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The University of Chicago Law School occupies a unique niche among this country’s premier law schools. Located on a residential campus in one of America’s great cities, UChicago Law offers a rigorous and interdisciplinary professional education that blends the study of law with the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences. Students, faculty, and staff form a small, tightly knit community devoted to the life of the mind. This position is part of the University of Chicago Law School’s External Affairs (EA) team, which oversees and executes all aspects of alumni engagement and fundraising for the Law School. This 16-member team reports to the Dean of the Law School and collaborates closely with Law School leadership, faculty, staff, and students. Through programming, visits, stewardship, and communications, we engage with our graduates and connect them to opportunities that support the Law School’s mission of providing transformative legal education to its students. The EA team is also part of the University’s larger Alumni Relations and Development (ARD) function, and we work closely with our ARD colleagues to develop and execute University strategy in a manner that resonates with Law School alumni. EA team members are integrated into the larger ARD community through leadership roles, membership on ARD-wide councils and committees, and participation in professional development and other ARD initiatives.


Job Summary

The Assistant Director of Annual Giving is a key member of the External Affairs team and must have a keen understanding of the principles of fundraising and the mission of the school. Responsibilities include developing and executing firm fundraising strategies to secure gifts from alumni and friends. This position leads and manages a large number of volunteer alumni through the law firm challenge to produce effective annual giving solicitations that result in significant participation and dollars raised. The Assistant Director also participates in planning and program management and upholds annual visit and solicitation goals. Frequent travel within Chicago and to other regions is required as is occasional work on the weekends.



  • Manages law firm relationships with the Law School, working closely with colleagues both in the Office of External Affairs and from other departments, such as Dean of Students etc., to develop a cohesive and long-term strategy for firm engagement and cultivation.
  • Conceptualize and execute new ways to cultivate alumni at law firms, including planning events.
  • Manages all aspects of the Law Firm Challenge, a peer-to-peer fundraising program that encourages consistent annual giving by alumni at over sixty law firms through a friendly competition between firms.
  • Prepares correspondence for volunteers in the form of direct mail appeals, email appeals, and other forms of fundraising prose.
  • Recruits, trains, and manages more than sixty firm volunteers, developing training materials and other resources to assist with their solicitation efforts.
  • Creates and maintains a positive volunteer experience for committee members by offering exceptional support service.
  • Oversees the Chicago Law Partners program, which facilitates law firm sponsorship of student activities and events at the Law School.
  • Supports other areas of annual giving and firm engagement, routinely meeting donor fundraising and participation targets.
  • Serves as point person for events held at law firms, including faculty lectures, admitted student events, and others.
  • Collaborates closely with alumni relations staff to manage the programmatic dimension of the young alumni engagement as it relates to law firms and fundraising.
  • Supports efforts to grow and increase Dean’s Circle membership, including planning signature programs.
  • Liaises with other annual giving staff to support and develop annual giving strategies.
  • Visits with donors capable of making annual gifts to the Law School.
  • Manages various email and mail solicitations.
  • Contributes to the development of plans to solicit prospective donors and meet campaign goals. This includes speaking to new prospects persuasively about the case for annual giving support.
  • Ensures quality control when monitoring various marketing channels by developing a targeted strategy for solicitation and marketing materials as well as campaign appeals, solving a range of straightforward problems as they arise.
  • 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 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.


Preferred Qualifications


Bachelor’s degree.


  • Two years of professional fundraising experience with increased responsibility and project management.
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas: alumni relations, development, public relations, volunteer management, events management.


Preferred Competencies

  • Demonstrated ability to design, direct and manage significant program initiatives.
  • Successful demonstration of initiative, organizational skills, leadership skills, team orientation and commitment to customer service.
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully with volunteers and to direct and promote complex events and projects.
  • Ability to perform multiple projects simultaneously with attention to detail and deadlines.
  • Ability to exercise strong interpretive judgment.
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills.
  • Professional demeanor and presentation.
  • 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 Griffin (the University’s Donor Relationship Management System), a Microsoft Windows computer environment, Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.


Application Documents

Resume/CV (required)
Cover Letter (preferred)

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