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Laboratory Schools: Director of Development and Campaign Manager

Company: The University Of Chicago
Location: Chicago
Posted on: May 28, 2023

Job Description:

Laboratory Schools: Director of Development and Campaign Manager page is loaded Laboratory Schools: Director of Development and Campaign Manager Apply locations Chicago, IL time type Full time posted on Posted 3 Days Ago job requisition id JR21409 Department
-Lab School Alumni Relations & Development
About the Department
-At the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, students in Nursery through Grade 12 experience a world-class educational journey. Founded in 1896 by John Dewey as a place for educators to develop and explore novel approaches to pedagogy and curriculum, Lab continues to provide excitement and imagination in learning to this day. Academic rigor, experiential learning, and intellectual discourse are hallmarks of a Lab education. Lab educators are recognized for excellence in teaching and pride themselves on innovation in the classroom. Students in every grade have access to unparalleled resources, and all members of the Lab community benefit by partnerships and connections with the University of Chicago. Families who choose Lab care deeply about curiosity, inquiry, and creativity.

No less than scholarship, Lab's mission prioritizes honoring diversity and exhibiting kindness. We are committed to building and supporting a teaching and learning community where young people see aspects of their backgrounds and identities reflected around them, where they feel a deep sense of belonging, and where they discover and use their voices to full effect. Today, 53-59 percent of Lab's student body are students of color. Families report speaking nearly 40 different languages in their homes. Approximately 60 percent of Lab families are also affiliated with the University of Chicago. Half of our families live in Hyde Park, and the rest come from across Chicago, the suburbs, and northwestern Indiana. Inclusion is a fundamental value at Lab, such that we celebrate every facet of community members' identities, and even where we disagree, we emphasize respect, civility, and maintaining a spirit of community.

Lab seeks the finest employees to join our vibrant learning community. We employ people with a wide range of skills and training in many different disciplines, who have in common a love of learning and the wish to inspire that same love of learning in young people. We seek candidates for employment who thrive in an educational environment. We provide a great professional home for those committed to collaboration, ongoing personal and professional growth, and cultivating positive relationships. We strongly encourage applications from candidates of color, LGBTQ+ identified candidates, candidates from historically marginalized or underrepresented backgrounds, and candidates with a demonstrated commitment to a deepening diversity, equity, and inclusion practice. In turn, we strive to ensure that Lab is a joyful, welcoming, and inspiring place to work. Through our connection to the University, faculty, staff, and administrators enjoy benefits and opportunities that would be nearly impossible to match in any other environment.
Job Summary
-The Alumni Relations & Development department at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools (Lab) is recruiting talented and energetic advancement professionals in preparation for the schools' next campaign. During the University's Inquiry & Impact campaign, Lab secured more than $97 million in philanthropy.

The Director of Development and Campaign Manager (DOD) at Lab will lead key functions that support the schools' major gifts and annual giving program. Reporting to and collaborating with the Associate Director of Schools for Alumni Relations & Development, the DOD will lead and manage the creation and implementation of a strategy for the identification, cultivation and solicitation of Lab alumni, parents, alumni parents, grandparents and others. In addition, the DOD will manage the ramp-up of systems for a new capital and endowment campaign.

The DOD will supervise full and part-time major gift officers, the Director of Annual Giving, Director of Special Events and other team members as the staff expands. This role will convene Lab's Major Gifts team and will work with individual Lab fundraisers to ensure cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies are fully supported. The Director is a key Alumni Relations and Development (ARD) resource officer that helps ensure that the Lab Schools' annual and multi-year philanthropic revenue goals are accurately forecasted, met and exceeded.

The DOD will manage a portfolio of major gifts prospects and participate in planning and departmental meetings, accept assignments, and perform other ARD duties as assigned as well as lead a team that raises annual, capital and endowment support from individuals and families; builds and manages a personal portfolio of 50-75 major individual gift prospects; and assists the Associate Director and Lab Director of Schools with solicitations. A successful candidate for this role will have demonstrated success in major gift frontline fundraising and experience closing gifts at the $100K+ level. Campaign experience is required. The ideal candidate will be entrepreneurial, curious, enthusiastic, and will help build a broad understanding of Lab's philanthropic value to donors and prospective donors.Responsibilities

  • Provides a high level of leadership and partnership to the Associate Director of Schools for Alumni Relations & Development. Serves as a COO-type staff member and manage campaign operations for Lab. -
  • Builds and manages a prospect portfolio of individuals and families; formulates annual visits, solicitations and gifts goals.
  • Develops cultivation and solicitation plans tailored to specific donors and prospects, and manages or assists gift solicitations.
  • Develops systems and refines Lab prospect management in preparation for the campaign. -
  • Assists Lab's Director of ARD with regular meetings with Lab Senior Leadership, faculty and program directors to develop a sophisticated, up-to-date understanding of programs and resource needs.
  • Along with the Communications team, helps develop case statements, talking points, proposals, and briefing materials for activities; ensures fundraising dollar goals and deadlines are met; monitors, analyzes and reports on overall results to internal and external constituencies.
  • Collaborates with University ARD to ensure shared services are tapped. -
  • Works collaboratively to ensure proper stewardship and donor recognition for Lab's generous donors.
  • Participates in and is visible in the life of Lab Schools.
  • Manages and/or supervises program budgets in Lab ARD.
  • Works with senior leadership across campus to ensure that all program strategies are integrated fully with development, College, divisional, and professional school strategies, and are working collaboratively to advance the institution's key priorities.
  • Develops and administers policies and procedures related to Alumni Relations.
  • Manages department strategies and plans to achieve University fundraising goals.
  • Recommends and implements fundraising programs and activities.
  • 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. Experience:
      • A minimum of six years in philanthropic leadership including campaign management. Technical Skills or Knowledge:
        • Proficiency with databases and network-based environments.
        • Experience with fundraising databases and reporting tools such as Blackbaud products or Salesforce. Preferred Competencies
          • Proven desire for continuing education to acquire the latest in industry best practices.
          • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
          • Proven ability to analyze processes and plan improvement initiatives.
          • Outstanding interpersonal and organizational skills.
          • Work on own initiative, develop rapport, and work well with others.
          • Handle multiple tasks simultaneously and accurately under deadlines.
          • Effective team building and collaboration.
          • Efficiency in time and money spent.
          • Meeting and exceeding Lab Schools ARD visit, solicitation and revenue goals. Working Conditions
            • Standard office environment.
            • Travel to campus and/or non-campus locations for Lab Schools business. -
            • Work evenings and weekends on occasion. - Application Documents
              • Resume/CV (required)
              • Cover Letter (required)
              • Three Professional References Contact Information (required)
              • Three Professional Writing Samples (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. Similar Jobs (1) Director of Major Gifts locations Chicago, IL time type Full time posted on Posted 30+ Days Ago About Us 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. To learn more about the university click here

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