Director/Senior Director of Advancement - College of Engineering (A1700230)

Director/Senior Director of Advancement

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

College of Engineering

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The College of Engineering Office of Advancement invites applications and nominations for a Director/Senior Director to generate philanthropic support and corporate engagement for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE ILLINOIS). This Director/Senior Director of Advancement for ECE plays a critical role in efforts to deepen relationships with alumni and donors in the department.

The College of Engineering at Illinois is among the world's most prestigious and largest engineering institutions, and ECE ILLINOIS is the largest department in the College of Engineering at Illinois. ECE ILLINOIS is a world leader in education, research and scholarship and is consistently ranked a top five program for undergraduate and graduate studies. ECE ILLINOIS's 100-plus faculty members are experts in a broad range of areas and its more than 3,000 students are among the brightest of their generation. The department's more than 22,000 living alumni are a driving force in the world of engineering and beyond. This department and its successful alumni share a history of innovation and technological achievement.

Primary Function

The successful candidate will be a major gift officer for ECE ILLINOIS, and will be a member of the ECE Department and College of Engineering's advancement teams. He/she will be responsible for fundraising activities and implementation of the department's strategic plans to increase private and corporate giving to the department. The primary job function of the Director/Senior Director will be devoted to identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding individual major gift prospects and donors. The secondary function will be to support corporate fundraising activities in the department, assisting the department's full time corporate relations person. The Director/Senior Director will manage a portfolio of 100 or more major gift prospects and corporate prospects and be expected to close six-figure and seven-figure gifts on a regular basis. The position reports jointly to the Associate Dean for Advancement for the College of Engineering and to the ECE Department Head.

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 ECE'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.

Coordinate with Electrical and Computer Engineering faculty/staff and leadership, others on the ECE Advancement team, and COE and campus corporate relations staff to determine needs and priorities, identify and target new corporations and foundations, work with existing corporate partners, and develop and implement engagement strategies.

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 Director, a minimum of five years of successful advancement or corporate or alumni relations experience or ten years of strongly related work experience (such as sales, marketing, communications, financial planning, etc.). For the title of Senior Director, a minimum of seven years of successful advancement or corporate or alumni relations experience.

• 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 or corporate relations activity in higher education

• Knowledge of advancement and/or corporate relations strategies including best practices related to development at institutions of higher education

• Advancement or corporate relations 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 May 1, 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: Director/Senior Director of Advancement - College of Engineering (A1700230)
Open Date: 04/17/2017
Organization Name: Ofc VC Inst Advancement


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