Director of Advancement (Position #36472)

Northern Illinois University in Illinois

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted August 13, 2014
Type Administrative
Salary Competitive
Employment Type Full-time

Northern Illinois University is conducting an ongoing search for qualified professionals to join its Development Team and successful fundraising program in an exciting state of emergence, growth and mobilization.

NIU is a comprehensive teaching and research institution with a student enrollment of over 22,000. Located near Chicago, in one of the most dynamic regions of the country, the universitys main campus is in the City of DeKalb, with four additional regional sites. The university is composed of seven degree-granting colleges that together offer 57 Baccalaureate programs, 57 Masters programs, 2 sixth-year programs, 18 Doctoral programs, and 3 professional programs that include Doctor of Audiology, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and Juris Doctor. Northern is a NCAA Division I school, and the NIU Huskies compete in the Mid-American Conference.

The Director of Advancement-College of Business will provide sound management and leadership to NIUs various constituents and programs related to the College of Business (COB). This position will identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward a portfolio of individual and corporate major gift donors and potential donors specifically for the COB. The primary accountability is to obtain private major gifts, and planned gifts, while supporting the priorities identified by the COB and the Division of University Advancement. While the highest priority is to generate charitable gift revenue, this position will focus on minimum gifts of $25,000.

The Director of Advancement College of Business works closely with the Sr. Director of Advancement, NIU College of Business and will work in close collaboration with the dean and other faculty/staff of the college regarding development responsibilities. This position will assist in the establishment of fund-raising goals for special projects and will develop and promote long-range solicitation strategies. These goals and strategies will lead to participation in ongoing and programmatic relationships with alumni, parents, friends, corporations/foundations, faculty, and staff of Northern Illinois University. This position will be required to participate in comprehensive fundraising for the College of Business which includes; developing solicitation letters/proposals, documenting pledge intentions, writing timely expendable fund and endowed agreements and regularly completing contact reports. In addition, this position will work on special projects, distinguished donor society fund-raising, capital campaigns, and partner with the college alumni relations director for event and communication strategies.


The Director of Advancement-College of Business reports directly to the Sr. Director of Advancement, College of Business. Applicants must have at least ten years (10) years experience in corporate and foundation relations development work with demonstrated leadership abilities, and success in higher education fundraising. The candidate must demonstrate stability and continuity in employment history relative to fundraising positions held. Applicants will work within the Gift Planning Team to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward a portfolio of corporate and foundation major gift donors and potential donors. Outstanding written and verbal communication skills required. Strong organizational skills, capital campaign experience, and knowledge of gift planning strategies are required. Bachelor degree is required. Salary will be highly competitive.


Master degree preferred. Critical and strategic thinking skills, as well as the ability to work effectively within a team environment.

This seasoned professional will assist the Sr. Director of Advancement with the implementation and comprehensive execution of priority COB fundraising and alumni engagement priorities. These endeavors often involve close coordination with the dean, department chairs and key college faculty.

An in-depth understanding of complex, large-scale fund raising operations and the variety of units that encompass them; hands-on experience as a frontline fundraiser is critical.

High level of proficiency in written and oral communication, outstanding inter-personal skills, and strong group presentation skills.


Send cover letter, résumé, and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three professional references relative to the position for which you are applying. Mail to: NIU Foundation, Lee Ann Henry, Administrative Assistant, University Advancement, Altgeld 135, DeKalb, IL 60115. Review of applications will begin immediately. Preference will be given to applications received by August 31, 2014; however, review will continue until the position is filled. For more information about NIU, visit our website at Northern Illinois University is committed to affirmative action, equal employment opportunity, and the diversity of its work force. 

In compliance with the Illinois Campus Security Act, before an offer of employment is made, the university will conduct a pre-employment background investigation, which includes a criminal background check.

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. NIU recognizes Dual Career issues.