Assistant Director, Donor Relations

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Friday, January 5, 2024


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About the Department

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business is the second-oldest business school in the U.S. and second to none when it comes to influencing business education and business practices. Since 1898, the school has produced ideas and leaders that shape the world of business. Their rigorous, discipline-based approach to business education transforms students into confident, effective, respected business leaders prepared to face the toughest challenges.

Chicago Booth has the finest set of facilities of any business school in the world. Each of the four campuses (two in Chicago, one in London, and one in Hong Kong) reflects the architectural traditions of its environs while offering a state-of-the-art learning environment.

Chicago Booth is proud to claim:
-an unmatched faculty.
-degree and open enrollment programs offered on three continents.
-a global body of nearly 54,000 accomplished alumni.
-strong and growing corporate relationships that provide a wealth of lifelong career opportunities.

As part of the world-renowned University of Chicago, Chicago Booth shares the University's core values that shape the distinctive intellectual culture. At Booth, they constantly question and test ideas, and seek proof. This extraordinarily effective approach to business leads to new ideas and innovative solutions. Seven of the Booth faculty members have won Nobel Prizes for these ideas - the first business school to achieve this accomplishment.

For more information about the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, please visit: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/.

Job Summary

The Assistant Director, Donor Relations conducts a variety of essential tasks as part of a best-in-class donor relations program that serves to further engage and cultivate the University of Chicago Booth School of Business donors. They are a critical source of support for the Donor Relations team and manage or assist with projects crucial to a successful stewardship program.

The Assistant Director is responsible for supporting stewardship reporting. They create ad hoc reports as assigned, liaising as needed with gift officers and program managers to collect information and compile each report. They assist other Donor Relations team members with stewardship reporting by collecting information, editing, and proofing as needed.

Under the direction of the Associate Director, Donor Relations, they assist with stewardship events, maintain stewardship web pages, and complete other stewardship projects and tasks as assigned.


  • Manages all facets of ad hoc stewardship reporting as assigned.
  • Assists with other stewardship reporting tasks under the direction of other Donor Relations team members.
  • Assists with other stewardship events, projects, and tasks.
  • Maintains stewardship information in the alumni database.
  • Collaborates with others to create, plan, and implement annual leadership recognition, opportunities, vehicles, and events while building knowledge of the University and processes.
  • Assess current giving levels to qualify for various societies and programs and make recommendations to assess programs using standard procedures.
  • 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


  • A minimum two years of professional work experience in advancement, alumni relations, donor relations, communications, marketing, public relations, or similar work.
  • Previous professional experience in stewardship and/or donor relations.
  • Experience in an institution of higher education or non-profit.

Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • Proficiency with the Windows environment and standard MS Office suite.
  • Experience with fundraising databases such as Ellucian Advance, Blackbaud products, or Salesforce.
  • Familiarity with Marketo or similar marketing software.

Preferred Competencies

  • Demonstrated track record of strategic and creative approaches to tasks.
  • Flexible and adaptable to new projects and tasks in a changing environment.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Self-motivated and work well with and through others.
  • Work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet short deadlines.
  • Superior verbal, writing, and proofreading skills.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Strong commitment to customer service.
  • Scrupulous attention to matters of discretion and confidentiality.

Working Conditions

  • This position is currently expected to work a minimum of three days per week in the office.
  • Travel to campus and/or non-campus locations for University business.
  • Work evenings and weekends on occasion.

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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