Director, Individual Giving

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130 E. Randolph

20103 BSD-Dev Pr/Alum

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.

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Job Summary:

*Please read carefully. Applicants who do not submit all the required documents will not be considered further for this position.

The Director of Individual Giving is a leader on a team that raises $5-15M from individuals and family foundations to advance the fundraising priorities established by the Leadership Team of Medicine & Biological Sciences Development (MBSD) and the Dean/CEO of The University of Chicago Medicine (UCM). S/he will partner with his/her team of 4-8 FTEs to reach this fundraising goal with not only best practices but also creativity and sound strategic tactics. S/he works with specific Divisions, Departments, and/or Programs. S/he collaborates with the Donor Relations team to individualize donor stewardship and in many cases, designs and implements stewardship him/herself. The Director of Individual Giving will be asked by MBSD leadership to staff Trustees, Trustee committees and/or working groups of faculty.

S/he works with the CEO/Dean, Trustees, and medical and administrative leaders of the Medical Center, as well as leading donors to UCM and University. S/he has his/her own portfolio of 75 to 125 prospective donors and donors and his/her team will be responsible for a total of 200 - 500 prospective donors and donors. She has a personal fundraising goal of $2 - 10M. S/he will manage a five-figure operating budget.



  • Responsible for the cultivation, solicitation, gift closure, and stewardship of prospective donors and donors in his/her own portfolio as well as managing the efforts of his/her direct reports to similarly advance relationships of the individuals, families, and foundations in their portfolios.
  • Design, manage and implement planned giving activities and be responsible for gifts of estates, trusts, and various other financial venues that reflect financial planning and deferred giving opportunities.
  • Qualifies individuals, rating their capability and likelihood to make a philanthropic gift to MBSD and wisely and judiciously uses the resources of the Research team to augment the identification and qualification of prospective donors.
  • Using a Moves Management process, conceives of, promotes, and coordinates the interaction of potential and current donors with faculty and other individuals who have the ability to deepen the prospective donor's engagement with the University.
  • Conceives of and implements solicitation strategies and participates in the vast majority of these solicitations.
  • Conceives of, develops, and writes fundraising proposals and in so doing will collaborates with the Individual Giving team and with the Development Marketing & Communications team.

Staff Management
  • Responsible for supervising a team up to four.

  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, characterized by the ability to listen, to speak, and to write well with a strong commitment to customer service is required.
  • Excellent organizational skills, and a high degree of flexibility and initiative is required.
  • Ability to travel and attend evening and weekend functions when necessary is required.
  • Demonstrated skill and knowledge of, or ability to learn quickly, the internal workings of the University.
  • Familiarity with The University of Chicago is preferred.

Additional Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree or higher is required.

  • A minimum of five years of experience in development or a related field such as public relations, sales, marketing, or non-profit management is required.
  • Experience planning and managing programs is required.

  • Experience soliciting and closing major gifts is preferred.
  • Planned giving experience is preferred
  • Experience managing volunteers is preferred.
  • Experience in a university setting or a similarly complex institution is preferred.
  • Supervisory experience is preferred.
  • Experience developing and monitoring budgets is preferred.

Working Conditions:
  • Ability to sit for 2 hours to 4 hours.

Required Documents:
  • Resume and Cover Letter

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

Scheduled Weekly Hours


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Job No:
Posted: 2/21/2018
Application Due: 4/22/2018
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