Development Coordinator, Individual Giving

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Friday, September 22, 2023


BSD DEV - Individual Giving - Education & Community

About the Department

Medicine and Biological Sciences Development’s mission is to inspire and facilitate philanthropy at the University of Chicago Medicine by building relationships with those who share its goals of advancing excellence in research, education, community, and patient care. We accomplish this mission through expertise, integrity, creativity, and collaboration.

Job Summary

The job provides professional support of assigned development activities with instruction from others. Executes fundraising projects, cultivation programs for prospective donors and for visiting committees.


  • The Development Coordinator performs complex and diverse responsibilities in support of Medicine & Biological Sciences Development (MBSD) fundraising teams.

  • Facilitates, organizes, and executes fundraising activities to ensure annual fundraising goals are met and future campaigns are successful.

  • They collaborate with colleagues to execute projects with a focus on increasing participation, revenue, and engagement from prospects, donors, volunteers, faculty, and other key constituents.

  • Coordinates logistics of meetings, events, and staff meetings as needed. Supports team on event planning and execution including working with vendors, collaborating with campus colleagues and volunteers. Works with fundraisers to advance giving strategies.

  • They compose and edit correspondence and other documents for delivery internally (e.g., MBSD, UCM) and externally (e.g., donor acknowledgements, correspondence for leaders and volunteers within the primary strategic constituencies).

  • They utilize the fundraising database Griffin to look up and maintain up to date and accurate information and to research information. They fulfill requests for queries/reports from Griffin.

  • Prepares gift allocation forms for gifts received by MBSD, and forwards the gifts and completed forms to Central Development’s gift processing office.

  • They collect/research data to support or answer specific questions/topics related to development and volunteer management activity; drafts, proofreads, and creates reports and presentations for the team and the volunteers that they support; develops and implements team procedures and policies.

  • Plans somewhat complex activities of volunteer and support groups. Recruits members and provides guidance and support to leadership activities.

  • Has a moderate/high level of authority in drafting informational and marketing materials for review for assigned programs. Assists in developing support materials for specific fundraising activities.

  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher.


  • Nonprofit management, development, alumni relations, marketing, public relations, or similar work.

  • Experience with fundraising, contact management or other database software.

  • Experience working with volunteers.

  • Experience planning and executing events.

Preferred Competencies

  • Strong verbal and writing skills, high attention to detail and follow-up, and excellent organizational skills.

  • An exceptional work ethic and track record of personal initiative.

  • Outstanding interpersonal and communications skills characterized by the ability to listen, to speak, and to write well.

  • Flexibility and adaptability to new programs in an emerging and changing environment.

Working Conditions

  • Office Environment (hybrid schedule).

Application Documents

  • Resume (required)

  • Cover Letter (preferred)

When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

Job Family

Alumni Relations & Development

Role Impact

Individual Contributor

FLSA Status


Pay Frequency


Scheduled Weekly Hours


Benefits Eligible


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


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