Asst Athletic Dir, Dev & Assoc Dir, Major Gifts

May 25, 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. 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. NOTE: -- Position has two locations: Ratner Athletics Center at 5530 S Ellis Ave and Harper Court at 5235 S Harper Court - the corner of 53rd Street and Lake Park. -- Position will split time between two locations based on a set schedule in consultation with managers. -- Travel to markets where a high concentration of athletic prospects exists is required. Assistant Athletic Director, Development & Associate Director, Major Gifts, Athletics: Lead efforts in athletic fundraising goals, strategies and priorities in collaboration with colleagues in Athletics, Alumni Relations & Development (ARD) and the College. As a major gifts officer on the College Development team, support the mission and vision of the University of Chicago's Athletic Department and bear responsibility for driving athletic development activities. Under the joint direction of the Director of Athletics and Senior Director of Development in the College, ensure the success of the athletics annual giving society, "Friends of Maroon Athletics" and soliciting major gifts for athletics. Direct athletic fundraising activities including: identifying, cultivating and soliciting College and other University alumni, parents and friends who have the capacity to make financial commitments between $25,000 and $100,000 with a primary focus on increasing both dollars and donors to the athletics program and an emphasis on engaging donors around team priorities and the athletic department's facility master plan. Serve as the primary development liaison for coaches and volunteer boards tied to athletics. Develop a major gifts program within the Department of Athletics. Build and manage a portfolio of approximately 120 athletic prospects by identifying, cultivating and soliciting alumni, parents and friends for gifts for athletics, with an emphasis on athletic facilities. Execute a target of 120 prospect visits per year. Collaborate with the Senior Director of Development to determine timely cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies for prospects in portfolio. Plan and execute strategies to engage donors in meaningful ways who have the capacity and long-range potential for making a major gift of $100,000+ to the athletics program both expendable and endowed. Drive the solicitation strategies for the "Friends of Maroon Athletics" annual giving society. Manage the "Baker Challenge" initiative.

Unit Job Summary: Assistant Athletic Director, Development & Associate Director, Major Gifts, Athletics - cont'd Arrange for prospects to meet with appropriate Department of Athletics leadership, coaches, College and University leadership, when needed as part of a cultivation strategy. Maintain strong communication links with various College and University colleagues to ensure a coordinated approach to strengthening the prospect or donor's relationship with athletics. Strengthen fundraising communication with coaches and athletics support staff. Deliver timely and effective follow-up in various forms to prospects and donors, which will include generating customized fundraising proposals specific to athletics. Generate timely contact reports in prospect database following prospect and donor visits. Serve as key partner for stewardship of major gift donors and planned giving donors who are supporting athletics working collaboratively with College partners to maintain a strong stewardship strategy. As an active and fully integrated member of both the Department of Athletics and the College Development Team, serve as a content expert on the College and Athletics. Provide content for the Athletics Department website, publications, brochures and related collateral materials necessary to support athletics fundraising activities. Assist in the coordination of major gifts donor activities at select athletic events and represent the Athletic Department at University and community events tied to development activities when needed. Achieve personal fundraising and activity goals monthly, quarterly and annually. Provide scheduled and ad hoc updates to managers on fundraising progress and strategies with key prospects. Performing 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 in the athletics arena.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree or higher required.

Unit Experience: A minimum of three years of professional work experience in nonprofit management, development, alumni relations, marketing, public relations, sales or similar professional work experience required. A minimum of one year of leading a project team or managing staff preferred. A minimum of one year of experience developing and monitoring budgets preferred. Athletic fundraising experience, knowledge of the higher education arena and a strong affinity for intercollegiate athletics preferred.

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 work autonomously and thrive in a proactive fundraising environment required. Ability to translate research into language accessible for the public. Ability to participate personally in 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), 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 of business or business casual attire required. Understanding of the University of Chicago, its history, organization and modus operandi preferred.

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