Asst Director, Leadership Annual Giving & Reunions

Mar 02, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: The University of Chicago Campaign: Inquiry and Impact (, the most ambitious and comprehensive campaign in the University's history, will raise $4.5 billion to support faculty and researchers, practitioners and patients, and students and programs across the University. Launched in October 2014, the campaign supports priorities in every division, school, department and institute, and aims to engage 125,000 alumni and friends over its five-year duration. Within the University-wide Inquiry and Impact Campaign, the College aims to raise $600M to support the educational goals of its undergraduates, including support for financial aid, teaching and research, career development, housing, athletics, and international study. Reporting jointly to the Dean of the College, John W. Boyer and to the Vice President of Alumni Relations and Development, College Development advances philanthropic partnerships with key alumni, parents and friends of the College to support these goals. Please note: This role is located in Harper Court at 5235 S Harper Court - the corner of 53rd Street and Lake Park. For more information:

Unit Job Summary: Assistant Director, Leadership Annual Giving & Reunions: Manage a portfolio of approximately 200 prospects capable of making gifts of $25K and above, primarily $25K-$100K gifts. Complete 100+ face-to-face visits annually with a focus on qualifying prospects and soliciting leadership annual gifts of $25K-$100K. Recruit and staff reunion-based volunteers and donors. Contribute to pipeline development by qualifying suspects in order to identify new major gift prospects and by soliciting prospects for upgraded gifts. Support major gift officers by connecting them with volunteers. Discover and develop opportunities that leverage class engagement such as class challenges and unique stewardship opportunities. Meet goals and benchmarks for College's leadership annual giving program. Provide manager and leadership with progress updates on determined schedule and ad hoc as requested. Use a class-based approach to drive reunion giving and secure leadership annual gifts from College alumni, parents and friends. Co-direct the College's reunion program. Collaborate with Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving Team as well as the Major Gift Team within College Development. Collaborate with staff throughout Alumni Relations and Development to increase leadership annual gift activity on behalf of the College. Maintain expert-level knowledge of the College giving priorities and annual funds. Develop short and long-term plans for soliciting and stewarding leadership annual giving donors. Travel as necessary to visit prospects - both individually and in tandem with College leadership and volunteers. Deliver timely and effective follow-up in various forms to prospects and donors, including customized fundraising proposals. Generate timely contact reports in prospect database following prospect or donor visits. Participate in meetings and events as needed. Perform other duties as assigned. Seek opportunities for professional development that will enhance job performance, including building networks within the University and with colleagues at peer institutions.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree or higher required.

Unit Experience: A minimum of two years of professional work experience in nonprofit management, development, alumni relations, marketing, public relations, sales or similar professional work experience required. Prior fundraising experience preferred.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Current authorization to work permanently in the United States required. A current resident of the Chicago area or willing to relocate to the Chicago area required. Valid United States driver's license required. Ability to participate personally in high-level gift strategies and solicitations required. Ability to facilitate planning and organize meetings required. Ability to negotiate with articulate alumni required. Strong verbal and writing skills, high attention to detail and follow-up, and excellent organizational skills required. Ability to manage confidential information with discretion and tact required. 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 required. Strong leadership qualities, including the ability both to delegate and to execute, thereby leading by word and by example required. Ability to work collegially and collaboratively in a team setting required. An exceptional work ethic and track record of personal initiative required. Outstanding interpersonal and communications skills characterized by the ability to listen, to speak and to write well required. Flexibility and adaptability to new programs in an emerging and changing environment required. Willingness and ability to work evenings and weekends required. Willingness and ability to travel to campus and/or non-campus locations for University business required. Understanding of the University of Chicago, its history, organization and modus operandi preferred. Knowledge of the higher education arena preferred. Dress code is business or business casual attire.

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