Assistant VP, Alumni Relations and Development

May 19, 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 $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. 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 VP, Alumni Relations and Development: Work closely with the vice president for Alumni Relations and Development on the engagement, solicitation and stewardship of donors, prospective donors, and trustees assigned to the president. Manage a personal portfolio consisting of 20-30 presidential and trustee donors and prospects who are capable of making gifts at the $10M-$25M+ level. Work collaboratively with the president, deans, faculty, trustees and other high-level volunteers as well as ARD colleagues to connect these multi-interest donors to the University to deepen their interest and involvement. Serve as a lead strategist and work with other members of the Alumni Relations and Development team to secure support for University priorities, and actively build relationships through stewardship to encourage continued, increased gifts from key supporters over their lifetimes. Build and sustain required relationships with presidential prospect level donors and with trustees. Present proposals to donors, utilizing good judgment and sensitivity to match donor interests to University priorities, so that the probability of proposal funding is enhanced. Determine appropriate recognition and stewardship plans for presidential prospect level donors. Prepare and accompany (when appropriate) the president, deans, trustees, and other University leaders for meetings with donors. Achieve personal fundraising and activity goals monthly, quarterly and annually. As a senior member of the office and University fundraising leader, model behavior, mentor development staff and participate in strategic planning and policy decisions as appropriate. 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. Master's degree is preferred.

Unit Experience: A minimum ten years of professional work experience in nonprofit management, development, alumni relations, marketing, public relations, sales or similar professional work required. A minimum five years of leading a project team or managing 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 of developing and monitoring budgets 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. Demonstrated ability to think strategically, independently develop and evaluate options, and translate findings into operational objectives 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 travel to campus and/or non-campus locations for University business required. Willingness and ability to work evenings and weekends required. Dress code of business or business casual attire required. Understanding of the University of Chicago, its history, organization and modus operandi preferred.

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