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Director of Advancement

  • 21 Feb 2019 4:39 PM
    Message # 7177728
    Maeven Sipes (Administrator)

    Northern Illinois University Foundation

    Director of Advancement, College of Engineering & Engineering Technology (#30007)

    This is a fundraiser position that works within the Gift Planning Team to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward a portfolio of individual major gift prospects. The primary responsibility is to obtain private major and planned gifts at the highest level. This individual also supports the priorities identified by the university. While the highest priority is to generate charitable gift revenue, this position will focus on securing major gifts of $25,000 or more

    Duties and Responsibilities

    This fundraiser position reports to the Associate Vice President and Chief Development Officer. This position works within the Gift Planning Team to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward a portfolio of individual major gift prospects. The primary responsibility is to obtain private major and planned gifts at the highest level. This individual also supports the priorities identified by the university. While the highest priority is to generate charitable gift revenue, this position will focus on securing major gifts of $25,000 or more.

    Required Qualifications

    1. Bachelor’s degree.

    2. Five (5) years of experience with successful major gift solicitation.

    3. Knowledge and experience in development and alumni relations fields.

    4. Demonstrated exceptional writing skills, strong oral communication with group presentation skills.

    5. 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.)

    6. Demonstrably strong work ethic and entrepreneurial mentality. A high-level of integrity, focus and commitment to achieve ambitious goals is essential.

    7. Familiarity with the “moves management” approach to major gift fundraising

    8. Experience working within a matrixed organizational structure where performance responsibilities are evaluated in different divisions.

    9. A flexible attitude and clear ability to modify and adapt as situations arise.

    10. Demonstrated commitment to diversity and promoting an inclusive work environment that fosters creativity and innovation.

    Preferred Qualifications

    1. Minimum of 2 years of professional experience in a collegiate environment.

    2. Advanced degree and/or professional designation (CFRE).

    3. Capital campaign experience in higher education is highly desirable.

    4. Knowledge of Microsoft Office software and familiarity with appropriate foundation fundraising tools. Knowledge of computerized systems of donor record keeping, data tracking of prospects, and donors.

    5. Commitment to the ideals and culture of higher education.

    6. A proven ability to build strong relationships anchored in trust and integrity.

    7. The ability to effectively work in a group/team environment to assist in intra-divisional initiatives.

    University, Department, and Community description: Northern Illinois University is a comprehensive research university offering programs from the baccalaureate through the doctorate. Colleges include business, education, engineering and engineering technology, law, liberal arts and sciences, health and human sciences, and visual and performing arts. On-campus enrollment is approximately 18,000 students. The university also offers more than 200 extension courses each semester to students in communities throughout northern Illinois.

    The main campus is located in DeKalb, 65 miles west of Chicago's "Loop" and 40 miles southeast of Rockford. In addition to the main campus, NIU has three education centers in Hoffman Estates, Rockford, and Naperville. DeKalb/Sycamore, with a population of about 50,000, is a modern paradox, a rural/urban community. It is simultaneously recognized for its manufacturing and rich farmlands. The site of the first manufacture of barbed wire and the development of hybrid seed corn are evidence of its diversified history. The blend of industry and agriculture, coupled with the cultural and recreational facilities of the university and supplemented by easy access to Chicago and Rockford, provide an enjoyable environment in which to live.

    In 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 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.

    Required Applicant Documents

    1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae

    2. Cover Letter

    3. Transcripts (unofficial with official required at hire)

    4. List of three references

    Please submit application and documents through NIU online employment system at

    http://employment.niu.edu/postings/40486. Review of completed applications will begin on 3/15/19; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. For questions, contact Diane Hill, dhill9@niu.edu

    EEO Statement and Visa Policy

    In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

    In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document from upon hire.


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