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Associate Director and Director of Development

University of Illinois Chicago
Illinois, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Jun 20, 2024

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Position Type
Fundraising, Major Gifts
Employment Type
Full Time


About the University of Illinois Chicago

UIC is among the nation’s preeminent urban public research universities, a Carnegie RU/VH research institution, and the largest university in Chicago. UIC serves over 34,000 students, comprising one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation and is designated as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI), an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPSI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). Through its 16 colleges, UIC produces nationally and internationally recognized multidisciplinary academic programs in concert with civic, corporate and community partners worldwide, including a full complement of health sciences colleges. By emphasizing cutting-edge and transformational research along with a commitment to the success of all students, UIC embodies the dynamic, vibrant and engaged urban university. Recent “Best Colleges” rankings published by U.S. News & World Report, found UIC climbed up in its rankings among top public schools in the nation and among all national universities. UIC has nearly 260,000 alumni and is one of the largest employers in the city of Chicago.


The University of Illinois Chicago Office of the Vice Chancellor of Advancement is seeking a diversity of development professionals who are dynamic and results-oriented to join our team as either an Associate Director or Director of Development based on experience and qualifications. Both roles will be pivotal in driving fundraising efforts and building strong relationships with donors and stakeholders. The successful candidate will play a key role in helping us achieve our fundraising goals and expand our impact in the community.

Opportunities exist in the following Colleges: Business, Pharmacy,  Law, Liberal Arts and Sciences , Engineering , Athletics , and the School of Public Health .


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Actively manages a portfolio of major and planned gift donors rated $25,000 and above, employing appropriate strategies and tactics in prospect and portfolio management. This may include individuals, corporations and foundations.
  • Identifies, qualifies, cultivates and solicits alumni and friends in support of unit and University priorities.
  • Meets or exceeds annual performance metrics, including approximately 120 visits per year with UIC alumni and donors to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward major gift donations.
  • Collaborates with the dean, department heads, faculty and other key partners across Advancement and unit to build a compelling case for support. Presents the unit's funding opportunities articulately, persuasively, and with confidence.
  • Prepares and presents proposals to prospects and donors, working with central communications and donor relations when appropriate.
  • Partners with unit leadership, Advancement colleagues, faculty, and volunteers to develop and promote compelling engagement opportunities and relationships with assigned prospects to maximize their financial support of the unit's fundraising priorities.
  • Facilitates and coordinates all communications with assigned prospects and among prospects' University relationships.
  • Tracks development activity and donor interactions by entering key interactions and strategies into the fundraising database.
  • Works closely with director of portfolio management and researchers to review alumni/donor lists in order to identify donor prospects.
  • Assists with the preparation of unit-based events and participates in unit- and University-wide events at which alumni, friends, donors and/or prospects are present.
  • Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, Business Administration, Liberal Arts or a related field required.
  • A minimum of 3 years for Associate Director and 5 years for Director of proven and successful experience in development or a related field preferably in an institution of higher learning required. Proven success in securing and conducting face to face meetings for major solicitations.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team-based environment.
  • Excellent communication, presentation, business development, organization and computer/pc skills are required.
  • Requires proficiency in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint…) and fundraising software.


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FOR THE FULLEST CONSIDERATION, PLEASE APPLY BY JULY 5, 2024. RESUME AND COVER LETTER REQUIRED. Please state in your cover letter your title of interest and college preference(s).  Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience.  UIC also offers a comprehensive benefits package.

All full-time benefits eligible positions include a comprehensive benefits package which include; Health, Dental, Vision, Life, Disability & AD&D insurance, a defined benefit pension plan as well as paid leave which includes; Vacation, Holiday and Sick.  In addition, we offer tuition waivers for employees and dependents.  Click for a complete list of benefits at:

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.

The University of Illinois may conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit

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