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Chief Advancement Officer for The Grainger College of Engineering

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Illinois, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Feb 12, 2022

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The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the search for a Chief Advancement Officer for The Grainger College of Engineering.

Reporting to the Dean of The Grainger College of Engineering, the Chief Advancement Officer will provide strategic vision, leadership, and direction for all fundraising, alumni engagement, and advancement operations for the College. The Chief Advancement Officer will translate the Dean's strategic vision and priorities for the College into productive relationships with the College’s key prospects, donors, and alumni, serving as a partner with stewardship and donor relations, events, alumni relations, and communications colleagues on department and college-wide initiatives, and funding priorities.

The Grainger College of Engineering at Illinois is among the world’s most prestigious and largest engineering programs. Its faculty, students, and alumni are world leaders in education, research, scholarship, and innovation. The Grainger College of Engineering is home to 10,000+ undergraduate and 5,500+ graduate students, supported by more than 450 faculty in 10 departments — including 11 Nobel Laureates and 18 Pulitzer Prizes winners; 3 interdisciplinary research units; and over 15 research centers and institutes. The college hosts 39 degree programs that ranked in the top 10 in the nation. With over 80,000 supportive alumni globally, the Chief Advancement Officer is essential to the cultivation of relationships with donors across all of the units in the College. Each department and unit produce high-achieving and successful alumni who are the driving force in the world of engineering and beyond. Over the next five years, the college will be guided by its strategic plan and direct and invest its resources to pursue 6 overarching directions to achieve excellence in pursuit of its mission and vision.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks a Chief Advancement Officer for The Grainger College of Engineering with a commitment to the mission of the University to enhance the lives of citizens in Illinois, across the nation, and around the world through its leadership in learning, discovery, engagement, and economic development; an ability to work in a highly self-directed, proactive, and creative manner; superb oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills; knowledge of the principles of advancement, fundraising, and administration in a university environment including development, communications and public relations, alumni engagement, and special events; familiarity with planned giving fundraising vehicles; and experience supervising and managing a large professional team. A bachelor's degree is required for this position as is at least ten years of advancement experience, preferably in a higher education environment, including five years of management experience. This position is located in Urbana, Illinois. Because it is expected that the successful applicant will be an active member of the college’s leadership team as well as the Urbana-Champaign community, this role requires attendance at events and meetings outside of traditional business hours and thus the next Chief Advancement Officer is expected to reside in a location reasonably accessible to the campus. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission and values of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as well as the responsibilities and qualifications presented in the prospectus.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is committed to removing inequalities present in higher education and continuing to work toward the needed change to address systematic inequalities, making the college an inclusive environment for all.

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