University Libraries Director of Development 150202

Company Description:

Western Illinois University, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, serves more than 12,000 students at its traditional, residential four-year campus in Macomb, IL and its metropolitan, non-residential campus in Moline, IL. Compliance to state and federal hiring standards is coordinated through WIU's Office of Equal Opportunity & Access.


Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, and veteran status.


Job Description:

APPOINTMENT: September 15, 2014


RESPONSIBILITIES: Work with the Dean to establish long-range objectives for development activities that reflect academic priorities consistent with the library goals and WIU Strategic Goals.

Assist the Libraries in seeking external funding including government and foundation grants, and private gifts.  Prepare operating plans designed to meet these objectives.

Lead and direct the planning and implementation of development activities as they relate to the priorities of the comprehensive campaign.

Work with the Dean to direct implementation of development activities established by the Library Atrium Society, while working with the Outreach Librarian on marketing and special  projects.

Provide leadership and direction to individuals who are interested in helping WIU advance the library.

Arrange opportunities for the Dean, faculty and other University academic leaders to interact with donors, prospects and volunteers in forums designed to engender support for the University Libraries.

Foster a cooperative and collaborative relationship with the University Vice President for Advancement and Public Services and with the University’s Foundation and Development, University Relations, Scholarship, Marketing and Alumni Programs staffs.

Provide stewardship and cultivation to WIU donors and prospects to provide support and assistance or to provide another resource to department staff members.


RANK & SALARY: Western Illinois University offers a competitive benefits package including domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit:



REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s Degree required; graduate degree preferred.   The individual shall possess superior interpersonal, communications, and writing skills. The required degree must be conferred from a regionally accredited degree-granting institution of higher education (or equivalent from an international accrediting body).



Experience in working in libraries and in higher education.  Also, experience in alumni affairs, fund raising, public relations, sales and promotions, marketing, student activities or a related field in order to acquire skills necessary to coordinate and/or participate in general fund raising activities and proposal development.  The candidate should be able to effectively handle multiple projects and work with minimal supervision.

Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing, and to coordinate efforts of diverse groups of alumni, volunteers, faculty and staff.  Commitment and ability to working in a team-oriented environment.  Strong organizational and time management skills.  Experience in strategic planning and goal setting.

Ability and experience with managing budgets.  Knowledge of gift planning techniques and tools.  Ability and experience with understanding and interpreting financial and investment information and communicating it effectively.  Experience in a comprehensive development program in higher education.  Ability to develop effective partnerships with internal and external constituencies.


Additional Information:

THE DEPARTMENT: WIU Libraries employs 16 faculty and 42 civil service staff in the Leslie F. Malpass Library, 3 on-campus branch libraries and one at the WIU-Quad Cities Campus.  The Libraries collection includes over 1,000,000 catalogued volumes, access to over 22,500 full-text journals, 300,000 maps and substantial government documents, microforms, and non-book materials.  The annual budget is $4.5 million.   


THE UNIVERSITY: Recognized as a "Best Midwestern College" by the Princeton Review and one of 39 public universities ranked a top tier "Best Midwestern University" by U.S.News & World Report, Western Illinois University (WIU) serves approximately 12,200 students in the heart of the Midwest through its traditional residential campus in Macomb and its metropolitan, non-residential location in Moline, Illinois.


The WIU-Macomb and -Quad Cities campuses are comprised of accomplished faculty, state-of-the-art technology and facilities, and a wide range of academic and extracurricular opportunities. Western is a comprehensive university offering 65 undergraduate and 37 graduate degree programs, including a doctorate in education. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1, the University's 612 full-time faculty members teach 93.5 percent of all undergraduate and graduate courses, in addition to 10 pre-professional degree programs and 19 certificate programs.


Western offers a broad-based athletics program, sponsoring 20 NCAA Division I intercollegiate varsity sports. Football competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision through the Missouri Valley Football Conference; all other varsity sports compete at the Division I level through The Summit League. WIU is the cultural center of the region. University Libraries house an extensive collection and offer online database access to thousands of academic periodic journals and publications.


WIU-Macomb, IL (Student Population: 10,003): A traditional, residential four-year campus with select graduate programs, WIU-Macomb is located in the heart of west central Illinois in Macomb (population 20,000). Macomb is an Amtrak city with twice-daily service to Chicago. Macomb is located approximately 75 miles from the Quad Cities International Airport (Moline, IL) and 70 miles from the Greater Peoria Regional Airport (Peoria, IL).


WIU-Quad Cities (Student Population: 1,204): The only public university in the Quad Cities area, WIU-QC offers select undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education, at its metropolitan, non-residential campuses in Moline, IL (population 44,000). The Quad Cities (population 376,000) rests on the banks of the Mississippi River and is comprised of Moline and Rock Island in western Illinois and Davenport and Bettendorf in eastern Iowa. Moline, Illinois is home to the Quad Cities International Airport.

Application Instructions:

APPLICATION: Complete applications include:

1) a letter of application

2) current curriculum vita or resume

3) the names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three current professional references

4) copies of unofficial academic transcripts, official transcripts will be requested of selected candidate Unofficial transcripts will be accepted, however top candidates will be asked to supply official transcripts


Please upload the requested documents by clicking APPLY NOW or by navigating to the WIU Employment page at the following URL


**Note** In order to upload Individual documents must be under 2 MB in size.


Screening will begin on September 3, 2014 and continue until the position is filled.


Questions regarding the search may be directed to: Meredith L Hancks at


For assistance with the online application system contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (309)298-1977 or via email at