Assistant Director, Special Gifts

Apr 28, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: Join the University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences Development (MBSD) team during a time of exciting momentum under the leadership of seasoned, dedicated, and talented professionals. This is a unique career opportunity to work with a dynamic organization driving the visionary and fundraising themes for the University of Chicago Campaign: Inquiry and Impact. Of the $5B Campaign, $1.2B will support medicine and biological sciences in research, patient care, and education and training programs, including several transformational initiatives. MBSD's mission is to inspire and facilitate philanthropy at the University of Chicago Medicine by building relationships with those who share its goals of advancing excellence in research, education, community, and patient care. We accomplish this mission through expertise, integrity, creativity, and collaboration. Be part of a team of colleagues whose commitment and contributions enable success and global impact in a bold Campaign.

Unit Job Summary: The Assistant Director raises $500,000 to $3 million annually for the University of Chicago Medicine (UCM). Manages a portfolio of 175 to 250 prospects. Conceives of and implements individualized cultivation and solicitation strategies for prospective donors and donors with the capacity to make gifts in the $25K to $3M range. In so doing, collaborates with UCM faculty and fellow Medicine and Biological Sciences Development (MBSD) colleagues. The Assistant Director will work across all campaign teams to maximize the revenue potential for UCM's strategic priorities. Frequently collaborates with fundraisers who have the primary responsibility for, knowledge about, and working relationships with chiefs, chairs and faculty in Departments of UCM. May have primary responsibility for building working relationships with faculty in some Departments and/or programs as well as volunteers, donors and prospective donors interested in supporting UCM-approved initiatives in those areas. A significant portion of the Assistant Director's efforts will be focused on raising funds for the Department of Pediatrics. Leverages the new pediatrics fundraising strategy --which includes annual giving, direct response, online fundraising, events, corporate philanthropy, grateful patients, and planned giving -- to engage individuals, organizations and volunteers in a robust and broad range of philanthropic opportunities. S/he works with the Managing Director, across the department, and with faculty members to identify and qualify prospects for support of Departments and/or programs across all campaign areas. S/he takes primary responsibility for building productive working relationships with some faculty. S/he visits with prospective donors to qualify their interest in and capacity to make a charitable gift to UCM. S/he builds and manages a portfolio of 175 to 250 donors and prospective donors who are capable of making gifts in the $25K - $3M range. Using a Moves Management process, s/he conceives of, promotes, and coordinates the interaction of current and potential donors, faculty and other individuals who have the ability to deepen their engagement with the University. S/he implements strategies to keep donors and prospective donors involved and informed of ongoing projects and programs. S/he helps assess and analyze donor interest and matches such interest with UCM's institutional priorities. S/he writes timely and strategic correspondence to advance relationships, including faculty acknowledgements. S/he assists with and implements solicitation strategies. S/he develops strategies for and writes fundraising proposals.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree or higher required.

Unit Experience: Minimum of one year of relevant work experience in development or a related field, such as public relations, sales, marketing, or volunteer work in a not-for-profit organization required. Experience in a university setting or a similarly complex institution preferred.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, characterized by the ability to listen, to speak, and to write well with a strong commitment to customer service required. Excellent organizational skills, and a high degree of flexibility and initiative required. Familiarity with personal computers and database applications required. Ability to travel and attend evening and weekend functions when necessary 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 Development and Alumni Relations, including the Alumni Development Database System Griffin, a Microsoft Windows computer environment, Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and Active Planner preferred. Familiarity with the resources available via the Internet preferred. An exceptional work ethic and track record of personal initiative preferred. Ability to work collegially and collaboratively with a team of highly motivated individuals preferred. Familiarity with The University of Chicago preferred.

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