Development Associate

University of Chicago, Booth School of Business
Illinois, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Nov 30, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Development & Advancement, Alumni Affairs
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time


This role supports and/or leads targeted projects in coordination with the Midwest and West Coast Major Gifts teams, as part of the Chicago Booth Advancement Team. Reports to Director, West Coast and takes direction from the Director, Midwest and gift officers on the Midwest and West Coast Major Gifts team to help the larger Booth Advancement Team meet its goals.


The Development Associate will help gift officers effectively utilize Booth leadership to help meet fundraising goals, and will create itineraries and briefings for Deputy Deans and faculty as needed. They will also assist gift officers with prospect cultivation and appropriate engagement, and proactively track donor stewardship.


The Development Associate will provide information in response to specific requests, direct calls and other relevant information to appropriate individuals while using discretion and judgment with confidential information. They will develop a network of professional contacts and provide advisory assistance to other Booth and University offices that seek it. The Development Associate is encouraged to initiate projects that will be beneficial to the Advancement Team, and is expected to anticipate next steps and follow-up related to fundraising activity and active prospect management.




Responsibilities include assisting with implementation of regional strategy, planning and executing Advancement-focused events, and collaborating with University colleagues and volunteers to advance the philanthropic and engagement goals of Chicago Booth.


  • In collaboration with the Prospect Management team, share relevant reports to assist gift officers in active prospect management. Update Griffin, the alumni and donor database of records, by creating prospect actions and maintaining solicitation data, strategy, and next steps. 
  • Assist gift officers in reaching visit goals by helping with trip planning and tracking, as well as conducting visit outreach for gift officers’ qualification meetings.
  • Lead the planning and execution of West Coast- and Midwest-based advancement events and contribute to the strategic development of new events and programs; staff events as needed. Manage event follow-up with attendees and identify potential new prospects.
  • Participate in prospect strategy development as it relates to prospect qualification, cultivation, stewardship, etc. Assist in the preparation of prospect briefings, travel agendas and materials for gift officers, deans, and Chicago Booth leadership.
  • Provide support for prospecting, cultivating, stewarding, and possibly soliciting donor prospects, as needed.
  • Run custom database reports upon request.
  • In conjunction with the Development Associate in New York, continue to build and manage a set of communication pieces (fundraiser toolkit) to enable the frontline work of gift officers on the major gift and leadership giving teams. Assist in producing a set of internal communications for the Individual Giving Teams. Partner cross-functionally with the Communications and the Centers Teams.
  • Provide general office support for the Midwest Major Gifts team.




  • Bachelor’s degree or higher required.
  • A minimum of one year of work experience in nonprofit management, development, alumni relations, marketing, public relations, or similar work required.
  • Interest in pursuing a career in development is preferred.
  • A strong commitment to customer service, proven track record of problem solving, and the ability to manage multiple projects and relationships required.
  • Excellent analytical skills required.
  • Strong verbal and writing skills, high attention to detail and follow-up, and excellent organizational skills required.
  • Demonstrated skill and knowledge of, or ability to quickly learn the internal workings of the University and the technology tools available to Chicago Booth staff required, including Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access required.
  • Ability to work collegially and collaboratively in a team setting required.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communications skills characterized by the ability to listen, to speak, and to write well required.
  • Ability to learn and manipulate Booth databases required.
  • Ability to work independently required.
  • Ability to manage confidential information with discretion and tact required.
  • Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends required.
  • Ability to travel domestically required.
  • Other tasks as assigned. 


Interested candidates should apply directly to the University of Chicago job board. Only applicants that apply directly to the job board will be considered for the position. If the link does not send you to the job posting please copy and paste into your web browser. Thank you for your interest in The University of Chicago, Booth School of Business!


The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information, please see the University’s Notice of Nondiscrimination. Academic job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5671 or email with their request. Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-834-1841 or email with their request.

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