Assistant Director, Student Advancement

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5235 S. Harper Court

60630 Development-VP For

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. The Reunions and Affinities team focuses on the long-standing success of our milestone reunion giving and affinity programs by providing a robust engagement experience for the entire College alumni population as well as alumni from across the institution interested in affinity engagement opportunities. The primary focus of the Reunions and Affinities team will be participation in annual giving for milestone reunions, attendance at Alumni Weekend, and events and programming for affinity groups.

Job Information

Job Summary:

  • Manage student philanthropic initiatives through student-led programming, communications, marketing, event planning, and campus partnerships.

  • Assist with the implementation of innovative young alumni focused events and the creation of a plan for student to young alumni transition. Train students in peer-to-peer fundraising.
  • Manage and advise two student committees, the Student Alumni Committee (SAC), an events-based student group dedicated to increasing student and alumni engagement and the Senior Class Gift (SCG) committee.
  • In partnership with events staff, plan and execute 5+ large-scale (300+ guests) events annually and other events as proposed. Write and manage student communications, including letters authored by alumni, student-focused emails, and mail solicitations. Manage student committee budgets and documents.
  • Develop and maintain key relationships with campus and student life staff to help embed culture of philanthropy into student experience from first day of orientation through graduation. Collaborate with College Programming Office for large scale events. Create and execute new philanthropy education initiatives with campus partners.
  • Perform other duties as assigned in support of alumni relations programs. Seek opportunities for professional development that will enhance job performance, including building networks within the University and with colleagues at peer institutions.

  • Comfortable working with different populations including students, ARD staff, student affairs staff, deans, and high-level donors required.
  • Communicate Effectively & With Influence
  • Exhibit Resilience & Optimize Resources
  • Display Emotional Intelligence
  • Demonstrate University Stewardship & Serve as a Brand Ambassador
  • Foster Partnership & Collaboration

Additional Requirements

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree or higher required.

  • A minimum of two years of professional work experience in nonprofit management, development, alumni relations, marketing, public relations, sales or similar professional work experience required.

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • Strong verbal and writing skills, high attention to detail and follow-up, and excellent organizational skills required.
  • Experience with Google Drive/Docs/Sheets, Google Analytics, and social media platforms, Adobe Photoshop, web editing, Blackbaud, and Slack preferred.
  • 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.

Working Conditions:
  • Willingness and ability to work evenings and weekends required.

Required Documents:
  • Resume
  • 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: 4/18/2018
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