Reporting to the Faculty Director of BFI with a dotted-line report to the Assistant Vice President for Development, Social Sciences & UChicago Urban, leads all activity related to seeking philanthropic support for the BFI. Staffs and serves as advisor to BFIâ™s leadership in developing fundraising plans and cases for support for institute priorities, and in effectively working with faculty and institutional leaders to advance priorities, execute advancement plans, and meet fundraising goals.
Raises $5M-10M+ annually from individuals and organizations. Builds and manages a personal portfolio of 80-100 major and principal individual and organizational gift prospects, conducts 100+ visits per year, and manages and assists in 20-24 $100K+ solicitations per year. The ideal candidate will be entrepreneurial, curious, and enthusiastic, and will build a broad understanding of BFI and its affiliated schools so that s/he can represent the Institute and University to donors and prospective donors.
Develops cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship plans tailored to specific donors and prospects.
Conceptualizes, prepares, and presents funding proposals and other materials necessary to solicit and close gifts, including those that require careful negotiations and complex strategies.
Staffs and provides an elevated level of leadership and partnership to the BFI Director, and Executive Director.
Staffs and meets regularly with faculty and program directors to develop a sophisticated, up-to-date understanding of institutional research, programs, and resource needs, and to advise and involve academic leaders in fundraising strategies and development of fundraising opportunities consistent with BFI and University priorities.
Monitors, analyzes and reports on overall results to internal and external constituencies.
Works closely and collaboratively with gift officers University-wide (principal gifts, regional major gifts, gift planning, annual fund, foundation and corporate relations) to monitor and facilitate growth of the BFI prospect pool, and to contribute to strategy and solicitation plans for multiple-interest prospects that incorporate BFI priorities.
Investigates new fundraising ideas and builds consensus among stakeholders to advance those ideas with the most potential.
Serves as the chief staff liaison to the BFI Council.
Works closely with BFI and University development communications, donor relations and dedicated events to conceive, direct, monitor, and evaluate a comprehensive BFI fundraising communications and outreach plan for donor cultivation and recognition.
Supervises an annual budget.
Seeks opportunities for professional development that will enhance job performance, including building networks within the University and with colleagues at peer institutions.
Manages department strategies and plans to achieve University fundraising 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.
Performs other related work as needed.
Bachelorâ™s or advanced degree.
Proven record of accomplishment in solicitations and cultivation of prospective donors, or sales and client development.
Background working closely and collaboratively with senior leadership, trustees, and board members.
Working knowledge 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 Griffin (the University's Donor Relationship Management System), Microsoft Windows computer environment, Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access.
Outstanding interpersonal and communications skills characterized by the ability to listen, to speak, and to write effectively.
Manage confidential information with discretion and tact.
Act with integrity, professionalism, and confidentiality.
Work collegially and collaboratively in a team setting.
Demonstrated effective decision-making, while working autonomously and exercising good judgement.
Demonstrated ability to work in a matrixed organization and identify and utilize resources efficiently and effectively.
Tactful exercise of judgment and discretion with sensitive and highly confidential information.
An exceptional work ethic and record of personal initiative.
Flexibility and adaptability to latest programs in an emerging and changing environment.
Self-motivation and the ability to take initiative.
Prioritize multiple projects and independently follow through with detail.
Standard office environment
Willingness and ability to travel to campus and/or non-campus locations for University business.
Willingness and ability to work evenings and weekends.
Cover Letter addressed to Angela Jacobs, Director, Talent Acquisition & Development (preferred)
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