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Position Description

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists seeks a Director of Annual Gifts to develop and implement a comprehensive, metrics-driven annual giving plan, drive long-term donor cultivation and stewardship, and grow revenue from various constituencies. The Director of Annual Gifts reports to and collaborates closely with the Chief Advancement Officer and advancement colleagues to coordinate the annual fundraising plan providing short-term and long-term vision to this essential development function. This position is located at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago but allows for remote work as required.

Key Responsibilities

The Director of Annual Gifts is responsible for developing and implementing the plan for annual giving that reaches all constituencies.

  • Improve outreach and giving from donors, newsletter subscribers, and other members of the Bulletin community
  • Develop mailings, outreach, through paper mail, electronic mail, SMS, social media, and other methods of mass fundraising
  • Qualify prospects for ability, affinity, and access to support the Bulletin
  • Build the donor pipeline by assisting in identification of prospects who have propensity to give at major gift levels
  • Work in partnership with the Chief Advancement Officer to create an achievable stewardship plan for all Bulletin donors
  • Coordinate communications strategy around fundraising campaigns to educate and cultivate a culture of philanthropy in support of the Bulletin
  • Work in tandem with the Advancement Services staff on donor recognition, donor records, and donor lists


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required
  • 7 years of successful fundraising experience, preferably in secondary education in annual giving, development, advancement services, or related field
  • Minimum 3 years project management experience, supervisory experience a plus
  • A self-starter and team player with a sense of urgency who is driven to learn and continually identify and determine ways to improve their fundraising implementation and professional skills
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential situations and information with absolute discretion in accordance with internal policies and privacy laws
  • Interest in international affairs, public policy, science/technology, or related discipline a plus
  • Strong interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with a wide-ranging audience, including leadership, staff, and external stakeholders
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, a high-level of computer proficiency, and strong internet research skills
  • Advanced proficiency in the Microsoft Office 365 suite strongly desired
  • Strong problem-solving skills, and an ability to use appropriate resources to solve an issue
  • Ability to maintain calm and courteous demeanor and to work productively despite workload, competing priorities, and complex problems
  • Previous work experience with Salesforce strongly desirable
  • Flexibility to take on other duties as assigned by the Chief Advancement Officer
  • Commitment to the mission, vision, and values of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists including a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

All inquiries will be held in strict confidence. To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to [email protected]

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ancestry, color, religion, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, medical condition, disability, veteran status, union membership or activity or any other basis protected by law.