Erikson Institute, a graduate school in child development located in downtown Chicago, is seeking to hire a Director of Development and Alumni Relations. The director is responsible for inspiring, broadening and deepening the support of donors to Erikson. S/he leads the strategy and management of all annual giving cultivation, solicitation and stewardship programs and provides leadership in the continuing development of a major gift/planned giving program. S/he leads strategy and development of relationships with Erikson alumni. S/he is an articulate spokesperson for Erikson and its programs and priorities in the philanthropic community. S/he manages the Associate Director for Data and Donor Services and the Manager for Annual Fund and Alumni Relations as well as part time staff. S/he reports to the Vice-President of Institutional Advancement and works closely with the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations to plan and execute strategies for leadership gifts.
Roles & Responsibilities:
As a senior member in Advancement, play key role in department planning, strategy, and management. Work closely with the V.P. and Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations to expand the base of donors and increase engagement and gift commitments from existing donors.
Lead efforts to increase support from individuals to Erikson through annual fund programs, and major gift fund raising. Meet and exceed fund raising goals.
Develop and implement strategies for cultivation and solicitation of potential donors and manage stewardship of gifts in partnership with the VP, Erikson Board members, president and faculty and directors.
Develop strategy for Erikson’s Alumni Relations program and provide staff support for the Board of the Alumni of Erikson Institute.
Manage a leadership gift portfolio.
Solicit gifts and provide support in gift solicitations for senior management, faculty and trustees.
Manage advancement operations and staff responsible for data and donor services -gift acknowledgments and receipts, gift entry and reporting, biographical record and contact information maintenance, data retrievals and record maintenance, honor rolls, webpage information and programs to engage alumni and donors. Develop tracking and reporting systems for activity and results; maintain records on individual donors and potential donors to support ongoing activity and future fund raising .
Work with the V.P., president and faculty to develop gift opportunities.
Provide staff support for the Development Committee. Assist the V.P.in work with the Trusteeship Committee of the Board.
Ten+ years of development experience with demonstrated success in annual giving and major gifts. Knowledge of planned giving and campaign experience preferred.
Experience in managing staff.
Interest in all aspects of early childhood education and practice. Ability to understand and explain Erikson programs and funding priorities to current and potential individual donors.
Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to build relationships with donors and secure gifts.
Demonstrated record of meeting personal goals and guiding staff to meet team goals.
Demonstrated ability to collaborate with others (management, trustees, faculty and staff) to accomplish goals.
Aptitude for analysis, interpretation, and translation of information.
Creativity and experience in the development of gift strategies, programs, and solicitation materials that will inspire donors. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Flexible enough to handle multiple projects in a fast paced, understaffed environment.
Curious and thoughtful approach to work characterized by a desire to solve problems and continuously improve quality of work.
Discretion in handling confidential information and materials.
Founded in 1966, Erikson Institute is the nation's premier graduate school in child development. We improve the lives of young children and families through graduate and continuing education in child development, social work, and early childhood education, as well as through community programs and policy research. Erikson is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. We offer a variety of employee benefits, including excellent health and dental plans, life/disability insurance, transit stipend, matching retirement contributions, and more. To learn more please visit:
Erikson Institute is an equal opportunity employer. We consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other classes protected by federal, state, or local laws. In addition, Erikson Institute provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities in accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act and applicable state and local laws (including during the application or hiring process).
In everything we do, Erikson Institute — the nation’s premier graduate school in child development — works to improve the care and education of children age birth to eight.
•We prepare early childhood professionals to help children reach their full potential and to support families.
•We assess and treat children’s developmental, behavioral, social-emotional, and learning issues.
•We support ...stressed parents and help them build their strengths.
•We improve Chicago’s schools.
•We enhance math education in preschools and kindergarten.
•We study early childhood programs to understand what works and why.
These are just a few examples of the ways we work to change the lives of children and families. We achieve our mission through:
•academic programs that provide deep knowledge of early growth and development essential to working effectively with young children; ongoing professional development to sharpen the skills and effectiveness of those working in the early childhood field.
•online programs that expand access to advanced education.
•direct services to families.
•applied research that pinpoints effective early childhood programs, practices and policies.
•community partnerships and initiatives that improve and expand services in schools, social service agencies, the child welfare system, health services, courts, and more.
Each year, the work of our faculty, researchers, alumni, and students touches the lives of an estimated 4 million young children across the nation.