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Associate Director, Parent and Family Giving
Company: Art Institute of Chicago
Location: Chicago, IL
Employment Type: Full Time
Date Posted: 05/10/2021
Expire Date: 07/10/2021
Job Categories: Development and Fund Raising
Job Description
Associate Director, Parent and Family Giving

For more than 150 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been a leader in educating the world’s most influential artists, designers and scholars. Located in downtown Chicago with a fine arts graduate program consistently ranking among the top four graduate fine arts programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, SAIC provides an interdisciplinary approach to art and design as well as world-class resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum, on-campus galleries and state-of-the-art facilities. SAIC’s undergraduate, graduate and post-baccalaureate students have the freedom to take risks and create the bold ideas that transform Chicago and the world—as seen through notable alumni and faculty such as Michelle Grabner, David Sedaris, Elizabeth Murray, Richard Hunt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Cynthia Rowley, Nick Cave, and LeRoy Neiman.
Position Summary

The Associate Director, Parent & Family Giving (Associate Director) serves as the lead staff who manages and plans programs that thoughtfully engage current and prospective parent and family donors. Serving as an ambassador, the Associate Director is charged with the creation and maintenance of strategic fundraising and engagement opportunities for Parent & Family Council (PFC) member participation that advance the goals of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and the Office of Advancement. Strengthens current programs that provide tangible and measurable benefits to parents, alumni and friends. Serves as a liaison between the PFC and SAIC administrative leadership in offices such as Admissions, CAPX and various departments. Partners with development colleagues to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward parents, alumni and friend giving. Reports to the Executive Director, Individual Giving in the Office of Advancement.

Provides leadership and strategy for PFC efforts with the Office of Advancement and on behalf of SAIC.
Plans and implements PFC projects that support SAIC’s strategic fundraising goals and initiatives.
Manages a portfolio primarily focused on parents and friends for both annual giving as well as major gift solicitation.
Partners with fundraising team members to qualify and cultivate prospective and current parents which results in new donors, strengthens current donors, and increases participation in giving from both constituencies.
Develops communications to parents; works with MarComms, campus partners and Advancement team members to plan for, develop and appropriately implement PFC communications and impact reporting.
Meets with campus partners to introduce them to PFC goals and activities and encourage their participation in recruitment and programming.
Collaborates with various departments to help foster involvement and to advance all fundraising and stewardship visions and goals within the SAIC community.
Recruit and train parent and family leaders.
Works with Advancement Operations team to ensure that donor records and external activity are current; maintain integrity of system and ensure that it is being utilized in an efficient and effective manner.


Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of four years’ experience in alumni/parent relations, fundraising or related experience.
Demonstrated accomplishments in fostering productive relations with volunteers and developing volunteer leadership.
Demonstrated accomplishments in annual and/or major gift fundraising with mastery of fundraising principals and best practices.
Excellent communications and interpersonal skills, together with the ability to work collaboratively and courteously with colleagues throughout the campus, alumni, parents, and the public.
Demonstrated ability to strategize, implement and build constituent-based programs and activities.
Excellent verbal and written skills.
Ability to travel and work evenings and weekends as needed.
Familiarity with data entry and donor management software applications, Raiser’s Edge experience preferable.

The Art Institute of Chicago is an equal opportunity, equal access employer fully committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workplace.
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