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Director of Major Gifts

Company: The University Of Chicago
Location: Chicago
Posted on: March 20, 2023

Job Description:

-Law External Affairs
About the Department
-The University of Chicago Law School occupies a unique niche among this country's premier law schools. Located on a residential campus in one of America's great cities, UChicago Law offers a rigorous and interdisciplinary professional education that blends the study of law with the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences. Students, faculty, and staff form a small, tightly knit community devoted to the life of the mind.
Job Summary
-The Director of Major Gifts directs and manages the Major Gifts team at the University of Chicago Law School, working with senior leadership of the Law School and University Alumni Relations and Development to develop and manage strategies for a coordinated and comprehensive program of fundraising activities and major gift pipeline development. The individual in this position will participate in the development of fund-raising strategies to secure major and principal gifts from individual donors (both for their own prospect pool as well as prospects managed by Major Gift Officers) and will also manage the overall prospect pool for Major Gift Officers. The position reports to the Associate Dean for External Affairs at the Law School.Responsibilities

  • Ensures that individual giving prospects in each region are identified, cultivated, and solicited by designated Major Gift Officers.
  • Works with Major Gift Officers to develop overall strategy in their designated region, as well as development plans for individual prospects.
  • Personally manages a portfolio of donors with the capacity to make individual major gifts in the greater Chicago area and other regions.
  • Ensures that overall regional goals are met. Identifies stewardship opportunities for major donors.
  • Manages special events and programs to involve and cultivate prospects.
  • Acts as a general resource and advisor to senior colleagues, VIPs, and the Dean of the Law School while building a strong base of operations in the area and extending the impact of all development and alumni relations staff and programs focused on these regions.
  • Participates in the design and implementation of short- and long- term strategic plans.
  • Assigns tasks to key volunteers, groups, and committees.
  • Works with colleagues to determine goals and objectives that are based on Law School needs, the prospect pool's potential, and staff resources.
  • Approves and monitors budgets and expenditures. May solicit Major, Individual, Leadership, or Principal Gifts.
  • Directs and evaluates staff and recommends professional development and training.
  • Sets goals and priorities and monitors progress against goals.
  • Manages a portfolio of current and potential donors. Identifies and cultivates gift prospects and potential donors through events, visits, personalized correspondences, and phone calls.
  • Manages department strategies and plans to achieve University fundraising goals.
  • Performs other related work as needed.
    Minimum Qualifications
    -Education:Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.---
    Work Experience:Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 7+ years of work experience in a related job discipline.---
    Certifications:---Preferred QualificationsEducation:
    • Bachelor's degree in business, public relations, philanthropic studies, or a related field strongly preferred.Experience:
      • Progressively responsible professional experience in nonprofit management, development, alumni relations, marketing, public relations or similar work.
      • Experience with successfully soliciting and closing 6+ figure gifts.
      • Experience developing and monitoring budgets.
      • Experience supervising a team of Major Gift Officers.Preferred Competencies
        • Record of organizing successful fundraising, marketing or membership programs.
        • Experience working with the highest levels of board members, executives, deans, donors or similar.
        • Ability to participate personally in successful high-level gift strategies and solicitations.
        • Strong leadership qualities, including the ability both to delegate and to execute.
        • Experience planning and executing events.
        • Experience working with volunteer support groups.
        • Strong verbal and writing skills, high attention to detail and follow-up, and excellent organizational skills.Working Conditions
          • Frequent travel is required as is occasional work on weekends.
          • This position is available for partially remote work based on the needs of the Law School.Application Documents
            • Resume/CV (required)
            • Cover Letter (required)
              When applying, the document(s) MUST -be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.
              Job Family
              -Alumni Relations & Development
              Role Impact
              -People Manager
              FLSA Status
              Pay Frequency
              Scheduled Weekly Hours
              Benefits Eligible
              Drug Test Required
              Health Screen Required
              Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required
              Posting Statement
              - Employees must comply with the University's COVID-19 vaccination requirements. More information about the requirements can be found on the University of Chicago Vaccination GoForward .

              The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination. Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form. We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange. All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes a review of conviction history.A conviction does not automatically preclude University employment.Rather, the University considers conviction information on a case-by-case basis and assesses the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time of the conviction, and its relevance to the position. The University of Chicago's Annual Security & Fire Safety Report (Report) provides information about University offices and programs that provide safety support, crime and fire statistics, emergency response and communications plans, and other policies and information. The Report can be accessed online at: - . -Paper copies of the Report are available, upon request, from the University of Chicago Police Department, 850 E. 61st Street, Chicago, IL 60637. The University of Chicago is an urban research university that has driven new ways of thinking since 1890. Our commitment to free and open inquiry draws inspired scholars to our global campuses, where ideas are born that challenge and change the world.We empower individuals to challenge conventional thinking in pursuit of original ideas. Students in the College develop critical, analytic, and writing skills in our rigorous, interdisciplinary core curriculum. Through graduate programs, students test their ideas with UChicago scholars, and become the next generation of leaders in academia, industry, nonprofits, and government.

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