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Associate Director of Development

University of Illinois Chicago
Illinois, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Oct 28, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Alumni Affairs, Major Gifts, Other Fundraising
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Employment Type
Full Time
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The University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) invites applications for the position of Associate Director of Development in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Advancement (OVCA). This position manages a portfolio of leadership annual and major gift prospects and donors rated $25,000 and above, including alumni and friends of unit(s) and University. Responsible for developing personalized strategies for engagement and solicitation that maximize each prospect's philanthropic capacity and support for the assigned unit's funding priorities.  This role is part of a central advancement team that partners with multiple University units, including but not limited to the College of Education, Honors College, Graduate College, UIC Library, and Student Affairs. This position's portfolio includes prospects for and donors to these units as well as multi-interest alumni and friends.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Actively manages a portfolio of leadership annual, major and planned gift donors and prospects rated $25,000 and above, employing appropriate strategies and tactics in prospect and portfolio management.
  • Identifies, qualifies, cultivates and solicits alumni and friends in support of unit and University priorities.
  • Meets or exceeds annual performance metrics, including approximately 110 visits per year with UIC alumni and donors to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward leadership annual ($1,000-$24,999) and major($25,000+) gift donations.
  • Presents the unit's fundraising 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 Director/Senior Director of Advancement, 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 interaction by entering key interactions and strategies into the fundraising database.
  • Works closely with director of portfolio management and researchers to review alumni/donor lists 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.
  • Minimum 3 years professional experience in development or related field, preferable in a higher education environment. Proven success in securing and conducting face-to-face meetings to build and grow relationships.
  • The ability, credibility, and capacity to build and sustain effective relationships and partnerships with colleagues and constituencies that are integral to success in the role.
  • Excellent writing, communication, presentation, business development, organization and computer/pc skills are required.
  • Requires proficiency in Microsoft Office. Strong database skills. Experience using alumni/donor database highly desired.
  • Ability to attend and help with weekend and evening events required. Travel required



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. 


Office of the Vice Chancellor for Advancement

OVCA 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, healthier societies.



The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity and is particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people. We do not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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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