Assistant Director, Annual Giving

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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.

Job Information

Job Summary:

The Assistant Director of Annual Giving (Assistant Director) executes the Annual Giving program to raise unrestricted and renewable restricted contributions to the University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences (UCMBS) via gifts to the Forefront Fund (FFF), Friends of UCM, and Alumni Annual Funds (AAF). The FFF, launched in FY05, is the Annual Fund of the UCMBS and targets a non-alumni audience of volunteers, patients, and friends. The Forefront Fund direct response program raises unrestricted gifts for the Forefront Fund and renews gifts from donors of less than $25,000 across the medical center.


  • Responsible for the Annual Fund's solicitation of prospects and donors to UCM. Prospects and donors include: alumni, grateful patients, UCM Trustees, council members, volunteer referrals,(MBSD) prospects, and campaign donors.
  • Develops an annual solicitation plan and manages all aspects of the integrated program including: direct mail, online implementation, materials and message development; appeal creation; vendor selection; and appeal execution.
  • Analyzes and prepares performance reports for distribution to MBSD colleagues and Annual Fund volunteers.
  • Creates procedures to ensure timely, accurate, and thoughtful acknowledgement of all gifts to the Annual Funds as well as production and mailing of appropriate acknowledgement letters.
  • Utilizes the stewardship program and other available resources to keep prospects and donors involved and informed of ongoing projects, developments, and advancements at the UCM.
  • Identifies reports required to track and analyze Annual Funds' activity including appeal results; donor movement through giving levels; donor retention; and fundraising projections.
  • Contributes to the planning process for the Annual Funds team. Her/his responsibilities include: developing annual projections; an annual solicitation plan and associated budget; and monitoring cultivation, recognition, and stewardship activity against the annual plan.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills required
  • Ability to interact with high level donors, alumni, faculty, peers, and administrators required
  • Ability to motivate groups of people and individuals required
  • Ability to resolve conflict and build consensus required

Additional Requirements

Education and Experience:

  • A Bachelor's degree or higher is required.

  • A minimum of two years of full-time professional experience in annual giving, development or a related field is required.
  • Experience executing direct mail and marketing programs is preferred.
  • Experience managing digital marketing and website giving pages is preferred.

Required Documents:

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

Scheduled Weekly Hours


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Job No:
Posted: 7/12/2018
Application Due: 8/23/2018
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