The University of Illinois at Chicago invites applications for the position of Director of Advancement for the College of Education. The Director of Advancement serves as the chief advancement officer for the College. Maintains primary oversight of all activities related to efforts to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward annual, major and planned gifts from alumni, friends, corporations, and foundations in support of the College. Responsible for the oversight of alumni relations and advancement communications. Provides counsel to the College’s Dean and other faculty and staff on fund- raising matters and contributes to the College through active membership in the Dean’s administrative cabinet. Leads the advancement program and manages a personal portfolio of major gift and select leadership annual gift donor prospects and suspects. The position reports dually to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Advancement and the Dean of the College.
Job Responsibilities include:
Advancement & Annual Giving Programs
Lead the advancement strategy for the College by developing, implementing and evaluating the annual advancement plan.
Prepare annual goals, plans and budgets in consultation with the Dean and Associate/Assistant Vice Chancellor.
Monitor the progress of activities and report results to the Dean and Associate/Assistant Vice Chancellor. Prepares and presents reports of achievement.
Build and maintain volunteer leadership groups such as advisory committees or boards of visitors.
Hire, train, supervise, and evaluate College’s advancement staff, if needed.
Provide strategic direction for the College’s annual giving program.
Collaborate with College and Office of the Vice Chancellor for Advancement staff to develop effective fundraising strategies for sustainable growth in annual giving.
Major/Principal/ Foundation Gifts Relationships
Manage relationships with major gift and select leadership annual giving suspects and prospects.
Schedule and complete visits with prospects and suspects.
Track advancement activity and suspect and prospect strategies by entering plans, steps, and opportunities into the fundraising database.
Work closely with campus researchers to review alumni and donor lists in order to identify prospects and optimize portfolio.
Develop a College-wide stewardship plan and review and update annually to help ensure proper compliance with donor intent.
Assist in the preparation of funding requests as necessary and track and report funding decision progress and outcomes.
Develop and review communications and events related to the College’s advancement program to ensure consistent communications and messaging in all advancement-related communications.
Participate in planning and staffing special donor and alumni recognition events including UIF, UIC and college-specific events.
Supervise advancement communication and events staff based in the College.
Alumni Relations and Engagement
Collaborate with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Advancement's central team to provide counsel and support to the college’s alumni and engagement activities including meetings, events, communication strategies and management of any alumni boards.
Identify and recruit established and emerging alumni of distinction for engagement in key volunteer roles within the College.
Perform other related duties and participates in special projects as assigned.
UIC College of Education
We are a community of scholars committed to educational equity as it contributes to social, political and economic parity. We develop new knowledge about education that improves teaching, learning and assessment; informs policy and practice; and is valued by the communities we serve. We direct our teaching, research and public service to all learners, but particularly those in urban environments.
The UIC College of Education strives to prepare the next generation of educators, educational leaders, and educational researchers to establish equity in Chicago public schools. As outlined in our Conceptual Framework and Strategic Plan, all aspects of our work are guided by a vision that ensures the highest quality education for all children. Admittedly, challenges to realizing this vision are formidable, as barriers to equal educational opportunity have existed throughout the history of schooling, and are intensified in urban contexts where economic disparities linked to racial diversity are stark.
Here in Chicago where African American and Latino students are the vast majority of the public-school population, the Chicago community as a whole, including the public education system and our role in it, too often fail to provide high quality education. Making good on the promise of public education requires acknowledging and addressing the problems of inequality explicitly and courageously, so that the public education system can work effectively for the full flourishing of the life of every individual child.
The University of Illinois at Chicago is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
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.
Job Knowledge & Skills, Education, Experience
Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s preferred.
Minimum of five (5) years fundraising experience, preferably in a complex higher education environment. Association of Fundraising Professionals, CFRE or CASE membership preferred.
Demonstrated record of accomplishment in major and planned giving, annual giving and alumni relations. Requires, excellent communication, interpersonal, organization and presentation skills.
Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint as well as experience using fundraising tracking software.
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team-based environment.
About University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Illinois at Chicago
As a top research institute, a leading healthcare provider, and one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse universities in the country UIC is paving the way for how modern, urban, global public education should work. We are, and have been since our earliest days, dedicated to opening doors and clearing hurdles to provide an outstanding education to bright and ambitious students, no matter what. This mission is amplified through our five-year, $750 million IGNITE Campaign that will redefine the model for student success, cultivate and empower faculty leaders, drive life-changing discovery and strengthen connections to communities.