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Office of the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement

Director/Senior Director of Development
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Primary Position Function/Summary:

By soliciting and securing philanthropic funding and resources, advancement is integral to the academic success of the University’s colleges, units, departments and programs.

The Director/Senior Director of Development serves as a field representative who actively seeks major gift support for the Urbana-Champaign campus in an assigned geographical area.  As such, the Director/Senior Director of Development will engage in the identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major gift prospects and donors.  The successful candidate will work closely with campus advancement colleagues and must be committed to a collaborative, team-oriented approach.  The Director/Senior Director of Development will spend no less than 50% time traveling in Northeast Region.

Major Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Identifies, qualifies, cultivates and solicits major gift prospects in an assigned geographical area as well as stewards existing major gift donors.
  • Develops and maintains a portfolio of major gift prospects.
  • 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.
  • Assists with capital campaigns for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • Knowledge of developing and maintaining volunteer support.
  • Works closely with campus advancement colleagues, college and advancement to develop a strong knowledge of campus, college, and unit programs and priorities.
  • Works with campus and unit colleagues to develop prospect strategies and ensure a positive giving experience for donors.
  • Communicates regularly with all stakeholders in relationships and documents activities in the alumni/donor database.
  • Develops knowledge alumni/donor database functions and reporting tools.
  • Performs other tasks as assigned.

Position Requirements and Qualifications:

Qualified candidates must possess strong communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.

A minimum of five years major gift experience, sales or strongly related experience for the director title.  A minimum of seven years of successful major gift experience for the senior director title.

Candidate must have history of maintaining collegial relationships with colleagues.

Experience in higher education and a track record of successful major gift closures preferred. 

Knowledge of capital campaign and planned giving is desired. 


Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree preferred.


Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To Apply
To ensure full consideration, application materials must be received by September 19, 2014. Please complete your candidate profile at 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,  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 equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability.  Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (