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Loyola University Chicago is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.

Position Details 

Position Details

Position Number 8100463
Job Category University Staff
Job Type Full-Time
FLSA Status Exempt
Campus Chicago-Water Tower
Is this split and/or fully grant funded? No
Duties and Responsibilities

Provide tactical leadership for Loyola University Chicago’s annual giving activities. In this role, the Director of Annual Giving provides strategic and operational leadership for the University’s Annual Giving program and is responsible for the overall design and successful implementation of comprehensive and coordinated annual giving initiatives, which includes direct mail, email and Phonathon campaigns across the University’s schools and units. This position directly manages mail and online programs, phone programs, and personal solicitation, and indirectly manages a staff of student fundraisers in an effort to build relationship and raise funds for the strategic priorities of Loyola University Chicago’s many colleges, programs, and activities.

Guided by the University’s mission, the Director of Annual Giving will apply marketing research, segmentation, and communications strategies in an effort to build upon the donor base and raise funds. Additionally, under the direction of the Vice President for Advancement and in concert with other staff, manage the comprehensive solicitation calendar as appropriate to increase dollars raised, average gift and participation rates.

- Responsible for the strategic direction, management, and reporting of the solicitation of annual giving to the University. Manages the centralized Annual Giving staff and the manager of the Phonathon. Additionally, provides direction to the annual giving staff based in the professional schools of Law and Medicine, as well as Athletics and LUMA.
- Provide timely, periodic business-based reports to the division utilizing University IT supported tools.
- Administer the Annual Giving budget. Assists in the development of the budgets each fiscal year to ensure that they align with Division’s priorities
- Utilize strong data analysis and mining skills to identify appropriate and effective strategies for soliciting Loyola’s diverse audiences, including current and past donors, alumni, parents, and friends of the University
- Utilize variable data strategies as much as is possible to create unique and highly personalized solicitation packages for these audiences
- Ensure that annual giving messaging is consistent with university priorities
- Research and implement new marketing strategies to improve participation rates, average gift size and overall revenue to various programs
- Work closely with internal and external collaborators to provide visually appealing and cost effective communication pieces
- Provide management oversight of special annual giving programs, including but not limited to annual giving society, young alumni programs and senior class gift
- Develop, implement and oversee new fundraising strategies including but not limited to crowdfunding and recurring giving
- Directly supervise several employees in the Annual Giving team. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and developing employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
- Performs other duties as required.

Minimum Education and/or Work Experience

Bachelor’s degree and five to seven years of related experience within advancement,
with a minimum of 2-3 years in annual giving, preferably with a college or university that solicits alumni, parents, and friends for financial support. Master’s degree is highly desirable. A combination of education and experience may be considered.


Previous experience with both targeted and mass direct mail, as well as familiarity with a student phonathon program.
- Very strong project management skills with the ability to take a project from concept to completion in a determined amount of time within a determined budget.
- Very strong writing skills for a variety of project types, including but not limited to solicitation letters, e-mail and web communications and newsletters.
- Strong communication skills including verbal, interpersonal and organizational.
- Requires a minimum of three years of demonstrated staff management experience.
- Ability to deal with confidential information in a sensitive manner, confidentiality required.
- Ability to work well under pressure and handle several projects simultaneously.



Computer Skills

Advanced MS Word processing, MS Excel or Spreadsheets, MS PowerPoint and MS Access or Database Software.
- Adept user of Internet, e-mail and other office automation systems.
- Experience with Advance helpful.

Supervisory Responsibilities Yes
Required operation of university owned vehicles No
Does this position require direct animal or patient contact? No
Physical Demands Repetitive Motions
Working Conditions Irregular Hours
Open Date 12/06/2017
Close Date
Special Instructions to Applicants
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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you possess a bachelor's degree in a relevant field?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you possess a master's degree in related field?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you possess a minimum of five years of experience in advancement/development roles?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you possess a minimum of two years of experience in annual giving?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • Public Job Posting
    • Internal Job Posting
    • Agency Referral
    • Advertisement/Publication
    • Personal Referral
    • Website
    • Other

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
Optional Documents