Assistant Director/Associate Director/Director/Senior Director of Development - College of LAS (A17

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Assistant Director/Associate Director/Director/Senior Director of Development

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

(2 positions)

The scope of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences spans the breadth of human endeavor. Within its more than 60 academic units, faculty and students are pursuing knowledge on scales that stretch from the subatomic to the cosmic and from the individual to the global.

The Office of Advancement within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences invites applications and nominations for two (2) full-time major gift officer positions to secure private support for funding priorities within the departments in the humanities and social sciences as determined by the Associate Dean for Advancement. The Assistant Director/Associate Director/Director/Senior Director of Development will play a critical role in supporting the College's departments to maximize overall support and opportunities for collaborative giving. The successful candidates will serve as members of the advancement team in the College.

Primary Function

These positions report to the Associate Dean for Advancement and will work closely with advancement colleagues, the Head of the departments and members of the faculty to maximize identification, cultivation and solicitation strategies for major gift prospects. The successful candidates will develop strategies and implement programs that will lead to and result in the successful philanthropic support of the academic priorities of the University and the philanthropic interest of donors.

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 departments' 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.

If hired at Director/Senior Director, may provide supervision to 1-2 staff members.

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. 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.). For the titles of Senior Director, a minimum of seven years of successful advancement 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 in higher education
  • 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 November 23, 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 [email protected]. 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 Liberal Arts and Sciences
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Assistant Director/Associate Director/Director/Senior Director of Development - College of LAS (A1700665)
Open Date: 10/26/2017
Organization Name: Ofc VC Inst Advancement





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Posted: 2/28/2018
Application Due: 4/12/2018
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