Development Officer (Associate Director of Donor Relations)
University of Illinois at Chicago
August 7, 2018
Full Time - Experienced
The College of Business Administration, Office of Development is seeking a Development Officer (Associate Director of Donor Relations). This position will work in conjunction with the Director to manage and implement appropriate donor relations, stewardship, special events, and related communications programs to aid in the college’s/unit’s efforts to educate, cultivate and recognize donors. This position requires the incumbent to have the ability to attend weekend and evening events required.
Key Responsibilities / Duties:
Write, prepare, and produce strategic communications in multiple mediums in a timely fashion. This may include, but not be limited to, social media, donor publications, e-blasts, year-end-reminders, stewardship reports, gift acknowledgements, web pages, invitations, newsletter updates, and campaign materials.
Coordinate annual and endowed scholarships in collaboration with Student Services by organizing student thank you letters, managing donor gift terms, and providing accurate UIF fund amounts.
Develop and implement a comprehensive donor relations program that strategically targets all levels of giving as defined by the advancement team at UIC Business. Ensure donors are acknowledged and recognized to strengthen their affinity for and financial support to the college/unit.
Help develop and implement innovative programs, projects, and events to thank, recognize and steward donors; ensure the external reporting to donors on the impact of their giving.
Track donor relations and stewardship activities in the established database to enhance relationships and increase the likelihood of continued contributions.
Assist the Director of Advancement in coordinating individualized stewardship plans for donors to college/unit.
Manage stewardship activities and implement a variety of benefits, communications (ie. gift Acknowledgments, endowment reports), and recognition opportunities associated with a new giving society.
Coordinate and manage logistics for cultivation and stewardship events for donors and prospects.
In collaboration with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Advancement (OVCA) and college/unit business manager, oversee annual endowment impact reports for college/unit.
Ensure strong partnerships and timely response to requests with colleagues throughout UIC and the University of Illinois Foundation.
Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as assigned.
Other duties as assigned.
Minimum Acceptable Qualifications Required:
1. Bachelor’s Degree or higher, with a major in public relations, communications, or closely related field.
One year of professional fundraising work experience with responsibility for developing and implementing fundraising campaigns.
Four years of professional fundraising work experience with responsibility for developing and implementing fundraising.
Full-time professional experience in fundraising, constituent relations, non-profit management, marketing or related service-oriented field, preferably in a higher education environment.
Familiarity with donor relations and stewardship best practices with current or prior membership in the Association of Donor Relations Professionals.
Strong analytical, project management, organization, time management, and customer service skills.
Excellent writing and communication skills. Proficiency with electronic communications, social media, and website tools strongly preferred.
Proficient in the use of Microsoft applications. Strong database skills. Experience using alumni/donor database and business intelligence software highly desired.
Ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with high-end donors, volunteers, faculty, staff, general public and diverse populations, while maintaining a high level of discretion and confidentiality.
About University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is Chicago's largest university with more than 30,000 students, 12,000 employees, 15 colleges and the state's major public medical center.