Senior Director of Development, College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Rockford

  • University of Illinois, College of Medicine at Rockford
  • Rockford, IL, USA
  • Nov 03, 2021
Full time Business/Financial Affairs/Financial Aid Development/Advancement/Fundraising External Relations, PR, Marketing

Job Description


The University of Illinois, College of Medicine is seeking an experienced candidate for a Senior Director of Development. The Senior Director is responsible for planning, directing, and implementing activities and programs to identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward major and planned gifts from individual donors and prospects at the five-figure level and above. They serve as primary liaison with department heads and other key faculty to identify fundraising priorities, initiatives and to develop a strategy for soliciting funds. They serve on Advancement senior team and coordinate development strategy and activities for other personnel or in particular regional areas. Occasional travel will be required to key regions for donor meetings and University business.

Rockford is a progressive, mid-sized metropolitan area in northern Illinois, one hour west of Chicago and one hour south of Madison, Wisconsin. The city has minor league baseball and hockey, numerous golf courses, award-winning park system, three botanical gardens, an art museum, theaters, a revitalizing downtown, and a river walk. Public and several private school systems are available.

Job Responsibilities (Essential Duties)

  • Manage a portfolio of 120-150 donors and prospects by qualifying, researching, cultivating and soliciting gifts of $25,000 or more from individuals, corporations and foundations. Complete a minimum of 120 face to face visits annually.
  • Plan, develop and implement strategies to cultivate and solicit annual leadership level gifts of $2,500 to $24,999.
  • Prepare professional presentations and funding proposals for donors as required.
  • Direct and coordinate development strategy and activities for development personnel or in particular regional areas to ensure alignment with Chief Development Officer priorities and initiatives.
  • Develop, organize and manage a volunteer support program with College of Medicine alumni, Medical Alumni Council, Medical Advancement Council, and other individuals within the business community to develop fundraising sources and initiatives.
  • Develop and present in-depth research, metrics and reports on prospect pool, benchmarks, success and growth.
  • Serve as subject matter expert for Department Heads, Dean and faculty in developing and implementing strategies to solicit gifts, scholarships, facilities or endowments to fund the mission of the College.
  • Collaborate with Communications, Alumni Relations, and Special Events teams to enhance interactions with prospects and donors and increase potential gifts.
  • Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as assigned. 
  • Plan, assign and review work of staff to ensure that group objectives are met. Hire, train, develop and manage staff to ensure that a qualified staff exists to meet group objectives

Preferred and Required Qualifications

Job Knowledge & Skills, Education, Experience:

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

A minimum of five years of fundraising experience, preferably in higher education, with demonstrated ability to solicit five and six figure gifts.

Experience working with board members, key volunteers, and internal leadership in the identification, cultivation and solicitation of prospects.

Strong interpersonal, management, organizational and communication skills. Proficient in using Microsoft Word and Excel, and experience with a fundraising database.

Salary Commensurate with Experience

Application Details

For fullest consideration, please apply by December 3, 2021 at the UIC Job Board:


As an EOE/AA employer, the University of Illinois will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, and Veteran or disability status. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit University of Illinois faculty, staff and students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are not able to receive the vaccine for medical or religious reasons, you may seek approval for an exemption in accordance with applicable University processes.


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