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University of Illinois Foundation-Director of Advancement-Discovery Partners Institute

  • 04/26/2019 1:53 PM
    Message # 7305660


    has an immediate opening for a

    Director of Development, Discovery Partners Institute

    The University of Illinois Foundation is the official fundraising and private gift-receiving organization of the University of Illinois.  It works closely with alumni and friends, faculty and staff, corporations and foundations, as well as campus development professionals to create fundraising programs and opportunities that benefit the University. 

    The Director of Development serves as the primary major gifts fundraiser for the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI; dpi.uillinois.edu), a joint education, research and innovation institute led by the University of Illinois System, its three universities and partners.  DPI’s mission is to establish collaborative partnerships that address twenty-first century societal grand challenges, promote entrepreneurship, and educate the next-generation workforce, which will grow the state’s economy.  DPI is a member of the Illinois Innovation Network (IIN), which drives innovation along with economic and workforce development across Illinois. This position is located in Chicago.

    Duties and Responsibilities:


    • ·         Develop major gift fundraising strategies to support the research and education programs at DPI in alignment with the DPI business plan.
    • ·         Identify, qualify, cultivate, and solicit a portfolio of prospective donors for major gifts ($25,000+) for DPI with a focus on six-figure gifts and above.
    • ·         Work collaboratively with members of the DPI leadership and administrative team (including the DPI Director and Directors of Administration, Academic Affairs, and External Engagements and Partnerships) to coordinate relationship management strategies that will advance philanthropic support of DPI initiatives.
    • ·         Work in close collaboration with college and unit advancement staff at the Universities of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Chicago, and Springfield to strategically manage multiple plans for individual prospects and to support fundraising priorities for those universities in support of DPI and IIN.
    • ·         Manage a portfolio of approximately 50 major gift and qualifications plans and, after the first full year on the job, successfully close a minimum of 12 major gifts per year.
    • ·         Provide supervision for an associate director of development whose primary responsibilities will be in the cultivation of relationships with corporations, foundations, and other organizations for philanthropic support of DPI.
    • ·         In collaboration with the Director of Stewardship, Principal Gifts and stewardship colleagues at each of the three System universities, and with the assistance of the Associate Director of Development, Corporate and Foundation Relations for DPI, develop and manage stewardship plans for major donors to DPI.
    • ·         Travel as needed in support of major gift development responsibilities.


    • ·         Bachelor’s degree
    • ·         5 years successful major gift fundraising or related career experience
    • ·         Excellent interpersonal skills and written and verbal communication skills and a commitment to working collaboratively in a team-oriented environment
    • ·         Willingness to travel as needed

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • ·         Advanced degree preferred
    • ·         Experience in research Universities or other large, complex organizations

    Competitive benefit package and compensation commensurate with experience.  Comprehensive background check including but not limited to a criminal conviction and credit check will be conducted.

    Application Deadline: May 13, 2019

    Application Process: For full consideration for the role, all candidates must complete an online application and include a resume and cover letter.  Candidates may create a profile through https://jobs.uif.uillinois.edu.  For further information regarding application procedures, contact Foundation Human Resources at uifhrsearches@uif.uillinois.edu.



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