Director, Development - Humanities

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Hyde Park Campus

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, is raising $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 Humanities Division aims to raise $140M to support the educational goals of its faculty and students, including support for graduate student aid, teaching and research, fellowships, languages, the arts, and career development. Reporting jointly to the Dean of the Humanities, Anne Robertson, and to the Associate Vice President of Alumni Relations and Development, Humanities Development advances philanthropic partnerships with key alumni, friends, and constituents to support these goals. For more information on the Humanities Division:

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Job Summary:

Reporting to the AVP, the Director implements comprehensive strategies to identify cultivate and solicit the highest capacity individuals. Builds engagement of these individuals with the Humanities and refines gift opportunities based on Humanities priorities. Determines appropriate recognition and stewardship plans for significant donors.


  • Shape and grow the Division's leadership annual giving, major gifts and principal gifts programs according to best practices in collaboration with the Dean of the Division and the AVP.
  • Coordinate all activity related to seeking philanthropic support for the Division of the Humanities, working closely with gift officers University-wide to monitor and facilitate growth of the Division's prospect pool.
  • Develop and manage a personal pipeline of $100K+ solicitations while closing $1M+ gifts to the Humanities Division. Manage a select portfolio of 50-120 high-level prospects. Plan and execute a target of 24+ solicitations per year.
  • Manage a major gifts officer focused on prospects with the capacity and inclination for gifts of $100K+, as well as an assistant director managing stewardship and internal processes.
  • Travel with and regularly staff the Dean of the Division in her work with high-capacity individual prospects. Develop support for a range of key priority areas, which may include graduate student aid and research support.
  • Hire, manage, evaluate and develop staff as needed and as assigned. Actively encourage staff members' professional growth and participation in the life of the University.
  • Monitor and manage an annual budget. Address budget variances as they occur.
  • Perform 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.

  • Communicate Effectively & With Influence
  • Display Emotional Intelligence
  • Demonstrate University Stewardship & Serve as a Brand Ambassador
  • Foster Partnership & Collaboration
  • Build high performance team
  • Strong verbal and writing skills, high attention to detail and follow-up, and excellent organizational skills required.

Additional Requirements

Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree or higher required

  • A minimum of five years of professional work experience in nonprofit management, development, alumni relations, marketing, public relations, sales or similar professional work experience required.
  • A minimum of three years of soliciting and closing major gifts experience required.
  • A minimum of three years of leading a project team or managing staff required.
  • Demonstrated record of organizing successful fundraising, marketing or membership programs required.
  • Demonstrated success of meeting or exceeding goals required.
  • Expertise managing a complex prospect and donor pipeline required.
  • Experience working with volunteers required.
  • A minimum of one year of experience developing and monitoring budgets preferred.

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • 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.
  • Willingness and ability to travel to campus and/or non-campus locations for University business.

Required Documents:
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

(NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.)

Benefit Eligibility

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Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

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The University of Chicago is an urban research university that has driven new ways of thinking since 1890. Our commitment to free and open inquiry draws inspired scholars to our global campuses, where ideas are born that challenge and change the world.

We empower individuals to challenge conventional thinking in pursuit of original ideas. Students in the College develop critical, analytic, and writing skills in our rigorous, interdisciplinary core curriculum. Through graduate programs, students test their ideas with UChicago scholars, and become the next generation of leaders in academia, industry, nonprofits, and government.

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Job No:
Posted: 2/22/2018
Application Due: 4/20/2018
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