Assistant Director, Annual Giving

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Saturday, November 18, 2023


UL Inclusive Economy Lab

About the Department

We partner with policymakers, community-based organizations and others to identify their most urgent and pressing challenges, co-generate evidence about what works, and translate findings into policy changes that end intergenerational poverty. By identifying barriers to social mobility and racial equity and highlighting the programs and policies that have the most positive impact, our work creates aims to create greater economic opportunity. We specialize in evaluating programs with the potential to improve lives in four main areas:
• College and Career Success
• Housing Stability
• Financial Security
• Quality Jobs

Job Summary

The job plans and executes the institution’s campaign for annual gift support from all constituents, including alumni, and solves straightforward problems as they arise.


  • Ensures effective execution of development operations to meet philanthropic goals, including: leading fundraising meetings, meeting regularly with research teams, overseeing salesforce data management and quality.

  • Expands and diversifies IEL donor base and pipeline and works closely with leadership and other senior team members to secure funding for new initiatives.

  • Implements a comprehensive development strategy; manages a portfolio of donors and prospects; cultivates and advances successful relationships to secure gifts from individual donors; develops and implement stewardship activities aimed at cultivating deeper ties with donors.

  • Collaborates with staff at University of Chicago Alumni Relations and Development and the Harris School of Public Policy to identify and qualify prospective donors.

  • Supports the External Affairs Director by attending IEL events.

  • Work closely with IEL Finance team to transition grant administration upon award, including updating proposed budget to match Notice of Grant Award.

  • Support the development of the Inclusive Economy Lab’s Supporter’s Circle.

  • Contributes to the planning and implementation of programs to identify, visit, and solicit alumni, parents, and other constituencies within an assigned geographical region for gifts to meet fundraising goal. Does this with a moderate level of guidance and direction.

  • Ensures quality control when monitoring various marketing channels by developing a targeted strategy for solicitation and marketing materials as well as campaign appeals, solving a range of straightforward problems as they arise.

  • 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.


  • Previous experience in a decentralized environment.

  • Previous experience with various University electronic systems, including grant, finance and purchasing system experience (e.g. Concur).

  • Demonstrated experience working with communities that have experienced segregation and disinvestment.

  • First generation college students and those with lived experience in communities experiencing poverty and disinvestment are encouraged to apply.

Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • Proven ability with software applications and databases.

  • High level of fluency in word processing, presentation, and spreadsheet software (e.g. MS Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook), particularly Microsoft Excel.

Preferred Competencies

  • Ability to engage thoughtfully with issues related to race, identity, and equity and work across difference.

  • Must have exceptional organizational skills, including attention to detail, time-management, with previous project management experience.

  • Ability to prioritize projects during high-pressure and high-volume workload periods.

  • Customer service orientation and communication skills.

  • Utilize critical thinking skills to draw conclusions/solve problems.

  • Demonstrate ability to clearly communicate and discuss information internally and externally. Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet tight deadlines.

  • Ability to work both independently and to collaborate with others, both on internal teams.

  • Must be able to build professional relationships with project teams, central support staff, and funders to best support project outcomes.

  • Demonstrates high level of personal integrity.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (required)

  • Cover Letter (required)

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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