The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools provide one of the world's most outstanding pre-collegiate educational experiences. Because Lab is part of the University of Chicago, the importance of intellectual life of thought and exploration infuses all aspects of our curriculum, and students in every grade benefit from outstanding UChicago academicians and access to unmatched resources. John Dewey one of the great minds in education established the Schools in 1896 as a place to explore and implement his theories on childhood education. Today's students still benefit from his vision, and today's Lab faculty are recognized as experienced leaders in their field.
Families who choose Lab care deeply about curiosity, inquiry, and creativity. Approximately 60 percent of Lab families are affiliated with the University, half live in Hyde Park, and the rest come from across Chicago, the suburbs, and northern Indiana. Lab's student body reflects the diversity that is deeply valued by the Schools and its community; approximately half of our 2,000 students are people of color and families report speaking nearly 40 different languages in their homes.
The Laboratory Schools seek the finest employees people who wish to inspire a love of learning in our students and join a vibrant learning community. We employ people with a wide range of skills and training, in many different disciplines. At Lab, we value learning experientially, exhibiting kindness, and honoring diversity. We have a long history of commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion work. We continue to build on this work and seek out employees who also share this commitment to our core values. Lab people are engaged and excited by our mission - The Laboratory Schools are home to the youngest members of the University of Chicago's academic community. We ignite and nurture an enduring spirit of scholarship, curiosity, creativity, and confidence.
It is a great place to work and our connection to the University provides our faculty and staff with opportunities that would be nearly impossible to match in any other environment.
Interested candidates should apply via our website at: http://www.ucls.uchicago.edu/about-lab/employment
The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.
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Reporting directly to the Director of the Laboratory Schools, the Director of Alumni Relations & Development is a member of the school's Senior Leadership team who serves as the chief development officer for the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. Overseeing a staff of seven, the Director is responsible for designing and executing a comprehensive fundraising plan that encompasses annual and capital campaign components. The office also manages alumni relations and supports special community events involving parents, other donors, students, alumni, and representatives of the University of Chicago. The Director bears significant responsibility for the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of a portfolio of individual major gifts prospects and provides leadership and direct supervision to the Alumni Relations and Development Office team.
A minimum of eight years of increasingly responsible and successful experience in development, including alumni relations, soliciting and closing major gifts required.
A minimum of five years of experience in a university setting or a similarly complex institution required.
A minimum of three years of experience in alumni relations and related events required.
A minimum of two years of staff management experience, particularly with successful leadership, supervision, and professional development of staff required.
Experience planning and managing programs required Experience in fundraising in K-12 educational setting preferred