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Medicine and Biological Sciences Development


BSD DEV – Individual Giving – NOCO 2


About the Department

Medicine and Biological Sciences Development’s mission is to inspire and facilitate philanthropy at the University of Chicago Medicine by building relationships with those who share its goals of advancing excellence in research, education, community, and patient care. We accomplish this mission through expertise, integrity, creativity, and collaboration.


Job Summary

The job manages programs designed to meet University fundraising goals for contributed income. Serves as strategist of efforts to secure gifts and build relationships with alumni, faculty, administrators and organizations with potential to make gifts. Develops communication strategies for projects.



  • The Associate Director of Individual Giving raises $1 to $5M annually to advance the strategic priorities the University of Chicago Medicine (UCM).
  • Manages a portfolio of 80-150 prospective donors and donors who are capable of making gifts in the $100K to $4.9M range.
  • Works with MBSD’s Leadership Team, UCM faculty, volunteers, and MBSD staff to identify and qualify prospects for support of their assigned Divisions, Departments, and/or Programs.
  • Takes primary responsibility for building relationships with faculty and administrators in the assigned Departments and/or Programs.
  • Qualifies individuals, rating their capability and likelihood to make a philanthropic gift to MBSD.
  • Wisely and judiciously uses the resources of the Research team to augment the identification and qualification of prospective donors.
  • Using a Moves Management process, conceives of, promotes, and coordinates the interaction of potential and current donors with faculty and other individuals who have the ability to deepen the prospective donor’s engagement with the University.
  • Collaborates with the Donor Relations team to individualize donor stewardship.
  • Conceives of and implements solicitation strategies and will participate in the vast majority of these solicitations.
  • Develops solicitation strategy and writes fundraising proposals.
  • Establishes fundraising goals and priorities based on department objectives, designs strategies to meet those goals, and monitors progress against goals.
  • Identifies, analyzes, and qualifies donor interest to maximize giving. Helps with overall planning efforts for the University’s most important prospects. Works independently to develop communication strategies for projects, including publications and public presentations.
  • Performs other related work as needed.


Minimum Qualifications


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

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 5-7 years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • Development or a related field such as public relations, sales, marketing, or volunteer work in a not-for-profit organization.
  • Managing volunteers.
  • University setting or a similarly complex institution.
  • Managing a portfolio of individual donors or volunteers.
  • Experience in the health care industry.

Preferred Competencies

  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, characterized by the ability to listen, to speak, and to write well with a strong commitment to customer service.
  • Excellent organizational skills, and a high degree of flexibility and initiative.
  • Ability to travel and attend evening and weekend functions when necessary.
  • 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.
  • An exceptional work ethic and track record of personal initiative.
  • Ability to work collegially and collaboratively with a team of highly motivated individuals.
  • Familiarity with The University of Chicago.


Working Conditions

Office Environment (hybrid schedule).


Application Documents

Resume (required)
Cover Letter (required)

When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.


Job Family -Alumni Relations & Development

Role Impact – Individual Contributor

FLSA Status – Exempt

Pay Frequency – Monthly

Scheduled Weekly Hours – 37.5

Benefits Eligible – Yes

Drug Test Required – No

Health Screen Required – No

Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required – No


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