The University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) invites applicants for
the position of Assistant Vice Chancellor for Alumni and Donor
Engagement (AVC). This position reports to the Vice Chancellor for
Advancement and serves as a partner and active participant on the
Advancement Senior Management team (SMT). The AVC is responsible
for creating and leading meaningful, effective programs and
relationships that provide a comprehensive constituent experience
resulting in increased donor giving and alumni champions who
actively support UIC’s mission. These efforts are intended to build
and sustain lifelong relationships with the University’s alumni and
The AVC is a leader who supports, motivates and influences
others to perform at the highest levels while embracing the
mission, vision and values of our organization. The position
directly manages a team of senior professionals who oversees
central teams that drive university-wide initiatives and supports
units in alumni engagement, annual giving, communications, donor
relations and stewardship. The AVC improves collaboration, creates
efficiencies and streamlines processes by redefining and
implementing how we do business and ensures achievement of team
Success for the AVC is measured by the depth and breadth of
formalized alumni and donor engagement and communications
activities and associated metrics that are indicators of
participants exhibiting the desired behaviors that actively support
Job responsibilities include:
- Creating and implementing a long-range plan for alumni and
donor engagement, establishing strategic objectives, goals, and
metrics for success that align with overall Advancement
- Providing leadership, management oversight, and strategic
guidance for a comprehensive constituent experience involving
annual giving, advancement communications, donor relations,
recognition and events, and stewardship.
- Developing, leading, and implementing comprehensive, visionary
strategies designed to continuously grow and improve programs,
build alumni and donor engagement and activism, and provide donors
with a superior giving experience and meaningful engagement points
with the University.
- Optimizing coordination and collaboration between and among the
college alumni and donor engagement programs and central
Advancement. Building collaborative and supportive relationships
with UIC leadership, deans, unit directors and SMT to facilitate
alumni and donor engagement, participation, and stewardship.
- Formulating and executing strategies to connect alumni, friends
and donors to the goals and priorities of the University;
formulating and executing strategies to connect the University to
the needs and priorities of alumni, friends, and donors. Developing
programming which engages the Chancellor, campus administration,
deans, and university officials with alumni and aligns UIC’s
mission with alumni and donor passions.
- Overseeing development, coordination, and delivery of a
comprehensive communication strategy to ensure all alumni, friends,
and donors, as well as faculty and staff, are informed of and
inspired by all that UIC is and does.
- Overseeing alumni and student philanthropy efforts focused on
future alumni leaders and donors and annual giving efforts focused
on acquisition, retention and upgrades thereby building a culture
of philanthropy and a sustainable gift pipeline.
- Building and overseeing a comprehensive recognition and
stewardship strategy and program, including centralized
coordination of donor engagement strategies to assure quality,
consistency, and effectiveness of all key aspects. Ensuring
consistent donor engagement policies and protocols across the
University and providing effective communication of these policies
internally and externally.
- Managing high-level volunteer leadership on behalf of the
University, including volunteer identification, cultivation, and
ongoing engagement efforts.
- Partnering with the vice chancellor, AVCs, deans, public
affairs, career offices, athletics, student affairs, and other
university partners to engage alumni, friends, and donors to help
meet overall University goals for success.
- Serving on and participating in university committees and
representing the university at meetings and events.
- Overseeing the development and implementation of administrative
processes associated with alumni and donor engagement activities,
which includes: creating quantitative and qualitative measurement
system to evaluate the effectiveness and success of all mass
solicitations, events, communications, publications, marketing,
stewardship and recognition programs.
- Managing the alumni and donor engagement team, providing
training, direction, and guidance. Planning, assigning and
reviewing work of staff to ensure that group objectives are met.
Hiring, training, developing and managing staff to ensure that a
qualified staff exists to meet group objectives.
- Performing other related duties and participating in special
projects as assigned.
Job Knowledge & Skills, Education,
- Bachelor’s Degree in a related field required.
- Ten (10) plus years’ experience in higher education
advancement, including development, major and annual giving
fundraising, and alumni engagement.
- Experience developing and implementing a successful donor
relations and stewardship program(s) preferably in an institution
of higher learning.
- Strong track record of designing and implementing successful
alumni relations strategies that have resulted in significant
increases in alumni engagement and donor participation.
- Stature, credibility, and capacity to build and sustain
effective relationships with colleagues at all levels of the
organization and with external constituencies; to influence senior
colleagues, often without authority; and to advocate for and secure
resources in support of Advancement’s agenda.
- Demonstrated skill in achieving alignment, working
cross-university, providing active support and close collaboration
amongst a broad range of stakeholders in relation to strategic
plans and execution.
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
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,
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FOR FULLEST CONSIDERATION PLEASE APPLY
BY November 30, 2020.
RESUME AND COVER LETTER REQUIRED. Compensation is
competitive and commensurate with experience. UIC also offers
a comprehensive benefits package.
The University of Illinois at Chicago is an Equal
Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women,
veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to
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
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The University of Illinois System requires candidates
selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual
misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to
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