Associate Director, Foundation and Corporate Relations

Job description

Job location: 5235 S. Harper Court

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2019-06-18
Req: JR05115
Please make sure to read the job posting in its entirety as it reflects both the University roles and responsibilities, followed by the specific description.

Department60630 Development-VP For

About the UnitThe 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. The campaign supports priorities in every division, school, department, and institute. Along with its fundraising goal, the campaign has an equally ambitious goal of engaging 125,000 alumni and friends through intellectual, professional, and social activities on campus, around the world, and online. The Foundation and Corporate Relations team (FCR) works across the university – often directly with unit leadership and faculty – to encourage collaboration, develop submissions, and secure funding from major independent foundations. FCR is responsible for the direct solicitation of +/- $40M each year, and for managing the records and processing of $125M university-wide.

Job FamilyAlumni Relations & Development

Sets and achieves University fundraising and engagement goals. Designs, manages, and executes development strategies and programs to maximize philanthropic support for the University’s priorities. Increases engagement and participation of the University’s worldwide community of alumni, parents, families and friends via diversified communication programs and activities.

Career Track and Job LevelFoundation & Corporate Relations

Manages University-wide fundraising efforts focused on foundations, corporations, fundraising associations and other institutional sources of private philanthropic support.

P3: Requires in-depth knowledge and experience. Uses best practices and knowledge of internal or external University issues to improve products or services. Solves complex problems; takes a new perspective using existing solutions. Works independently, receives minimal guidance. Acts as a resource for colleagues with less experience.

Role ImpactIndividual Contributor

ResponsibilitiesThe job manages a University-wide development program focused on foundations, corporations, fundraising associations and other institutional sources of philanthropic support. Monitors the setting and the achievement of fund raising goals with minimal guidance from others.

1) Works with others to manage requests for support, prepare required reports, and develop and implement ways to promote, cultivate, and steward foundation activities across campus. Defines and coordinates opportunities for inclusion of foundation representatives in campus activities and special programs, both as cultivation for new grants and as stewardship for existing grants., 2) Meets with prospects through personal visits, phone contact, and by promoting program benefits. Helps in developing proposals and raising gifts from corporate donors for all restricted corporate gifts, including identification of opportunities, composing solicitation letters, communication with the prospects, and supervision of the gift acknowledgment process., 3) Serves as liaison and acts as a resource to student group leaders seeking corporate involvement in projects and conferences. Works with colleagues to develop and implement an annual strategic plan for corporate development. Provides assistance and guidance with special projects., 4) Works with multiple databases. Uses best practices and a moderate/high level of knowledge of donor programs to create and maintain reports., 5) Performs other related work as needed.

Unit-specific Responsibilities

1)    Focus on foundation and corporate fundraising for the social sciences, humanities, and the arts; requires ambitious pursuit of complex projects and strategic opportunities both internally and externally.
2)    Engage with both University faculty and foundation program officers to identify and enhance alignment of goals, leading to successful proposals.
3)    Plan and implement initiatives to introduce and extend the University’s funding for selected academic divisions and schools. 
4)    Collaborate with manager to analyze foundation and corporate interests and assess opportunities to engage these organizations. 
5)    Pursue organizational philanthropy for designated University programs. Identify new ways to promote, cultivate, and steward foundation engagement across campus.
6)    Work with senior leadership and colleagues across the University to define projects for presentation to foundations, corporations, and community partners. 
7)    Develop and maintain relationships with organizational program officers, faculty, administrators, and other community organizations to support initiatives. 
8)    Represent programs to constituencies both inside and outside the University. 
9)    Synthesize the interests and philanthropic capabilities of constituencies with the needs and long-term goals of the University. 
10)    Work with faculty and University staff to prepare materials, including concept papers, proposals, briefings and correspondence for faculty and staff as appropriate. 
11)    Manage the execution of multiple projects, enlisting the support of other staff where appropriate.
12)    Assist in developing department objectives and strategies. 
13)    Develop tactics to meet individual and group goals. 
14)    Develop and monitor strategies for assigned corporations and foundations. 
15)    Identify emerging program areas with funding promise and assist in the development of new projects. 
16)    Participate in general departmental direction and take responsibility for interactions with specific divisions. 
17)    Assist the faculty in defining programs and budgetary needs for presentation to philanthropic institutions.
18)    Apply appropriate technologies and skills for data gathering, manipulation, and management. 
19)    Use databases to record and support the progress of foundation and corporate initiatives across campus and to represent strategies to the community of colleagues. 
20)    Seek opportunities for professional development that will enhance job performance, including building networks within the University and with colleagues at peer institutions.

Unit-preferred Competencies
1)    Communicate Effectively & With Influence
2)    Exhibit Resilience & Optimize Resources
3)    Display Emotional Intelligence
4)    Demonstrate University Stewardship & Serve as a Brand Ambassador
5)    Foster Partnership & Collaboration
6)    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.
7)    Willingness and ability to travel to campus and/or non-campus locations for University business
8)    Willingness and ability to work evenings and weekends

Education, Experience, and CertificationsMinimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 5-7 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

Preferred Qualifications
1)    Experience in nonprofit management, development, alumni relations, marketing, public relations, sales or similar professional work experience.
2)    Experience leading a project team or managing staff.
3)    Experience developing and monitoring budgets.

Required Documents
1)    Resume
2)    Cover Letter (optional)

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.

FLSA StatusExempt

Pay FrequencyMonthly

Pay GradeDepends on Qualifications

Scheduled Weekly Hours37.5

Benefits EligibleYes

Drug Test RequiredNo

Health Screen RequiredNo

Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry RequiredNo

Posting Date2019-05-22-07:00

Remove from Posting On or Before2019-11-22-08:00

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Posted: 5/23/2019
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