Assistant Director/Associate Director of Strategic Engagement
Student Affairs Office of Advancement
The Student Affairs Office of
Advancement at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign seeks a
full-time Assistant Director/Associate Director of Strategic
Engagement. In this newly created role, the Assistant
Director/Associate Director will work in collaboration with
advancement and Student Affairs unit colleagues to support
fundraising priorities and the advancement of relationships with
key constituents through the development and implementation of
innovative and data-driven engagement, communication, and
Student Affairs at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is
comprised of 30 departments and is one of the most comprehensive
Student Affairs organizations in the country. The Student Affairs
advancement program was established 25 years ago and has the
infrastructure for success in attracting annual and major gifts and
corporate partnerships. Opportunities exist to grow private support
for a variety of areas, including student support, success, and
persistence initiatives; health, wellness, and wellbeing programs;
auxiliary units; multiple cultural centers; and emergency support
This position will assist in supporting fundraising priorities
and the advancement of relationships with key constituents through
the development and implementation of innovative and data-driven
engagement, communication, and stewardship strategies.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Constituent Engagement & Strategy
- Develop and implement strategies to connect stakeholders,
including alumni, donors, students, student organizations,
families, friends, faculty, and staff, to Student Affairs units,
fundraising initiatives, and campaign priorities.
- Create affinity-based constituent populations utilizing data
provided by Student Affairs units.
- Implement an engagement strategy that includes events,
volunteerism, and communications to increase connectivity with key
- Manage and organize engagement activities, including in-person
events, virtual events, and constituent emails.
- Identify and analyze target populations for stakeholder
- Manage a small portfolio of engagement plans for key
- Serve as the volunteer manager of the Student Affairs Council
and its committees, which are comprised of alumni and other
stakeholders who serve as advocates and ambassadors for Student
- Facilitate connections with University of Illinois Alumni
Association affiliated alumni groups and clubs, connecting them
with opportunities to engage with and support students as
- Develop and implement stewardship processes, services, and
activities to be utilized centrally in Student Affairs Advancement
and within Student Affairs units.
- Develop and manage a comprehensive suite of stewardship
services and activities for a select group of Student Affairs
- Create a system to report philanthropic impact annually to
Student Affairs donors.
- Oversee funds to ensure donor intent and unit needs are
respected including in-person meetings and conversations with major
gift officers and donors for amendments to funds as necessary.
- Serve as the key contact within Student Affairs regarding
proper spending of gift funds.
- For the title of Assistant Director, a minimum of two
years of professional experience in higher education
advancement or more than three years of experience in a closely
related field, such as, marketing, public relations,
communications, or business administration, that requires strong
relationship-building and outcome driven components.
- For the title of Associate Director, a minimum of
three years of professional experience in higher education
advancement or more than six of experience in a closely related
field, such as, marketing, public relations, communications, or
business administration, that requires strong relationship-building
and outcome driven components.
- Strong attention to detail, organization, and time
- Ability to prioritize multiple tasks in a fast-paced
environment and the ability to manage tight deadlines and multiple
- Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication skills
and strong interpersonal skills.
- Experience managing alumni and/or student programs and devising
innovative programs to engage alumni and/or donors to support
- Demonstrated experience coordinating engagement activities such
as in-person events, virtual events, and email newsletters.
- Experience developing projects and/or processes from initial
idea through delivery of final product.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Demonstrated understanding of higher education administration,
and specifically, engagement, stewardship, and donor relations
- Superb oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills,
with an emphasis on engaged, active listening.
- Ability to maintain sensitive and confidential
- Strong relationship management skills.
- Familiarity with large databases.
- Ability to understand and adhere to the Association of
Fundraising Professionals Donor Bill of Rights which is endorsed by
the Office of Institutional Advancement.
- Preferred: Knowledge of the principles of advancement,
fundraising, and administration in a university environment.
- Preferred: Knowledge and/or experience working in the major
components of advancement including development, communications and
public relations, alumni engagement, and special events.
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:
- Understand the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs’ strategic
vision and priorities for Student Affairs.
- Begin to build positive relationships with key internal
stakeholders and external constituents as well as with leadership
and peers in Advancement.
- Become familiar with the overarching structure of Advancement
at Illinois and the alignment between central Advancement services,
the University of Illinois Foundation, and the University of
Illinois Alumni Association.
- Attend professional development and networking activities for
newcomers within Advancement.
- Begin to understand advancement operations within Student
Within 6 months, you’ll:
- Meet with key internal stakeholders to begin to formulate
unit-specific strategies and data-driven engagement
- Begin cultivating relationships with the Student Affairs
Council and committees as well as with other key
- Understand, evaluate, and offer strategic insight into
unit-specific advancement opportunities and initiatives.
- Be able to share the programmatic and philanthropic needs of
- Understand how to utilize TED and data sets to create new
- Understand how mass communications work at the University of
By the end of the first year, you’ll:
- Be able to participate in Student Affairs Advancement short-
and long-term strategic planning, specifically in the functional
areas outlined in the job description.
- Be the subject matter expert on strategic engagement and
stewardship in .Student Affairs.
- Cooperatively set annual performance goals/metrics with your
- Receive one-on-one coaching from Talent Management to help you
transition to your new role.
- Build a robust network of colleagues across campus.
This is a 100% full-time Academic Professional position,
appointed on a 12-month basis. The expected start date is as soon
as possible after 5/1/2023. Salary is commensurate
with experience and qualifications, while also considering internal
equity. Salary range starts at $65,000.
Application Procedures & Deadline Information
Applications must be received by 6:00 pm (CST) on
Tuesday, April 4th, 2023. Upon applying, please make sure
you've loaded a Cover Letter, Resume/CV, and three professional
references for full consideration. Apply for this position using
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Applications not submitted through https://jobs.illinois.edu will not
be considered. For further information about this specific
position, please contact Keri Collins at email@example.com For
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