U of Chicago Searching for a Director of Giving, Advancement

Director, Class Giving & Student Advancement – University of Chicago

Job Summary
Collaborate with management, senior leaders and other key partners to develop and implement a strategic plan for leadership and major gift discovery and qualification. Coordinate reunion solicitations of principal and major gift prospects. Manage a portfolio of leadership annual giving and major gift prospects.

Develop, implement and manage a comprehensive College class and reunion program that focuses on increasing participation, revenue and engagement in reunion and non-reunion years. Manage teams emphasizing the development of robust class-based volunteer programs. Advise and collaborate with staff university-wide on the most effective use of volunteer programs, appropriate volunteer roles and engagement strategies for College alumni.

The University of Chicago main campus

Develop strategic plan to increase College alumni engagement and giving at both participation, leadership annual giving, and major gift levels through volunteer-based, direct response, major and planned giving initiatives. Set goals and priorities to meet program objectives. Develop metrics and reports to monitor participation, revenue and engagement of all College class years and determine each program’s effectiveness. Use research on alumni giving and engagement patterns to improve involvement strategies. Use database to gather information, prepare reports, analyze progress and present results.

Lead team in their understanding of various volunteer and solicitation activities. Set clear goals and expectations. Conduct regular review of alumni engagement and solicitation efforts with University Relationship Managers. Train staff on effective volunteer recruitment and management strategies. Provide leadership and support for College volunteer managers.

Identify, recruit and manage class volunteer committees. Support volunteer groups through regular meetings, reporting, cultivation, and stewardship activities. Develop and maintain relationships with volunteers and donors. Meet class giving, participation, attendance and engagement goals. Manage the creation of a volunteer communications calendar, volunteer support materials and volunteer committee staffing.

Bachelor’s degree or higher required.

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional experience in nonprofit management, development, alumni relations, marketing, public relations or similar work required.
A minimum of three years of management experience, including staff, required.
A minimum of two years of soliciting and closing major gifts experience required.
A minimum of two years experience managing volunteers required.
A minimum of one year of experience developing and monitoring budgets required.

For more information and to apply:

To be considered, all job seekers must meet the requirements and apply online.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer.

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