Philanthropy Officer for Major Gifts
- The University of Chicago, Laboratory Schools
- Illinois, United States
- Salary Commensurate with experience
- Closing date
- Jun 21, 2023
- Position Type
- Fundraising, Alumni Affairs, Major Gifts, Special Events, Administrative, Other Administrative
- Employment Type
- Full Time
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 and through its Lab+ initiative, the Schools secured more than $97 million in charitable contributions. The Philanthropy Officer for Major Gifts (MGO) will play an important revenue-generating role for annual giving and for priorities in the next comprehensive capital and endowment campaign.
Reporting to the Director of Development/Campaign Manager (DOD), the MGO will be a part of a fundraising team’s efforts to seek Leadership Family five-figure annual gifts and major gifts of $100,000 or more for capital, endowment, operational (Fund for Fund) or special projects. The MGO will collaborate with the Director of Development and the Associate Director of Schools for ARD to establish ambitious but achievable annual fundraising, proposal/solicitation and visit goals.
Identify, cultivate, solicit, and
maintain a portfolio of current Lab parents who have the capacity
to contribute $10,000, $25,000, and more to the Fund for Lab or
other budget-relieving priorities.
Identify, cultivate, solicit, and
maintain a portfolio of parents, alumni, alumni parents,
grandparents, and others who have the capacity to contribute
$100,000 or more to Lab.
Create a robust schedule of
qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship visits
(in-person and virtual) with donors and donor prospects. A key
component of this role is the qualification, via discovery visits,
with individuals to expand Lab’s major gift pool, particularly
among Chicagoland alumni.
Develop and implement compelling
engagement strategies to inspire high net worth individuals to
maximize their philanthropic engagement with Lab.
Raise donor sights, articulate
aspirational goals and ideas, present philanthropic opportunities
in a compelling manner and close gifts.
Promote gift planning techniques via
major gift visits and other outreach.
Build knowledge and ability to
communicate effectively, both in writing and in meetings, about a
range of Lab programs, priorities, and initiatives.
Serve on Lab’s Major Gifts
Assist the Associate Director of
Schools for ARD, the DOD and other University ARD gift officers
with strategy and solicitation partnerships when
Participate in Lab ARD events and
assist with the recruitment of participants in and sponsors of
those events. Examples include Dewey Dance, Connections, new Family
receptions, alumni events, etc.
Seek out professional development
opportunities to bring best practices in major gifts to Lab. Seek
opportunities that will enhance job performance including attending
webinars, seminars, building networks within the University and
with colleagues at peer institutions.
Assist with ARD office functions, as
Works with Senior Leadership,
Officers and Deans to design strategic objectives and action steps
that will lead to the successful realization of these
Identifies, analyzes, and qualifies
donor interest to maximize giving. Helps with overall planning
efforts for the University's most important prospects. Works
independently to develop communication strategies for projects,
including publications and public presentations.
Performs other related work as
Bachelor’s degree is required
A minimum of four years or more of
fundraising experience and/or relevant sales/marketing experience
is required. Major gift experience at independent schools, higher
education or not-for-profit organizations is preferred.
Technical Skills or Knowledge:
Manage confidential information with
discretion and tact
Act with integrity, professionalism,
Prioritize multiple projects and
independently follow through with detail
Self-motivation and the ability to
Superior written and verbal
communication skills required.
Outstanding interpersonal and
organizational skills required.
Ability to work on own initiative,
develop rapport, and work well with others required.
Ability to manage multiple tasks
simultaneously and accurately under strict deadlines
Ability to thrive in a fast-paced
Experience with fundraising databases
and reporting tools such as Blackbaud products or Salesforce
Willingness and ability to travel to
campus for Lab Schools business required.
Willingness and ability to work
evenings and weekends on occasion.
Standard office environment
Cover Letter (required)
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