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Associate Director of Development - College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (A1300015)

Position Deleted on 2/14/2013. This position is no longer an active posting on HigherEdJobs.
Urbana, IL
Admin - Development and Fundraising
Application Due:
Full Time
included on Affirmative Action email

Position Notice

Assistant/Associate Director of Development

for the Life Sciences

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks a full-time Assistant/Associate Director of Development - Schools of Integrative Biology and Molecular and Cellular Biology. This individual will serve as a member of the advancement team in the College, and will be responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of individual major gift prospects and donors.

Major Responsibilities

Develops strategies and implements programs that will lead to and result in the successful philanthropic support of the academic priorities of the University and the philanthropic interest of donors. Works with college Directors of the Schools and Heads of the Departments to identify and define priority needs to be funded through private support.

Manages portfolio of up to 120 major donor prospects, determining frequency of contact needed.

Uses statistical and subjective analysis in determining and prioritizing lists of alumni and other stakeholders to be contacted for personal visits. Maintains a travel schedule of approximately 50% time, sometimes including evenings and weekends.

Uses independent judgment to determine appropriate use of resources for travel to priority destinations throughout the world to meet with alumni and friends, for the purpose of building relationships leading to financial support of the university. On occasion, collaborates with campus colleagues to garner funding from corporations or foundations.

Uses knowledge of planned giving vehicles (bequests, trusts, and charitable annuities) to suggest giving opportunities to potential donors that maximize donor intent as it relates to University objectives.

Prepares proposals for donor prospects. Determines purpose, timeframe, giving vehicle and solicitation level of ask for verbal and written proposals based on assessment of the prospect's interest and capacity for giving.

Manages the volunteer advisory boards by defining roles for advisory board(s) that support the priorities of the College. Identifies and orients board members, leads board meetings, and evaluates board performance. Prepare volunteers to participate in cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major gifts as needed.

Involves and interests prospects in the mission, life and priorities of the college. Determines ways to cultivate individual prospects.

Uses knowledge of university, campus and college and knowledge of fundraising policies to ensure timely, accurate responses to request for information.

Determines during initial visit with prospect if ongoing contact will likely lead to a major gift. Through subjective evaluation, assesses prospects interest in and capacity for giving and matches it with funding needs of the university.

Works collaboratively with other development officers across campus to devise strategies for all aspects of donor cultivation and stewardship for prospect proposals that involve more than one college.

Facilitates effective donor stewardship through reporting, ongoing contact and public recognition of gifts.

In consultation with supervisor, sets and achieves performance goals through monthly and annual strategies.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree required

This position will be hired with the title Assistant Director or Associate Director. To hold the title of Associate Director, candidate must have at least three years of successful advancement experience or six or more years of experience in a related field.

Demonstrated interest in and ability to represent an organization in one-on-one visits with key constituents

Basic understanding of major donor prospect qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship

Demonstrated excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills

Basic knowledge of higher education administration

An interest in the life sciences

Understands and adheres to the Association of Fundraising Professionals Bill of Rights which is endorsed by the Office of Institutional Advancement

Preferred Qualifications

Advanced degree

Knowledge of estate and planned giving vehicles


Must receive training on University of Illinois Foundation Alumni Constituent Tracking Systems (FACTS), and COGNOS, the University of Illinois Foundation's system for report generation.


Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience

To apply

In order to ensure full consideration, application materials must be received by February 11, 2013. Please complete your candidate profile at and upload a letter of application, resume and the names, addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of three professional references. For further information regarding application procedures, contact Jane Jukes, The 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.

Illinois is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity ( ). Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.

The Illinois Advancement Community is committed to an ingoing, proactive process to foster and achieve diversity and inclusion in its development, alumni relations and communications activities. We will respect and encourage different voices, perspectives and ideas as we strive to represent individuals of all backgrounds and cultures which include but are not limited to the following: nationality, ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality, spirituality, age and ability who represent our alumni, donors and friends of the University of Illinois.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The administration, faculty and staff embrace diversity and are committed to attracting qualified candidates who also embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.
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