The Director of Development will be responsible for leading and coordinating arts related fundraising efforts for the University of Chicago Arts Initiative (UChicago Arts). The Director designs and implements comprehensive strategies to identify, cultivate and solicit annual, major and/or principal gifts donors in collaboration with University leaders and development colleagues. The Director will build engagement of these prospects within UChicago Arts and create gift opportunities based on fundraising and strategic priorities. Working closely with the UChicago Arts and University Alumni Relations and Development teams, the Director will identify funding opportunities, support individual donor engagement, write grants and oversee grant submittal, processing and post-award management. The Director will determine appropriate recognition and stewardship plans for significant donors. The Director of Development is a senior fundraising position with management responsibilities for the UChicago Arts fundraising team. Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Development, Arts and Humanities and the Executive Director of UChicago Arts, the Director will also work closely with other arts leaders across the UChicago Arts initiative and develop partnerships with other appropriate UChicago fundraising colleagues.
Develop and lead UChicago Artsâ™ annual giving and major gifts programs, as well as create and refine cases for support.
Lead, collaborate and manage the creation and implementation of a strategy for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and gift closure of individual and foundation major and select principal gift prospects in collaboration with Alumni Relations & Development (ARD) staff and leadership.
Identify and execute fundraising strategies for non-traditional prospect and donor cohorts with particular emphasis on multi-interest based strategies.
Actively participate in prospect strategy meetings.
Partner with colleagues to develop and implement strategies to move prospects through the fundraising cycle.
Build and manage a portfolio of individual and organization gift prospects.
In addition to portfolio management, partner with fundraising colleagues on multi-interest prospects to include UChicago Arts solicitations in their overall prospect solicitation plans.
Monitor progress against goals ensuring deadlines are met.
Hire, manage, evaluate, develop and terminate development staff as needed and as assigned.
Actively encourage staff members' professional growth and participation in the life of the University.
Monitor and manage an annual development budget. Address budget variances as they occur.
Prepare timely, accurate, and relevant proposals, presentations, and other fundraising materials for cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
Perform other duties as assigned. Seek opportunities for professional development that will enhance job performance, including building networks within the University and with colleagues at peer institutions.
Coordinate with the foundation and corporate relations team on grants of $100k+ and oversee staff on grants less than $100k to advance organization fundraising.
Working with the Administrative and Development Manager for UChicago, oversee all grants administration and ensure that information is entered in to AURA (Automating University Research Administration) so that all grants are appropriately tracked and stewarded.
Oversees development and management of events and programs designed to expand prospect pool and donor participation in partnership with the appropriate programs and events staff.
Communicate effectively and with influence
Display emotional intelligence
Demonstrate University stewardship & serve as a brand ambassador
Foster partnership and collaboration
Build high performance team
Effectively manage performance
Education, Experience and Certification:
Bachelorâ™s degree or higher required
A minimum of five years of professional work experience in nonprofit management, development, alumni relations, marketing, public relations, sales or similar professional work experience required.
A minimum of three years of soliciting and closing major gifts experience required.
A minimum of three years of experience leading a project team or managing staff required.
A minimum of one year of experience developing and monitoring budgets required.
Demonstrated record of organizing successful fundraising, marketing or membership programs required.
Demonstrated success of meeting or exceeding goals required.
Expertise managing a complex prospect and donor pipeline required.
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application
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