The Division of University Advancement at Miami University is seeking a self-starting, driven team member who is passionate about making an impact on the lives and experiences of Miami students through the power of philanthropy. Miami University is a public university founded in 1809 with over 200,000 alumni and 20,000 enrolled students. With its close proximity to the city of Cincinnati, a nationally recognized excellence in undergraduate education, and a tremendously loyal alumni base, there is a significant opportunity to increase support from alumni, friends, and partners as Miami embarks on the most ambitious campaign in University history.
The Director of Regional Development for the Chicago area will advance the mission of Miami University by planning, organizing, and implementing strategies to increase the level of personal engagement and financial commitment of alumni and friends. As a member of the Regional Development Team which boasts a 15+ year tradition within the Office of Development, The Director of Regional Development – Chicago will have a particular emphasis on securing philanthropic and volunteer support for the University and its priorities. Reporting to the Assistant Vice President of Development, Regional Programs through the Senior Associate Vice President for University Advancement, it is preferred that the Director of Regional Development for Chicago resides in the Chicago area and works remotely, with travel required within the region and periodic travel to Oxford, Ohio for meetings and other activities.
In alignment with Miami University’s statement on Diversity and Inclusion, University Advancement is committed to and fully embraces the philosophy and belief that a diverse community is among an institution's greatest strengths. The Division of University Advancement is committed to creating an inclusive work environment where all people feel safe, valued, and respected. To view our full statement including our specific commitments, please visit our website: miamialum.org/DEI_statement.
Duties: The Director of Regional Development for Chicago will have the following specific duties:
Implement and direct a comprehensive university advancement program for the Chicago area in response to the goals and initiatives established by the Division of University Advancement. Specific emphasis will be on the Chicago metropolitan area and might include other areas within the state of Illinois.
Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward alumni and friends of Miami University who reside in the Chicago area for major gifts in support of the programs and divisions of the university. Encourage and coordinate involvement of alumni and friends through campus visits and regional events.
Prepare and present solicitation proposals to alumni and friends with the input and assistance from constituent development officers representing Miami's various colleges and units as well as faculty, staff, administrators and deans. Proposals may involve tax planning, gifts of real estate, personal property, securities, and gifts in wills, trusts, annuities and insurance.
Recruit and staff volunteers and volunteer committees for events, programs and campaigns held in the Chicago region.
The Director of Regional Development will serve as the direct point of contact and liaison for activities in the Chicago region related to the Division of University Advancement.
- Bachelor's degree
- Minimum of three years of fundraising or comparable work experience
- Ability and willingness to travel
- Ability and willingness to reside in or near Chicago, with ability to fully complete job responsibilities remotely from residence
- Outstanding oral and written communication skills
- Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
- Ability to work with little day to day supervision
- Direct fundraising experience
- Management experience
- Experience working in an educational setting
- Experience working with a donor database system
Miami University, an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, encourages applications from minorities, women, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Miami University prohibits harassment, discrimination and retaliation on the basis of age (40 years or older), color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, military status, national origin (ancestry), pregnancy, race, religion, sex/gender, status as a parent or foster parent, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, programs or employment practices. Requests for reasonable accommodations for disabilities related to employment should be directed to ADAFacultyStaff@miamioh.edu or 513-529-3560.
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