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The Director of Development (DoD) will be responsible for leading and coordinating comprehensive fundraising efforts for the Smart Museum of Art. The Director will design and implement holistic strategies and build relationships to identify, cultivate and solicit annual, major, and principal gift donors in collaboration with Smart Museum leadership, the Smart Museum Board of Governors, University leadership, and development colleagues. Working closely with the Smart Museum and ARD teams, the Director will identify and define funding opportunities, support individual and foundation donor engagement opportunities and solicitations, and collaborate with the Smart Board and the Dana Feitler Director to develop strategic approaches for fundraising growth. This Director is a senior fundraising position with management responsibilities for the Smart Museum fundraising team and will work closely with other arts leaders across the University of Chicago and develop partnerships with other University of Chicago fundraising colleagues.

Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Development-Humanities and the Arts, and the Dana Feitler Director of the Smart Museum, the Director is a member of the Smart Museum’s senior leadership team and a member of the ARD Humanities and the Arts Directors group.


The job manages a team of professional staff responsible for programs designed to meet University fundraising goals for contributed income. Manages relationships with alumni, faculty, administrators, and organizations with potential to make gifts in support of the University. Develops communication strategies for projects and contributes to the development of larger advancement strategies.


Responsibilities (7-15)

·         Provide vision for and leadership of the Smart Museum’s fundraising activities including annual giving, major gifts, institutional giving, fundraising events, and campaigns.

·         Lead and manage the creation and implementation of a strategy for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, gift closure, and stewardship of individual and foundation major donor prospects in collaboration with ARD and Smart Museum staff and leadership.

·         Work closely with the Dana Feitler Director of the Smart Museum in supporting the Smart Board of Governors, including managing, and overseeing individual relationships and board committees, as needed.

·         Build and manage relationships with a portfolio of 60-80 individual and foundation prospects, and partner with fundraising colleagues on multi-interest prospects to include Smart Museum solicitations in their overall solicitation plans; including solicitations at the six and seven figure levels.

·         Monitor progress against goals ensuring deadlines are met.

·         Manage, supervise, and lead the Smart’s development team–currently a team of two fundraising professionals with the possibility for growth in the future.

·         Hire, manage, develop, and evaluate development staff as needed and as assigned.

·         Actively encourage staff members’ professional growth and participation in the life of the University.

·         In partnership with the Assistant Vice President for Development-Humanities and the Arts establish annual performance goals, allocate resources, track and assess individual and team performance.

·         Monitor and manage the development team budget.

·         Seek opportunities for professional development that will enhance job performance, including building networks within the University and with colleagues at peer institutions and with an eye towards broadly diversifying the advancement profession.

·         Manages department strategies and plans to achieve University fundraising goals.

·         Recommends and implements fundraising programs and activities.

·         Perform other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

Prepopulated based on the job profile code selected. Cannot be changed.


·         Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.



·         Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 7+ years of work experience in a related job discipline.


Preferred Qualifications


Bachelor’s degree
Advanced degree

·         Minimum seven years of professional work experience in nonprofit management, development, alumni relations, marketing, public relations, sales or similar professional work experience.

·         Minimum four years of leading a project team or managing staff.

·         Minimum two years developing and monitoring budgets.

·         Experience soliciting and closing major gifts.

·         Experience leading a high performing team.

·         Experience fundraising for an art museum or similar organization.


Technical Knowledge or Skills:

·         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 Alumni Relations and Development, including the University’s donor relationship management system and the Microsoft Office Suite.

·         Demonstrated record of organizing successful fundraising, marketing or membership programs.

·         Demonstrated success of meeting or exceeding goals.


Preferred Competencies

Build, lead, mentor, and motivate a diverse team, and to encourage growth and change in both people and programs. A strong commitment to personal and professional development and the ability to foster a collaborative and inclusive team environment.
·         Manage confidential information with discretion and tact.

·         Act with integrity, professionalism, and confidentiality.

Communicate effectively and with influence characterized by the ability to listen deeply, speak clearly, and effectively convey ideas in writing
Be a brand ambassador for the Smart Museum and the University of Chicago
Strong organizational and analytical skills
Self-motivated and entrepreneurial mindset
Track record of meeting and exceeding goals
Passion for and comprehensive knowledge of the visual arts, art museums, and higher education.
Working Conditions

·         This position has a hybrid work schedule which includes weekly in office presence.

·         Standard office environment

·         Travel to campus and/or non-campus locations for University business.

·         Work evenings and weekends as needed.

·         This position is located in Hyde Park at 5235 South Harper Court and/or at the Smart Museum of Art.

Application Documents

·         Resume/CV (required)

·         Cover Letter, addressed to Hiring Committee (required)

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