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
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
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
- 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
- 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
- Provide general office support for the Midwest Major Gifts
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
- 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
- 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
- Ability to work collegially and collaboratively in a team
- Outstanding interpersonal and communications skills
characterized by the ability to listen, to speak, and to write well
- Ability to learn and manipulate Booth databases required.
- Ability to work independently required.
- Ability to manage confidential information with discretion and
- Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends required.
- Ability to travel domestically required.
- Other tasks as assigned.
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