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Director of Corporate Relations

University of Illinois Chicago
Illinois, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Mar 23, 2024

Reporting to the senior director of corporate relations, the director of corporate relations in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Advancement engages with UIC faculty and leadership, external corporate staff, and other constituents to secure corporate support in the forms of philanthropic giving, sponsored research and other corporate partnerships. Serving as liaison to colleges on the UIC campus, the director meets regularly with college-based Advancement staff, deans and/or leadership, and faculty to understand college priorities, design strategic and operational plans to build and manage corporate relationships and align corporate interests with funding needs.

UIC is the premier public R1 research institution in Chicago.

We are on the heels of a successful, unprecedented campaign that saw six years of consecutive enrollment growth, sponsored research records set and broken and accolades that reflect our mission in excellence in public education, diversity, value and social mobility.

UIC is home to many nationally ranked colleges and programs and is ranked nationally in the Top 10 for “Best Value” by the Wall Street Journal. We have earned the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from Insight into Diversity six years in a row.

On a trajectory driven by bold thought leaders who define the battles against societal challenges and push the envelopes of art, opinion and performance, UIC is building for its next campaign. With significant investment in talent and programming, we seek a diversity of development professionals ready to execute transformational, life-changing fundraising.


Job Responsibilities

  • Serves as lead development officer for a portfolio of corporate donors and prospects, managing all phases of the development process including identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Works with college/unit-based Advancement staff, UIC leadership, Deans, faculty, and other staff as well as corporate executives and other representatives to communicate and engage with the corporate community around fundraising priorities and academic initiatives within assigned colleges.
  • Makes personal visits with corporate officers and external advocates, such as alumni and friends.
  • Provides effective coordination of activities such as campus visits, site visits, travel to relevant sites, and presentations or proposal submissions for assigned colleges.
  • Works directly with offices and partners at UIC who are relevant to executing agreements with companies, including the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, the Office of Career Services, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Innovation, and others.
  • Tracks development activity and suspect and prospect strategies by entering plans, steps and opportunities in the constituent relationship management database (TED).
  • With the Senior Director of Corporate Relations, works with key campus leadership to build the visibility, stature, and brand of UIC within the corporate community.
  • Performs other related duties and participates in special projects as assigned.




  • Bachelor’s degree or a foreign equivalent.
  • A minimum of five (5) years in corporate fundraising, including a proven track record in securing six-figure gifts.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and confidently with senior leadership at UIC and in the corporate sector.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to relate to Advancement colleagues, donors, volunteers, faculty, and staff.
  • High level of professionalism, integrity, good judgement, and the ability to work in a team environment.
  • Prior knowledge and familiarity with local and national business environments as well as fundraising strategies and techniques.


TO APPLY, PLEASE GO DIRECTLY TO THE UIC JOB BOARD: Director of Corporate RelationsFOR FULLEST CONSIDERATION PLEASE APPLY BY March 22, 2024.  RESUME AND COVER LETTER REQUIRED. Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience.  UIC also offers a comprehensive benefits package.

As an EOE/AA employer, the University of Illinois encourages applications from individuals regardless of an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, and Veteran or disability status.

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University of Illinois faculty, staff and students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are not able to receive the vaccine for medical or religious reasons, you may seek approval for an exemption in accordance with applicable University processes.

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