Director of Development

Illinois, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Apr 09, 2021
May 08, 2021
Other Fields
Employment Type
Full Time

Job responsibilities include:


  • Actively manages a portfolio of major and planned gift donors rated $25,000 and above, employing appropriate strategies and tactics in prospect and portfolio management. This may include individuals, corporations and foundations.
  • Identifies, qualifies, cultivates, and solicits alumni and friends in support of unit and University priorities.
  • Meets or exceeds annual performance metrics, including approximately 120 visits per year with UIC alumni and donors to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major gift donations.
  • Collaborates with the dean, department heads, faculty and other key partners across Advancement and unit to build a compelling case for support. Presents the unit's funding opportunities articulately, persuasively, and with confidence. Prepares and presents proposals to prospects and donors, working with central communications and donor relations when appropriate.
  • Partners with unit leadership, Advancement colleagues, faculty, and volunteers to develop and promote compelling engagement opportunities and relationships with assigned prospects to maximize their financial support of the unit's fundraising priorities.
  • Facilitates and coordinates all communications with assigned prospects and among prospects' University relationships. Tracks development activity and donor interactions by entering key interactions and strategies into the fundraising database.
  • Works closely with the Director of Portfolio Management and researchers to review alumni/donor lists in order to identify donor prospects.
  • Assists with the preparation of unit-based events and participates in unit- and University-wide events at which alumni, friends, donors and/or prospects are present.
  • Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as assigned.


Job Knowledge & Skills, Education, Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Business Administration, Liberal Arts or a related field required.
  • A minimum of 5 years of proven and successful experience in development or a related field preferably in an institution of higher learning required. Proven success in securing and conducting face-to-face meetings for major solicitations.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team-based environment.
  • Excellent communication, presentation, business development, organization, and computer/pc skills are required. Requires proficiency in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint…) and fundraising software.


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. 

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 a 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.

UIC College of Engineering

UIC Engineering is exemplified by its mission of access to excellence and success: educating students to innovate and to lead and expanding global knowledge of the engineering field through excellence in original research. In addition, as a public institution, we prioritize our relationship with the city of Chicago and the state of Illinois. We foster strong local partnerships, provide crucial engineering expertise and facilities, and serve as a major economic driver for the region.

As a public engineering college with an urban mission, UIC Engineering has the power to create transformative socioeconomic change for its students and its home city and aims to be a top 5 public urban engineering program in the nation by 2025.

TO APPLY, PLEASE GO DIRECTLY TO THE UIC JOB BOARD:   FOR FULLEST CONSIDERATION PLEASE APPLY BY May 3, 2021.  Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience.  UIC also offers a comprehensive benefits package. RESUME AND COVER LETTER REQUIRED

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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.

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

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