Assistant/Associate Dean for Advancement - School of Information Sciences

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University of Illinois
Illinois, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Mar 19, 2021
Apr 17, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant/Associate Dean for Advancement

School of Information Sciences

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


The University of Illinois ( is a world leader in research, teaching and public engagement. Distinguished by the breadth of our programs, academic excellence and an internationally renowned faculty, Illinois serves our state, our nation and our world by creating knowledge, preparing students for lives of impact, and addressing societal needs through the transfer and application of knowledge. The strategic plan for the campus can be viewed at


The School of Information Sciences (iSchool) is dedicated to shaping the future of information through research, education, and engagement. The iSchool is an established national leader in both groundbreaking information science research and the preparation of leading information professionals.


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


Organizational Relationship

The Assistant/Associate Dean for Advancement has a dual report to the Dean of the School of Information Sciences (primary) and to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Advancement in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement (secondary).


Primary Position Function/Summary:


The Assistant/Associate Dean for Advancement will lead and manage a comprehensive advancement strategy for the iSchool that includes alumni, friends, corporations and foundations which is aligned with the iSchool’s vision, mission, and goals.


Major Duties and Responsibilities Strategy and planning
  • Identify, assess, analyze, and design appropriate strategies for approaching prospects and donors and making the appropriate match with the donor’s interests and the School’s needs/
  • Formulate an annual plan with measurable goals and driving the plan to execution through appropriate engagement of staff and
  • Evaluate and establish fundraising goals for the School on an annual basis and for campus-wide campaigns, in consultation with the Dean and based on the identified potential of the School’s
  • Provide strategic leadership for the iSchool’s advancement efforts aligned with the iSchool’s vision, mission and
  • Develop, manage and evaluate a long-term comprehensive advancement plan that includes alumni, friends, corporations and
  • Serve on the iSchool’s relevant administrative and leadership committee(s).
  • Facilitate effective collaborative relationships and serve as the primary liaison with OVCIA, the University of Illinois Foundation, the University of Illinois Alumni Association, the Office of Public Affairs and other campus advancement


Major gifts
  • Establish and maintain a portfolio of major gift prospects. Maintain a significant travel schedule through the United States.
  • Prepare proposals for donor prospects, including determination of purpose, timeframe, giving vehicle and level of ask for verbal and written proposals based on assessment of the prospect’s interest and capacity for
  • Work with the Dean on strategic visits with key major


External relations and stewardship
  • Effectively work and maintain external, alumni, corporate and other relevant organizations and advance partnerships through annual stewardship
  • Coordinate with the iSchool’s Communication Office to ensure consistency of message and brand.
  • Ensure gifts secured are acknowledged, recognized and used in accordance with donor’s intent.
  • Involve and interest prospects in the mission, life and priorities of the


Supervision, management, and budget
  • Hire, manage, train, provide oversight, and evaluate a team of academic professionals and support
  • In collaboration with the school’s budget office, plan and administer the budget of the advancement office to ensure operation within fiscal
  • Oversee the annual funds, stewardship programs, advancement communications, donor relations, capital campaign and advancement events for the iSchool


Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • For the title of Assistant Dean, a minimum of seven years of experience in the field of institutional advancement with a demonstrated successful record in fundraising. For the title of Associate Dean, a minimum of twelve years of experience in the field of institutional advancement with a demonstrated successful record in
  • Knowledge of the major components of advancement including development, communications and public relations, alumni relations, and special
  • Demonstrated excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication
  • Understanding of major donor prospect qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship
  • Ability to maintain sensitive and confidential information
  • Strong relationship management and interpersonal skills
  • Supervisory experience or demonstrated leadership experience leading an advancement team or in related work experience
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree
  • Advanced knowledge of planned giving fundraising
  • An understanding and commitment to the research, teaching and outreach missions of the University of Illinois and of the School of Information
  • Completion of Plus Delta Discipline of Frontline Fundraising program or similar training in academic advancement best practices.


Organizational Chart:

Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost

Dean, School of Information Sciences, and Executive Director of Advancement (Joint Report) Assistant/Associate Dean for Advancement

AP and Support Staff


Appointment Status

This is a 100% full-time academic professional position.



Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.


To Apply

To ensure full consideration, application materials must be received by April 12, 2021. Please complete your candidate profile at and upload a letter of application, resume and the names, address, phone numbers and email addresses of three professional references. For more information regarding application procedures, contact Katie Walker at Proposed starting date is as soon as possible after the closing date.

Interviews may take place prior to the closing date; however, no decision will be made until after that date.


The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.


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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 current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment

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