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Associate Director of Advancement - 31876 (Search Extended)
Northern Illinois University


Date Posted Jul. 14, 2020
Title Associate Director of Advancement - 31876 (Search Extended)
University Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL, United States
Department Gift Planning
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
 
 
  • Associate/Assistant Director
  • Development/Institutional Advancement
 
 

Primary Function
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.

Duties and Responsibilities (generally)
This fundraiser position reports to the Vice President. 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.

Minimum Required Qualifications for this position
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.
10. Demonstrated commitment to diversity and promoting an inclusive work environment that fosters creativity and innovation.

Education and Experience Preferred
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

List the knowledge, skills, and abilities critical to the performance of this position.
1. Application should speak to the applicant’s deep, personal commitment to diversity in all forms, the recognition of all individuals to mutual respect, and the acceptance of others without biases. Demonstrable commitment to leading by example, modeling diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the university. Demonstrated experience working with diverse populations.
2. Ability and desire to engage in face-to-face relationship activities, primarily through the scheduling of one-on-one appointments with donor prospects who have never been engaged with NIU.
3. Ability and willingness to travel to meet donors and prospects in their homes and offices.
4. Business proficiency in Microsoft Office Word, Access and Excel, including the tabulation of budget figures, creation of scenario planning tools and merging files; experience in enterprise systems for event and scheduling management.
5. Familiarity with fundraising tools. Knowledge of computerized systems of donor record keeping, data tracking of prospects, and donors.
6. Exceptional organizational and project management skills.
7. Excellent attention to detail.
8. Exceptional communication skills as there will be strong interactions with both internal and external constituents.
9. The ability to synthesize multiple sources of information.
10. Ability and willingness to travel, sometimes extensively; and to work extra hours, nights and weekends to ensure the job is done exceptionally well; Ability to work autonomously, as well as manage several constituents.
11. Experience working within a matrixed organizational structure where performance responsibilities are evaluated in different divisions.
12. The ability to think critically and strategically; capable of taking responsibility for specific goals within designated time frames. Capable of coordinating multi-task initiatives to successful conclusion.
13. A flexible attitude and clear ability to modify and adapt as situations and conditions change, as well as a resilience with regard to the rigors of public higher education and the increasing pressure of resource constraints.
14. A proven ability to build strong relationships anchored in trust and integrity.


 
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