For more than 150 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been a leader in educating the world’s most influential artists, designers and scholars. Located in downtown Chicago with a fine arts graduate program consistently ranking among the top four graduate fine arts programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, SAIC provides an interdisciplinary approach to art and design as well as world-class resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum, on-campus galleries and state-of-the-art facilities. SAIC’s undergraduate, graduate and post-baccalaureate students have the freedom to take risks and create the bold ideas that transform Chicago and the world—as seen through notable alumni and faculty such as Michelle Grabner, David Sedaris, Elizabeth Murray, Richard Hunt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Cynthia Rowley, Nick Cave, and LeRoy Neiman.
Works closely with the Executive Director of Prospect Development, Information & Strategy to set the strategic direction of research and prospect management functions, in support of School’s fundraising goals and planning, through research projects, screening verification, discovery and tracking of prospects, database management, project initiatives in conjunction with the Application Specialist and Data and Research Analyst, and training and involvement of development staff.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Produce a comprehensive suite of research products that support the various fundraising initiatives undertaken by the President’s Office and OIA Staff.
Proactively identify prospective donors through: data screenings, information from admissions office, registrar, news alerts, “best of” lists, and internal data mining projects. Manage data tagging system in donor database that is populated by data team, development officers and their assistants.
Work with the Executive Director of Advancement Operations to use prospect identification and research to engage and inform frontline fundraising staff, and to monitor their efforts in maximizing the use of that data in their fundraising efforts; i.e., identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.
Work closely with and oversee activity of Data Assistant, to maintain current and accurate biographical and prospect information in donor database, and assist in production of the weekly news digest.
Provide internal client support and training on the utilization of the donor database.
Maintain trusted relations with vendors; manage subscriptions with the Museum, and coordinate electronic capacity screening projects and data clean-up.
Evaluate tools and emerging technologies, and keep abreast of trends in the field of prospect research.
Bachelor's degree, with background in business, communications, library science,or related field preferred.
4-6 years of prospect research experience.
Familiarity with research resource materials consistent with APRA Advanced Skills Set.
Proficiency with relational database software; Raiser’s Edge experience a plus.
Effective project management abilities.
Detail-oriented, with high analytical aptitude and ability to understand larger scope.
Strong verbal, written and organizational skills.
Ability to handle highly confidential and sensitive information appropriately.
Capability to multi-task and meet short deadlines.
Strong financial analysis skills to identify and interpret assets, individual wealth indicators,philanthropic patterns, and relationships among individuals, corporations and foundations.
The Art Institute of Chicago is an equal opportunity, equal access employer fully committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workplace.
About The Art Institute of Chicago
The Art Institute of Chicago is a world-renowned art museum housing one of the largest permanent collections in the United States. It is encyclopedic in nature with strong holdings across all media, all traditions and all ages. The Art Institute is particularly recognized for its extraordinary Impressionist, Modern, Contemporary and American collections, among other aspects of its holdings. In addition to housing its permanent collection, it typically stages 35-40 special exhibitions a year. In 2014, it was named by TripAdvisor travelers as the number one museum in the world, a remarkable recognition that speaks not only to the quality of the collection but to the entirety of the visitor experience.
The Art Institute welcomes between 1,400,000 and 1,800,000 visitors a year and has a membership of 100,000. The museum has an annual operating budget of approximately $110 million.
Founded in 1879, the Art Institute grew with the success of Chicago and quickly attained world class stature given the strength of its collection. The Art Institute has expanded several times in its history, most recently and notably with the opening in 2009 of the 264,000 square foot Modern Wing ...designed by internationally acclaimed architect Renzo Piano. The addition has been critically important to the museum as it not only provided much needed gallery space, but also allowed the Art Institute to reorganize its galleries to present the collection in a more logical and accessible fashion. The new addition also includes one of the largest education facilities at any museum and this center has allowed the Art Institute to expand its already impressive array of offerings.