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Director of Donor Engagement – NIU College of Business (35513)
Northern Illinois University

Date Posted Nov. 3, 2023
Title Director of Donor Engagement – NIU College of Business (35513)
University Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL, United States
Department College of Business
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Development/Institutional Advancement


The Director of Donor Engagement serves as an Alumni and Donor Relations professional in the Office of Advancement in the College of Business at Northern Illinois University.

With approximately 16,000 students, Northern Illinois University (NIU) is one of the largest public universities in the state of Illinois. NIU strives to improve outcomes for all students by identifying and removing barriers that disproportionately hinder the academic achievement and student experience of historically and currently underserved populations. The AACSB-accredited College of Business provides a highly engaged learning experience for approximately 2,000 undergraduates and 900 graduate students and is deeply committed to building and sustaining an inclusive and equitable working and learning environment for all of our students, staff, and faculty. NIU’s geographical reach extends beyond its main DeKalb campus (65 miles west of downtown Chicago, 60 miles from the O’Hare International Airport, and 40 miles west of Naperville – a booming community with one of the best school systems in the nation.) to satellite campuses in Naperville, Rockford, Hoffman Estates, and Chicago as well as to students online.

Position Summary

The Director of Donor Engagement for the College of Business is responsible for various duties necessary for effectively strengthening the ties between the alumni, donors, and the college. In addition, The person in this position will assist in overseeing the strategy, planning, organization, and implementation of programs designed to support the philanthropic endeavors of the COB.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develops, implements, and executes an alumni engagement plan for the College of Business, which includes alumni events with intended outcomes around engagement, discovery and/or cultivation, value-added programming, and strategic outreach initiatives.
  • Oversee and lead initiatives related to donor relations to maximize support from alumni, friends, and corporations through Discovery, Prospecting, and Cultivation.
  • Responsible for a mixed portfolio of alumni, friends, and potential donors and the moves management of each throughout the process.
  • Responsible for 35 – 65 annual visits in the Greater Chicagoland area but not limited to the region.
  • Progression of job responsibilities will include making 4 – 6 solicitations each year after the first year is completed.
  • In partnership with the Development Leadership, direct the COB’s progress to donor-centric strategies, emphasizing the bold ideas that define the College of Business’s educational plan and inspire transformational gifts.
  • Customize stewardship programs for those qualified donors.
  • Provides strategic input and execution for all alumni and donor relations activities.
  • Overseeing a donor-centered development service operation that positions the College of Business development team for success.
  • Providing strategic planning, management, and direction to support and promote development best practices related to development services.
  • Pursue progressive strategies that strengthen the reputation of the College of Business donor relation initiatives.
  • Build and maintain a strong partnership and consistent approach with the counterparts in Development leadership, finding ways to reach a consensus on fundraising philosophy, structure, direction, and ongoing management.
  • Collaborates with Central Advancement Alumni Office to strengthen both the COB and the University’s Alumni/Donor Engagement.
  • Collaborating with internal and external team members, you will develop and execute strategies to scale up a comprehensive, best-practice donor relations program for the COB. The goal will be to increase philanthropic support, grow endowments and expand the College of Business’s visibility and importance among critical influencers, alumni, and donors at all levels.
  • Create and maintain key relationships with external partners for the College of Business.
  • Performs additional tasks and activities as required.

Minimum Required Qualifications (Civil Service)

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Three (3) years of experience with successful donor or alumni relations management.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) (Civil Service)

Position-Specific KSAs
    1. Knowledge in the development and alumni relations field.
    2. Strong organizational skills. Detail oriented.
    3. Strong leadership skills.
    4. Ability to think critically and strategically; capable of taking responsibility for specific goals within designated time frames. Capable of coordinating multi-task initiatives to a successful conclusion.
    5. Knowledge of Microsoft Office software. Familiarity with appropriate foundation fund-raising tools. Knowledge of computerized donor record-keeping systems and data tracking prospects and donors.
    6. Ability to build strong relationships anchored in trust and integrity.


Classification-Specific KSAs
  1. Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects
  2. Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources
  3. Skill in analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  4. Skill in scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
  5. Skill in oral and written communication
  6. Ability to adjust actions in relation to others’ actions.
  7. Ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences
  8. Ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense
  9. Ability to develop goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish work.
  10. Ability to work effectively with staff, the public, and outside constituency groups
  11. Ability to effectively plan, delegate, and supervise the work of others.
  12. Ability to utilize various computer software packages, such as Accounting Software, query, etc.
  13. Ability to work independently and exercise judgment in order to be able to analyze and investigate a variety of questions or problems
  14. Ability to analyze and develop guidelines, procedures and systems

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