Associate Dean for Development

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Hyde Park Campus

36430 School Soc Svce Admin

About the Unit
School of Social Service Administration (SSA) Since its founding in 1908 as one of the first schools of social work, the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration has led the development of social work as an academic discipline. Consistent with the fundamental values of the University of Chicago, SSA prepares professionals to handle society's most difficult problems by challenging existing paradigms, promoting a deeper understanding of the causes and human costs of social inequities, and building bridges between rigorous research and the practice of helping individuals, families, and communities to achieve a better quality of life. For more than a century, SSA has shaped the field of social work and social welfare, conducting the first empirical investigations of social welfare problems and solutions, establishing the first, and still leading, scholarly journal for the profession, offering the first university-based graduate professional degrees in social work, and establishing the world's first PhD program in social welfare (celebrating its centennial in 2020). In Chicago and around the world, SSA's alumni hold leadership positions in academia, at nonprofit organizations, and at governmental agencies. These leaders conduct research, provide direct service, lead social service organizations, and shape social policies. Today SSA remains recognized as one of the worlds' foremost schools of social work, ranking anywhere from first to third in reputational surveys.

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Job Summary:

Reporting to the Dean of SSA and as a member of SSA's senior leadership team, the Associate Dean for Development will oversee the strategy, planning, organization, and implementation of programs designed to support initiatives throughout SSA. As the leader of the Alumni Relations and Development team at SSA, the Associate Dean for Development will develop an overall giving structure that will support principal gifts, major gifts, the annual fund and corporate/foundation giving strategies with a particular focus on goals for SSA priorities within the University of Chicago Campaign: Inquiry and Impact. In addition, the Associate Dean for Development will work closely with University Alumni Relations and Development (ARD) colleagues to ensure timely communication and coordination with broader University fundraising efforts.


  • Solicit major and principal gifts as part of the University's campaign effort and to meet individual fundraising goals.
  • Provide overall strategic leadership for development, alumni relations and communications and manage a team of professionals.
  • Work closely with the Dean, members of the senior leadership team, and Central ARD to create strategies for engaging key relationships.
  • Conceptualize, prepare and present funding proposals and other materials necessary to solicit and close gifts.
  • Work with ARD colleagues university-wide to identify multi-interest prospects and donors and become a team manager for these prospects and donors. As a team manager, contribute to strategy and solicitation plans that incorporate SSA priorities. Assist gift officers University-wide to understand SSA priorities and opportunities.
  • Provide oversight and engagement strategies for SSA's leadership council.
  • Directly solicit and close gifts including those that require careful negotiations and the use of complex gift instruments.
  • Create annual fundraising plans and comprehensive, multi-year strategic advancement plans for the SSA, working collaboratively with program directors, SSA leaders, governing boards, ARD staff, trustees, philanthropists and other volunteers. Monitor progress against goals and report results to ARD leadership and trustees.
  • Meet regularly with faculty and program leaders to develop a sophisticated, up-to-date understanding of SSA research, programs and resource needs. Serve as a key spokesperson for SSA as needed.
  • Work closely with key SSA academic leaders and faculty to advise and involve them in fundraising strategies, develop campaign fundraising opportunities consistent with University and SSA priorities, and ensure fundraising dollar goals and deadlines are met. Provide briefings for and staff these leaders in their development activities. Monitor, analyze and report on overall results to internal and external constituencies.
  • Coordinate all fundraising plans and strategies with ARD to maximize mutually beneficial fundraising results and report on those results periodically.
  • Work closely and collaboratively with gift officers University-wide (principal gifts, regional major gifts, gift planning, annual fund, foundation and corporate relations) to monitor and facilitate growth of the SSA prospect pool, including multiple-interest prospects.
  • Hire, manage, evaluate, develop and terminate staff as needed and as assigned. Actively encourage staff members' professional growth and participation in the life of the University. Seek opportunities for professional development that will enhance job performance, including building networks within the University and with colleagues at peer institutions.
  • Monitor and manage an annual budget. Address budget variances as they occur. Oversee and approve budgets for events and activities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to express with clarity, passion and persuasion the mission and programs of the University of Chicago.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a member of a collaborative team.
  • Superior analytical, organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • A strong work ethic and drive to succeed.
  • Demonstrated success in building relationships with high capacity prospects and donors.
  • Ability to identify stakeholders and build strong collaborative relationships with them across departments and units of a large, multi-faceted University.
  • Passion for the education and research mission of a world-class university, particularly in improving the life prospects of disadvantaged individuals.
  • Proven track record of accomplishment in solicitations and cultivation of prospective donors, or sales and client development required.
  • Intelligence, sophistication and confidence necessary to work with high caliber researchers and scholars.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to best practices for higher education development.
  • An entrepreneurial spirit that embraces creativity and innovation.
  • A strategic thinker who understands both the large picture and the steps necessary to reach personal, departmental and University-wide goals.

Additional Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Advanced degree preferred.

Licenses and Certifications:
  • Valid United States driver's license required.

  • A minimum five years of professional work experience in fundraising, development, alumni relations, donor relations, nonprofit management, research, marketing, communications, sales or similar professional work experience required.
  • A minimum of three years of experience leading a project team or managing staff required. A minimum of two years of experience working closely and collaboratively with senior leadership, trustees and board members required.
  • A minimum of one year of experience developing and monitoring budgets required.

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • Familiarity with development database software.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
  • Ability to travel to campus and/or non-campus locations for University business required.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends required.
  • Office environment

Required Documents:
  • Resume, Cover Letter and References

Benefit Eligibility

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Depends on Qualification

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Job No:
Posted: 2/21/2018
Application Due: 3/29/2018
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