The University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) seeks experienced
fundraising leaders who are curious, forward-thinking and
solution-minded to join our team as senior and executive directors
of development. The ideal candidate will connect constituents
directly to UIC’s mission, which is to provide the broadest access
to the highest levels of intellectual excellence through research,
educational opportunity, public service and healthcare for the
UIC is the premier public R1 research institution in
We are on the heels of an unprecedented campaign that saw six
years of consecutive enrollment growth, sponsored research records
set and broken and accolades that reflect our mission in excellence
in public education, diversity, value and social mobility.
On a trajectory driven by bold thought leaders who define the
battles against societal challenges and push the envelopes of art,
opinion and performance, UIC is building for its next campaign.
With significant investment in talent and programming, we seek a
diversity of development professionals ready to execute
transformational, life-changing fundraising.
Entering into a growth phase has created opportunity to hire a
number of development leaders. Throughout this recruitment process,
we will balance Advancement’s needs with candidates’ experience and
interest to fill fundraiser roles at senior or executive director
levels in the College of Applied Health Sciences; College of
Architecture, Design & the Arts; College of Engineering;
College of Dentistry; College of Pharmacy; School of Public Health
and Jane Addams College of Social work.
Reporting to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Advancement (AVC)
and working closely with the dean, the senior/executive director of
development is responsible for setting fundraising goals and
securing philanthropic support consistent with the mission and
priorities of the assigned college(s)/unit(s). The senior/executive
director will lead and manage the unit’s development efforts
including the planning and direction of comprehensive strategies
for the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship
of major gift prospects and donors, including alumni and friends of
the unit and University.
Following are the responsibilities and duties of this role:
- Work with the AVC and dean to establish strategic direction,
develop comprehensive plans, and set real and applicable goals for
assigned college and unit advancement programs.
- Lead and implement assigned college/unit’s development goals
- Actively engage and manage a portfolio of major gift prospects
and donors, employing appropriate strategies and tactics in
prospect and portfolio management. This may include individuals,
corporations and foundations.
- Meet or exceed annual fundraising goals. Annually solicit 12–20
and close 10-20 major gifts, with a focus on gifts of six-figures
- May manage and oversee the work of development officers with a
focus on major gift development.
- Collaborate with the dean, department heads, faculty and other
key partners across Advancement and unit to build a compelling case
for support. Present the unit’s fundraising opportunities
articulately, persuasively, and with confidence. Prepare and
present proposals to prospects and donors, working with central
Advancement teams such as communications and donor relations when
- Partner with 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.
- Participate in strategy sessions related to individual,
corporate, and foundation prospects of interest to colleges and
units and special fundraising initiatives.
- Maintain comprehensive knowledge of prospect pools, program
performance, and fundraising initiatives for assigned
- Meet regularly with AVC and dean to define fundraising success,
develop appropriate strategies for top priorities and prospects,
and ensure optimal performance and results.
- Staff deans in cultivation, solicitation and stewardship
strategies for top donors and prospects.
- Working with deans and their voluntary groups, such as advisory
committees or board of visitors, to cultivate and solicit for major
gift support to increase the culture of philanthropy for assigned
- Work collaboratively with other members of the Office of the
Vice Chancellor for Advancement and the University of Illinois
Foundation including annual giving, planned giving, corporate and
foundation relations, and communications to ensure an integrated
- Facilitate and coordinate all communications with assigned
prospects and among prospects’ University relationships. Track
advancement activity and suspect and prospect strategies by
entering plans, steps and opportunities in the constituent
relationship management database (TED).
- Perform other related duties and participate in special
projects related to fundraising as assigned/approved by AVC.
- Plan, assign and review work of staff to ensure that group
objectives are met. May hire, train, develop and manage staff to
ensure that a qualified staff exists to meet group objectives.
Qualifications and Experience
This position required strong leadership, exceptional
interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to interact
effectively with academic leaders, faculty, staff, donors and
volunteers. The SD will also bring the following professional
qualities and experiences:
- Minimum of five years for senior director and ten years for
executive director of successful and progressively responsible
experience in fundraising, business development, and/or related
field focused on relationship management.
- Higher education fundraising experience preferred.
- Demonstrated skill in achieving alignment, working cross-unit,
providing active support and close collaboration amongst a broad
range of stakeholders in relation to strategic plans and
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team-based
- Ability to work in highly complex organizational
- Tolerance for and ability to work productively in the context
of ambiguity, uncertainty and change.
- Ability to handle sensitive and confidential matters with
- Demonstrated analytical and strategic thinking
- Excellent problem-solving ability and creativity.
- An understanding of the role of institutional giving and its
impact on the community. An appreciation for how to leverage
institutional giving with other giving programs to maximize
- Bachelor’s degree required.
TO APPLY, PLEASE GO DIRECTLY TO THE UIC JOB
BOARD. Click the link https://jobs.uic.edu/job-board/job-details?jobID=167085
to view the Senior Director of Development job
posting. Click the link https://jobs.uic.edu/job-board/job-details?jobID=167083
to view the Executive Director of Development job
posting. FOR FULLEST CONSIDERATION PLEASE APPLY
BY JUNE 24, 2022.
RESUME AND COVER LETTER REQUIRED. Compensation is
competitive and commensurate with experience. UIC also offers
a comprehensive benefits package.
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 are committed to equal employment opportunities
regardless 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,