Director of Annual Giving Chicago,  IL Employment: About: Adler University


For a more just society

Why join Adler University?

  • Subsidized group health insurance
  • Employer-paid group life, long-term disability and accidental death & dismemberment insurance
  • Employee-paid dental, vision, and transportation benefits
  • 403(b) savings/retirement plan benefit, with a fully-vested employer matching contribution of up to 5% in the first year. After two years of participation, matching grows by 1% per year, to a limit of 10% employer match. 
  • $1,500 professional development allowance per fiscal year
  • Tuition reimbursement of 50% for coursework related to Adler University employment
  • Paid time off for holidays, vacation and sick days

Share This Job

Director of Annual Giving

Job Title
Director of Annual Giving
Job ID
Chicago,  IL
Other Location
The Adler School of Professional Psychology, founded in 1952, is the oldest independent school of psychology in North America. The School provides graduate education in psychology and health service delivery with campuses in the heart of downtown Chicago and downtown Vancouver.  Program offerings include an APA-accredited clinical psychology program and five Master’s Degree programs at its Chicago location and a Master of Arts in Counseling at its Vancouver location. The Adler School is committed to continuing the pioneering work of its namesake, Alfred Adler. As part of that commitment, the School graduates socially responsible practitioners, engages in communities, and advances social justice.  


This position is responsible for developing and leading all annual giving efforts at the Adler School, including those targeted at alumni, friends, employees and vendors.  The Director will oversee activity including mass fundraising appeals, event management, written communication, tracking and reporting.  The Director will also manage a personal portfolio of prospects and donors. 


The Director will be responsible for managing the annual giving program in order to achieve goals associated with the critical success factors of donor retention, acquisition of new donors, net gift revenue growth, and identification of prospects for leadership level annual and major gifts.

Strategic Planning
  • Develop, with the AVP and VP of OIA, a fiscal year operating plan for annual giving to achieve established revenue and participation goals across both Chicago and Vancouver campuses.
  • Plan should cover all aspects of annual giving including but not limited to identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of annual gifts from alumni, friends, employees, and vendors.   Identify new and improved annual giving techniques to cultivate donors for inclusion in the Adler School comprehensive campaign.
Program Development & Management
  • Develop written communications including letters, brochures, remittance envelopes and other materials necessary for all annual giving programs.  Ensure the Adler School website is kept accurate and up to date.  Utilize social media as appropriate.
  • Plan and execute at minimum two mass fundraising appeals annually, utilizing a strategic mix of direct mail, email, online, and telephone solicitations.
  • Work with the Director of Alumni Relations to increase both attendance at and fundraising from Adler School alumni.
  • Lead relevant event planning and execution, including the annual President’s Appreciation Reception and the Elina Manghi Memorial Lecture.
  • Develop programs to take advantage of unique fundraising initiatives such as #GivingTuesday, National Philanthropy Day, and GiveOut Day.
  • Collaborate with Marketing to develop brochures, remittance envelopes and other materials, as well as to incorporate solicitation language in marketing materials as appropriate, including our Annual Report and our magazine Gemeinschaftsgefühl.
  • Work closely with the Manager of Advancement Services to track, analyze, and monitor all annual giving activities and benchmarks.
  • Manage payroll deduction and online giving mechanisms with support of Manager of Advancement Services and Marketing.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Alumni Relations in recruiting and recognizing volunteers.
  • Attend Adler School / other events as required to represent the School and its mission.
  • Assist with other duties as required.
Prospect Management
  • Manage a personal prospect portfolio of donors and prospects, building relationships and seeking personal visits with goal of 8-10 visits/month in first year.  Identify major/planned gift prospects to be transferred for further cultivation.  Track all activity in Raiser’s Edge.
Required Skills
• Bachelor’s degree; advanced degree preferred. Minimum five years of professional development experience, preferably in higher education annual giving (or at an organization which is similarly complex).
• Successful track record in the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of annual level leadership gifts. Practical knowledge of annual giving operations and what it takes to expand donor participation and giving.
• Exceptional organizational and communication skills, particularly, writing and editing skills in order to develop appeal letters, professional reports, strategic plans, and related correspondence.
• Proficient in a variety of word processing, database, presentation, and spreadsheet software applications; strong analytical skills required
• Motivated, independent and disciplined with strong strategic/tactical management skills and an unflagging commitment to purpose
• Results-oriented with the ability to set and achieve work goals while managing multiple priorities.
• Demonstrated ability to work well with teams and diverse individuals at all levels of an organization, and to develop relationships with diverse constituencies.
• Strong, collaborative, energetic individual able to maintain a high level of poise and professionalism in all circumstances.
• Past experience with development-related information technology, preferably Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge.

Note: Cover letter required for application.

Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of Adler School of Professional Psychology that all persons are entitled to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) protection. The School does not discriminate against any individual for employment because of age, religion, race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, physical or mental disability, military status (including unfavorable discharge from the military), or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.

Option 2: Create a New Profile