Director of Development (Job ID #104566)

Job Type

Full Time




United States


Director of Development (Job ID #104566)

School of Public Health

University of Illinois Chicago

Job Summary

The Director of Development position is responsible for planning, directing and implementing activities and programs to identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward major and planned gifts of $25,000 and above from individual donors and prospects. Serve as primary liaison with department heads and other key faculty to identify fundraising priorities and initiatives and to develop a strategy for soliciting funds.

Job Responsibilities

  • Develop and manage a significant portfolio of major and planned gift donors and prospects of $25,000 and above.
  • Conduct visits with UIC alumni and donors to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward major gift donations.
  • Prepare and write proposals to donors, working with central Donor Relations team when appropriate.
  • Serve as a subject matter expert for the dean, department heads and faculty in developing and implementing strategies to solicit gifts to fund the mission of the unit.
  • Track development activity and donor interaction by entering key interactions and strategies into the fundraising database.
  • Assist with guiding and/or coordinating the work of staff on a daily basis to ensure the group's objectives are met in a timely manner.
  • Assist with the preparation of unit-based events and participate in planned events as needed.
  • Collaborate with central Major Gifts, Gift Planning, Donor Relations, and Engagement and Participation teams to enhance interactions with prospects and donors and increase potential gifts.
  • Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as assigned.

Job Knowledge & Skills, Education, Experience

  • Bachelor's Degree in Communications, Business Administration, Liberal Arts or other related field required. A minimum of five years of successful experience in fundraising, sales or other related field required.
  • Experience in an institution of higher learning is preferred.
  • Proven success in securing and conducting face to face meetings for major solicitations. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team-based environment.
  • Excellent communication, organization, presentation, computer/pc experience skills along with proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint…) and other related software.

To apply, please visit: and upload a cover letter, CV or resume, and three professional references (names, titles, phone numbers and e-mail addresses).

For fullest consideration, applicants must apply and submit a cover letter, CV or resume and names of three references no later than November 8, 2018.

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.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree