The Director of Planned Giving directs and oversees a comprehensive program of planned giving, focused on the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of individual prospects with the capacity and interest in an estate gift or other planned vehicle to benefit NIU. The Director will shape and grow a model planned giving program that reflects the size and capability of NIU. The Director is him/herself an active fundraiser, and in close collaboration with the Vice President of University Advancement and the Associate Vice President and Chief Development Officer, manages a portfolio of principal and major gift prospects (prospects with the capacity to make gifts of $1 million or greater) and is responsible for closing $5m in gifts annually. The Director plays an important role in high level strategy and fundraising support to university leadership, especially in campaigns.
Bachelor's Degree in a related
10-15 years of successful experience in development with at least five years in planned
Demonstrable commitment to the highest standard of ethical and professional conduct in accordance with the CASE Statement of Ethics, the Association of Fundraising Professionals Code of Ethical Principles and Standards, and The Donor Bill of Rights. (Membership not required.)
Not-for-profit higher education
Strong sales and closing
A demonstrated track record of planned giving fundraising.
Strong communication, organizational, interpersonal, administrative and managerial
Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment
Ability to work successfully as part of a
Ability to maintain
Willingness to commit to the mission and goals of Northern Illinois University and the NIU
Familiarity with donor databases and gift planning tools (e.g. Millennium, The Raiser’s Edge, PG Calc).
Preferred Education & Experience
Master's Degree and/or a professional financial certification (i.e. CFRE) and/or a Juris Doctor degree.
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with skills and experience
UNIVERSITY DESCRIPTIONChartered in 1895, Northern Illinois University (NIU) is a student-centered, regional public research institution with a diverse and international student body of 20,130. The University is located approximately 65 miles from downtown Chicago and is a short drive from the vibrant western suburbs and Rockford metropolitan areas. The University’s close proximity to Chicago and R...ockford allows for strong collaborations with regional national labs and local innovation spaces that foster research and entrepreneurship opportunities across disciplines. Our research programs extend beyond the Illinois region with faculty conducting cutting-edge research and service programs with U.S. and international collaborators.NIU has three extension centers located in Naperville, Rockford, and Hoffman Estates. The University contains 42 academic departments across seven colleges of Business, Education, Engineering and Engineering Technology, Health and Human Sciences, Law, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Visual and Performing Arts. NIU offers 56 undergraduate majors and 80 graduate degree programs, including 22 doctoral programs, and the Juris Doctorate. NIU is a member of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. DeKalb is a safe and affordable environment with a high quality of life. The university’s main campus is set on 756 acres of rolling country land, featuring two lagoons, several museums, and a broad variety of cultural activities.The vision of Northern Illinois University is to be a premier student-centered, research-focused public university, contributing to the advancement of knowledge for the benefit of the people of the region, the state, the nation, and the world. With this vision, the mission of the University is to promote excellence and engagement in teaching and learning, research and scholarship, creativity and artistry, and outreach and service.NIU is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a research university/high research activity as well as an institution of community engagement. The Association for Public and Land-Grant Universities recently awarded NIU its “place” award for leadership in innovative practices contributing to economic prosperity in a given region.NIU has a proud alumni base of more than 225,000 individuals who contribute $8 billion a year to the Illinois economy with engagement efforts that bring 25,000+ alumni in personal contact with their alma mater each year.DEPARTMENT OVERVIEWIn general terms, the Division of University Advancement is responsible for friend-raising and fund-raising at Northern Illinois University. Programs within the division are responsible for building strong relationships with NIU alumni (the NIU Alumni Association) and managing philanthropy to benefit the university (the NIU Foundation).The Office of the President/CEO of the NIU Foundation and Vice President for University Advancement provides administrative direction for the entire Division of University Advancement. Additionally, the office coordinates management of the NIU Foundation Board of Directors, who have fiduciary responsibility for management of the endowment as well as utilization of philanthropic funds on behalf of NIU.The NIU Foundation: The NIU Foundation is an independent 501( C )(3) organization that provides overall leadership, coordination, and service for all development activities throughout the University by partnering and collaborating with colleges and divisions campus wide.The vision of the NIU Foundation is to develop, support, and encourage a culture of giving throughout the NIU community that will allow it to flourish and accomplish its goals. With that vision in mind, the mission of the NIU Foundation is to energize and connect the private sector with the NIU community to secure and steward resources that support the future and growth of the University.The NIU Foundation is governed by a volunteer board of directors comprised of 28 distinguished alumni and donors. These volunteers— and the faculty, staff, students, and community members who work with them—believe that philanthropy is a potent and viral force that represents a vast source of revenue for the university in its growth and development.Values that guide the work of the Foundation include:• Helping donors discover the joy in making a difference through giving• Building relationships based on trust, respect, courtesy and dignity• Integrity, ethical behavior, and collaboration• Innovation to address the needs and opportunities important to NIU and its donors, and• High-level performance and a culture of continuous improvement.