POSITION: Director of Development Physical Sciences Division
REPORTS TO: Cynthia Csernansky, Associate Vice President University Initiatives and Organizations
INSTITUTION: The University of Chicago
LOCATION: Chicago, Illinois
The University of Chicago is seeking a Director of Development to lead fundraising for the Physical Sciences Division.
The University of Chicago’s Physical Sciences Division (PSD) has a history of producing world-altering research and scientists who push the boundaries of human understanding. Its faculty and alumni determined the charge of the electron, developed carbon-14 dating, produced the first controlled, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction, devised the Fujita tornado scale, and are widely considered the inventors of astrophysics and cosmochemistry.
The PSD’s strategy to build upon its eminence in the physical and mathematical sciences encompasses four points:
Develop ambitious research agendas and programs while producing alumni who will extend the division’s reach across academia
Fortify a renowned PSD, attracting the best students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty
Serve as the intellectual destination where researchers from around the globe present and hone their breakthroughs
Revolutionize science—how we conduct research and how we teach
Each department has specific priorities, and the entire division has several interdisciplinary goals to further these aims. The PSD comprises the departments of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Biophysical Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geophysical Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics. Interdisciplinary teams include the Enrico Fermi Institute, the James Franck Institute, the Computation Institute, the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, and the Institute for Biophysical Dynamics. UChicago manages national scientific labs including Argonne National Laboratory, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and Apache Point Observatory in New Mexico.
This is a critical moment when philanthropy can help the PSD profoundly change our understanding of the world. The University of Chicago Campaign: Inquiry and Impact will raise $300 million to support initiatives across the Physical Sciences Division.
For more information on PSD: https://physical-sciences.uchicago.edu/.
Dean Edward (Rocky) Kolb is the chief academic and executive officer for the PSD. Dean Kolb is also the Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor and former Chair for the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, as well as a member of the Enrico Fermi Institute and the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics. His research is the application of elementary-particle physics to the very early Universe. In addition to over 200 scientific papers, he is a co-author of The Early Universe, the standard textbook on particle physics and cosmology.
Kolb is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Fellow of the American Physical Society. Kolb’s research was recognized by the 2010 Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics, awarded by the American Astronomical Society and the American Institute for Physics. He holds an honorary degree, Doctor Honoris Causa, from the University of Lyon, France, and was the recipient of the J. Hans D. Jensen Prize of the University of Heidelberg. He was the recipient of the 2003 Oersted Medal of the American Association of Physics Teachers for notable contributions to the teaching of physics. His book for the general public, Blind Watchers of the Sky, received the 1996 Emme Award of the American Aeronautical Society. Kolb has appeared in several television productions, most recently interviewing Stephen Hawking for the Discovery Channel. He can also be seen in the IMAX film The Cosmic Voyage.
This opportunity is ideal for a seasoned fundraising professional who works well in a collaborative environment. The successful candidate will join one of the top fundraising organizations in the country in the midst of an ambitious campaign. The current University of Chicago Campaign: Inquiry and Impact will raise $4.5 billion to support faculty and researchers, practitioners and patients, and students and programs across the University.
The University of Chicago was founded in 1890 and is today one of the world's premier institutions of higher education and research. It attracts inspired scholars in a broad rangenof disciplines to its main Hyde Park campus (recently named by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the 20 most beautiful college campuses in the U.S.) and to international campuses and centers in 6 countries.
UChicago’s 2,205 full-time faculty members educate 5,724 undergraduates pursuing majors in 51 departments and 9,588 graduate students enrolled in 5 divisions and 6 professional schools. Committed to free and open inquiry, faculty members are engaged in breakthrough research and scholarship and take an interdisciplinary approach that spans arts to engineering, medicine to education. An extraordinary 89 Nobel Prizes having been awarded to University of Chicago faculty members or researchers at some point in their career.
The University’s impact is both global and local. The second largest private employer in one of the world's great cities, UChicago is enriched by and invested in the communities that border its campus.
Fundraising at UChicago: Alumni Relations and Development
The University of Chicago was founded in 1890 with private philanthropic support—an initial pledge of $600,000 from John D. Rockefeller, along with contributions by the American Baptist Education Society. The University’s land was donated by Marshall Field, owner of the historic Chicago department store that bore his name. Today UChicago boasts an endowment of $7.1 billion and raises $500 million annually from organizations and individuals, including the University’s 157,000 alumni.
The University of Chicago Campaign: Inquiry and Impact launched in 2014. With a goal of $4.5 billion, the campaign is the most ambitious and comprehensive in the University’s history and will conclude in 2019. Campaign priorities cover every division, school, department and institute across the University. To date, $3.4 billion has been raised. Along with its fundraising goal, the Inquiry and Impact campaign has an equally ambitious goal of engaging 125,000 alumni through intellectual, professional, and social activities on campus, around the world, and online.
UChicago’s Office of Alumni Relations and Development (ARD) is led by Ken Manotti who was named Vice President in April 2012. During his more than 25 years of experience in higher education advancement, Mr. Manotti served at the American University in Cairo (AUC), Columbia University, and the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business, where he directed the $550-million Wharton campaign.
Cynthia Csernansky serves as Associate Vice President for University Initiatives and Organizations. She oversees organizational fundraising across the University and leads fundraising for the Physical Sciences Division, the Institute for Molecular Engineering, and the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole. She also leads the cross-unit fundraising initiative: Engineering, Data and Applied Sciences, and Innovation. Dr. Csernansky has a Ph.D. in pharmacology from Stanford University, and previously worked in development at Northwestern University and Washington University in St. Louis.
The University of Chicago seeks a sophisticated development professional with experience in soliciting and closing six- and seven-figure gifts from high net worth individuals to take responsibility for all fundraising programs of the PSD. Reporting to Cynthia Csernansky, the Director of Development for the PSD is a member of leadership teams in ARD and the PSD. The DoD identifies fundraising opportunities and creates and executes fundraising strategies in close coordination with ARD leadership and other staff, PSD leadership, trustees, and other volunteers.
Build and manage a portfolio of 80-100 major and principal individual and corporate gift prospects. Manage and assist in 20-24 major gift ($100K+) solicitations per year. Monitor progress against goals ensuring deadlines are met.
Develop cultivation, solicitation and stewardship plans tailored for each prospect and donor.
Serve as a lead strategist or University Relationship Manager (URM) for a pool of top prospective donors on behalf of and for the benefit of the entire University.
Conceptualize, prepare and present funding proposals and other materials necessary to solicit and close gifts.
Work with Strategic Information and ARD colleagues university-wide to identify multi-interest prospects and donors and become a team manager for these prospects and donors. As a team manager, contribute to strategy and solicitation plans that incorporate PSD priorities. Assist gift officers University-wide to understand PSD priorities and opportunities.
Build relationships with prospective donors through visits, events, correspondence and regular calls.
Directly solicit and close gifts including those that require careful negotiations and the use of complex gift instruments.
Create annual fundraising plans and comprehensive, multi-year strategic advancement plans for the PSD, working collaboratively with program directors, PSD leaders, governing boards, ARD staff, trustees, philanthropists and other volunteers. Monitor progress against goals and report results to ARD leadership and trustees.
Meet regularly with faculty and program leaders to develop a sophisticated, up-to- date understanding of PSD research, programs and resource needs. Serve as a key spokesperson for PSD as needed.
Work closely with key PSD academic leaders and faculty to advise and involve them in fundraising strategies, develop campaign fundraising opportunities consistent with University and PSD priorities, and ensure fundraising dollar goals and deadlines are met. Provide briefings for and staff these leaders in their development activities. Monitor, analyze and report on overall results to internal and external constituencies.
Work closely with development communications, donor relations and special events to conceive, direct, monitor and evaluate the implementation of a comprehensive PSD fund raising communications and outreach plan for donor cultivation and recognition. The plan will include publications, public presentations, websites and print materials.
Coordinate all fundraising plans and strategies with ARD to maximize mutually beneficial fundraising results and report on those results periodically.
Work closely and collaboratively with gift officers University-wide (principal gifts, regional major gifts, gift planning, annual fund, foundation and corporate relations) to monitor and facilitate growth of the PSD prospect pool, including multiple-interest prospects.
Actively set a professional example for ARD staff working on strategic priorities across the University. Advise gift officers on strategies and communications to engage alumni and friends.
Serve as the chief staff liaison to the PSD Visiting Committee. Represent PSD in the development and execution of a University of Chicago engineering, data and applied sciences, and innovation fundraising strategy.
Hire, manage, evaluate, develop and terminate staff as needed and as assigned. Actively encourage staff members' professional growth and participation in the life of the University. Seek opportunities for professional development that will enhance job performance, including building networks within the University and with colleagues at peer institutions.
Monitor and manage an annual budget. Address budget variances as they occur. Oversee and approve budgets for Institute events and activities.
Perform other duties as assigned. Seek opportunities for professional development that will enhance job performance, including building networks within the University and with colleagues at peer institutions.