Assistant Director, Pediatric Events at The University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois

Posted in Other 11 days ago.

Job Description:


BSD DEV - Development: Individual Giving - Autoimmune & Kids Health 2

About the Department

Medicine and Biological Sciences Development's mission is to inspire and facilitate philanthropy at the University of Chicago Medicine by building relationships with those who share its goals of advancing excellence in research, education, community, and patient care. We accomplish this mission through expertise, integrity, creativity, and collaboration.

Job Summary

The job provides professional support of assigned development activities with instruction from others. Executes fundraising projects, cultivation programs for prospective donors and for visiting committees.


  • The Assistant Director, Pediatric Events (Assistant Director) performs responsibilities in support of the Comer Development Board (CDB), and serves as an events fundraiser for the Autoimmune and Kids Health team.

  • The Assistant Director is responsible for the full-spectrum of CDB event planning, execution, and fundraising in collaboration with CDB members. In doing so, they raise $500K - $1M in event revenue annually to assist the board in meeting their fundraising goals.

  • Works with the board members and committees to set fundraising goals for each event that progressively grow.

  • Manages up to 5 events annually, including the current signature events: The Comer Children's RBC Race for the Kids and The Comer Children's Bright Night Benefit.

  • Partners strategically with MBSD relationship managers and representatives from Comer Children's and the Department of Pediatrics to accomplish fundraising goals.

  • Manages event expenses, negotiates pricing and contracts with vendors, and ensures events are produced within budget limits.

  • Trains and oversees the work of event volunteers, writes event correspondence, briefings, reports, and acknowledgement letters, and manages post-event follow-up.

  • The Assistant Director will support and manage all CDB membership, programs and activities in order to reach an annual fundraising goal of $1M overall.

  • Works with the board leadership to manage the board's annual planning process.

  • Partners with the CDB Recruitment Chair to create and execute a new member recruitment and retention plans. Plans and participates in all board and committee meetings, develops meeting agendas and programming, manages volunteer assignments and motivates volunteers, prepares key materials for meetings and presentations, and analyzes and synthesizes data to prepare reports for board presentations and meetings.

  • Organizes and oversees the grant-making process for the CDB under the guidance of the CDB Chairs, as well as the Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and the Vice President of Comer Children's Hospital.

  • Plans somewhat complex activities of volunteer and support groups. Recruits members and provides guidance and support to leadership activities.

  • Cultivates and maintains relationships with donors and volunteers. Establishes and maintains donor records and accounts.

  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • A minimum of three years of full-time professional experience in development or a related service- oriented field.

  • Development experience.

  • Experience with fundraising, contact management or other database software.

  • Experience working with volunteers.
    Experience planning and executing events.

Preferred Competencies

  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines

  • Ability to work well within a team of highly motivated individuals

  • Outstanding interpersonal and communications skills characterized by the ability to write well with a strong commitment to customer service

  • Excellent diplomatic skills Ability to maintain confidentiality

  • Ability to learn and manipulate databases

  • Ability to attend and help with weekend and evening events

  • Ability and willingness to travel

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (required)

  • Cover letter (required)

When applying, the document(s) MUSTbe uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

Job Family

Alumni Relations & Development

Role Impact

Individual Contributor

FLSA Status


Pay Frequency

Weekly Hours


Benefits Eligible


COVID-19 Vaccination or Approved Medical or Religious Exemption Required


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


Posting Statement

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