Assistant Director/Associate Director/Director of Advancement - College of Engineering (A1700347)

Champaign, IL
Jun 09, 2017
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C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Assistant Director/Associate Director/Director of Advancement

Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering

College of Engineering

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The College of Engineering Office of Advancement invites applications and nominations for a full-time major gift officer. The Assistant Director/Associate Director/Director will secure private support for the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering (MechSE).

The College of Engineering at Illinois is among the world's most prestigious and largest engineering institutions and MechSE offers world-class engineering education and research opportunities in both Mechanical Engineering and Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. The department has earned a reputation as one of the best programs in the nation and is consistently ranked among the top six Mechanical Engineering programs nationally. MechSE graduates go on to top scholar and research positions in academia, industry, and government labs. The Department views its students as future leaders in academia and society.

Primary Function

The successful candidate will be responsible for fundraising activities and implementation for the department's strategic plan to increase private giving to the Department. Most of the efforts of this position will be devoted to identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding major gift prospects and donors. The Assistant Director/Associate Director/Director will manage a portfolio of 100 or more major gift prospects and be expected to close five-figure, six-figure, and seven-figure gifts on a regular basis. This position will report jointly to the Associate Dean for Advancement for the College Engineering and to the Department Head of MechSE.

Duties and Responsibilities

Identify, assess, analyze, and design appropriate strategies for approaching prospects and donors and making the vitally important match between donors' philanthropic interests and the Department's programmatic and curricular needs.

Work closely with faculty and staff to gain a strong knowledge of the academic and research programs in order to identify and define priorities to be funded through private support.

Plan and implement effective outreach and cultivation activities to enhance prospect identification and move solicitation and stewardship processes forward. Prepare faculty and other volunteers to participate in cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major gifts as needed.

Proactively manage a portfolio of 100 or more individual major gift prospects and donors (with an emphasis on gifts of $100,000 and more), determining frequency of contact needed.

Determine and prioritize lists of donor prospects, alumni and other stakeholders to be contacted for personal visits.

Maintain a travel schedule of 30 - 50% time including some evenings and weekends.

Use independent judgment to determine appropriate use of resources for travel to priority destinations nationally to meet with alumni, friends, corporations and foundations for the purpose of building relationships leading to financial support of the University.

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Understanding of major donor prospect qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills and experience working in a collaborative, team-oriented environment.
  • For the title of Assistant Director, a minimum of two years of successful advancement experience or three years related work experience (such as sales, marketing communications, financial planning, etc.). For the title of Associate Director, a minimum of three years of successful advancement experience or more than six years of related work experience (such as sales, marketing communications, financial planning, etc.). For the title of Director, a minimum of five years of successful advancement experience or ten years of strongly related work experience (such as sales, marketing, communications, financial planning, etc.).
  • Demonstrated ability to represent an organization in visits with key constituents
  • Strong relationship management skills.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's Degree
  • Documented success as a major and principal gift fundraiser in higher education
  • Capital project fundraising experience
  • Knowledge of advancement strategies including best practices related to development at institutions of higher education
  • Advancement experience in an academic unit that produces degrees and conducts rigorous academic research
  • Previous experience working with faculty leaders
  • Experience managing alumni and/or student programs and devising innovative programs to engage alumni and/or donors to support academic priorities


Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To Apply

To ensure full consideration, application materials must be received by July 6, 2017. Please complete your candidate profile at and upload a letter of application, resume and the names, address, phone numbers and email addresses of three professional references. For more information regarding application procedures, contact Brenda Morris at Proposed starting date is as soon as possible after the closing date. Interviews may take place prior to the closing date; however, no decision will be made until after that date.

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

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit

College Name or Administrative Unit: College of Engineering
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Assistant Director/Associate Director/Director of Advancement - College of Engineering (A1700347)
Open Date: 06/08/2017
Organization Name: Ofc VC Inst Advancement


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