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.
Alumni Relations & Development (ARD) engages alumni (~190k),
current students, parents and friends of the University through
intellectual, professional and social activities on campus, around
the world and online. ARD raises $550 Million annually to support
faculty and researchers, practitioners and patients, and students
and programs across the University. Our work supports priorities in
every division, school, department, and institute. The ARD team of
the Physical Science Division (PSD) serves as part of the Sciences
and Organizations fundraising team at the University of Chicago.
Tasked with raising money for the Dean’s priorities in the PSD, as
well as supporting departmental needs for Astronomy &
Astrophysics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geophysical Sciences,
Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics. The team engages in alumni
relations activities; manages a portfolio of donors and prospects
to the Division; and works with colleagues across ARD to broaden
the exposure of the PSD to the alumni and friends of the University
of Chicago. This position has a hybrid work schedule which includes
weekly in office presence located in Hyde Park at 5235 South Harper
The job manages programs designed to meet University fundraising
goals for contributed income. Serves as strategist of efforts to
secure gifts and build relationships with alumni, faculty,
administrators and organizations with potential to make gifts.
Develops communication strategies for projects.
- Drives and supports PSD activity for Major Gifts. Reports to
and coordinates this activity with the PSD director of
- Works with Prospect Management and Prospect Research to
identify portfolio gaps.
- Identifies suspects, prospects, and cross-unit or multi-unit
- Organizes and executes donor visit preparation, follow up, and
trip planning for self and others, which includes partnering with
other ARD staff to generate briefings, proposals, solicitation
plans, gift documentation, and gift recognition plans.
- Connects ARD generalist gift officers with PSD leadership.
Creates opportunities for officers to learn about the research and
fundraising priorities of the Division and to include the Division
in multi-unit solicitations.
- Earns shared solicitation credit as a key partner for ARD
generalists and fundraisers in other units as opportunities for
collaborative solicitations arise.
- Prepares confidential briefings for events and individual
meetings for the PSD director of development, Dean, and other
University leaders as needed.
- Develops PSD materials such as funding priorities talking
points, department updates, proposal language, toolkits, pitches,
gift opportunities, etc. for gift officers.
- Serves as lead communications strategist for PSD Council.
- Works with Assistant Director to identify and refine useful
reporting from CRM (Griffin or Phoenix).
- Prepares to pitch in on other tasks as necessary, since this is
a small team.
- Seek opportunities for professional development that will
enhance job performance including attending webinars, seminars,
building networks within the University and with colleagues at peer
- Establishes fundraising goals and priorities based on
department objectives, designs strategies to meet those goals, and
monitors progress against goals.
- Identifies, analyzes, and qualifies donor interest to maximize
giving. Help with overall planning for the University’s most
important prospects. Works independently to develop communication
strategies for projects, including publications and public
- Performs other related work as needed.
Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in
Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed
through 5-7 years of work experience in a related job
- Bachelor’s degree.
- Advanced degree.
- Minimum five years of professional work experience in
fundraising, development, alumni relations, donor relations,
nonprofit management, research, marketing, communications, sales or
similar professional work experience.
- Proven record of accomplishment in solicitations and
cultivation of prospective donors or sales and client
- Experience leading a project team or managing staff.
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 the University's donor relationship
management system and the Microsoft Office Suite.
- Outstanding interpersonal and communications skills
characterized by the ability to listen, speak, and write
- Manage confidential information with discretion and tact.
- Act with integrity, professionalism, and confidentiality.
- Work collegially and collaboratively in a team setting.
- Self-motivation and able to take initiative.
- Prioritize multiple projects and independently follow through
- This position has a hybrid work schedule which includes weekly
in office presence.
- Standard office environment.
- Travel to campus and/or non-campus locations for University
- Work evenings and weekends as needed.
- This position is located in Hyde Park at 5235 South Harper
- Resume/CV (required)
- Cover Letter, addressed to Hiring Committee (preferred)
When applying, the document(s) MUST be
uploaded via the My Experience page, in the
section titled Application Documents of the