Assistant Dean for Advancement - College of Law (A1700024)

Champaign, IL
Mar 22, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Assistant Dean for Advancement

College of Law

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The College of Law and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement (OVCIA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seek a full-time Assistant Dean for Advancement to provide the strategic leadership and management of a comprehensive advancement program for the College. Established in 1897, the College of Law has 11,000 alumni throughout the world who hold prestigious positions in law, business, government and the academy. The College of Law boasts an exceptional faculty and student body and has maintained an unbroken tradition of excellence in legal education.

In partnership with Dean Vikram Amar, the person who occupies this position is expected to have a major impact on realizing the College's substantial potential for increasing levels of private support.

Organizational Relationship

As member of the Dean's executive leadership team, the Assistant Dean provides vision, strategic leadership and day-to-day management for a fundraising team of two development officers responsible for individual, corporate and foundation giving, as well as professional staff supporting stewardship, alumni relations and strategic event planning in the College. The successful candidate will craft and execute comprehensive plans to meet the annual fundraising and engagement objectives as determined by the campus and the College. The Assistant Dean for Advancement reports jointly to the Dean of the College of Law and to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement.

Major Duties and Responsibilities
  • Provide vision, imagination and significant fundraising and campaign leadership and skill to succeed in an environment of high expectations and accountability. Plan and implement a comprehensive advancement strategy for the College.
  • Oversee a fund-raising team tasked with identifying, cultivating and soliciting major and leadership annual donors; creating, coordinating and writing funding proposals directed at individuals, corporations and foundations; and designing and implementing campaigns for specific needs within the College. Maintain a high standard of performance while inspiring his/her team to do the same; ensure that all fundraisers on the team have the support, guidance and mentorship they need to successfully close major/leadership annual gifts for the College. This includes clear communication of established campus accountabilities for major gift fundraising as well as helping individuals stay focused on the clearly outlined priorities of the College.
  • Establish and maintain a personal portfolio of major gift prospects; maintain a significant travel schedule throughout the United States to meet with alumni, grateful clients, stakeholders, corporate and foundation executives.
  • Build and maintain productive working relationships with academic department heads, faculty and administrators throughout the College of Law in order to thoroughly understand their programs and priorities.
  • Provide strategic direction and input into the messaging of key College communications to various internal and external stakeholder audiences, sharing vision, mission and goals. Oversee staff responsible for leadership annual giving, engagement and events, alumni relations, and stewardship. Responsible for the strategic management and direction of the College's Alumni Board.
  • Partner with the Dean to plan and implement strategic visits with key donors that will move them closer to making significant gifts to the College and facilitate the Dean's engagement with a portfolio of the College's most important major donors and prospects. Regularly travel with the Dean as necessary.
  • Lead campaign planning for the College. Prepare volunteers to participate in cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major gifts and campaigns as needed.
  • Work collaboratively with other development officers across campus to devise strategies for all aspects of donor cultivation and stewardship. Facilitate effective collaborative relationships with the Office of Institutional Advancement, the University of Illinois Foundation and other campus advancement offices.

Required Qualifications
  • A minimum of a bachelor's degree, with a master's degree preferred.
  • Five to seven years of demonstrated fundraising success and related management experience in higher education, a charitable organization, not-for profit or related industry.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to build successful long-term relationships in a professional work environment.

Additional Preferred Qualifications
  • A Master's, Juris Doctor, or Ph.D. degree is preferred.
  • Progressive managerial experience within a research university or other nonprofit environment and/or within a professional school is preferred.
  • Experience in positions or organizations that supported $100M+ campaigns
  • Demonstrated track record of cultivating and securing seven-figure and larger outright and deferred gift commitments
  • Knowledge of planned giving vehicles.
  • Experience managing professionals in multiple locations


Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To Apply

To ensure full consideration, application materials must be received by February, 17, 2017. Please complete your candidate profile at and upload a letter of application, resume and the names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three professional references. For further information regarding application procedures, contact Brenda Morris at . The proposed starting date is as soon as possible after the closing date.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The Illinois Advancement Community is committed to an ongoing, proactive process to foster and achieve diversity and inclusion in its development, alumni relations and communications activities. We will respect and encourage different voices, perspectives and ideas as we strive to represent individuals of all backgrounds and cultures which include but are not limited to the following: nationality, ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality, spirituality, age and ability who represent our alumni, donors and friends of the University of Illinois.

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or criminal conviction history. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (

Organization Name: Ofc VC Inst Advancement
College Name or Administrative Unit: College of Law
Category: Academic Professional
Open Date: 01/20/2017


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