Director of Development for the College of Fine Arts

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Request/Posting Number


Classification Title

Director, Development  

Working Title

Director of Development for the College of Fine Arts  

Job Class #


Type of Position

Administrative Professional  

Percent Appointment:

(For Student Employment and Graduate Assistant Only; state hours per week)





Development - Fundraising - 03060000  

General Summary

Illinois State University is in the midst of the public phase of a $150 million comprehensive campaign. Redbirds Rising: The Campaign for Illinois State was announced this past fall and has secured more than $115 million to date in support of the University's strategic plan and vision for the future. With campaign pillars identified to support students, leadership, and innovation Illinois State is seeking an ambitious and accomplished professional as Director of Development for the College of Fine Arts. 

The Director of Development serves as the development liaison to the College of Fine Arts (the College) and represents the College in pursuing major gifts (funding commitments of $25,000 or more made via outright, pledged or planned gift arrangements). The individual holding this position will develop and execute strategies and plans to cultivate, solicit and secure major gifts and qualify new major gift prospects. The individual will work in close collaboration with the Dean of the College and will work as needed with other administrators, faculty, and staff of the College. As appropriate, the individual will collaborate with other development officers working on behalf of the Illinois State University's other colleges and administrative units. Primary responsibility will be implemented through regular and frequent visits and other substantive contacts with constituents. Significant travel will be an essential part of the position, as well as occasional participation in evening and weekend activities.  

Additional Information:


Required Qualifications

1. Bachelor's degree 
2. At least 1-3 years of development/fundraising experience or equivalent work experience in areas that demonstrate the capacity for success in major gift fundraising. 
3. Ability to work in a goals-orientated environment. 
4. Ability to work in a collaborative environment in which both teamwork and individual initiative is necessary. 
5. Outstanding interpersonal skills. 
6. Highly motivated and organized. 
7. Excellent oral and written communication skills. 
8. Ability to work within a diverse array of personalities. 
9. Ability to complete work under deadlines. 
10. Understanding and commitment to the mission of higher education in general and specifically the mission of Illinois State University. 
11. Understanding of and commitment to the mission of the College of Fine Arts. 
12. If this position is Security Sensitive or if you are subject to a criminal background investigation based on University policy, employment is contingent upon you passing a satisfactory criminal background investigation. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.  

Desired Qualifications:

1. Demonstrated experience in successful major gift fundraising. 
2. Experience working in higher education, with preference to experience working in a fine arts environment.  

Necessary Licenses/Certifications/Degrees

Bachelor's degree  

Hiring Rate/Range

Commensurate with experience and qualifications  



Work Hours

Generally Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm with occasional weekend and evening hours as business needs dictate  

Proposed Starting Date:


Posting date


Closing date


Special Instructions to Applicants

All application materials must be submitted online. Application materials submitted via fax, email, or mail will not be accepted. 

Please prepare in advance separate documents representing a cover letter, reference list (at least three professional references and contact information), and resume/C.V. to attach to this application. 

Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. 

If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or other state or federal law you may request an accommodation by contacting the Office of Equal Opportunity, and Access at 309-438-3383. 

If you are having difficulty accessing the system, please call Human Resources at (309) 438-8311.  

Contact Information

Amanda Brown 
[email protected]  

Departmental Homepage  

Required Applicant Documents 
PLEASE NOTE: These documents are required to be submitted online in order to complete the application process. Please have these documents ready prior to clicking on "Apply For This Posting".

Cover Letter
Reference List  

Optional Applicant Documents


Civil Service Test

Not Applicable  

Physical Requirements:

Must be able to complete the following with or without a reasonable accommodation: 

Ability to effectively communicate on a daily basis. 
Ability to conduct or attend meetings in various locations on and off campus. 
Ability to perform sedentary work involving sitting the majority of the time.  





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Posted: 3/29/2018
Application Due: 5/28/2018
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