Executive Director, Foundation Engagement

United States, North America
Mar 18, 2014
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
About The Unit: The mission of the Office of Foundation Engagement (OFE) is to maximize support from foundations for the work of UChicago faculty. The Office of Foundation Engagement (OFE) stays abreast of new trends in the field, and supports the full range of foundation activities within all of UChicago's academic units, centers, programs and departments.

Unit Job Summary: Executive Director, Office of Foundation Engagement: Lead a team of professionals (Strategic Foundation Initiatives, limited opportunities, single PI projects, stewardship, research and analytics) focused on developing and managing relationships with a broad range of independent foundations and unaffiliated family foundations. Coordinate this activity with multiple key partners across campus, including the School of Medicine and Biological Sciences Division, Booth School of Business, School of Law, Office of Civic Engagement, Office of Global Engagement, the Provost's Office, and the VP for Research Office, as well as the deans of the college and schools and directors of institutes and programs. Serve as the primary liaison for foundations in Alumni Relations and Development to all of the AVPs supporting the university initiatives, individual fundraising, research and analytics, alumni relations, donor relations and strategic events. Advise and brief leadership within and outside ARD. Prepare materials for leadership visits and oversees ARD coordination with units such as ARETE on large-scale University initiatives. Identify faculty projects and institutional initiatives that align well with foundation interests proactively. Works with senior leadership, faculty and administrators to develop and implement strategies for securing foundation support. Facilitate interactions with and develop top quality proposals to foundations. Develop and manage relationships including reporting and stewardship with a broad range of foundations. Contact foundation officials on a regular basis to proactively explore areas of synergy, introduce faculty and programs to foundation officers and work to secure UChicago representation on the boards and other leadership groups that direct the future of foundation philanthropy. Coordinate faculty, senior administrators, OFE staff and foundation partners through the life cycle of foundation funding?from the identification and preparation of faculty research to proposal support and follow up. Create a strategic vision and implementation plan to grow foundation funding to meet the ambitious goals of the University's upcoming campaign. Hire, manage, evaluate, develop and terminate staff as needed. Monitor and manage annual development budget. Address budget variances as they occur. Oversee and approve budgets for development-related events and activities. Seek opportunities for professional development that will enhance job performance. Perform other duties as assigned.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree or higher required. Advanced graduate or professional degree preferred.

Unit Experience: A minimum of ten years of professional work experience in nonprofit management, development, alumni relations, marketing, public relations, sales or similar professional work experience required. A minimum of five years of experience leading a project team or managing staff required. A minimum of three years of experience developing and monitoring budgets required.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Ability to bring an intensely entrepreneurial focus together with research expertise to design and execute strategies around complex relationships and intricate partnerships required. Ability to build trust and develop solid working relationships with world-class faculty required. Ability to develop effective internal relationships with trustees, key administrators and deans, as well as external relationships with senior-level corporate management, civic leaders and government officials required. Strong verbal and writing skills, high attention to detail and follow-up, and excellent organizational skills required. Ability to manage confidential information with discretion and tact 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 Alumni Relations and Development, including Griffin (the University's Donor Relationship Management System), a Microsoft Windows computer environment, Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access required. Strong leadership qualities, including the ability both to delegate and to execute, thereby leading by word and by example required; ability to work collegially and collaboratively in a team setting required. An exceptional work ethic and track record of personal initiative required. Outstanding interpersonal and communications skills characterized by the ability to listen, to speak, and to write well required. Must be flexible and adaptable to new programs in an emerging and changing environment required. Willingness and ability to travel to campus and/or international locations for University business required. Willingness and ability to work evenings and weekends required. Applicants must be currently authorized to work permanently in the United States. Dress code business or business casual attire required. Valid United States driver's license required. Understanding of the University of Chicago, its history, organization and modus operandi preferred.