A JOTW Can’t Wait Announcement from the University of Chicago

A JOTW Can’t Wait Announcement


Sarah Chalik

Operations Coordinator

Medicine & Biological Sciences Development
University of Chicago


Director of Development Marketing and Communications, Medicine & Biological Sciences Development, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL


The Director of Development Marketing and Communications enables Medicine & Biological Sciences Development’s (MBSD) fundraising success by conceptualizing, implementing, project-managing, and supervising marketing efforts and communication modes that inspire and motivate charitable contributions. S/he is responsible for ensuring the Development Marketing and Communications (DMC) team implements tactics and strategies to ensure MBSD has significant and positive brand awareness for both the current campaigns and the impact of past fundraising. In FY13, MBSD will be in the silent phase of a $1B-plus campaign. The Marketing and Communications Plan s/he contributes to and implements will be a key component of MBSD’s success in raising over $1B.  S/he manages the operations of the DMC team including: leading the team in Annual (business) Planning;  in creating, monitoring and managing the Annual Fiscal Year Budget; identifying agendas and outcomes for regular team and sub- team meetings; and upholding MBSD HR Best Practices. S/he represents the team in departmental and cross departmental meetings to present priorities and initiatives.


Project Management and Editing              30%


The Director assigns projects (writing, design, web, and multimedia) to his/her team. S/he manages staff, implements project management tools and techniques, coordinates efforts across the DMC Team, and evaluates work product and productivity, to meet deadlines and guidelines, as well as expectations for quality, style, and content.



Optimizing and Marketing MBSD’s DMC Team            20%


The Director is the client liaison for all projects and products of the DMC team.  S/he acts as a collaborator and consultant to Campaign Teams in developing integrated communications plans for campaign priorities and for MBSD programmatic initiatives. In order to fulfill this role, s/he will have a working familiarity with the Annual (business) Plans of all MBSD Teams.  S/he identifies opportunities to add value to fundraising by regular participation in intra-team meetings as appropriate.



Planning and Budget          20%


The Director manages and monitors the DMC Team budget.  S/he creates a Communications calendar and monitors progress to ensure that all outlined plans and projects are fulfilled.  S/he works with multiple MBSD and external teams to develop and implement these plans. Related goals include, but are not limited to: raising standards, improving efficiency and effectiveness.


Team Operations and Staff Management               30%


S/he supervises a team of up to 9 employees and may have up to 6 direct reports. S/he is responsible for providing, supporting, and facilitating employees’ orientation and training/development.  S/he uses HR Best practices as well as individualized conversations to coach and counsel employees in their job performance and career aspirations.




A bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, or a related field is required.

A minimum of seven years of relevant experience is required.

Supervisory experience is required.


Experience working in a large, hierarchical organization; experience working in healthcare fundraising; experience in or education/training in a medical field; and an interest and knowledge base in health care economics, medical research, and health care policy is preferred.

Public speaking expertise is preferred.



Physical Demands:

Ability to sit and/ or use computers extensively for 2 hours to 4 hours is required.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities associated with it.



The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer.


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