Assistant Director, Major Gifts, NYC

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New York, NY

60630 Development-VP For

About the Unit
The University of Chicago Campaign: Inquiry and Impact launched in 2014 with a fundraising goal of $4.5 billion. In March 2017, that goal was expanded to $5 billion. The campaign is the most ambitious and comprehensive in the University's history. Campaign priorities cover every division, school, department, and institute across the University. Along with its fundraising goal, the campaign has an equally ambitious goal of engaging 125,000 alumni through intellectual, professional, and social activities on campus, around the world, and online. To date, $4.5 billion has been raised and more than 124,000 alumni have connected with the University through volunteering, giving, events, and online interactions. This position will be an integral part of the New York City based Regional Major Gifts team. This highly collaborative and talented group of generalist fundraisers provides crucial support to the College and across the divisions by providing frontline fundraising and local expertise.

Job Information

Job Summary:

Reporting to the Director of Development, NYC, the Assistant Director, Major Gifts, NYC, creates and implements comprehensive strategies to identify, cultivate, and solicit high capacity donors and prospective donors to the University, resulting in commitments of $25,000 and up. This position is ideally suited for an intellectually curious and entrepreneurial self-starter, who has a passion for working with people to advance the mission of the University of Chicago.


  • Plan and implement strategies for a coordinated program of fundraising activities for designated units, programs, and geographical regions.
  • Identify, cultivate and solicit alumni, parents and friends who have the capacity to make financial commitments of $25,000 and up.
  • Plan and execute a target of 24 solicitations per year, with over 100 visits per year.
  • As a generalist fundraiser, build product knowledge of a variety of priorities and initiatives.
  • Develop and manage a portfolio of major gift prospects through suspect qualification.
  • Determine timely cultivation and solicitation strategies.
  • Plan and execute a local strategy to affiliate alumni donors with long-range potential for major gifts.
  • Partner in leading the efforts to solicit annual and endowed support in collaboration with other units, schools, and Divisions.
  • Arrange for prospects to meet with appropriate University staff and faculty and write thoughtful and succinct briefings.
  • Maintain strong communication links with various University colleagues to ensure a coordinated approach to prospects and donors. Deliver timely and effective follow-up to prospects and donors.
  • Attend periodic alumni events.
  • Draft compelling letters and proposals.
  • Provide contact reports.
  • Deliver timely and effective follow-up to prospects and donors.
  • Work collaboratively with University colleagues to maintain a strong stewardship strategy for portfolio donors. Achieve personal fundraising and activity goals monthly, quarterly and annually.
  • Provide scheduled and ad hoc updates to manager and senior leaders on progress and strategies.
  • TRAVEL: This role will require periodic travel to Chicago and to assigned geographic regions.
  • Your portfolio will mainly focus on the Tri-State area surrounding New York City.
  • Additional regions may be assigned.
  • This role will be based in the University of Chicago's New York Office.
  • Seek opportunities for professional development that will enhance job performance, including building networks within the University and with colleagues at peer institutions.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

  • Communicate Effectively & With Influence
  • Display Emotional Intelligence
  • Foster Partnership & Collaboration
  • Lead Performance & Flawless Execution
  • Exhibit Resilience & Optimize Resources

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.

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 Qualifications

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: 11/7/2018
Application Due: 1/6/2019
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