Director of Development - College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (A1700747)

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Director of Development

College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement (OVCIA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks a full-time dynamic fundraiser to serve as a frontline major gift officer to celebrate and strengthen the connection of donors as valued members of the university and ACES community, and for the purpose of fostering long-term philanthropic relationships for the College and its seven academic and three non-academic units. Units will be assigned to the Director of Development upon hire.

The College of ACES includes seven academic departments and is widely recognized for its commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate programs, teaching, research, outreach and international programs. The College also serves the state of Illinois via 27 University of Illinois Extension multi-county units with offices throughout the state. Extension is home to the Illinois 4-H Youth Development Program which engages over 200,000 youth in the state of Illinois on an annual basis. The College 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. It is focused on advancing scientific knowledge that makes life better, healthier, safer, and more profitable for people in Illinois and around the globe. The College has over 180 tenure system faculty members and offers approximately 40 majors and concentrations to more than 2700 undergraduates. The graduate programs of the College attract about 650 students each year. The College of ACES has nearly 36,000 living alumni and raises approximately $20 million annually in private support from individuals, corporations and foundations. Annual expenditures of the College from all sources are more than $160 million.

On October 13, 2017, the university launched its fourth comprehensive campaign. "With Illinois" is the most ambitious philanthropic initiative in its history. The goal is to raise $2.25 billion in support of Illinois students, faculty, research, and infrastructure and to continue to elevate the values that make Illinois distinctive: a sense of boundless aspiration, collaborative research, and global perspective. The College of ACES has set a campaign goal to raise $200 million.

Organizational Relationship

The Director of Development reports to the Assistant Dean of Advancement for the College of ACES, but carries a joint appointment in OVCIA. The successful candidate will join a team of 10+ advancement staff who support the development efforts in the College. Advancement is integral to the success of the academic priorities to which these positions will be assigned; the primary responsibility of these positions is to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward alumni, constituents and stakeholders including working with high net-worth individuals to secure gifts of $25,000 or more.

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 College'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 $25,000 and more), determining frequency of contact needed.
  • 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 stakeholders, alumni, friends, corporations and foundations for the purpose of building relationships leading to financial support of the University.

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree
  • A minimum of five years of successful advancement experience or ten years of closely-related work experience (such as sales, marketing, communications, financial planning, etc.).
  • 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
  • Demonstrated ability to represent an organization in visits with key constituents
  • Strong relationship management skills
  • Ability to maintain sensitive and confidential information

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
  • Knowledge of disciplines within the College of ACES


Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To apply

To ensure full consideration, application materials must be received by January 17, 2018. 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 Katie Walker, [email protected]. Questions about the position should be directed to Kimberly Meenen at [email protected]. The 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

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.

College Name or Administrative Unit: College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Director of Development - College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (A1700747)
Open Date: 12/06/2017
Organization Name: Ofc VC Inst Advancement





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Posted: 4/29/2018
Application Due: 5/24/2018
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