Rush University Medical Center  Development Associate in Chicago, Illinois

Job Title: Development Associate

Department: Philanthropy

Shift: 1st

Full/Part: Active Regular FT (72 to 80 hours per pay period)


Job Number: 2019-0066

Job Description:

Development Associate

Position Highlights:

The Development Associate will play a key role on the major gifts team that functions as part of the Office of Philanthropy’s major and gift planning program. The position reports to the Associate Vice President, and supports the work of the Vice President of Major and Principal Gifts, the Associate VP and the Senior Director, Gift Planning. This position works closely and collaboratively with major gifts officers and the prospect management, development operations, stewardship, and annual giving teams. The individual who holds this position exemplifies the Rush mission, vision and values and acts in accordance with Rush policies and procedures. This is an excellent entry-level opportunity for someone interested in launching a career in development.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Execute project management for the VP, AVP and the Sr. Director of Gift Planning

  • Devise and prepare productivity reports on the work of the direct reports to the AVP

  • Organize the Quarterly Prospect Portfolio Review process by providing documents for review by Gift Officers

  • Oversee administration of gift planning documentation from banks, investment agencies and advisors

  • Manage schedules for the VP, AVP and Senior Director. Accurately maintain calendars and understand priorities for time management

  • In consultation with the VP, AVP and Senior Director, devise agendas for meetings with other senior management, volunteers, donors, and the Office of Philanthropy staff. Make meeting arrangements, assemble or create meeting materials including reports and presentations, and carry out follow-up communications on agreed to execution strategies

  • Manage incoming correspondence and phone calls. Sort and route correspondence as necessary, locating and attaching pertinent materials, and composing draft responses

  • Collaborate with the gift officers to assist in the execution of strategies to build our base of grateful patient prospects

  • Provide assistance to leadership volunteers and donors as the first point of contact with the Office of Philanthropy.

  • Collaborate with the Events Team to support all major gift and planned giving events, including Rush Rounds and smaller cultivation gatherings, through the management of invitation mailings, tracking responses, preparing event related materials and presentations and staffing events

  • Assist with the preparation and distribution of giving reports, prospect lists, solicitation materials related to the team’s fundraising activities

  • Collaborate with the Prospect Management and Events Team to assist with the preparation of post event data on attendees related to the team’s events

  • Develop an understanding of current themes and Rush priorities to assist with the cultivation of major gift and planned giving prospects

  • Provide assistance with the writing, editing and formatting of proposals, reports, prospect research and correspondence

  • Work in partnership with front line fundraisers on lead letter/solicitation strategies

  • Other special project management as required

Position Qualifications Include:

  • Bachelor’s degree and an interest in the fundraising profession

  • One year of exposure to the development field is preferred

  • Demonstrated experience working with databases

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to draft correspondence and other materials suitable for a sophisticated audience with a minimum of supervision

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a positive, collaborative work style

  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to handle and prioritize multiple projects

  • Careful attention to details and a commitment to quality and timeliness in all aspects of work

  • Proficiency in the full suite of Microsoft Office products, including Word, Excel and Power Point; and Reliability, flexibility and sensitivity to issues of confidentiality

  • Ability to work occasional evening events

  • Ability to interface effectively with prospects, donors, faculty and volunteer leaders

Company Highlights:

  • Ranked among the top academic medical centers in the country, Rush University Medical Center is an outstanding place to enhance your career. Everything we do centers on one goal: improving patient care.

  • Rush is an academic health system comprising Rush University Medical Center, Rush Copley Medical Center and Rush Oak Park Hospital.

  • Leading academic medical center, acute care hospital w/ 664 licensed beds.

  • Ranked among the top 20 best places to work in healthcare by Indeed.

Rush is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics.