Development Associate-OI

University of Chicago

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41460 Oriental Institute

About the Unit:

The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago is a research organization and museum devoted to the study of the ancient Near East. Founded in 1919 by James Henry Breasted with the financial support of John D. Rockefeller Jr., it was originally envisaged as a research laboratory for the investigation of the early human career that would trace humankind's progress from the most ancient days of the Middle East. It is an internationally recognized pioneer in the archaeology, philology and history of ancient Near Eastern civilizations. The goal of the Oriental Institute is to be the world's leading center for the study of ancient Near Eastern civilizations by combining innovation in theory, methodology, and significant empirical discovery with the highest standards of rigorous scholarship. Its research objective is to integrate archaeological, textual, and art with historical data to understand the development and functioning of the ancient civilizations of the Near East from the earliest Holocene through the Medieval period.

Position Details

Development Associate-OI
Chicago Illinois
Chicago, IL

Job Summary:

The Development Associate will rotate between the Oriental Institute’s Development Office and the OI Museum as part of a strategic initiative in the planning and execution of the Oriental Institute’s upcoming Centennial festivities in 2019. Under supervision, the successful candidate will participate in the planning, coordinating, and execution of these festivities. Note that this is an 18 month position.


  • Under managerial guidance, executes fundraising projects, cultivation programs for prospective donors, and visiting committees for the Oriental Institute. 
  • Performs a variety of development-related administrative duties. 
  • Develops and distributes event invitations; produces print and electronic publications and promotional materials; assists with recruiting and training event volunteers. 
  • With supervision may review and execute event contracts; ensure timely receipt and payment of contracts and invoices; may perform prospect and donor research, outreach, cultivation, tracking and follow-up; analyzes past giving and participation; makes suggestions on ways to best engage donors within these pools. 
  • Reviews and completes data requests; prepares regular and ad hoc reports; analyzes program results; constructs customized reports to track performance of all marketing, cultivation, and stewardship efforts; enters and processes gifts; maintains gift planning information in a proprietary database system and documents data on member inquiries, interests, concerns, and special requests; or creating acknowledgement letters and performingall related follow-up. 
  • Prepares training for staff to keep them informed about University needs and programs.


  • Outstanding interpersonal and communications skills characterized by the ability to write well with a strong commitment to customer service. 
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality. 
  • Ability to work of multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines. 
  • Ability to work well with a team of highly motivated individuals and to attend and help with weekend and evening events.

Education, Experience or Certifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology or an ancient Near Eastern field required.


  • A minimum of one year of experience in development or a related service-oriented field preferred. 
  • Marketing experience preferred.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:

  • Standard office environment. 
  • Extended time standing and walking to/from special events or campus department.

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