Assistant Director, Development - College

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5235 S. Harper Court

60631 Alumni Relations & Development

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 College aims to raise $700 to support the educational goals of its undergraduates, including support for financial aid, teaching and research, career development, housing, athletics, and international study. Reporting jointly to the Dean of the College, John W. Boyer and to the Vice President of Alumni Relations and Development, College Development advances philanthropic partnerships with key alumni, parents and friends of the College to support these goals.

Job Information

Job Summary:

Reporting directly to the Deputy Director of Development for the College, the Assistant Director of Development serves as a key partner for members of the College Development team. S/he assists members of the major gift team with management of their portfolios and with developing strategies to advance prospects. S/he maintains strong communication links with various College and University colleagues to help to ensure the major gifts team succeeds in having a coordinated approach to their work both individually and collectively. A successful candidate for this role will be someone who is detail-oriented, entrepreneurial and enthusiastic, has a passion for working with people, loves being a part of a high-performing and strategic team, and is dedicated to advancing the College's mission.


  • Serve as the project manager for the major gifts officers on the College Development Team.
  • Provide support for the major gifts team on all aspects of donor visit preparation, follow up, and trip planning, which includes partnering with each gift officer to generate briefings, proposals, gift documentation, and gift recognition plans.
  • Work closely with the Deputy Director to design and prepare a staff-training plan to inform major gift officers across Alumni Relations and Development and on the College Development team about College fundraising priorities and programs. Plans may include speakers, toolkits, or distribution of printed materials for staff to use in major gift fundraising.
  • Oversee weekly tracking for key fundraising projects and fundraising priorities in the College that necessitate monthly deliverables and reporting out to trustees, the Dean, senior leadership, and College partners.
  • Function as the Griffin (the University's Donor Relationship Management database) "power user" for the major gifts team, including running monthly standard reports as well as highly specialized reports, updating prospect notes, and offering additional Griffin assistance when needed.
  • Monitor weekly the solicitation pipeline for the major gifts team and work with individual gift officers to determine ways his/her work can aid in the closing of gifts.
  • Participate in-person stewardship meetings with major gift donors and engage in other kinds of direct outreach to prospects when appropriate
  • 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
  • Exhibit Resilience & Optimize Resources
  • Display Emotional Intelligence
  • Demonstrate University Stewardship & Serve as a Brand Ambassador
  • Foster Partnership & Collaboration

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience or Certifications:

  • 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.
  • Experience with fundraising, contact management or other database software required.
  • Experience with project management in the development field and knowledge of the higher education arena 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), Microsoft Windows computer environment, Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
  • Willingness and ability to travel to campus and/or non-campus locations for University business.
  • Willingness and ability to work evenings and weekends.

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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Job No:
Posted: 5/9/2018
Application Due: 7/4/2018
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