Builds and manages a comprehensive prospect portfolio of individuals, families, and organizations, with an individual goal of raising $5M-$15M annually. Develops cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship plans tailored to specific donors and prospects, and manages or assists gift solicitations.
Provides a high level of leadership and partnership to the Dean, including strategically prioritizing the Dean's donor and prospective donor portfolio.
Staffs and meets regularly with faculty and program directors to develop a sophisticated, up-to-date understanding of divisional research, programs, and resource needs, and to advise and involve academic leaders in fundraising strategies and development of fundraising opportunities consistent with PSD and University priorities.
Develops case statements, talking points, proposals, and briefing materials for these activities; ensures fundraising dollar goals and deadlines are met; monitors, analyzes and reports on overall results to internal and external constituencies.
Works closely and collaboratively with gift officers University-wide (principal gifts, regional major gifts, gift planning, annual fund, foundation and corporate relations) to monitor and facilitate growth of the PSD prospect pool, and to contribute to strategy and solicitation plans for multiple-interest prospects that incorporate PSD priorities.
Assists gift officers University-wide in understanding PSD priorities and opportunities. Works collaboratively with PSD staff and serves as a key spokesperson for the division.
Serves as the chief staff liaison to the Division of the Physical Sciences Council.
Represents the PSD in development and execution of a University of Chicago engineering, data and applied sciences, and innovation fundraising strategy.
Supervises a team of employees to reach fundraising goals; hire, manage, develop, and evaluate staff; actively encourage staff members' professional growth and participation in the life of the University.
Investigates new fundraising ideas and builds consensus among stakeholders to advance those ideas with the most potential.
Collaborates as needed with development communications, donor relations and special events to conceive, direct, monitor, and evaluate a comprehensive PSD fundraising communications and outreach plan for donor cultivation and recognition.
Manages an annual budget.
Manages department strategies and plans to achieve University fundraising goals.
May recruit staff volunteers and provide leadership and evaluation to staff members.
Performs other related work as needed.
A minimum of seven years of experience in science, development, alumni relations, donor relations, nonprofit management, research, marketing, public relations, sales or similar professional work experience.
A minimum of three years of experience leading a project team or managing staff.
A minimum of two years of experience working closely and collaboratively with senior leadership, trustees and board members.
A minimum of one year of experience developing and monitoring budgets.
Proven record of accomplishment in solicitations and cultivation of prospective donors, or sales and client development.
Technical Skills or Knowledge:
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.
Demonstrated effective decision-making, while working autonomously and exercising good judgement.
Demonstrated ability to work in a matrixed organization and identify and utilize resources efficiently and effectively.
Superior communications skillsâ”oral, written, and listeningâ”and executive presence and confidence to represent PSD in various forums.
Excellent interpersonal skills and the demonstrated ability to relate well to individuals at every level of an organization both internally and externally.
Standard office environment.
Willing and able to travel to campus and/or non-campus locations for University business.
Willing and able to work evenings and weekends.
Cover Letter, addressed to Hiring Committee (preferred)
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