Assistant Dean for Advancement - College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (A170

Assistant Dean for Advancement

College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks a full-time Assistant Dean for Advancement to provide leadership and strategic direction for the advancement initiatives in the College of ACES.

Everything we do is designed to improve the quality of life of the people in the state of Illinois, across the nation, and around the world. We discover, develop, translate, and disseminate knowledge to address societal concerns and train the next generation of experts and leaders.

Be a part of our story. Join our team of more than 180 tenure-system faculty members; nearly 1,400 academic professionals, civil service staff, and assistants; 2,700 undergraduates; and 650 graduate students each year. We have nearly 36,000 living alumni and raise approximately $20 million annually in private support from individuals, corporations, and foundations. Our annual expenditures from all sources are more than $160 million. ACES plays a key role in national and international research initiatives in bioenergy, biotechnology, integrated landscapes, environmental sustainability, food and agricultural systems, global climate change, family resiliency, public policy, and more.

Organizational Relationship

The Assistant Dean for Advancement reports to the Dean of the College of ACES and to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement/Associate Vice President of the University of Illinois Foundation. The Assistant Dean provides strategic leadership for the fundraising team responsible for individual, corporate, and foundation giving, as well as professional staff supporting alumni relations, stewardship, and advancement communications in the College. The successful candidate will craft and execute comprehensive plans to meet and exceed the annual fundraising and engagement objectives as determined by the university and the College.

Major Duties and Responsibilities
  • Bring vision, imagination and significant demonstrated fundraising and campaign experience in an environment of high expectations and accountability.
  • 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 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 transformational gift prospects; maintain a significant travel schedule throughout the United States and occasionally internationally to meet with alumni, stakeholders, corporate and foundation executives.
  • Plan and implement a comprehensive development strategy for the College, its seven departments, one division and several specialized Centers In addition, oversee plans for comprehensive development strategies for Illinois 4-H, and other specific University of Illinois Extension programs. Provide strategic direction and input into the messaging of key College communications to various stakeholder audiences.
  • 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.
  • Provide leadership for all development events and input for all College special events held to support the three prong mission of the College.
  • Establish effective working relationships with the College's students and student groups. Serve as ex-officio member of the ACES Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Illinois 4-H Foundation Board.
  • Serve on the College's Administrative Committee, Dean's Committee and ex-officio member of the ACES Advancement Policy Committee.

Required Qualifications
  • A minimum of a bachelor's degree, with a master's degree preferred.
  • An understanding of and commitment to the land grant mission of the University of Illinois and the College of ACES.
  • At least seven years of successful experience in development, preferably in a higher education environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
  • At least five years of demonstrably successful team management experience, preferably leading an advancement/development team.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated an ability to build successful long-term relationships in a professional work environment.
  • Experience in a position that requires extensive travel.
  • Experience in managing professionals in multiple locations, both on and off campus as well as overall supervisory responsibilities of an office/department.


Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To Apply

To ensure full consideration, application materials must be received by May 26, 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.

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, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (

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.

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 Agricultural, Consumer, and Environment Sciences
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Assistant Dean for Advancement - College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (A1700263)
Open Date: 04/28/2017
Organization Name: Ofc VC Inst Advancement


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