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Executive Director Alumni Relations amp Development

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Job Summary:   Reporting directly to the Director of the Laboratory Schools, the Director of Alumni Relations & Development is a member of the school's Senior Leadership team who serves as the chief development officer for **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***.. Overseeing a staff of seven, the Director is responsible for designing and executing a comprehensive fundraising plan that encompasses annual and capital campaign components. The office also manages alumni relations and supports special community events involving parents, other donors, students, alumni, and representatives of the University of Chicago. The Director bears significant responsibility for the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of a portfolio of individual major gifts prospects and provides leadership and direct supervision to the Alumni Relations and Development Office team.   Responsibilities: Plan, develop and execute a comprehensive fundraising strategy to maximize philanthropic support from alumni, parents, staff, and others.  Identify, research, cultivate, and solicit prospects. Execute strategy and manage portfolio of prospects who have the capacity to make six and seven figure gifts.  Establish and manage programs that bring groups of University of Chicago Laboratory Schools alumni together on the basis of shared interest, vocation, profession, or generation. Develop effective strategies for interacting with and supporting alumni.  Develop an annual fund plan and monitor progress and performance while contributing to strategic planning efforts  Communicate a broad understanding and awareness of Lab's mission and programs.  Advise the Director, board members, and the alumni relations and development team on strategies to increase financial support and to identify funding opportunities.  Lead quarterly meetings of the board's Alumni & Family Relations and Development Committee in conjunction with board member committee chair.Conduct orientations for new board members, and presentations for the board.  Establish and track quantitative measures for programs and areas in annual fund, major gifts, and endowment support.  Steward ongoing philanthropic commitments including relationships with donors, tracking down reporting on uses of funds and gift recognition.  Work in accord with the University of Chicago's Alumni Relations and Development office to set and monitor fundraising goals for Lab, develop proposals, and cultivate and solicit prospects.  Support the University of Chicago's $5 billion Inquiry and Impact Campaign. Design and execute events for promotion, cultivation, and recognition as needed.  Prepare and monitor the Alumni Relations and Development operating budget. Manage expenses against approved budgets and take necessary actions to ensure a balanced budget.    Other Responsibilities:  Supervise, set direction, and support the goals for each member of the Alumni Relations and Development team. Ensure that each individual clearly understands his/her responsibilities and objectives. Provide regular performance feedback, including annual performance appraisals, for the purpose of supporting the professional growth and talents of each team member. Create a culture and environment that encourages inclusiveness and teamwork.  Provide comprehensive and effective support to the director of the schools. Serve as a member of the Senior Leadership team and participate in Lab and/or University wide committees, teams, and initiatives as assigned to successfully achieve goals.  Oversee events that promote the connection of individuals and families to Lab including annual benefits  Oversee parent volunteers to the annual fund and other fundraising initiatives  Work in close coordination with the University of Chicago's Alumni Relations and Development office and support Lab staff in working effectively with that office.  Seek out other resources at the University of Chicago and leverage them to strategically benefit the Laboratory Schools.  Perform other duties as assigned. Seek opportunities for professional development that will enhance job performance.     Competencies:          Ability to participate personally in high-level gift strategies and solicitations required. Ability to simultaneously plan, organize, and manage a wide range of complex activities required. Ability to work under intense pressure and respond positively to deadlines and requests imposed by others required. Strong leadership qualities, including the ability both to delegate and to execute, thereby leading by word and by example required. Ability to resolve conflict and build consensus required. Ability to work collegially and collaboratively required. Ability to conduct sound business practices required. Outstanding interpersonal and communications skills characterized by the ability to listen, to speak, and to write well with a strong commitment to customer service required. Excellent diplomatic skills required. Ability to make excellent first impressions and develop sound, enduring relationships with a broad range of people, including high-level corporate and civic executives required. Ability to maintain confidentiality required. Ability to attend weekend and evening events required. Ability and willingness to travel required. Excellent organizational skills, and a high degree of flexibility and initiative required. An exceptional work ethic and track record of personal initiative and integrity preferred. Familiarity with The University of Chicago, particularly the Laboratory Schools preferred.   Education: Bachelor's degree or higher required.  Advanced graduate or professional degree in business, marketing, management, or higher education administration preferred.     Experience: A minimum of eight years of increasingly responsible and successful experience in development, including alumni relations, soliciting and closing major gifts required.  A minimum of five years of experience in a university setting or a similarly complex institution required.  A minimum of three years of experience in alumni relations and related events required.  A minimum of two years of staff management experience, particularly with successful leadership, supervision, and professional development of staff required.  Experience planning and managing programs required  Experience in fundraising in K-12 educational setting preferred  Experience managing volunteers preferred  Supervisory experience strongly preferred  Experience developing and monitoring budgets preferred.   Technical Knowledge and Skills: Familiarity with personal computers and database applications required. Demonstrated skill and knowledge of, or ability to learn quickly, the internal workings of the University as well as the technology tools available to the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, including Griffin (the Alumni Development Database System), a Microsoft Windows computer environment, Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel are preferred. Working Conditions and Physical Requirements :      Ability to sit for up to 2 hours Ability to use computers extensively for 4 hours or more Ability to climb stairs up to 2 stories Ability to stand for up to 2 hours Ability to use standard office equipment   Disclaimer : The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities associated with it.   Required Documents: Cover letter Resume Professional references ,@type:JobPosting,responsibilities: Education: Bachelor's degree or higher required.  Advanced graduate or professional degree in business, marketing, management, or higher education administration preferred.     Experience: A minimum of eight years of increasingly responsible and successful experience in development, including alumni relations, soliciting and closing major gifts required.  A minimum of five years of experience in a university setting or a similarly complex institution required.  A minimum of three years of experience in alumni relations and related events required.  A minimum of two years of staff management experience, particularly with successful leadership, supervision, and professional development of staff required.  Experience planning and managing programs required  Experience in fundraising in K-12 educational setting preferred  Experience managing volunteers preferred  Supervisory experience strongly preferred  Experience developing and monitoring budgets preferred.   Technical Knowledge and Skills: Familiarity with personal computers and database applications required. Demonstrated skill and knowledge of, or ability to learn quickly, the internal workings of the University as well as the technology tools available to the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, including Griffin (the Alumni Development Database System), a Microsoft Windows computer environment, Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel are preferred. Working Conditions and Physical Requirements :      Ability to sit for up to 2 hours Ability to use computers extensively for 4 hours or more Ability to climb stairs up to 2 stories Ability to stand for up to 2 hours Ability to use standard office equipment   Disclaimer : The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities associated with it.   Required Documents: Cover letter Resume Professional references ,validThrough:2018-08-11T04:00:00Z,title:Executive Director, Alumni Relations & Development,datePosted:2018-06-12T14:56:51Z}

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