Director of Development, University of Chicago Cancer Research Foundation

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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. Having already surpassed $1 billion in 2018, MBSD is in the pivotal stage of driving this ambitious campaign to achieve its goal.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.

As a member of both The University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences Development (MBSD) team and The University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center (UCCCC) administrative team, the Director of Development will be primarily responsible for all philanthropic activities supporting the Cancer Center. S/he will manage and mentor a team, providing vision and direction in partnering with the Cancer Center's director and administrative team.

The Director is responsible for leading a team that raises $5-10 million annually from individuals, board members, corporations and events of the University of Chicago Cancer Research Foundation (UCCRF) to advance the fundraising priorities established by the Director of the UCCCC and other UCM leadership. S/he will personally carry a portfolio of prospects and donors able to support the Cancer Center and broader leadership priorities across the Medical Center and University. Fundraising success will be achieved through donations made by individuals, corporations and events, including major gifts. S/he will provide leadership in the execution of the University of Chicago Medicine's ongoing comprehensive campaign.

The Director works with the UCCCC and specific Divisions, Departments, and/or Cancer Programs. S/he will oversee or personally staff UCCCC faculty and the UCCRF boards and committees, as needed. S/he works with UCCRF Trustees, affiliate board members and medical and administrative leaders of the Medical Center, as well as donors and volunteers in Cancer.


  • Manages a comprehensive prospect portfolio comprised of individuals, families, corporations, foundations and/or organizations through directly cultivating, soliciting and stewarding major gifts and has an individual goal of $3M - $10M annually.
  • Staffs and meets regularly with faculty to identify prospects and their most likely philanthropic interests.
  • Oversees the creation of proposals and orchestrates visits, and coordinates cultivation and solicitation of major donors with MBSD. In doing so, s/he uses a moves management process to conceive of, promote, and facilitate interaction of potential donors with faculty and other individuals who have the ability to deepen the prospective donor's engagement with the University.
  • Investigates new fundraising ideas and builds consensus among stakeholders to advance those ideas with the most potential.
  • S/he researches new prospects and assists Board members in supporting the fundraising process.
  • Collaborates with colleagues in MBSD to individualize donor stewardship and in most cases, designs and implements stewardship plans.
  • Through management of the UCCRF staff and through the utilization of MBSD and University of Chicago resources, the Director provides strategic oversight of fundraising projects of the Boards, such as, corporate sponsorships, the Women's Board (WB) Breakthrough Ball, the WB Annual Appeal and the other volunteer driven fundraising events and programs.
  • Develops a major donor pipeline, providing a strategic framework, advice, and support to the UCCCC's leadership, faculty, and colleagues; s/he encourages a broad and inclusive program that encourages collaboration between UCCRF volunteers and board members, grateful patients, and other potential supporters.
  • Manages a six-figure operating budget and supervises a team of up to 4 employees to reach fundraising goals.
  • Ensures that the work of the Boards is visible among members of the University community.
  • S/he develops and oversees the implementation of events and meetings that provide exposure of research programs to Board members, and works closely with MBSD colleagues to coordinate outreach activities.

  • Demonstrated effective decision-making; while working autonomously and exercising good judgement.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a matrixed organization and identify and utilize resources efficiently and effectively.
  • Executive presence and confidence to represent UCCCC in various forums.
  • Superior oral and written communications skills.
  • Comfort and experience in working both as a team player and independently.
  • Excellent time management skills and the ability to prioritize tasks so that goals are met in a timely, efficient manner.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the demonstrated ability to relate well to individuals at every level of an organization both internally and externally.
  • Tactful exercise of judgment and discretion with sensitive and highly confidential information.
  • An exceptional work ethic and track record of personal initiative.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience or Certifications:

  • A Bachelor's degree or higher is required

  • A minimum of five years of development experience with an emphasis on volunteer driven fundraising, corporate sponsorship and major gift fundraising is required.
  • A minimum of 3-5 years of experience leading and managing volunteers is required.
  • Administrative responsibility in a large, hierarchical organization (academic medicine, bioscience or University development) is preferred.
  • An interest and knowledge base in cancer, health care economics, scientific and medical research, health care policy, or pharmaceuticals is preferred.
  • Public speaking experience 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

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Pay Range
Depends on Qualifications

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Posted: 12/3/2018
Application Due: 1/10/2019
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