Director of Advancement /Assistant Dean for Advancement

Chicago, Illinois
Jun 04, 2021
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) invites applications for the position of Assistant Dean/Director of Advancement for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. This position serves as the chief advancement officer for the College and maintains primary oversight of all activities related to efforts to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward annual, major and planned gifts from alumni, friends, corporations, and foundations in support of the College. This position reports directly to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Advancement with a dotted reporting line to the Dean of the College.  It provides counsel to the College’s Dean and other faculty and staff on fundraising strategy and contributes to the College through active membership in the Dean’s administrative cabinet.  This position also leads the advancement team and manages a personal portfolio of major gift donors and prospects.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide strategic direction for the College’s Advancement program.
  • Lead the advancement strategy for the College by developing, implementing, and evaluating the annual advancement plan which includes performance objectives and goals, budget, and measures of success. This plan includes strategies related to alumni engagement, fundraising, donor relations, and team management.
  • Monitor the progress of the plan and team, reporting regular updates and results to the Dean and Associate Vice Chancellor.
  • Build and manage relationships with major and principal gift donors and prospects through strategic identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship activities.
  • Document donor and prospect strategies and activities by entering plans, steps, and opportunities into the fundraising database.
  • Work closely with the Director of Portfolio Management and assigned researcher to review alumni and donor lists to identify prospects and optimize individual portfolio as well as the portfolios of gift officers in the College.
  • Develop a College-wide stewardship plan and review and update annually to help ensure proper compliance with donor intent.
  • Develop and review communications and events related to the College’s advancement program to ensure consistent communications and messaging in all advancement-related communications.
  • Participate in planning and staffing special donor and alumni recognition events including UIF, UIC and college-specific events.
  • Collaborate with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Advancement's central team to provide counsel and support to the College’s alumni and engagement activities including meetings, events, communication strategies and management of any alumni boards.
  • Build and maintain volunteer leadership groups such as advisory committees or boards of visitors.
  • Identify and recruit established and emerging alumni of distinction for engagement in key volunteer roles within the College.
  • Hire, train, supervise, and evaluate the College’s advancement staff.
  • Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as assigned.

Job Knowledge & Skills, Education, Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s preferred.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of fundraising experience, preferably in a complex higher education environment. Association of Fundraising Professionals, CFRE or CASE membership preferred.  
  • Demonstrated record of accomplishment in major and planned giving, annual giving and alumni relations. Requires, excellent communication, interpersonal, organization and presentation skills.  
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint as well as experience using fundraising tracking software.  
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team-based environment.


University of Illinois Chicago

As a top research institute, a leading healthcare provider, and one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse universities in the country UIC is paving the way for how modern, urban, global public education should work.  We are, and have been since our earliest days, dedicated to opening doors and clearing hurdles to provide an outstanding education to bright and ambitious students, no matter what.  This mission is amplified through our five-year, $750 million IGNITE Campaign that will redefine the model for student success, cultivate and empower faculty leaders, drive life-changing discovery and strengthen connections to communities. 

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) is UIC’s largest college and offers a research-rich undergraduate and graduate education that prepares students to become engaged citizens in a world of multiple cultures, languages, and possibilities. We strive to deliver an unparalleled learning experience by:  STIMULATING curiosity and collaboration across the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities, as well as interdisciplinary areas; INSPIRING our more than 10,000 diverse students to follow their passions and remain part of an extended network of alumni; RESEARCHING the most challenging questions of our time and extending the frontier of knowledge; and, ENGAGING the intellectual life of the College with the concerns of the people and institutions of our city, state, country, and global communities.

Office of the Vice Chancellor for Advancement

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Advancement connects the vision and passion of UIC’s alumni, friends, faculty, staff, and corporations and foundations, with the pieces of our mission most meaningful to them.  We help donors create the impact they envision, whether it be scholarship for a promising student seeking a life-changing education, funding for researchers working to discover new knowledge in a particular arena or support for a university-community collaboration that will anchor stronger, healthier societies.


The University of Illinois Chicago is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Advancement is committed to diversity, equity, and building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and ages. We especially encourage members of traditionally under-represented communities to apply, including women, people of color, veterans, LGBTQ+ people, and people that are differently abled.

The University of Illinois may conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

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