Associate Director, Development - Social Sciences Division
University of Chicago (UC)
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Internal Number: JR12081
Location: 5235 S. Harper Court
Identifies, cultivates, and solicits Social Sciences Division alumni and friends who have the capacity to make financial commitments of $50,000+.
Plans and executes a target of 80-100 prospect visits per year, 15 major gift solicitations, and an agreed upon fundraising dollar target.
Builds and manages a portfolio of 100-150 prospects by qualifying prospects through email, phone and in person communication.
Plans and executes strategies to engage donors who have the capacity for making gifts at the major gifts level ($100,000+) as well as at the Leadership Annual Gifts level ($5,000+) to the Social Sciences Division.
Solicits annual and endowed support in collaboration with Divisional partners.
Determines timely cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies for prospects in portfolio.
Arranges for prospects to meet with appropriate Social Sciences Division leadership, faculty and staff when needed as part of a cultivation strategy.
Cultivates and maintains strong and collegial relationships with various University fundraisers and regional gift officers to ensure a coordinated approach to strengthening the prospect's or donor's relationship with the Social Sciences Division.
Delivers timely and effective follow-up in various forms to prospects and donors, which would include generating customized fundraising proposals.
Writes timely contact reports for prospect database following prospect and donor visits.
Serves as key partner for stewardship of major gift donors and planned giving donors to the Division.
Participates in and supports bi-annual Social Sciences Division Advisory Council meetings and selected Council programming.
Establishes fundraising goals and priorities based on department objectives, designs strategies to meet those goals, and monitors progress against goals.
Identifies, analyzes, and qualifies donor interest to maximize giving. Helps with overall planning efforts for the University's most important prospects. Works independently to develop communication strategies for projects, including publications and public presentations.
Works with Senior Leadership, Officers and Deans to design strategic objectives and action steps that will lead to the successful realization of these projects.
Performs other related work as needed.
A minimum of five years of professional work experience in fundraising, development, alumni relations, donor relations, nonprofit management, research, marketing, communications, sales or similar professional work.
Proven record of accomplishment in solicitations and cultivation of prospective donors or sales and client development.
A minimum of one year of leading a project team or managing staff.
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.
Outstanding interpersonal and communications skills characterized by the ability to listen, speak, and write effectively.
Manage confidential information with discretion and tact.
Act with integrity, professionalism, and confidentiality.
Work collegially and collaboratively in a team setting.
Self-motivated and take initiative.
Prioritize multiple projects and independently follow through with detail.
Translate research into language accessible for the public.
Participate personally in gift strategies and solicitations.
An exceptional work ethic and track record of personal initiative.
Must be flexible and adaptable to new programs in an emerging and changing environment.
Embraces the mission and vision of the Division of the Social Sciences and becomes knowledgeable about the work of faculty across departments to connect meaningfully with alumni and friends.
Standard office environment.
Travel to campus and/or non-campus locations for University business.
Work evenings and weekends.
Cover Letter addressed to Hiring Committee (preferred)
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