Associate Director, Parent and Family Philanthropy

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5235 S. Harper Court

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. The Parent and Family Philanthropy team works with parents of current undergraduates, encouraging them to actively engage with and support the College, thus helping to help fulfill the Dean of the College's vision and priorities. In addition to parents, the team works with key campus partners, including Admissions, Career Advancement, and the Dean of Students.

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Job Summary:

  • The Associate Director, Parent and Family Philanthropy, reports to the Senior Director for Parent and Family Philanthropy. The Associate Director serves as the liaison for all parent councils, various internal constituencies (both within and beyond ARD), and solicits a portfolio of prospects for both annual and major gift support.

  • Serve as the primary liaison for all parent councils and cabinets, including the Dean's Parent and Family Council (DPFC), a group of the highest level parent volunteers and donors who support the mission of the Dean of the College; the Asia Parents Cabinet, which mirrors the DPFC and serves as its counterpart in Asia; and the Parent Ambassadors Circle, the leadership annual giving group for parents.
  • Maintain all giving statistics on these programs.
  • Oversee all communications and marketing materials used for these philanthropic groups.
  • Oversee programming for all parent events, both in Chicago and throughout the world.
  • Partner with Strategic Events and Communications on all events-related issues.
  • Provide leadership support to the Dean of the College and other administrative partners involved in parent events.
  • Serve as the main liaison for the Dean of Students Office for all ARD staff.
  • Work closely with the Leadership Support team to ensure the Dean of the College is cultivating the best parent prospects.
  • Participate in strategy meetings with Prospect Research, and continue to help evolve how best to rate and screen incoming parent prospects.
  • Identify new prospective donors through monitoring incoming gifts and recommending assignments for those who are unassigned.
  • Manage portfolio of donors in major US markets, with a focus on New York and Boston, at the $50K-499K level.
  • Maintain sole management of the Parent Program relationship with Direct Response.
  • Create and oversee all Giving Day endeavors and synthesize and report on results.
  • 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
  • Foster Partnership & Collaboration
  • Lead Performance & Flawless Execution
  • Exhibit Resilience & Optimize Resources

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience and Certifications:

  • Bachelor's degree or higher required.

  • A minimum of three years of professional experience in nonprofit management, alumni relations, volunteer management, or development required.
  • A minimum of one year of leading a project team or managing staff 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), 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

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Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

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Job No:
Posted: 6/14/2018
Application Due: 6/26/2018
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