AUSL, founded in 2001, is a nonprofit, school management organization transforming historically underperforming schools and serving as a scalable transformation model for Chicago Public Schools and districts nationally. AUSL’s work is rooted in the belief that all children deserve a high quality education, especially children in challenging neighborhoods. Today, over 80% of AUSL’s neighborhood Chicago public schools, once the lowest in the District, are now in Good Standing.
Reporting to the Director, External Affairs, the Major Gifts Officer will proactively identify, cultivate, solicit, secure and steward foundation and individual prospects, targeting gifts in the $5,000+ range. Responsibilities include interacting with and soliciting donors and friends for annual gifts, major gifts and planned gifts as appropriate. The Major Gifts Officer also works directly with all other fundraisers, senior staff and AUSL School leadership.
The successful candidate will be an entrepreneurial and strategic fundraising professional that has an understanding of and passion for the mission of AUSL. The successful candidate will show evidence of building strong and sustaining relationships with individual donors resulting in an increase in individual and foundation giving. Creating participation and follow through on contacts and activities is key. The qualified candidate actively seeks out new prospect and donor relationships, directs the cultivation and stewardship process, and is able to successfully close gifts when appropriate. Personal experience creating and implementing successful gift strategies and tactics is required. Active engagement within Chicago’s philanthropic community is sought. Evidence of continuing professional education in such areas as comprehensive campaign implementation, planned and estate gifts and leadership development would be a plus.