Leads a comprehensive, University-wide annual giving program that drives undergraduate participation. Oversees three distinct teams: donor participation and direct response, student and young alumni giving, and class reunion giving programs.
Partners with teams in UChicagoâ™s schools and units to support and advise on school-based annual giving efforts.
In partnership with the Executive Director of Alumni Relations, AEAG, and ARD leadership, sets and meets ambitious annual giving goals for both dollars and donors.
Develops bold strategies for increasing the retention and reactivation of current donors and the acquisition of new donors through a multi-channel integrated marketing campaign.
Builds a comprehensive class fundraising program that spans all undergraduate classes in the College and increases engagement and participation of students and young alumni.
Partners with ARD Communications to develop effective marketing strategies and implement efficient project management.
Fosters and maintains close partnerships with colleagues University-wide as well as with key volunteers and donors, including Trustees and Alumni Board members.
Serves as a senior member of the central alumni relations and annual giving team, AEAG.
Has a deep understanding of plans to solicit prospective donors and meet campaign goals. This includes speaking to new prospects persuasively about the case for annual giving support.
Ensures quality control when monitoring various marketing channels by developing a targeted strategy for solicitation and marketing materials as well as campaign appeals, solving a range of moderately complex problems as they arise.
Supervises and leads a team of frontline and non-frontline annual giving staff responsible for the College reunion program, student and young alumni philanthropy, direct response and donor participation programs, and university-wise annual giving events such as Giving Day.
Identifies opportunities to leverage technology and emerging strategies to meet annual giving goals University-wide.
Builds and sustains a culture of annual giving throughout ARD.
Seeks opportunities for professional development that will enhance job performance, including building networks within the University and with colleagues at peer institutions and with an eye towards broadly diversifying the advancement profession.
Works closely with annual giving, University leadership, faculty and staff across campus to synthesize the interests and philanthropic capabilities of alumni and friends of the University in order to increase the level of giving and the number of annual donors to the University.
Develops and manages relationships with donors, volunteers, students, faculty and top administrators.
Performs other related work as needed.
Minimum seven years of professional work experience in nonprofit management, development, alumni relations, marketing, public relations, sales or similar professional work experience.
Minimum four years of management experience, including staff management.
Minimum two years of experience developing and monitoring budgets.
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 the University's donor relationship management system and the Microsoft Office Suite.
Build, lead, mentor, and motivate a diverse team, and encourage growth and change in both people and programs. A strong commitment to personal and professional development, and the ability to foster a collaborative and inclusive team environment.
Manage confidential information with discretion and tact.
Act with integrity, professionalism, and confidentiality.
Work collegially and collaboratively in a team setting.
Prioritize multiple projects and independently follow through with detail.
Outstanding interpersonal and communications skills characterized by the ability to listen, to speak, and to write effectively.
Self-motivation and the ability to take initiative.
Strong commitment to customer service.
Standard office environment.
Travel to campus and/or non-campus locations for University business.
Work evenings and weekends as needed.
Travel domestic and internationally.
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