Assistant Vice Chancellor for Regional and Global Advancement - Office of the Vice Chancellor for I

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Assistant Vice Chancellor for Regional and Global Development

Office of the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

(position based in Chicago, Illinois)

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement (OVCIA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks a full-time Assistant Vice Chancellor for Regional and Global Development to provide strategic leadership and oversight for a regionally-and globally-based development program. This program strengthens and transforms the University's relationships with alumni, donors, and friends in areas of the United States and the world with high concentrations of Illinois alumni and friends.

Reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Advancement, the AVC is responsible for the achievement of fundraising goals for regional and global development. The focus and major emphasis of the position is leading and motivating the team responsible for enhancing the University's presence and reputation in the Chicago area and various U.S. regions, as well as internationally. The AVC will also lead Chicago-area development operations at the Illini Center.

On October 13, 2017, the University publicly 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 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


Leadership of Regional and Global Development

  • Provide strategic oversight and leadership to regional and international major gift officers based in Urbana, Chicago, and California.
  • In partnership with team members, OVCIA leadership, and unit Chief Advancement Officers, create and implement development and engagement strategies for top-tier domestic and international markets.
  • Engage in the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of individual prospects with a focus on gifts of $100,000 or higher. Manage a portfolio of approximately 50 prospects.
  • Work collaboratively with other gift officers across campus to devise strategies for all aspects of regional and international donor cultivation and stewardship. Facilitate effective collegial relationships with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement, the University of Illinois Foundation, and other campus advancement offices.

Leadership of Chicago-Area Development Operations
  • Conduct strategic assessments of existing philanthropic strengths and opportunities. Based on this assessment, collaboratively develop strategies and implement programs that support OVCIA goals and objectives for engagement and fundraising. Foster a stronger Illinois presence in Chicago and key suburbs with the goal of increasing total contributions from the region, growth in alumni giving rates, increased visibility of university leaders in the Chicago market, and a stronger network of University of Illinois leaders in the greater Chicago area.
  • Provide oversight and management of the team of advancement employees based in the Chicago office. Supervise and manage assigned advancement staff.
  • Manage volunteer advisory board(s), including the Illinois Leadership Council, by defining roles for advisory board(s) that support the priorities of the University. Identify and orient board members, lead board meetings, and evaluate board performance. Prepare volunteers to participate in cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major gifts as needed.
  • Work to increase the visibility of Illinois in the Chicago area, including those organizations with whom the University has a strategic partnership, or with organizations of importance to our donors and volunteer leaders.

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree required. Master's degree preferred.
  • At least ten years of closely related experience including advancement experience. Strong leadership and relationship development skills required.
  • Demonstrated experience working with and managing high-level volunteers.
  • Demonstrated interest in and ability to represent an organization in one-on-one visits with key constituents.
  • Advanced understanding of major donor prospect qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.
  • Demonstrated excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Advanced knowledge of higher education administration.
  • Ability to maintain sensitive and confidential information.
  • Must be able to travel. Significant evening and occasional weekend work will be required.
  • Understands and adheres to the Association of Fundraising Professionals Donor Bill of Rights which is endorsed by the Office of Institutional Advancement.

Additional Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge of the University of Illinois is preferred.
  • Knowledge of Chicago's business and philanthropic culture is preferred.
  • Knowledge of international advancement
  • Experience in positions or organizations that supported $100M+ campaigns
  • Demonstrated track record of cultivating and securing seven-figure and larger outright and deferred gift commitments
  • Knowledge of planned giving vehicles.
  • Experience managing professionals in multiple locations


Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To Apply

To ensure full consideration, application materials must be received by November 6, 2018. 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 Katie Walker at [email protected]. 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.

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: Office of the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement
Category: 2-Administrative
Title: Assistant Vice Chancellor for Regional and Global Advancement - Office of the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement (104068)
Open Date: 10/09/2018
Organization Name: Ofc VC Inst Advancement





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Posted: 10/10/2018
Application Due: 12/9/2018
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