Laboratory Schools: Executive Director, Alumni Relations & Development
Hyde Park Campus
11438 Lab Schools Alum Rel & Develop
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The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools provide one of the world's most outstanding pre-collegiate educational experiences. Because Lab is part of the University of Chicago, the importance of intellectual life—of thought and exploration—infuses all aspects of our curriculum, and students in every grade benefit from outstanding UChicago academicians and access to unmatched resources. John Dewey—one of the great minds in education—established the Schools in 1896 as a place to explore and implement his theories on childhood education. Today's students still benefit from his vision, and today's Lab faculty are recognized as experienced leaders in their field. Families who choose Lab care deeply about curiosity, inquiry, and creativity. Approximately 60 percent of Lab families are affiliated with the University, half live in Hyde Park, and the rest come from across Chicago, the suburbs, and northern Indiana. Lab's student body reflects the diversity that is deeply valued by the Schools and its community; approximately half of our 2,000 students are people of color and families report speaking nearly 40 different languages in their homes. The Laboratory Schools seek the finest employees—people who wish to inspire a love of learning in our students and join a vibrant learning community. We employ people with a wide range of skills and training, in many different disciplines. At Lab, we value learning experientially, exhibiting kindness, and honoring diversity. We seek employees who share a similar commitment to these values. Lab people are engaged and excited by our mission of igniting and nurturing an enduring spirit of scholarship, curiosity, creativity, and confidence in the youngest members of the University of Chicago's academic community. The Laboratory Schools is a great place to work and our connection to the University provides our faculty and staff with opportunities that would be nearly impossible to match in any other environment. AA/EOE Statement: The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination. Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-834-1841 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org with their request.
Reporting directly to the Director of the Laboratory Schools, the Director of Alumni Relations & Development is a member of the school's Senior Leadership team who serves as the chief development officer for the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools.
- Overseeing a staff of seven, the Director is responsible for designing and executing a comprehensive fundraising plan that encompasses annual and capital campaign components.
- The office also manages alumni relations and supports special community events involving parents, other donors, students, alumni, and representatives of the University of Chicago.
- The Director bears significant responsibility for the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of a portfolio of individual major gifts prospects and provides leadership and direct supervision to the Alumni Relations and Development Office team.
Plan, develop and execute a comprehensive fundraising strategy to maximize philanthropic support from alumni, parents, staff, and others.
- Identify, research, cultivate, and solicit prospects. Execute strategy and manage portfolio of prospects who have the capacity to make six and seven figure gifts.
- Establish and manage programs that bring groups of University of Chicago Laboratory Schools alumni together on the basis of shared interest, vocation, profession, or generation. Develop effective strategies for interacting with and supporting alumni.
- Develop an annual fund plan and monitor progress and performance while contributing to strategic planning efforts
- Communicate a broad understanding and awareness of Lab's mission and programs.
- Advise the Director, board members, and the alumni relations and development team on strategies to increase financial support and to identify funding opportunities.
- Lead quarterly meetings of the board's Alumni & Family Relations and Development Committee in conjunction with board member committee chair.Conduct orientations for new board members, and presentations for the board.
- Establish and track quantitative measures for programs and areas in annual fund, major gifts, and endowment support.
- Steward ongoing philanthropic commitments including relationships with donors, tracking down reporting on uses of funds and gift recognition.
- Work in accord with the University of Chicago's Alumni Relations and Development office to set and monitor fundraising goals for Lab, develop proposals, and cultivate and solicit prospects.
- Support the University of Chicago's $5 billion Inquiry and Impact Campaign. Design and execute events for promotion, cultivation, and recognition as needed.
- Prepare and monitor the Alumni Relations and Development operating budget. Manage expenses against approved budgets and take necessary actions to ensure a balanced budget.
- Supervise, set direction, and support the goals for each member of the Alumni Relations and Development team. Ensure that each individual clearly understands his/her responsibilities and objectives. Provide regular performance feedback, including annual performance appraisals, for the purpose of supporting the professional growth and talents of each team member. Create a culture and environment that encourages inclusiveness and teamwork.
- Provide comprehensive and effective support to the director of the schools. Serve as a member of the Senior Leadership team and participate in Lab and/or University wide committees, teams, and initiatives as assigned to successfully achieve goals.
- Oversee events that promote the connection of individuals and families to Lab including annual benefits
- Oversee parent volunteers to the annual fund and other fundraising initiatives
- Work in close coordination with the University of Chicago's Alumni Relations and Development office and support Lab staff in working effectively with that office.
- Seek out other resources at the University of Chicago and leverage them to strategically benefit the Laboratory Schools.
- Perform other duties as assigned. Seek opportunities for professional development that will enhance job performance.
- Ability to participate personally in high-level gift strategies and solicitations required.
- Ability to simultaneously plan, organize, and manage a wide range of complex activities required.
- Ability to work under intense pressure and respond positively to deadlines and requests imposed by others required.
- Strong leadership qualities, including the ability both to delegate and to execute, thereby leading by word and by example required.
- Ability to resolve conflict and build consensus required.
- Ability to work collegially and collaboratively required.
- Ability to conduct sound business practices required.
- Outstanding interpersonal and communications skills characterized by the ability to listen, to speak, and to write well with a strong commitment to customer service required.
- Excellent diplomatic skills required.
- Ability to make excellent first impressions and develop sound, enduring relationships with a broad range of people, including high-level corporate and civic executives required.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality required.
- Ability to attend weekend and evening events required.
- Ability and willingness to travel required.
- Excellent organizational skills, and a high degree of flexibility and initiative required.
- An exceptional work ethic and track record of personal initiative and integrity preferred.
- Familiarity with The University of Chicago, particularly the Laboratory Schools preferred.
- Bachelor's degree or higher required.
- Advanced graduate or professional degree in business, marketing, management, or higher education administration preferred.
- A minimum of eight years of increasingly responsible and successful experience in development, including alumni relations, soliciting and closing major gifts required.
- A minimum of five years of experience in a university setting or a similarly complex institution required.
- A minimum of three years of experience in alumni relations and related events required.
- A minimum of two years of staff management experience, particularly with successful leadership, supervision, and professional development of staff required.
- Experience planning and managing programs required
- Experience in fundraising in K-12 educational setting preferred
- Experience managing volunteers preferred
- Supervisory experience strongly preferred
- Experience developing and monitoring budgets preferred.
Technical Knowledge and Skills:
- Familiarity with personal computers and database applications 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 the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, including Griffin (the Alumni Development Database System), a Microsoft Windows computer environment, Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel are preferred.
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
- Ability to sit for up to 2 hours
- Ability to use computers extensively for 4 hours or more
- Ability to climb stairs up to 2 stories
- Ability to stand for up to 2 hours
- Ability to use standard office equipment
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities associated with it.
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