Project Manager, Individual Giving

The University of Chicago

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Position Details

Project Manager, Individual Giving
Chicago Illinois
Chicago, IL


BSD DEV - Development: Associate Vice President Individual Giving

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 uses best practices and knowledge in the planning and implementation of development activities; typically within the undergraduate college, an academic department, a professional school, the central development office, or another University unit. Executes fundraising projects, cultivation programs for prospective donors and for visiting committees.


  • Works with the Associate Vice President with ongoing planning and strategy review; the implementation of meetings, policy implementation, and ensures team members have access to needed resources. 
  • Project Manager is responsible, and will supervise a team of Senior Development Associates, to ensure that the Individual Giving has reports, analysis, meetings, and resources to efficiently help officers meet individual and team goals. 
  • Assist in executing and monitoring strategic interactions with donors and prospective donors to enable the Individual Giving team to meet their annual fundraising goal and to develop relationships. 
  • Closely monitors team activity and anticipates and tracks deliverables, including letters, briefings, reports, presentations, and proposals. Facilitates internal meetings and facilitates fundraiser visits with donors and prospective donors to advance prospect strategy 
  • Serves as project manager for the team’s activity and is responsible for implementing tactical next steps to ensure goals and objectives are met. 
  • Assists the AVP in managing the Individual Giving non-salary budget by overseeing the timely and accurate processing of team invoices and reimbursements. Monitors spending and budget to ensure on-target expenses; and alerts the AVP of any variances. 
  • May assist the Associate Vice President in staffing board committees and other auxiliary boards such as the Comer Development Board, UCCRF, and others as appropriate. 
  • Has a deep understanding of fundraising operations for a school or department of the University. Participates in the development of fundraising goals, policies and short and long-term strategies. Assesses, analyzes and evaluates fundraising programs, specialized projects or major events. 
  • Participates in the development of school or department fiscal year operating budget. May help develop and manage program or event budge 
  • 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:


  • Full-time professional experience in development or a related field.

Preferred Competencies:

  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines 
  • Ability to work well within a team of highly motivated individuals 
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communications skills characterized by the ability to write well with a strong commitment to customer service 
  • Excellent diplomatic skills 
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality 
  • Ability to learn and manipulate databases 
  • Ability to attend and help with weekend and evening events 
  • Ability and willingness to travel 
  • Valid driver s license 
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite, including Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint 
  • An understanding of the University of Chicago, its history, mission, demographics, faculty, current programs, departments, and processes

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