Associate Director/Director of Advancement - Office of the VC for Institutional Advancement

University of Illinois
Illinois, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Dec 3, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Major Gifts
Employment Type
Full Time

Associate Director/Director of Advancement Office of the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Based in Chicago, IL or remotely in New York tri-state

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement (OVCIA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks a full-time major gift officer to secure private funding for the University. The Associate Director/Director of Advancement will lead and coordinate advancement activities for the Urbana campus within the United States.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a global, preeminent research university. Since its founding in 1867, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has earned a reputation as a world-class leader in research, teaching and public engagement.

In October of 2017, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign publicly launched With Illinois, an ambitious $2.25 billion philanthropic campaign—the largest in the school’s history. As of this October, the campaign has recorded $2.42 billion in gifts and commitments. Fundraising efforts will continue and in addition to the respective priorities within each of the colleges and units, the University remains resolute in its commitment to secure additional private resources towards student scholarships, faculty and staff support, capital projects, and the other life-changing programmatic initiatives.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit .

Organization Relationship

The Associate Director/Director of Advancement will lead and coordinate advancement activities for the Urbana campus in a defined territory within the United States, including identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major gift prospects and donors. Reporting to the Senior Director of Advancement and working closely with college-based chief advancement officers, major gift officers, department heads, and faculty, this position will assist the colleges and their departments in designing strategies to broaden and strengthen the university’s development activities in an assigned region.  The Associate Director/Director of Advancement will be expected to represent the mission and vision of the University of Illinois and its colleges and departments to alumni and friends. This position will require substantial travel of varying durations, up to 30-50%, including evening and weekend obligations, and will either be based out of the Illini Center in Chicago or remotely in the New York tri-state region.

Duties & Responsibilities:

1.Identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward major gift prospects in an assigned geographic territory. Develop and maintain a portfolio of major gift prospects to personally cultivate, solicit and steward. Document all activities and interactions in the alumni/donor database.

2.Develop and maintain close collaborative partnerships with campus and unit colleagues to ensure a strong baseline knowledge of campus, college, and unit programs and priorities and an ability to devise and execute sound prospect strategies. Refer other prospects to college/department advancement colleagues on a case by case basis, when warranted by synergistic relationships and focused interests.

3.Identify, support, and participate in special regional events and programs as appropriate.

4.Prepare university leadership, faculty and volunteers to participate in cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major gifts as needed.

Impact in Your First Year At Advancement at Illinois, we value our employees and provide resources to help you continually learn and grow. We foster a strong, collaborative community of people who are driven by their ability to make a difference.

Within 3 months, you’ll:

•Become familiar with the strategic vision and priorities of the institution and various colleges/units/departments across campus
•Meet your assigned Prospect Development Analyst and begin to dig into your portfolio
•Attend professional development and networking activities for newcomers within Advancement
•Be introduced to fundraising fundamentals terminology adopted from Plus Delta Partners

Within 6 months, you’ll:

•Begin cultivating relationships with key prospects/donors/alumni in an effort to create and implement solicitation strategies
•Partner with stewardship and donor relations, events, alumni relations, and communications colleagues on department and College-wide initiatives
•Be able to share multiple meaningful impact stories of transformative gifts
By the end of the first year, you’ll:
•Cooperatively set annual goals with your supervisor and portfolio management team
•Continue portfolio growth of qualified prospects and successful solicitation strategies
• Receive one-on-one coaching from Talent Management to help your transition to your new role
• Build a robust network of colleagues across campus

Required Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree
• For the title of Associate Director, a minimum of three years of successful advancement experience or more than six years of experience in a closely related field which requires strong relationship-building and outcome driven components. For the title of Director, a minimum of five years of successful advancement experience or ten years of experience in a closely related field which requires strong relationship-building and outcome driven components.
• Well-versed in advancement strategies including best practices related to development at institutions of higher education
• A high degree of initiative and an ability to work independently as well as collaboratively
• Experience working in a collaborative, team-oriented environment
• Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills, with an emphasis on engaged, active listening
• Superb time management and organizational skills
• Data driven and a flawless attention to detail
• Demonstrated ability to represent an organization in one-on-one visits with key constituents

Preferred Qualifications

• Documented success as a major and/or principal gift fundraiser in higher education
• Direct experience working with faculty leaders
• Completion of Plus Delta Discipline of Frontline Fundraising program or similar training in academic advancement best practices


Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To Apply

To ensure full consideration, application materials must be received by November 29, 2021. Please complete your candidate profile at and upload a letter of application, resume and the names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three professional references. For further information regarding application procedures, contact Katie Walker at The proposed starting date is as soon as possible after the closing date.

University of Illinois faculty, staff and students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are not able to receive the vaccine for medical or religious reasons, you may seek approval for an exemption in accordance with applicable University processes.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility. 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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