Posted on August 10, 2012
Director, Principal Gifts
University of Chicago
University of Chicago - Director, Principal Gifts
Collaborate with senior University officers and staff to advance strategic University objectives by qualifying and soliciting a portfolio of approximately 30-50, high-capacity, $5 million + prospects. Design and implement comprehensive strategies to identify and cultivate the highest capacity individuals. Build engagement of these individuals with the University. Create gift opportunities based on University priorities. Formulate and coordinate fundraising strategies and solicitations. Determine appropriate recognition and stewardship plans for significant donors. Plan and execute a target total of 75+ visits per year with prospects.
Incorporate the president, trustees, high-level volunteers and academic leaders in connecting donors to the University to deepen their interest and involvement. Participate in setting strategies in a University-wide development process to secure support for University academic and capital priorities. Actively build relationships through stewardship to encourage continued, increased gifts from key supporters over their lifetimes. Develop plans and manage fundraising progress for assigned priorities and special University projects.
Collaborate in developing cross-University efforts to engage with civic, business, cultural and social organizations and networks to advance the University's interests. Develop strategies to engage the president, officers, deans and faculty with civic and social leaders in Chicago and other assigned locations. Use University leaders and resources to connect donors to the University to deepen their interest and involvement. Actively build and sustain required relationships with donors capable of providing ongoing significant support.
Present proposals to donors, using good judgment and sensitivity to match donor interests to University priorities, so that the probability of proposal funding is enhanced. Collaborate with senior colleagues across campus to maximize connections to and support from key donor prospects for the University. As a University fundraising leader, model behavior, mentor staff and participate in strategic planning and policy decisions as appropriate.
Bachelor's degree or higher required.
- A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible professional experience in nonprofit management, development, alumni relations, marketing, public relations or similar work required.
- A minimum of five years of soliciting and closing major gifts experience required.
- A minimum of four years of management experience, including staff required.
- A minimum of two years of experience developing and monitoring budgets required.
- Demonstrated record of organizing successful fundraising, marketing or membership programs required.
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To be considered, all job seekers must meet the requirements and apply online.
The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer.