit Job Summary: Assistant Director of Development: Reporting to the Director of Development (DoD), works closely with the Library Director, development team, and other library staff in developing and implementing cultivation and solicitation strategies for major gifts, endowments, and planned gifts. Ensures that fundraising projects are implemented and executed in a timely and efficient manner; fosters donor relations and devises strategies for stewardship; and proactively assists DoD and Library Director in maintaining and growing their prospect/donor portfolios through regular interactions in the form of meetings, targeted communications, and special events. Plays an active role in the management of the Library's capital campaign. Complies with prospect management policies set forth by the Office of University Development and Alumni Relations. Using the Library's strategic plan and the University's development goals as points of reference, serves as a credible spokesperson on the Library's gift needs.
Through working relationships with colleagues across Library departments, achieve an understanding of the Library's mission, needs, and aspirations; build connections between prospective donors and Library priorities. Monitor donor and prospect pool and take a proactive approach in positioning DoD and Library Director to form and grow relationships.
Serve as the main liaison to the University's Research and Prospect team and work closely with this team to broaden the Library's prospect pool. Review prospect and donor lists to assess and report back to DoD on capacity and inclination.
Identify, cultivate and manage a portfolio of prospective Library donors. Foster a culture of philanthropy through regular visits and communication. Work collaboratively with DoD and other colleagues to develop and implement personalized stewardship strategies for portfolio donors.
Assist DOD in all aspects of campaign planning and tracking. Assist in the creation of a campaign case statement and help plan selected campaign cultivation events.
In collaboration with DoD, manage all activities and projects tied to the Library's Visiting Committee (VC). Take the lead in planning logistics of VC meetings throughout the year and seeing through post-meeting follow-up; planning all aspects of VC events; charting and crafting VC member appeals throughout the year; and tracking revenue as a result of the appeals.
Manage every aspect of the Library Annual Fund. Work with the University's Annual Fund team to define and build constituencies, create solicitation templates, track Fund progress, devise strategies for growth, and analyze data from year to year.
Ensure timely and efficient execution of the acknowledgement process for incoming gifts from VC members as well as for gifts which result from the Annual Fund appeals. Draft and ensure timely processing of acknowledgment letters for special gifts. As necessary, draft tailored acknowledgement letters for the Library Director's signature. Working closely with the Development Associate, and ensuring timeliness, draft specific endowment reports to key endowment donors.
In collaboration with the Development Associate, coordinate and author the development pages of the annual fall issue of Libra, the Library newsletter for faculty, University community and supporters.
Initiate and maintain overall stewardship and cultivation activities, including but not limited to, event management during the annual Alumni Weekend; initiation of targeted donor communications on behalf of Library Director and DoD; and planning and implementation of specialized cultivation events and opportunities.
In concert with the Director of Development, devise creative and strategic targeted appeals at various times of the year.
If selected for interview, writing samples will be requested.
Unit Education: Bachelor's degree required.
Unit Experience: 2-3 years development experience required.
Previous experience at or good knowledge of the University of Chicago preferred.
Previous event planning experience preferred.
Experience in higher education and/or non-profit environments strongly preferred.
Unit Job Function Competencies: Superior writing and verbal skills, coupled with strong organization skills and keen attention to detail required.
Strong computer skills and ability to quickly become proficient with prospect management and fundraising databases and technical tools required.
Exceptional work ethic and track record of personal initiative required.
Ability to work independently as well as collegially and collaboratively in a team setting required.
Excellent time management skills and ability to handle multiple priorities and meet deadlines required.
Exceptional professionalism and interpersonal skills, along with the ability to interact well with faculty, staff, donors and volunteers required.
Ability to be flexible and adaptable within an emerging and changing environment required.
Willingness to work occasional weekends and weeknights required.