Assistant Director, Reunion & Class Giving

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401 N. Michigan Avenue

30345 Booth Advancement

About the Unit
The University of Chicago Booth School of Business is the second-oldest school in the U.S. and second to none when it comes to influencing business education and business practices. Since 1898, the school has produced ideas and leaders that shape the world of business. Their rigorous, discipline-based approach to business education transforms students into confident, effective, respected business leaders prepared to face the toughest challenges. Chicago Booth has the finest set of facilities of any business school in the world. Each of the four campuses (two in Chicago, one in London, and one in Hong Kong) reflects the architectural traditions of its environs while offering a state-of-the-art learning environment. Chicago Booth is proud to claim: -an unmatched faculty. -degree and open enrollment programs offered on three continents. -a global body of nearly 50,000 accomplished alumni. - strong and growing corporate relationships that provide a wealth of lifelong career opportunities. As part of the world-renowned University of Chicago, Chicago Booth shares the University's core values that shape the distinctive intellectual culture. At Booth, they constantly question and test ideas, and seek proof. This extraordinarily effective approach to business leads to new ideas and innovative solutions. Seven of the Booth faculty members have won Nobel Prizes for these ideas - the first business school to achieve this accomplishment. For more information about the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, please visit:

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Job Summary:

The Assistant Director, Annual & Reunion Giving, at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business understands the principles of fundraising and the mission of the office. This position will focus on leadership level ($2,500 - $100,000) annual fund prospects and will also be expected to manage volunteer fundraising efforts with MBA alumni, donors, and other constituencies.


Field fundraising

  • Plan and implement strategies for a coordinated program of fundraising activities for Booth Annual Fund leadership gift prospects. Identify, cultivate and solicit prospective donors who have the capacity to make financial commitments of $2,500 to $100,000 or more.
  • Qualify new prospects. Determine creative cultivation and solicitation strategies.
  • Arrange for prospects to meet with appropriate University staff and faculty.
  • Plan and execute cultivation events in conjunction with event planning staff. Maintain strong communication links with various University colleagues to ensure a coordinated approach to prospects and donors.
  • Assist in preparation and management of expenses.
  • Monitor expenditures to ensure compliance with University policy and provide timely reporting.
  • Draft compelling letters and proposals.
  • Provide contact reports.
  • Deliver timely and effective follow-up to prospects and donors.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues to maintain a strong stewardship strategy for a portfolio of donors.
  • Assist with events and attend evening and weekend functions as necessary.
  • Plan and execute a target total of 50+ visits per year and a commensurate number of annual fund solicitations.

Volunteer fundraising
  • Identify, recruit, train, and manage fundraising volunteers; act as liaison for volunteer committees.
  • Work with fundraising chairs to produce solicitation appeals and solicitation strategies for peer prospects.
  • Ensure that monthly giving reports are prepared for volunteers and support volunteer efforts toward meeting fundraising goals.
  • Maintain consistent and clear communication with fundraising chairs and volunteers.
  • Steward individual fundraising volunteers. Coordinate and collaborate with Alumni Relations on volunteer communications, events, and programming as needed.
  • Seek opportunities for professional development that will enhance job performance.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience, and Certifications:

  • Bachelor's degree or higher required

  • A minimum of two years of professional work experience in nonprofit management, development, alumni relations, marketing, sales, public relations or similar work experience required.
  • Knowledge of managing gift prospects and fundraising volunteers preferred.
  • Experience in soliciting and closing gifts of $2,500 or more preferred.

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • Strong verbal and writing skills, high attention to detail and follow-up, and excellent organizational skills required.
  • Strong commitment to customer service required.
  • Ability to manage confidential information with discretion and tact required.
  • Demonstrated skill and knowledge of, or ability to learn quickly, the internal workings of the University as well as the technology tools available to Alumni Affairs and Advancement, including Griffin (the University's Donor Relationship Management System), a Microsoft Windows computer environment, Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access required.
  • Strong leadership qualities, including the ability both to delegate and to execute, thereby leading by word and by example required; ability to work collegially and collaboratively in a team setting required.
  • An exceptional work ethic and track record of personal initiative required; outstanding interpersonal and communications skills characterized by the ability to listen, to speak, and to write well required.
  • Must be flexible and adaptable to new programs in an emerging and changing environment required.
  • Willingness and ability to travel to campus and/or non-campus locations for University business required.
  • Understanding of the University of Chicago, its history, organization and modus operandi
  • preferred.
  • Willingness and ability to work evenings and weekends required.

Required Documents:
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

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

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

Scheduled Weekly Hours


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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: 5/1/2018
Application Due: 6/29/2018
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