GENERAL SUMMARY: The Assistant Director,
Annual Giving for the University of Chicago Booth School of
Business understands the principles of fundraising and the mission
of the Office of Advancement. This position will support direct
response marketing tactics through email, mail, texting, social
media, phone, and other channels to raise funds from Chicago Booth
alumni and other prospective donors.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Coordinate fundraising strategies leading to an annual increase
in revenue and key metrics for the Annual Fund at the Booth School
of Business. Implement direct marketing solicitation and
communication strategies using email, mail, texting, social media,
phone, and other channels.
- Create and maintain comprehensive project documentation. Ensure
that all projects are delivered on-time, within scope and within
- Assist in the definition of project scope and objectives,
involving all relevant stakeholders and ensuring feasibility.
- Coordinate internal resources and third parties/vendors for the
timely execution of projects.
- Partner with Booth Marketing, Donor Relations, Advancement
Communications, Major Gift officers and third party vendors to
plan, create, schedule, execute, and evaluate productive,
high-quality, cost-effective solicitation projects for the business
- Draft compelling solicitations in various channels using direct
response marketing best practices to motivate alumni and donors to
support the Annual Fund.
- Stay up to date on direct response marketing and email
marketing best practices. Use research on giving patterns to
improve solicitation techniques and improve future solicitation
- Conduct market research to create messaging and communications
that are proven to resonate with the Booth alumni community.
- Interact knowledgeably with donors via multiple channels and
provide high-quality customer service.
- Responsible for processing purchase orders, invoices, and
payments for external vendors.
- Seek opportunities for professional development that will
enhance job performance.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND EXPERIENCE:
- Bachelor’s degree required.
- A minimum of two years of professional work experience in
nonprofit management, development, alumni relations, marketing,
public relations or similar work experience required.
- Experience in managing complex communication projects
- Strong verbal and writing skills, high attention to detail and
follow-up, and excellent organizational skills required.
- Strong commitment to customer service required.
- Ability to manage confidential information with discretion and
- Demonstrated skill and knowledge of, or ability to learn
quickly, the internal workings of the University as well as the
technology tools available, including Phoenix (the University's
Constituent Relationship Management System), a Microsoft Windows
computer environment, Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint
and Access required.
- Strong leadership qualities, including the ability both to
delegate and to execute, thereby leading by word and by example
required; ability to work collegially and collaboratively in a team
- An exceptional work ethic and track record of personal
initiative required; outstanding interpersonal and communications
skills characterized by the ability to listen, to speak, and to
write well required.
- Must be flexible and adaptable to new programs in an emerging
and changing environment required.
- Willingness and ability to travel to campus and/or non-campus
locations for University business required.
- Understanding of the University of Chicago, its history,
organization and modus operandi preferred.
- Willingness and ability to work some evenings and weekends
- Applicants must be currently authorized to work permanently in
the United States.
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. Academic job seekers in need of a reasonable
accommodation to complete the application process should call
773-702-5671 or email ACOppAdministrator@uchicago.edu with their
request. Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to
complete the application process should call 773-834-1841 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org with their request.