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Director of Development College of Medicine (COM) at Chicago, University of Illinois

University of Illinois Chicago
Illinois, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Feb 21, 2024

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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 nation.

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.


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 Medicine.


The College’s campuses—located in ChicagoPeoria, 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 prospective donors.
  • Own and engage in achieving the COM annual fundraising goal.
  • 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 portfolios.
  • 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 development actions.
  • 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 execution.
  • Collaborate with COM Alumni Relations and Special Events teams to enhance interactions with prospects and donors and increase potential gifts.
  • 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.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible fundraising experience.
  • 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 audiences.

Preferred Qualifications

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 philanthropic goals.
  • 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 through.
  • 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.

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