The Assistant Director of Annual Giving executes the Annual Giving program to raise unrestricted and renewable restricted contributions to the University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences (UCMBS) via gifts to the Forefront Fund (FFF), Friends of UCM, and Alumni Annual Funds (AAF). The FFF, launched in FY05, is the Annual Fund of the UCMBS and targets a non-alumni audience of volunteers, patients, and friends. The Forefront Fund direct response program raises unrestricted gifts for the Forefront Fund and renews gifts from donors of less than $25,000 across the medical center. The Friends of UCM is the grateful patient donor acquisition program.
The Assistant Director will work closely with members of the leadership team including the Sr. Director of Communications and the Associate Vice President as well as colleagues from MBSD's individual giving teams and alumni relations team and the University's Alumni Relations and Development (ARD). S/he strategizes with these colleagues on creation and execution of integrated annual giving campaigns and assists in the identification and solicitation of Leadership and Major Gift level prospects.
The Assistant Director is ultimately responsible for the Annual Fund's solicitation of prospects and donors to UCM. S/he develops an annual solicitation plan and manages all aspects of the integrated program including: direct mail, online implementation, materials and message development; appeal creation; vendor selection; and appeal execution. For the AAF, s/he also partners with ARD for select appeals and emails campaigns. S/he also manages the relationship with the telefund vendorand partners with ARD to facilitate the MBSD alumni campaign, conducted at the campus call center. For all Annual Funds, s/he analyzes and prepares performance reports for distribution to MBSD colleagues and Annual Fund volunteers.
Stewardship: In partnership with the Donors Relations team, s/he creates procedures to ensure timely, accurate, and thoughtful acknowledgement of all gifts to the Annual Funds as well as production and mailing of appropriate acknowledgement letters. For FFF donors, s/he manages the benefits program, which includes an assessment of current participation; benchmarking to peer institutions; and recommendations for program improvements. For the AAF, s/he benchmarks, develops, implements, and documents AAF stewardship and recognition plans including the provision of informative and regular reports to donors, reports from the Deans of the Division of Biological Sciences and Pritzker School of Medicine, and the continuing involvement of donors with activities related to their interests. S/he creates, implements, and/or staffs recognition events, volunteer groups, and publications.
Operations: S/he identifies and maximizes internal resources, external resources, and vendors to: segment lists; produce print and web-based materials; manage process; and/or report outcomes for direct mail and telefund efforts.
Cultivation: S/he utilizes the stewardship program and other available resources to keep prospects and donors involved and informed of ongoing projects, developments, and advancements at the UCM. S/he coordinates with Outreach, ARD and UCM marketing teams to ensure that all opportunities to cultivate prospective and current donors to the Annual Funds are maximized. S/he staffs Reunion and class volunteers to cultivate gifts and encourage engagement.
Prospect Identification and Qualification: S/he analyzes individual patterns of prior support to identify specific opportunities for continuing support, and evaluates historic Annual Fund and national giving trends to anticipate and respond to funding opportunities.
The Assistant Director participates in and contributes to the planning process for the Annual Funds team.
A Bachelor's degree required.
A minimum of two years of full-time professional experience in development or a related service-oriented field required.
Experience with direct mail and marketing programs is preferred. Experience with digital marketing experience and website giving pages is preferred.
Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines required. Ability to work well within a team of highly motivated individuals required. Outstanding interpersonal and communications skills characterized by the ability to write well with a strong commitment to customer service required. Excellent diplomatic skills required. Ability to maintain confidentiality required. Ability to learn and manipulate databases required. Ability to attend and help with weekend and evening events required. Ability and willingness to travel required. Valid driver s license required.
Proficiency with MS Office Suite, including Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint preferred. An understanding of the University of Chicago, its history, mission, demographics, faculty, current programs, departments, and processes preferred.
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About University of Chicago, Medicine and Biological Sciences Development
Join the University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences Development (MBSD) team during a time of exciting momentum under the leadership of seasoned, dedicated, and talented professionals. This is a unique career opportunity to work with a dynamic organization driving the visionary and fundraising themes for the University of Chicago Campaign: Inquiry and Impact. Of the $4.5B Campaign, $1.2...B will support medicine and biological sciences in research, patient care, and education and training programs, including several transformational initiatives.
MBSD'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. Be part of a team of colleagues whose commitment and contributions enable success and global impact in a bold Campaign.