Product Manager

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Chicago, ILLINOIS
Job Type: FullTime

Department
 

ARD Sciences and Organizations


About the Department
 

Alumni Relations & Development (ARD) engages alumni (~190k), current students, parents and friends of the University through intellectual, professional and social activities on campus, around the world and online. ARD raises $600 Million annually to support faculty and researchers, practitioners and patients, and students and programs across the University. Our work supports priorities in every division, school, department, and institute. The ARD team of the Physical Sciences Division (PSD) serves as part of the Sciences and Organizations fundraising team at the University of Chicago. Tasked with increasing alumni engagement and raising support for the Dean’s priorities in the PSD, as well as supporting departmental needs for Astronomy & Astrophysics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geophysical Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics, as well as for the forthcoming Data Science Institute. The team engages in alumni relations activities; manages a portfolio of donors and prospects to the Division; and works with colleagues across ARD to broaden the exposure of the PSD to the alumni and friends of the University of Chicago.


Job Summary
 

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.
Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Development, Sciences & Organizations, the Director of Development (DOD) is responsible for leading all activity related to seeking philanthropic support for PSD. The DOD will staff and serve as lead advisor to the Dean in developing fundraising plans and cases for support for division priorities, and in effectively working with faculty and institutional leaders to advance priorities, execute advancement plans, and meet fundraising goals. The DOD will lead a team that raises $20M-$30M annually from individuals and organizations; build and manage a personal portfolio of 50-75 major and principal individual and organizational gift prospects; and manage and assist in 12-18 $100K+ solicitations per year. A successful candidate for this role will have demonstrated success in major gift frontline fundraising and experience closing gifts at the $500K+ level. The ideal candidate will be entrepreneurial, curious, enthusiastic, and will build a broad understanding of PSD to represent the Division and University to donors and prospective donors.

Responsibilities

  • Builds and manages a comprehensive prospect portfolio of individuals, families, and organizations, with an individual goal of raising $5M-$15M annually. Develops cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship plans tailored to specific donors and prospects, and manages or assists gift solicitations.
  • Provides a high level of leadership and partnership to the Dean, including strategically prioritizing the Dean's donor and prospective donor portfolio.
  • Staffs and meets regularly with faculty and program directors to develop a sophisticated, up-to-date understanding of divisional research, programs, and resource needs, and to advise and involve academic leaders in fundraising strategies and development of fundraising opportunities consistent with PSD and University priorities.
  • Develops case statements, talking points, proposals, and briefing materials for these activities; ensures fundraising dollar goals and deadlines are met; monitors, analyzes and reports on overall results to internal and external constituencies.
  • Works closely and collaboratively with gift officers University-wide (principal gifts, regional major gifts, gift planning, annual fund, foundation and corporate relations) to monitor and facilitate growth of the PSD prospect pool, and to contribute to strategy and solicitation plans for multiple-interest prospects that incorporate PSD priorities.
  • Assists gift officers University-wide in understanding PSD priorities and opportunities. Works collaboratively with PSD staff and serves as a key spokesperson for the division.
  • Serves as the chief staff liaison to the Division of the Physical Sciences Council.
  • Represents the PSD in development and execution of a University of Chicago engineering, data and applied sciences, and innovation fundraising strategy.
  • Supervises a team of employees to reach fundraising goals; hire, manage, develop, and evaluate staff; actively encourage staff members' professional growth and participation in the life of the University.
  • Investigates new fundraising ideas and builds consensus among stakeholders to advance those ideas with the most potential.
  • Collaborates as needed with development communications, donor relations and special events to conceive, direct, monitor, and evaluate a comprehensive PSD fundraising communications and outreach plan for donor cultivation and recognition.
  • Manages an annual budget.
  • Manages department strategies and plans to achieve University fundraising goals.
  • May recruit staff volunteers and provide leadership and evaluation to staff members.
  • Performs other related work as needed.


Minimum Qualifications
 

Education:

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

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Work Experience:

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

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Certifications:

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Preferred Qualifications

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Advanced degree.

Experience:

  • A minimum of seven years of experience in science, development, alumni relations, donor relations, nonprofit management, research, marketing, public relations, sales or similar professional work experience.
  • A minimum of three years of experience leading a project team or managing staff.
  • A minimum of two years of experience working closely and collaboratively with senior leadership, trustees and board members.
  • A minimum of one year of experience developing and monitoring budgets.
  • Proven record of accomplishment in solicitations and cultivation of prospective donors, or sales and client development.

Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • 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), Microsoft Windows computer environment, Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access.

Preferred Competencies

  • Demonstrated effective decision-making, while working autonomously and exercising good judgement.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a matrixed organization and identify and utilize resources efficiently and effectively.
  • Superior communications skills—oral, written, and listening—and executive presence and confidence to represent PSD in various forums.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the demonstrated ability to relate well to individuals at every level of an organization both internally and externally.

Working Conditions

  • Standard office environment.
  • Willing and able to travel to campus and/or non-campus locations for University business.
  • Willing and able to work evenings and weekends.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (required)
  • Cover Letter, addressed to Hiring Committee (preferred)


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
 

People Manager


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


Posting Statement
 

Applicant Inquiry Form. <span>Applicant Inquiry Form</span> 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.

 

Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form.

 

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.

 

All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes a review of conviction history.  A conviction does not automatically preclude University employment.  Rather, the University considers conviction information on a case-by-case basis and assesses the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time of the conviction, and its relevance to the position.

 

The University of Chicago's Annual Security & Fire Safety Report (Report) provides information about University offices and programs that provide safety support, crime and fire statistics, emergency response and communications plans, and other policies and information. The Report can be accessed online at: http://securityreport.uchicago.edu . Paper copies of the Report are available, upon request, from the University of Chicago Police Department, 850 E. 61st Street, Chicago, IL 60637.



Department
 

ARD Sciences and Organizations


About the Department
 

Alumni Relations & Development (ARD) engages alumni (~190k), current students, parents and friends of the University through intellectual, professional and social activities on campus, around the world and online. ARD raises $600 Million annually to support faculty and researchers, practitioners and patients, and students and programs across the University. Our work supports priorities in every division, school, department, and institute. The ARD team of the Physical Sciences Division (PSD) serves as part of the Sciences and Organizations fundraising team at the University of Chicago. Tasked with increasing alumni engagement and raising support for the Dean’s priorities in the PSD, as well as supporting departmental needs for Astronomy & Astrophysics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geophysical Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics, as well as for the forthcoming Data Science Institute. The team engages in alumni relations activities; manages a portfolio of donors and prospects to the Division; and works with colleagues across ARD to broaden the exposure of the PSD to the alumni and friends of the University of Chicago.


Job Summary
 

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.
Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Development, Sciences & Organizations, the Director of Development (DOD) is responsible for leading all activity related to seeking philanthropic support for PSD. The DOD will staff and serve as lead advisor to the Dean in developing fundraising plans and cases for support for division priorities, and in effectively working with faculty and institutional leaders to advance priorities, execute advancement plans, and meet fundraising goals. The DOD will lead a team that raises $20M-$30M annually from individuals and organizations; build and manage a personal portfolio of 50-75 major and principal individual and organizational gift prospects; and manage and assist in 12-18 $100K+ solicitations per year. A successful candidate for this role will have demonstrated success in major gift frontline fundraising and experience closing gifts at the $500K+ level. The ideal candidate will be entrepreneurial, curious, enthusiastic, and will build a broad understanding of PSD to represent the Division and University to donors and prospective donors.

Responsibilities

  • Builds and manages a comprehensive prospect portfolio of individuals, families, and organizations, with an individual goal of raising $5M-$15M annually. Develops cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship plans tailored to specific donors and prospects, and manages or assists gift solicitations.
  • Provides a high level of leadership and partnership to the Dean, including strategically prioritizing the Dean's donor and prospective donor portfolio.
  • Staffs and meets regularly with faculty and program directors to develop a sophisticated, up-to-date understanding of divisional research, programs, and resource needs, and to advise and involve academic leaders in fundraising strategies and development of fundraising opportunities consistent with PSD and University priorities.
  • Develops case statements, talking points, proposals, and briefing materials for these activities; ensures fundraising dollar goals and deadlines are met; monitors, analyzes and reports on overall results to internal and external constituencies.
  • Works closely and collaboratively with gift officers University-wide (principal gifts, regional major gifts, gift planning, annual fund, foundation and corporate relations) to monitor and facilitate growth of the PSD prospect pool, and to contribute to strategy and solicitation plans for multiple-interest prospects that incorporate PSD priorities.
  • Assists gift officers University-wide in understanding PSD priorities and opportunities. Works collaboratively with PSD staff and serves as a key spokesperson for the division.
  • Serves as the chief staff liaison to the Division of the Physical Sciences Council.
  • Represents the PSD in development and execution of a University of Chicago engineering, data and applied sciences, and innovation fundraising strategy.
  • Supervises a team of employees to reach fundraising goals; hire, manage, develop, and evaluate staff; actively encourage staff members' professional growth and participation in the life of the University.
  • Investigates new fundraising ideas and builds consensus among stakeholders to advance those ideas with the most potential.
  • Collaborates as needed with development communications, donor relations and special events to conceive, direct, monitor, and evaluate a comprehensive PSD fundraising communications and outreach plan for donor cultivation and recognition.
  • Manages an annual budget.
  • Manages department strategies and plans to achieve University fundraising goals.
  • May recruit staff volunteers and provide leadership and evaluation to staff members.
  • Performs other related work as needed.


Minimum Qualifications
 

Education:

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

---
Work Experience:

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

---
Certifications:

---

Preferred Qualifications

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Advanced degree.

Experience:

  • A minimum of seven years of experience in science, development, alumni relations, donor relations, nonprofit management, research, marketing, public relations, sales or similar professional work experience.
  • A minimum of three years of experience leading a project team or managing staff.
  • A minimum of two years of experience working closely and collaboratively with senior leadership, trustees and board members.
  • A minimum of one year of experience developing and monitoring budgets.
  • Proven record of accomplishment in solicitations and cultivation of prospective donors, or sales and client development.

Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • 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), Microsoft Windows computer environment, Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access.

Preferred Competencies

  • Demonstrated effective decision-making, while working autonomously and exercising good judgement.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a matrixed organization and identify and utilize resources efficiently and effectively.
  • Superior communications skills—oral, written, and listening—and executive presence and confidence to represent PSD in various forums.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the demonstrated ability to relate well to individuals at every level of an organization both internally and externally.

Working Conditions

  • Standard office environment.
  • Willing and able to travel to campus and/or non-campus locations for University business.
  • Willing and able to work evenings and weekends.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (required)
  • Cover Letter, addressed to Hiring Committee (preferred)


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
 

People Manager


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


Posting Statement
 

Applicant Inquiry Form. <span>Applicant Inquiry Form</span> 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.

 

Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form.

 

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.

 

All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes a review of conviction history.  A conviction does not automatically preclude University employment.  Rather, the University considers conviction information on a case-by-case basis and assesses the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time of the conviction, and its relevance to the position.

 

The University of Chicago's Annual Security & Fire Safety Report (Report) provides information about University offices and programs that provide safety support, crime and fire statistics, emergency response and communications plans, and other policies and information. The Report can be accessed online at: http://securityreport.uchicago.edu . Paper copies of the Report are available, upon request, from the University of Chicago Police Department, 850 E. 61st Street, Chicago, IL 60637.


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