1) Reporting to the Sr. Director, Campaign Mgmt and Center Advancement, the Associate Director, Proposal Writing and Design will develop gift proposals and other related collateral for individual donors to help raise philanthropic dollars for Chicago Booth. The Associate Director, Proposal Writing and Design will play an integral role on the Center Advancement & Campaign Management team by taking ownership of responsibilities; producing high quality, accurate, and creative work using excellent writing and editing skills.
2) Important components of this position include first and foremost proposal writing, followed by project management for proposals and collateral requests, proofreading for the office, and other writing/design projects as needed.
3) Draft and design fundraising proposals for donors with major and principal gift capacity, with an emphasis on $1 million+ fundraising opportunities. Work closely with gift officers, donor relations, advancement leadership, and school administration to collect information, feedback and approval on proposals.
4) Create and maintain proposal templates for common fundraising opportunities that can be utilized directly by gift officers.
5) Write additional collateral, such as one-page overviews, gift and program FAQs, as requested. Help develop or partner on other initiative-related materials, especially related to Booth Center fundraising efforts (ie Center annual fund appeals, event invitations for prospects, etc).May be asked to help with writing projects for other teams on an ad-hoc basis.
6) Review content produced by gift officers and other advancement teams as requested for accuracy, consistency with the Booth and university style guidelines, and grammar in a prompt and meticulous way.
7) Help facilitate the seamless execution of proposals and collateral for individual giving officers. Specifically, maintain the proposal queue, coordinate the approval process, and ensure the delivery of high-quality communications. Develop a system to better track both the production of proposals and their impact.
8) Learn best practices in proposal writing and design and apply to proposals and collateral. Update proposal designs and language with the Chicago Booth brand in mind.
9) Learn the university database, Griffin, and perform various retrievals and help with departmental reports.
1) Excellent verbal and writing skills, organizational and project management skills, and exacting attention to detail.
2) Demonstrated skill and knowledge of, or ability to learn quickly, the universityâ™s technology tools including Griffin (the university's donor relationship management system) and Microsoft products.
3) Proven collaborative skills, ability to work effectively as part of a team in varying roles including writer, copy editor, or document producer.
4) Proven ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet short deadlines.
5) Strong commitment to client service .
6) Ability to manage confidential information with discretion and tact.
1) Masterâ™s degree.
1) A minimum three years of professional work experience in advancement, alumni relations, communications, or similar work.
3) Experience in an institution of higher education.
4) InDesign experience.
2) Cover letter
3) 2-3 writing samples specific to fundraising related projects
Note: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.
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 the Applicant Inquiry Form.
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: 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.
Internal Number: JR04586
About University of Chicago
One of the world's premier academic and research institutions, the University of Chicago has driven new ways of thinking since our 1890 founding. Today, UChicago is an intellectual destination that draws inspired scholars to our Hyde Park and international campuses, keeping UChicago at the nexus of ideas that challenge and change the world.