Department, University, and Community
The Division of University Advancement houses the Northern
Illinois University Foundation, which is also an independent 501c3
fundraising organization. We have a dynamic, deeply engaged,
thoughtful and fun team who are devoted to ensuring successful
fundraising to benefit Northern Illinois University, and to create
sustainable revenue streams ensuring the continued success of the
At Northern Illinois University Foundation, our vision is to
develop, support and encourage a culture of giving throughout the
NIU community that will allow it to flourish and accomplish NIU’s
goal of becoming the most student-centered public research
university in the Midwest.
The Gift Planning team strives to be a high ROI team that
provides the most fulfilling donor experience possible.
The ideal candidate is self-motivated, metrics driven, and has a
demonstrated track record of high performance. The Director of
Advancement will live our value of helping donors discover the joy
in making a difference through their philanthropy while making an
everlasting impact at Northern Illinois University.
NIU is a university that has diversity, equity, and inclusion as
one its primary core values. We seek and are strengthened by the
diverse perspectives and experiences of our university community
members, and we appreciate and respect every member of our
community. Being a part of the NIU Huskie family means being an
advocate for diversity and embracing inclusive principles.
The role of the Director of Advancement for Institutional and
Regional Initiatives, is to develop and advance an institutional
strategy to significantly increase the level of philanthropic,
corporate and foundation revenue for initiatives that span the
institution and impact the region. Working with the NIU Foundation
and the Division of Outreach, Engagement and Regional Development
(OERD), the Director plays a key role in executing a comprehensive
corporate and foundation fundraising strategy designed to develop
mutually beneficial relationships between the university and a wide
range of businesses, industries and corporations in the NIU region.
This includes building internal relationships and consulting with
university colleagues to create innovative fundraising
opportunities. The position contributes to the development and
execution of a foundation relations, corporate giving and corporate
sponsorship program designed to create and strengthen partnerships
and build support for overall advancement of the university
mission, outreach and engagement activities. As a member of the
Foundation giving team, this individual is charged with developing
strategies and implementing plans to ensure the success of the
corporate and foundation fundraising program. This position
reports to the Senior Director of Corporate and Foundation
Relations with a dotted line to the OERD Chief Engagement
Duties and Responsibilities (generally)
Responsibilities include working with NIU Foundation and OERD
leaders to create and implement strategy; working with Foundation
and OERD leaders to identify and develop corporate and foundation
giving initiatives and opportunities; identifying, cultivating,
soliciting, and stewarding gifts to the NIU Foundation from
corporations and foundations. This position will work closely with
OERD, NIU’s Alumni Association, and key members of the foundation
including, Major Gift Officers for the colleges and program, and
the Stewardship team. To be successful the Director of Advancement,
Institutional and Regional Initiatives, will need to collaborate
with administrators, faculty and staff across NIU. The
fundraising goal for this position will begin at $1M annually and
grow to $2.5M+ annually.
Education and Experience Required:
- Bachelor’s degree.
- Four (4) years of experience working within a matrixed
organizational structure where performance responsibilities are
evaluated in different divisions.
- Five (5) to Seven (7) years of corporate and foundation
- Five (5) years of experience in development and alumni
Preferred Education and Experience
- Advanced degree.
- Capital campaign experience in higher education is highly
- Existing network of relevant corporations and foundation
List the knowledge, skills, and abilities critical to
the performance of this position
- Demonstrable commitment to the highest standard of ethical and
professional conduct in accordance with
the CASE Statement of Ethics, the Association of
Fundraising Professionals Code of Ethical Principles and Standards,
and The Donor Bill of Rights. (Membership not required.)
- Deep, personal commitment to diversity in all forms, the
recognition of all individuals to mutual respect, and the
acceptance of others without biases. Demonstrable commitment to
leading by example, modeling diversity, equity and inclusion
throughout the university.
- Excellent interpersonal skills to relate to donors, volunteers,
colleagues and university leadership.
- Self-motivated (a “self-starter”); innovative and ability to
work with considerable independence within the context of a team
environment and a network of relationships.
- Superior written and oral communication, negotiating,
organizational, analytical and fundraising skills, including the
ability to interpret financial information and manage data.
- Familiarity with financial planning, tax and charitable gift
laws and planned giving vehicles and methods.
- Ability and desire to engage in face-to-face relationship
activities, primarily through the scheduling of one-on-one
appointments with corporate and foundation prospects who have never
been engaged with NIU. Knowledge of not-for-profit higher education
as well as university governance, academic administrative and
financial policies and guidelines.
- Must be able to travel frequently; some international travel
may be required.
- This position requires the handling of highly sensitive and
confidential information and requires an exemplary track record of
professionalism, maturity and discretion.
- Willingness to commit to and articulate the mission and goals
of Northern Illinois University and the NIU
- Familiarity with donor databases and gift planning tools (e.g.
Millennium, The Raiser’s Edge, PG Calc), Microsoft Office software
and computerized systems of donor record keeping, data tracking of
prospects, and donors.
- The ability to think critically and strategically; capable of
taking responsibility for specific goals within designated time
frames. Capable of coordinating multi-task initiatives to
- A flexible attitude and ability to modify and adapt as
situations and conditions change, as well as a resilience with
regard to the rigors of public higher education and the increasing
pressure of resource constraints.
- The ability to effectively work in a group/team environment and
assist in intra-divisional initiatives.
- A proven ability to build strong relationships anchored in
trust and integrity.
$100,000/year); Actual hiring rate is commensurate with experience,
education, and internal equity; position includes a robust benefits
package to eligible applicants.
Application Materials and Process:
- Resume/Curriculum Vitae
- Cover Letter that speaks to the following aspects of
experience, as listed in the education and experience requirements:
- Years of experience with successful corporate and foundation
- Years of experience in development and alumni relations
- Developing diverse engagement strategies, populations and
- Years of professional experience in a collegiate
- Working within a matrixed organizational structure.
- Management experience.
- List of three references
- Transcripts (unofficial with official required at hire)
For full consideration, please upload and submit application
by August 31, 2021. Interviews may occur before the priority review
date, however all applications received by the priority review date
will receive full consideration. Applications received after the
priority review date will be considered as needed. For questions,
please contact Melissa Nigro, email@example.com.
Northern Illinois University is an AA/EEO institution.
Pre-employment background check and verification of eligibility to
work in the United States is required.