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Director of Major and Planned Giving/Associate Executive Director of Foundation

Oakton College
Illinois, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Apr 4, 2023

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Position Type
Philanthropic Advisors
Employment Type
Full Time

Oakton College, a caring community of educators dedicated to excellence and learning, invites applications for the Director of Major and Planned Giving/Associate Executive Director of Foundation (DMP 23)

A premier comprehensive community college, Oakton is 17 miles from downtown Chicago.  Oakton serves the near northern suburbs of Chicago with campuses in Des Plaines and Skokie with buildings totaling over 700,000 square feet of space resting on 192 acres.  These campuses serve almost 10,000 students annually that are enrolled in over 82,000 credit hours of instruction.  The College's Operating Funds' budget (Education and Operations & Maintenance Funds) for the academic year ending on June 30, 2022 amounts to $76.7 million.  The College has undertaken a five year, $68.5 million Master Plan which included the construction and recent opening of the 93,000 square foot Margaret Burke Lee Science and Health Careers building on the Des Plaines campus.

The College is known for its academic innovations, commitment to serving students, solid financial position, and supportive environment for both students and employees. 

Candidates with a commitment to working in a culturally competent environment are especially valued at Oakton.

We encourage applications from candidates who reflect the increasing diversity of Oakton's student body and community, enhance and promote engagement with other cultures, and have demonstrated a commitment to working with and as part of a multicultural faculty and diverse student body and community.

Job Description:

Basic Function and Responsibility:

Responsible for leading the fundraising strategy for the Oakton Educational Foundation to advance and deepen philanthropic relationships for the benefit of the College.  Designs and executes the individual major gifts and planned gifts programs, coordinating moves management process and donor portfolios between lead fundraisers while maintaining an active portfolio of 75 or more donor prospects and obtaining private major and planned gifts at the highest level while supporting the priorities identified by the College.  The position works in close collaboration with the Foundation's executive director and engages with College leadership and Foundation Board members and volunteers. 

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Directs the friend-raising and fundraising strategy for the Oakton Educational Foundation to build long-term relationships and maximize philanthropic potential and optimize performance across the portfolio.  This includes major giving, planning giving, campaign development, and the supervision of the annual giving and friend-raising functions through alumni relations and affinity group development.
  • Designs, coordinates and executes major and planned giving program, including prospect pool identification and oversight, prospect management tracking, moves management system and reporting, campaign planning and execution, and stewardship for private donors and organizations with capacity to give $10,000 or more. Develop a comprehensive plan which outlines measurable objectives and courses of action for all significant activity during the year. Works closely with executive director to determine cultivation strategy and ensure a coordinated approach to high potential donors.
  • Identifies, cultivates, solicits and stewards portfolio of no less than 75 active, individual major and planned gift prospects.  Designs moves management strategy for each and tracks progress and next steps utilizing Raisers Edge constituent relationship management database.  Recommends high level major gift donor prospects to executive director and coordinates interaction for braided and seamless engagement.
  • Conducts prospect research and writes proposals to advance the development of the Foundation's entire portfolio of prospects and donors.
  • Organizes and supports small- and large-scale distinguished events that cultivate major and planned giving prospects.
  • Develops and presents programs and materials (print and electronic) to educate potential donors about major and planned gifts, including techniques, issues, new developments in planned giving, and tax issues, including the use of direct mail and articles in publications where appropriate.
  • Directs stewardship strategy to ensure past donors are properly stewarded and re-solicited when appropriate.
  • Provides oversight to department in the absence of the executive director.  Coordinates and runs staff meetings, hires and supervises student workers, and oversees and recommends updates to Foundation policy and operational procedures as needed. 
  • Identifies key performance indicators for fundraising success and, collaboration with the database manager, measure and reports progress regularly.  Utilizes data to inform program adjustments as needed to maximize short and long-term fundraising health.
  • Builds and manages the fundraising budgets, maximizing return on investment in all activities to ensure responsible and effective utilization of financial resources.
  • Serves as primary staff partner to Foundation Board fundraising committee chairs, informing, guiding, and aligning their activities to support the fundraising work of the Foundation. 
  • Plans, trains, and prepares college officials and volunteers to perform their role in the fundraising process, including face-to-face solicitations.
  • Attend Foundation Quarterly Meetings, identified committee meetings, and special events.
  • Serves as liaison to institutional committees when appropriate.
  • Represent the College at various functions and community activities as assigned.
  • Perform other job related duties as assigned.


Hiring Qualifications and Working Conditions:

  • A Bachelor's degree (BA/BS) in Business, Communications, Marketing, Philanthropy, or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
  • Five years of major gift and planned gift fundraising experience with a minimum three years working with senior level volunteers is required; experience in higher education philanthropy with a CFRE and certification in planned giving are preferred.
  • Engaging, resilient, positive, high energy personality.  Critical thinker and creative problem solver who seeks win-win solutions, builds bridges and relationships within and outside the organization.
  • Possess working knowledge of moves management system and process. 
  • Experienced in use of computer-based constituent relationship system for relationship tracking and research.  Experience with Blackbaud's The Raisers Edge constituent relationship management software, wealth screening, and Crescendo are highly desired. 
  • Experience in training, orienting, and organizing senior level volunteers in gift solicitation.
  • Experience in orchestrating volunteers and soliciting gifts for capital campaigns.
  • Mandatory discretion and professional judgement in dealing with highly confidential donor information.
  • Demonstrated initiative and self-directed; focused, yet works extremely well on teams and in collaborative environment.
  • Exceptional people skills and high level of proficiency in written and oral communication skills.  Ability to interact professionally and tactfully with people of different levels of education, cultural backgrounds, and life experiences, and to exhibit an adequate level of respect to fellow employees and the College community at large.
  • A high level of interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to deliver services in a fast-paced and customer-service focused environment is required.
  • Advanced word processing (Microsoft Word preferred), intermediate spreadsheet application (Microsoft Excel preferred), and intermediate presentation application (Microsoft PowerPoint preferred) skills required.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed and travel between campuses and to off campus events.
  • General office environment, little or no exposure to adverse working conditions.

Additional Information:

Supervision Received:
Administrative supervision is received from the Chief Advancement Officer who serves as the Executive Director of the Foundation.

Supervision Exercised:
Administrative supervision exercised over the Senior Manager of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations and student workers hired to support this functional area.

HOURS: Monday - Friday 8:15 am - 5:00 pm 

SALARY:  Minimum: $95,048; Midpoint: $125,966; Maximum:  $161,571

This position is funded by a grant and is contingent, upon the successful yearly renewal. 

Application Instructions:

To become an applicant, interested individuals must complete the online application linked from the posting found on the Oakton website.  Electronic copies of a cover letter, resume/cv, list of three (3) references with contact information and transcripts must be submitted by the applicant via uploading to the Oakton employment website.  Please indicate the position code (DMP-23) on the cover letter. Uploaded documents need to be under 2 MB in size and in either .doc, .txt, or .pdf format. A total of 8 separate documents may be uploaded to an application file that has been successfully submitted to the College.

An UNOFFICIAL copy of transcripts must be submitted at the time of application by the applicant.

***Official transcripts for all degrees earned are only required prior to appointment.*** Official transcripts or a placement/credential file should be e-mailed to 

Official transcripts or placement/credential files sent by postal mail should be sent to:

Oakton College
Director of Major and Planned Giving/Associate Executive Director of Foundation(DMP-23)
c/o Human Resources Department
1600 East Golf Road
Des Plaines, IL  60016

Please contact Matthew Robitaille, Employment Coordinator at 847.635.1868 or if you encounter any difficulties with electronic submission of these documents.

Appointment to an administrator position is contingent upon approval by the College's Board of Trustees.

Interviewees will be reimbursed for expenses associated with travel in excess of 50 miles to the interviews.

Oakton College is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution, committed to employing competent, qualified individuals. Oakton College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, socioeconomic status, sex or gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation in admission to and participation in its educational programs, college activities and services, or in its employment practices.

Posted positions may be removed from the Oakton website without notice when it is determined that no additional applicants are required.

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