The University of Illinois College of Medicine seeks a
strategic, collaborative, and entrepreneurial fundraising candidate
for Director of Development.
Reporting to the College of Medicine’s Chief Advancement Officer
(CAO), the Director will bring entrepreneurial drive and ambition
to a growing fundraising operation that supports the clinical,
educational, and research ambitions of the College of Medicine, UI
Health, and UIC more broadly. They 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 prospective
donors, fundraising priorities and initiatives and to develop a
strategy for soliciting funds.
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 successful candidate will bring at least 5 years of
experience, preferably in an academic medical advancement setting,
with a clear track record of 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. Travel will be required to key
regions for donor meetings and University business.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
Led by Executive
Dean Mark Rosenblatt, the University of Illinois College of
Medicine is one of the largest medical schools in the country, with
a mission to advance health for everyone through outstanding
education, research, clinical care, and social responsibility. Our
diverse student body of over 1,300 students hails from a wide
variety of cultural and economic backgrounds. This diversity adds
to the rich educational experience that is the College of
The College’s campuses—located in Chicago, Peoria, and Rockford— take advantage of
the state’s urban and rural environments and offer numerous
opportunities for clinical training and research. Our distinguished
faculty contribute to the college’s reputation as one of the best
schools for both undergraduate and graduate medical education. The
College’s 75 residency programs are highly sought after.
- Manage a portfolio of 100+ donors and prospects by qualifying,
researching, cultivating, and soliciting gifts of five figures or
more. Complete a minimum of 125 substantive actions with
- Own and engage in achieving the COM annual fundraising
- Devise and implement an annual advancement plan that includes
solicitation of five-figure and above gifts .
- Leverage existing leadership, donors, and opportunities to
rapidly build new donor bases in support of institutional
priorities. Use creative, strategic approaches to acquire new
donors and engage prospects beyond those in current
- Prepare professional presentations and funding proposals for
donors as required.
- Serve as advancement subject matter expert for faculty partners
in developing and implementing strategies to solicit gifts.
- Coordinate high-level donor meetings with COM leadership,
faculty, and CAO, as needed for cultivation, solicitation, and
stewardship of priority donors.
- Serve as the strategic lead for all assigned donors and
prospective donors engagement activities.
- Work with the CAO, Senior Director of Alumni Relations, and the
Director of Communications to cultivate and identify alumni for
college, university, and community awards and recognition.
- Work with COM data and operations teams to track fundraising to
date and keep the CAO updated on progress. Develop and present
in-depth research, metrics, and reports on prospect pool,
benchmarks, success, and growth.
- Keep TED (Tracking and Engagement Database) updated with
- Work with the Stewardship team to oversee the delivery of
timely acknowledgment letters, endowment impact reports, and other
stewardship activities for high-level donors.
- Develop annual stewardship plans for donors and oversee
- Collaborate with COM Alumni Relations and Special Events teams
to enhance interactions with prospects and donors and increase
- Cultivate strong working relationships with academic, clinical,
and administrative leadership across the organization; ensure that
the College of Medicine Advancement team is seen as a
collaborative, proactive, and trustworthy partner capable of
professionally addressing opportunities and concerns.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE
- Bachelor’s degree required.
- A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible fundraising
- A track record of success personally cultivating, soliciting,
and stewarding gifts of five figures and above.
- Excellent written and verbal communication, with the
intellectual depth necessary to understand and translate medical,
technical, and research information for all internal and external
In addition, the ideal candidate will bring many of the
following professional qualities and experiences:
- The ability to effectively articulate the COM mission,
relevance, and uniqueness to a diverse audience.
- Entrepreneurial and strategic thinker; naturally curious and
able to recognize connections and opportunities.
- Ability to envision fundable opportunities within a project and
articulate them in a compelling way to distinct audiences;
experience identifying value propositions and tailoring them to new
audiences to expand our donor and prospect base.
- Demonstrated success in identifying new prospects and
leveraging leadership, donors, and opportunities to build new donor
bases in support of institutional priorities.
- Experience developing and working with high-level volunteers,
inspiring giving and leveraging their relationships to achieve
- Success in building trust with and gaining confidence from
leadership and faculty by thoughtfully and nimbly managing up.
Ability to anticipate questions and needs of leadership and
proactively problem solve.
- Sharp eye for operational efficiency and optimal use of time
and resources. Impeccable attention to detail with superb follow
- Exceptional diplomacy, discretion, and judgment.
- A keen understanding of the role that diversity and
intercultural understanding play in achieving excellence.
- Knowledge of HIPAA and its requirements for development
activities; discretion with donor and prospect information.
To apply for this position, please include a cover
letter and resume.