Director, Foundation and Corporate Relations

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130 E. Randolph

20103 BSD-Dev Pr/Alum

About the Unit
Join the University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences Development (MBSD) team during a time of exciting momentum under the leadership of seasoned, dedicated, and talented professionals. This is a unique career opportunity to work with a dynamic organization driving the visionary and fundraising themes for the University of Chicago Campaign: Inquiry and Impact. Of the $5B Campaign, $1.2B will support medicine and biological sciences in research, patient care, and education and training programs, including several transformational initiatives. MBSD's mission is to inspire and facilitate philanthropy at the University of Chicago Medicine by building relationships with those who share its goals of advancing excellence in research, education, community, and patient care. We accomplish this mission through expertise, integrity, creativity, and collaboration. Be part of a team of colleagues whose commitment and contributions enable success and global impact in a bold Campaign.

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Job Summary:
*Please read carefully. Applicants who do not submit all the required documents will not be considered further for this position.

Directs and manages departmental employees who perform specified foundation and/ or corporate fundraising functions. Plans, organizes, implements, and manages a University-wide development program focused on foundations and/ or corporations. Identifies, cultivates, solicits, and stewards foundation/ corporation prospects with the capacity for special, high-level support for the University's priority programs and projects. Serves as lead strategist and comprehensive relationship manager for a portfolio of key foundations/ corporations. Understands and positions University needs, priorities, and aspirations within the context of interests of foundations and corporations and the marketplace for large- scale support. Collaborates with trustees, lead administrators, deans, faculty, and staff across the university to define strategic initiatives and pursue support of major corporate and foundation gifts.



  • The Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations leads the Foundation and Corporate Relations Team to raise up to $10M annually to advance the fundraising priorities of UChicago Medicine.
  • Reporting to the team's Managing Director, s/he will design and implement foundation fundraising initiatives including identification, qualification, cultivation, and solicitation strategies for foundations with the capacity to make grants in the $100K to $1M+ range.
  • Personally responsible for raising $2M to $7M annually, and manages a portfolio of 50+ prospects, which are independent philanthropic foundations or corporate foundations.
  • Oversees and guides the growth of corporate fundraising initiatives including cause marketing partnerships, corporate sponsorships and giving, and general strategic corporate engagement.
  • Builds a culture of philanthropy that attracts large/national foundation and corporate donors.
  • Designs and leads a comprehensive foundation and corporate strategy for each campaign team/theme to maximize the revenue potential for UCM's strategic priorities.

Staff Management:
  • S/he leads and supervises up to 3 individuals.

  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, characterized by the ability to listen, to speak, and to write well with a strong commitment to customer service is required.
  • Excellent organizational skills, and a high degree of flexibility and initiative is required.
  • Demonstrated skill and knowledge of, or ability to learn quickly, the internal workings of the University.
  • Ability to produce quickly turned-around assignments

Additional Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree or higher is required.

  • Five years of progressively responsible fundraising experience, and success securing foundation and corporate gifts and grants is required.
  • One year of supervisory experience is required.
  • Experience with basic fundraising research techniques and resources is required.
  • Excellent negotiation and mediation skills is required.
  • Experience working in a large hierarchical organization; experience working in healthcare fundraising; experience in or education/training in a medical field; and an interest and knowledge base in health care economics, medical research, and health care policy is preferred

Required Documents:
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Writing Sample

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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About Us
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: 5/15/2018
Application Due: 7/3/2018
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