The Development Associate supports and leads targeted projects in coordination with Chicago Booth’s Advancement Team in the New York Regional Office. This position provides general support for the New York Regional Office, collaborates with the Senior Director, U.S. and Global Individual Giving, and all gift officers in the office, and supports the fundraising goals of Chicago Booth’s Individual Giving Team.
The Development Associate provides information in response to specific requests, directs calls, and provides other relevant information to appropriate individuals while using discretion and judgment working with confidential information. The Development Associate will develop a network of professional contacts and provide assistance to other Booth and University offices that seek it. They will initiate projects that will be beneficial to the Individual Giving Team and will anticipate next steps and follow-up related to fundraising activity and active prospect management. It is required that they travel to Chicago 2-3 times a year and occasional travel may be required to areas covered by the New York Regional Office.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
- Assists with the implementation of regional strategy, planning and executing advancement-focused events, and collaborates with university colleagues and volunteers to advance the fundraising and engagement goals of Chicago Booth.
- Supports the planning and execution of New York and Asia-based events and contributes to the strategic development of new events and programs; staffs events as needed in New York. Manages event follow-up with attendees and identifies potential new prospects.
- In conjunction with the two Chicago-based Individual Giving Team Development Associates, continues to build and manage a set of internal communications for the Major Gifts and Leadership Giving Teams partnering cross-functionally with the Communications, Donor Relations, Alumni Engagement, and Annual Fund Teams.
- Participates in prospect strategy development as it relates to prospect qualification, cultivation and stewardship and supports gift officers with effective prospect qualification, cultivation, and stewardship tracking and outreach as needed.
- Manages all Booth leadership visits, creating travel itineraries and briefings for the deans, faculty and senior leaders when they travel to Asia, as well as the New York, Boston, Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C. regions.
- Serves as liaison to the PhD Alumni Steering Committee, partners with New York-based gift officers and events team to source speakers, handles logistics, and creates briefings for faculty speakers for 3-4 events per year.
- In collaboration with the Prospect Management Team, maintains and shares relevant reports to assist gift officers with prospect identification, cultivation, and stewardship activities.
- Learns best practices for using the University of Chicago’s alumni and fundraising database to help track fundraising and active management results.
- Assists with other advancement-focused projects as needed.
- Manages all administrative duties in the New York Regional Office.
- Performs other work as needed.
Knowledge, Skills, and Experience:
- Bachelor’s degree required.
- A minimum of one year of work experience in nonprofit management, development, alumni relations, marketing, public relations, or similar work. Ability to manage confidential information with discretion and tact required.
- Demonstrated skill and knowledge of, or ability to quickly learn the internal workings of the University and the technology tools available to Chicago Booth staff required, including Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Smartsheet.
- Interest in pursuing a career in development.
- A moderate understanding of fundraising operations for a school or department within a university.
- A strong commitment to customer service, a proven track record of problem-solving, and the ability to manage multiple projects and relationships.
- Excellent analytical skills.
- Strong verbal and writing skills, strong attention to detail and follow-up, and excellent organizational skills.
- Work collegially and collaboratively in a team setting.
- Outstanding interpersonal and communications skills characterized by the ability to listen, speak, and write well.
- Ability to learn and manipulate Booth databases.
- Ability to work independently.
- Salary range is $60-65K
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. Academic job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5671 or email ACOppAdministrator@uchicago.edu with their request. Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-834-1841 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with their request.