NIU Foundation Director of Board Relations and Chief of Staff

Employer
NIU Foundation
Location
Illinois, United States
Salary
$95,000.00 - $95,000.00
Closing date
Dec 16, 2021

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Position Type
Programs, Program Administration and Management, Administrative, Accounting and Finance, Human Resources, Office Administration, Other Administrative
Fields
Education
Employment Type
Full Time

Department, University, and Community description

The Division of University Advancement is responsible for all friend-raising and fund-raising at Northern Illinois University. Programs within the division are responsible for building strong relationships with NIU alumni (the NIU Alumni Association) and managing philanthropy to benefit the university (the NIU Foundation).

The President/CEO of the NIU Foundation, who also serves as the Vice President for University Advancement, provides administrative direction for the entire Division of University Advancement. The office of the President/CEO coordinates management of the NIU Foundation Board of Directors, who have fiduciary responsibility for management of the endowment as well as utilization of philanthropic funds on behalf of NIU. 

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.

Primary Function

This position is responsible for the NIU Foundation Board of Directors management, serves as corporate secretary for the Foundation Board and its subsidiary entities, and Chief of Staff for the NIU Foundation. The position, reporting to the President & CEO of the NIU Foundation, who also serves as the Vice President for University Advancement, holds a broad portfolio of responsibilities ranging from board administration, legal coordination and compliance to administrative support management and general talent coordination for the growing and increasingly complex division.

Duties and Responsibilities (generally)

To provide senior administrative leadership and strategic program management to the NIU Foundation and Division of University Advancement. This role serves as Corporate Secretary to the NIU Foundation, an elected position, with responsibilities as outlined in the Foundation’s bylaws.

Education and Experience Required

  1. Bachelor’s degree.
  2. Five (5) years of advanced and complex professional level administrative experience.
  3. Five (5) years of experience with advancing competence in a project management.
  4. Three (3) years of experience in a fundraising organization.
  5. Three (3) years of experience working with detailed financial reporting and investment management concepts.
  6. Three (3) years of experience working with nonprofit boards or board-level volunteers(s).

Education and Experience Preferred

  1. Advanced degree, such as MBA or MPA.
  2. Advanced certificates, such as CFRE.
  3. JD or Paralegal certification.
  4. Knowledge of donor databases is desirable.

List the knowledge, skills, and abilities critical to the performance of this position

  1. 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.
  2. Demonstrably strong work ethic and entrepreneurial mentality. A high-level of integrity, focus and commitment to achieve ambitious goals is essential. 
  3. Exceptional interpersonal skills and a temperament to work effectively with diverse constituents, both internally and externally.
  4. Demonstrable commitment to the highest ethical standards of professionalism and conduct, including an impeccable level of maturity and unimpeachable character.
  5. This position requires the handling of highly sensitive and confidential information and requires an exemplary track record of professionalism, maturity and discretion.
  6. Candidates must possess strong verbal and written communication skills.
  7. A track record of success in a fast-paced environment is essential, as are mature judgment, professionalism, initiative and finely tuned problem-solving skills.
  8. The successful candidate must be adept at working at several different levels and on many assignments simultaneously.
  9. Demonstrated strategic, analytical and critical thinking skills, as well as the ability to synthesize complex documents, information and issues, are also required.

Physical Demands and requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. There is a high level of desk related duties, including heavy keyboarding, phone use, heavy filing duties.

The employee frequently is required to stand for long periods of time; walk; use fingers and hands to feel, grasp, operate or handle objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. Must be able to lift and carry 20 lbs. regularly. Ability to work outside of normal working hours to complete tasks.

Salary: Minimum pay rate $95,000 annually, but actual hiring rate will be commensurate with experience and internal equity; position includes eligible benefits.

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:
    • Five (5) years of advanced and complex professional level administrative experience.
    • Five (5) years of experience with advancing competence in a project management.
    • Three (3) years of experience in a fundraising organization.
    • Three (3) years of experience working with detailed financial reporting and investment management concepts.
    • Three (3) years of experience working with nonprofit boards or board-level volunteers(s).
  • List of three references.
  • Transcripts (unofficial with official required at hire)

Please submit application and documents through NIU online employment system at https://employment.niu.edu/postings/60182 by December 5, 2021. Applications will continue to be received until the position has been filled. However, to ensure full consideration, applications must be received by November 30, 2021. For questions, contact Bryan Lutes, blutes@niu.edu or Dana Hughes at dhughes@niu.edu.

Northern Illinois University is an AA/EEO institution. Pre-employment background check and verification of eligibility to work in the United States is required. 

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