Associate Director, Donor Relations

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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:

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The Associate Director of Donor Relations works closely with the Director of Donor Relations to design, implement and manage strategic programs and processes that support and strengthen donor relationships with the Biological Sciences Division and UChicago Medicine. These programs will efficiently and effectively communicate the impact made by donors at all levels of giving, with special emphasis placed on Major and Principal gift donors.


  • Works directly with MBSD fundraisers and ARD staff, as well as UCMC faculty and staff to produce endowment, scholarship, loan fund, and other impact reports. Leads the gift acknowledgement process for UCMC Trustees, a multi-faceted program involving the entire MBSD staff, and partners within ARD and Gift Processing.
  • Performs reporting responsibilities, and routinely records, analyzes, and maintains information related to University-wide stewardship programs and activities, including tracking information on donors who have established endowments, and faculty and students who benefit from endowed funds in the professional schools.
  • Serves as a project manager at an advanced level for a variety of ongoing as well as newly conceived donor communication activities, like writing donor stories for publications and websites, and contributing to the development of videos.
  • Works in partnership with colleagues within the MBSD Communications team, UCM Marketing and Communications, and University web services to produce and/or contribute to multi-media communications for various development audiences.
  • Drafts and manages all acknowledgements for Trustees and assists in content and template development for other acknowledgements.

  • Excellent project management skills
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work independently

Additional Requirements

  • A Bachelor's Degree or higher is required
  • A Liberal Arts, Public Relations, Marketing, Communications, or Business degree is preferred.

  • A minimum of three years professional experience in development or a related field is required
  • Experience working in a large hierarchical organization is preferred
  • An interest and knowledge base in health care economics, medical research, and health care policy is preferred

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Benefit Eligibility

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