Senior Assoc VP, Development

May 11, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
Vice Presidents
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: The University of Chicago Campaign: Inquiry and Impact launched in 2014 with a fundraising goal of $4.5 billion. In March 2017, that goal was expanded to $5 billion. The campaign is the most ambitious and comprehensive in the University's history. Campaign priorities cover every division, school, department, and institute across the University. Along with its fundraising goal, the campaign has an equally ambitious goal of engaging 125,000 alumni through intellectual, professional, and social activities on campus, around the world, and online. To date, $3.6 billion has been raised and more than 106,000 alumni have connected with the University through volunteering, giving, attending events, and online interactions. UChicago's Office of Alumni Relations and Development (ARD) is led by Ken Manotti, who was named Vice President in April 2012. With more than 25 years of experience in higher education advancement, Manotti previously served at the American University in Cairo (AUC), Columbia University, and the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business, where he directed the $550-million Wharton campaign. 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: Senior Associate VP, Development: Develop, lead, and execute programs designed to ensure the success of the University's overall fundraising efforts, including the current capital campaign. Work collaboratively with senior leaders University-wide and with the campaign council to design strategies for maximizing philanthropic support for priorities. Provide leadership around annual and campaign goals, and ensure that goals are achieved. Provide strategic direction to AVPs leading divisions, units, cross-unit initiatives, and organizational giving. Collaborate with appropriate officers, deans, directors, faculty, and staff to lead and develop the fundraising plans for these areas and programs, as well as for new or emerging initiatives and priorities. Serve as an adviser to officers, deans, and directors in fundraising activities, and monitor and provide updates on progress toward goals. Work closely with the Senior Associate Vice President for Principal & Major Gifts to devise and implement plans to increase fundraising activity and strategic focus on divisional, unit, multi-unit, and campaign priorities. Optimize coordination of activity among fundraisers throughout ARD. Provide leadership for and support collaborative and transparent prospect work across teams. Collaborate closely with Strategic Information and frontline managers across the University to drive prospect identification, assignment, qualification, solicitation, and stewardship activity to ensure success in achieving fundraising objectives. Build a culture of shared ownership of, and collaboration in meeting overall fundraising goals among fundraisers throughout the University. Actively build and sustain required relationships with donors capable of providing ongoing significant support. Use University leaders and resources to connect donors to the University to deepen their interest and involvement. As a senior member of ARD, model behavior, mentor staff and develop leaders, and participate in strategic planning and policy decision as appropriate. Actively encourage staff members' professional growth, development and participation in the life of the University. Manage staff and budget to execute responsibilities in an efficient, timely, and cost-effective manner. 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. Advanced degree preferred.

Unit Experience: A minimum of ten years of professional work experience in nonprofit management, development, alumni relations, marketing, public relations, sales or similar professional work required. A minimum of five years of management experience, including staff required. A minimum of three years of experience in managing senior leadership, trustees, and board members required. A minimum of three years of experience developing and monitoring budgets required.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Applicants must be currently authorized to work permanently in the United States. 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. Commitment to providing a high level of service 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), a 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. Must be flexible and adaptable to new programs in an emerging and changing environment required. Willingness and ability to travel to campus and/or non-campus locations for University business required. Willingness and ability to work evenings and weekends required. Dress code is business or business casual attire. Understanding of the University of Chicago, its history, organization and modus operandi preferred.

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