Director/Senior Director of International Advancement - Office of the Vice Chancellor for Instituti

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Director/Senior Director of International Advancement

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement (OVCIA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks a full-time Director/Senior Director of International Advancement to enhance the University's presence and reputation internationally.

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The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a global, preeminent research university. With almost 11,000 international students on campus, Illinois has the second highest number of international students of any university in the U.S. and an estimated 50,000 alumni and graduates all over the world. Over 2,000 students study abroad each year and Illinois has partnerships with more than 400 top academic international institutions.

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 Director/Senior Director of International Advancement will lead and coordinate advancement activities for the Urbana campus in Asia, including identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major gift prospects and donors. Reporting to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Regional and Global Advancement and working closely with college-based chief advancement officers, major gift officers, department heads, and faculty, this position will assist the colleges and their departments in designing strategies to broaden and strengthen the university's international development, outreach and constituent relations activities, building upon existing relationships. The Director/Senior Director will be expected to be able to represent the message and vision of the University of Illinois, its colleges and departments to alumni and friends in Asia. While primarily focused on major gifts, the position may also support and coordinate international communications efforts, events, annual funds efforts and development of alumni clubs.

This position will also work with the University of Illinois Foundation and the University of Illinois Alumni Alliance to coordinate university-wide international engagement efforts.

This position will require substantial international travel of varying durations. The position will be based out of our regional advancement office in Chicago, or a location of mutual agreement based on the candidate's qualifications and ability to collaborate with individuals on the Urbana-Champaign campus.

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

Required Qualifications

  • Candidates must have an undergraduate degree, and demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience working in a collaborative, team-oriented environment and the ability to work with a diverse set of constituents in a cross-cultural setting
  • 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 title of Senior Director, a minimum of seven years of successful advancement experience
  • Demonstrated ability to represent an organization in one-on-one visits with key constituents
  • International travel experience to Asia
  • Familiarity with Asian cultures

Preferred Qualifications
  • Advanced degree
  • Bilingual in one or more key Asian languages
  • Successful history as a major gift fundraiser at an institution of higher education and/or understanding of international fundraising methods and culture.
  • Familiarity and knowledge of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Experience working or living abroad


Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To Apply

To ensure full consideration, application materials must be received by December 4, 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, sexual orientation, 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: Director/Senior Director of International Advancement - Office of the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement (105391)
Open Date: 11/06/2018
Organization Name: Ofc VC Inst Advancement





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Posted: 11/7/2018
Application Due: 12/30/2018
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