Assistant Director/Associate Director/Director of Advancement
College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The College of Engineering Office of Advancement invites applications and nominations for two full-time major gift officers. One Assistant Director/Associate Director/Director will secure private support for the Departments of Materials Science and Engineering (MatSE), Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering (NPRE) and Physics. The second Assistant Director/Associate Director/Director will secure private support for departments and funding priorities within the College as determined by the Associate Dean for Advancement and the Dean. Both major gift officers will play a critical role in efforts to deepen relationships with alumni and donors in the departments.
The College of Engineering at Illinois is among the world’s most prestigious and largest engineering institutions and the departments represented are world leaders in education, research and scholarship. In addition, each department produces high-achieving and successful alumni who area driving force in the world of engineering and beyond. To learn more about each of these top-ranked departments, please visit engineering.illinois.edu.
The successful candidates will be responsible for fundraising activities and implementation for the departments’ strategic plans to increase private giving to the department. Most of the efforts of these positions will be devoted to identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding major gift prospects and donors. In both positions, the Associate Director/Director will manage a portfolio of 100 or more major gift prospects and be expected to close five-figure, six-figure, and seven-figure gifts on a regular basis. One position will report jointly to the Associate Dean for Advancement for the College Engineering and to the Department Heads of MatSE, NPRE and Physics. The second position will report to the Associate Dean for Advancement will work closely with the Department Heads of the units that s/he assists based on the College’s top funding priorities.
Duties and Responsibilities
Identify, assess, analyze, and design appropriate strategies for approaching prospects and donors and making the vitally important match between donors’ philanthropic interests and the Departments’ programmatic and curricular needs.
Work closely with faculty and staff to gain a strong knowledge of the academic and research programs in order to identify and define priorities to be funded through private support.
Plan and implement effective outreach and cultivation activities to enhance prospect identification and move solicitation and stewardship processes forward. Prepare faculty and other volunteers to participate in cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major gifts as needed.
Proactively manage a portfolio of 100 or more individual major gift prospects and donors (with an emphasis on gifts of $100,000 and more), determining frequency of contact needed.
Determine and prioritize lists of donor prospects, alumni and other stakeholders to be contacted for personal visits.
Maintain a travel schedule of 30 - 50% time including some evenings and weekends.
Use independent judgment to determine appropriate use of resources for travel to priority destinations nationally to meet with alumni, friends, corporations and foundations for the purpose of building relationships leading to financial support of the University.
Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
To ensure full consideration, application materials must be received by March 3, 2017. Please complete your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a letter of application, resume and the names, address, phone numbers and email addresses of three professional references. For more information regarding application procedures, contact Brenda Morris at email@example.com. Proposed starting date is as soon as possible after the closing date. Interviews may take place prior to the closing date; however, no decision will be made until after that date.
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