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Associate Vice Chancellor for Advancement, Health Sciences

University of Illinois - Office of the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement
Illinois, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Jan 2, 2024

Associate Vice Chancellor for Advancement, Health Sciences

Office of the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement (OVCIA) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign seeks a full-time Associate Vice Chancellor for Advancement, Health Sciences.  The Associate Vice Chancellor (AVC) will be an innovative, collegial, and highly motivated fundraising leader with a strong sense of urgency and commitment to our institutional values and a growing health sciences ecosystem.  The ideal candidate must demonstrate superb skills and success in donor identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship at principal gift levels; significant experience managing large and multifunctional teams and programs within a complex and decentralized advancement structure; a record of developing and implementing effective fundraising and engagement strategies with a variety of constituents; and excellent communication and listening skills. The AVC will serve as a unifying force for the organization and excel at working in a collaborative, team-based environment, while simultaneously establishing and meeting clear expectations of accountability.

The Associate Vice Chancellor for Advancement, Health Sciences, will have an extraordinary opportunity to contribute to the future of medicine, health care, wellness, and social change in the United States and across the globe through a transformational and collaborative ecosystem that includes the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, Cancer Center at Illinois, College of Applied Health Sciences, School of Social Work, and the College of Veterinary Medicine. This position is an exceptional career opportunity for a highly experienced, successful advancement professional who will partner with the colleges to maximize the effectiveness of their advancement programs.

On June 30, 2022, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign completed its fourth comprehensive campaign. “With Illinois” raised $2.7 billion during the eight year campaign and remains resolute towards our future philanthropic efforts. Developing a robust health and medical fundraising program will be critical towards fulfilling the University’s Boldly Illinois strategic plan and future campaign goals.

Organizational Relationships

As a member of the OVCIA executive leadership team, the Associate Vice Chancellor for Advancement, Health Sciences, reports directly to the Vice Chancellor for Advancement and will work closely with respective colleges/unit leadership to maximize fundraising success and engagement by building strong internal partnerships with respective deans, directors, and advancement personnel. 

Moreover, serving as the University’s central philanthropic advisor for health sciences, they will help guide university leadership, in conjunction with the Office of Principal gifts, with engagement efforts for the institutions highest-level donors and act as an equally strong external spokesperson with campus partners and our broader university communities.

The successful candidate must also be prepared to position the University to respond to the evolving nature of philanthropy, and further engage the institution’s non-alumni donor populations.

Job Summary

The Associate Vice Chancellor for Advancement will help lead fundraising activities for health sciences programs at Illinois and will be an innovative, collegial, and highly motivated fundraising leader with a strong sense of urgency and commitment to our institutional values and a growing health sciences ecosystem. The AVC will serve as a unifying force for the organization and excel at working in a collaborative, team-based environment, while simultaneously establishing and meeting clear expectations of accountability.

Duties and Responsibilities:

It is expected that the Associate Vice Chancellor for Advancement will:

  • Serve as a strategic advisor and key collaborator to the Dean and Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) of assigned colleges to build advancement programs in support of university-wide and college priorities. Conduct strategic assessments of existing philanthropic strengths and opportunities within the assigned colleges. Partner closely with Deans, Chief Advancement Officers, executive officers, and administrators to establish ambitious immediate and long-term fundraising goals. 
  • In partnership with the Vice Chancellor for Advancement and the OVCIA leadership team, establish standards for CAO and gift officer performance and clearly communicate expectations to foster a culture with a high level of accountability. Incorporate and operationalize best practices to ensure institution-wide consistency among major gift officers.  
  • Collaborate with other advancement officers across campus to devise strategies for interdisciplinary, transformative opportunities, including all aspects of donor cultivation and stewardship. 
  • Determine appropriate use of central financial resources for assigned colleges, including budgeting of travel funds and programmatic support. 
  • In conjunction and partnership with deans and CAO’s, lead performance and portfolio management efforts for respective colleges/units and establish metrics and goals for fundraising and related activities. Provide access to training and mentorship for gift officers in respect to meeting stated goals.
  • Support and amplify central initiatives led by other members of the OVCIA leadership team, including Strategic Engagement, Talent Management, and Principal Gifts.
  • Manage a small portfolio of leadership and principal gift donors and prospects. Assist in the management of the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement’s portfolio and assist in the staffing of the Chancellor. 

Impact in Your fist 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 will:

  • Become familiar with the strategic vision and priorities of the Health Sciences programs and initiatives across campus
  • Begin to meet and build positive relationships with your direct reports and as well as with leadership and peers in Advancement
  • Assess the structure, resources, capabilities, and bandwidth of your advancement teams as well as individual and collective progress to goals
  • Become familiar with the overarching structure of Illinois Advancement and the alignment between OVCIA, the University of Illinois Foundation, and the University of Illinois Alumni Association
  • Attend professional development and networking activities for newcomers within Advancement
  • Meet your units’ Prospect Development Analysts and begin to dig into your team’s portfolios as well as your own

Within 6 months, you will:

  • Begin cultivating relationships with key college/unit faculty, staff, and constituents in an effort to support and enhance solicitation strategies
  • Partner with stewardship and donor relations, events, alumni relations, and communications colleagues on unit/college-wide initiatives and funding priorities
  • Be able to share multiple meaningful impact stories of transformative gifts

By the end of the first year, you will:

  • Continue to develop and enhance a trusting and collaborative team culture
  • Cooperatively set annual performance goals/metrics with your staff, portfolio management team, and Performance Management
  • Partner with Talent Management and Performance Management teams for individual and team coaching, professional development, retreat, and goal-setting opportunities
  • Build a robust network of colleagues across campus


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • At least twelve years of health-related advancement experience, including working in an environment integrating development, constituent engagement, communications, and stewardship.
  • At least five years of progressively responsible management experience, including the successful mentoring and motivating of staff to produce successful outcomes.
  • Experience and strong record of successfully engaging non-alumni donor populations.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree preferred.
  • Leadership experience in a comprehensive campaign at a large research university or a similarly complex non-profit institution.
  • Familiarity with Blackbaud CRM as well as Plus Delta curriculum.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • The ability to speak and write persuasively, listen effectively, and engage in meaningful partnerships with both internal and external constituencies.
  • A commitment to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion within advancement and across the University.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to interact effectively with academic leaders, faculty, staff, donors, and volunteers to produce outcomes.
  • The ability to travel on a regular basis throughout the United States with a possibility of occasional international travel.
  • Be prepared to position the University to respond to the evolving nature of both academic medicine and clinical practice philanthropy.


Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, while also considering internal equity. The target salary for this position is mid-$200k.

To apply

To ensure full consideration, application materials must be received by January 5, 2024. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the close date. Apply for this position using the Apply Now button at the top or bottom of this posting and upload a resume, cover letter, and the names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of three professional references. Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. For further information about this specific position, please contact Katie Walker at and/or visit our How To Apply site for tips. For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

Please note: Immigration sponsorship is not available for this position.

The Illinois Advancement community is committed to an ongoing, proactive process to foster and achieve diversity and inclusion in its development, alumni relations and communication activities. We will respect and encourage different voices, perspectives and ideas as we strive to represent individuals of all backgrounds and cultures which incudes but are not limited to the following: nationality, ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality, spirituality, age and ability who represent our alumni, donors and friends of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing


The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is a comprehensive and major public land-grant university (Doctoral/Research University-Extensive) that is ranked among the best in the world. Chartered in 1867, it provides undergraduate and graduate education in more than 150 fields of study, conducts theoretical and applied research, and provides public service to the state and the nation. It employs about 3,000 faculty members who serve over 33,000 undergraduates and 17,000 graduate and professional students. More information about the campus is available at

The university is located in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana (total population 226,000) in east-central Illinois, and is situated about 140 miles south of Chicago, 125 miles west of Indianapolis, and 170 northeast of St. Louis. The University and its surrounding communities offer a cultural and recreational environment ideally suited to the work of a major research institution. For more information about the community, visit: Living in Champaign-Urbana, Experience Champaign Urbana, or Champaign County Chamber of Commerce.

Health insurance is available to employees (with the option to purchase coverage for spouse and dependents), required participation in State Universities Retirement System (SURS), with several options for participation in additional retirement plans. Learn more about employee benefits at the University of Illinois. Newly hired employees are covered by the Medicare portion of Social Security and are subject to this deduction.

The University of Illinois has a strong commitment to work-life balance and family-friendly programs for faculty and staff:  Work-Life Balance & Family-Friendly Programs and  Other Work-Life Programs.

When you pursue a career with Illinois Advancement, you’ll join our tight-knit community of professionals who treat each other with as much care and respect as we treat our donors. At Illinois, we invest in you. Our leaders are eager to partner with you on the next phase of your career and have the tools and experience to help you succeed. Illinois Advancement values creativity and fosters a collaborative, flexible environment to develop new ideas that become best practices – and we’re looking for your unique skills. Learn more about what others have to say about their experiences: Opportunity Awaits.

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