Sr. Associate Director of Leadership Annual Giving

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5235 S. Harper Court

32370 Law School

About the Unit
The University of Chicago Law School occupies a unique niche among this country's premier law schools. Located on a residential campus in one of America's great cities, Chicago offers a rigorous and interdisciplinary professional education that blends the study of law with the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences. Students, faculty, and staff form a small, tightly knit community devoted to the life of the mind. The Law School opened its doors in 1902, twelve years after the founding of the University of Chicago. It has been an innovator in legal education ever since.

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The Senior Associate Director of Leadership Annual Giving directs and manages the frontline Annual Giving team at the University of Chicago Law School, working to develop and manage strategies for a coordinated and comprehensive program of annual giving fundraising activities. The individual in this position will participate in the development of fundraising strategies to secure annual gifts and leadership annual gifts from individual donors (both for their own prospect pool as well as the prospects managed by Annual Giving team) and will also manage the overall prospect pool for the Annual Giving team. Responsibilities include oversight of the Reunion Giving program as well as other annual giving initiatives including the Law Firm Challenge. Occasional travel and work on weekends is required. This position reports to the Senior Director of Development for the Law School.


  • Manage the Law School's reunion giving program, including management and development of two professional staff members.
  • Work with the Director of Annual Giving and the Sr. Director of Development to strategically plan and implement a program of activities to identify, solicit, and retain institution-wide donors. Also work with this team to develop and meet annual giving goals.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Major Gifts and Major Gifts team on strategies to cultivate prospect development and build the major gifts pipeline.
  • Personally manage a portfolio of donors with the capacity to make individual leadership annual gifts and/or major gifts in the greater Chicago area and other regions.
  • Manage the Law Firm Challenge program, a peer-to-peer fundraising program that encourages consistent annual giving by alumni at over sixty law firms.
  • Responsible for developing and overseeing strategy for this program and ensuring its success.

  • The ability to interact with high-level donors; a general level of comfort when dealing with high net worth individuals, and an ability to maintain discretion and high levels of confidentiality when dealing with significant benefactors.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including strong writing and presentation skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues in a team environment, but also to manage a team successfully without continuous oversight.
  • A high level of competence with personal computers and software programs—especially Microsoft Office—for retrieving, organizing and researching appropriate donor/prospect information, as well as data gathering and manipulation.
  • 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 Law School through the University Office of Alumni Relations and Development, including Griffin (the University's Donor Relationship Management System).
  • An ability and willingness to quickly learn the Law School and the University's history, mission, demographics, faculty, current programs, departments, etc., as well as the University culture to be able to persuasively articulate how the University of Chicago and the Law School distinguishes itself from peer institution

Additional Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree required.

  • A minimum of four years of professional work experience in nonprofit management, development, alumni relations, marketing, public relations or similar work experience required.
  • A minimum of two years annual giving program management required.
  • Proven record of accomplishment in solicitations and cultivation of prospective donors required;
  • A minimum of one year of experience of major gift work preferred.
  • Previous supervisory experience strongly preferred.

Required Documents
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • References

Please note: When completing the application, all required documents must be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.

Benefit Eligibility

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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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Posted: 4/5/2018
Application Due: 5/7/2018
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