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Executive Director of Development - College of Medicine

University of Illinois College of Medicine
Illinois, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted Date
Aug 31, 2023

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Position Type
Executive, Fundraising, Major Gifts
Education, Research
Employment Type
Full Time

The University of Illinois College of Medicine seeks a strategic, collaborative, and entrepreneurial fundraising candidate for an Executive Director of Development who will help lead and elevate a high-performing advancement operation. Reporting to the College of Medicine’s Chief Advancement Officer (CAO), the Executive Director will be a hands-on strategic partner for the College of Medicine, bringing entrepreneurial drive and ambition to help establish a best-in-class fundraising operation that supports the clinical, educational, and research ambitions of the College of Medicine, UI Health, and UIC more broadly.

The Executive Director will be responsible for planning, directing, and implementing activities and programs to identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major and planned gifts from individual donors and prospects at the five-figure level and above. They will serve as primary liaison with department heads and other key faculty to identify fundraising priorities and initiatives and to develop a strategy for soliciting funds. As part of the CAO’s senior leadership team, they will oversee a team of approximately three to six fundraisers as well as administrative support. In addition to the CAO, the position will work with the Executive Dean of the College of Medicine, the Associate Vice Chancellor for Advancement, Health Affairs, and faculty leadership.

The UI College of Medicine is part of the $2.5 billion UI Health system comprised of seven colleges, a major teaching hospital, a substantial community-based healthcare network, a wide variety of top-ranked primary and specialty clinics, and a cancer center. UI Health has an unswerving commitment to ensuring access to both education and health care in Chicago and beyond, serving as an incubator for life-saving research, a major healthcare provider to underserved communities, and educator of more physicians, nurses, dentists, and pharmacists for Illinois than any other school.

UI College of Medicine Advancement is at a pivotal moment in its trajectory, with tremendous potential for exponential growth. The University of Illinois has committed to a substantial investment in the expansion of Advancement, with the goal of adding approximately 30 new Advancement positions in UI Health over the next two years. UI Health is truly singular in its breadth of activity and innovation—from groundbreaking research and medical education led by world-class faculty, to cutting-edge surgical training, to innovative healthcare design and delivery, to renowned drug discovery, and more—and in its dedication to health equity across these areas. The College of Medicine is among the top-ranked colleges for African-American and Hispanic physicians, and the hospital and clinics serve among the most diverse populations in the nation.

The successful candidate will bring at least 10 years of experience, preferably in an academic medical Advancement setting, with a clear track record of elevating fundraising programs and teams as well as personal fundraising success. This individual must be collaborative by nature, keen to engage individuals across a wide variety of backgrounds and disciplines, and committed to the mission and goals of the College of Medicine. Bachelor’s degree required.

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