Director of Development

UI Cancer Center (UICC)
Illinois, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Feb 13, 2021
Position Type
Executive, Other Executive
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Director of Development

UI Cancer Center - Administration Department


The UI Cancer Center (UICC) is a community-focused cancer center dedicated to eliminating cancer's clinical and social impact, as well as promoting health equity for all patients. Our mission is to explore and understand the totality of intersecting issues that trigger cancer - biology, race, ethnicity, gender, age, environment, geography, lifestyle, and socioeconomic status - so that we can discover and individualize approaches to better prevent and treat cancer, as well as ensure long-term wellness after cancer.

We invite applicants for the position of Director of Development. This position will be responsible for planning, directing, and implementing fundraising activities and programs to identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward major gifts of $25,000 and above for UICC. The Director will serve as the primary liaison with UICC's senior leadership to develop and implement strategies to grow philanthropic support in the research and clinical areas.

Key Responsibilities/Duties:

  • Develop and manage a significant portfolio of individual major and planned gift donors and prospects ($25,000 and above), with a focus on gifts of $100K+.
  • Work closely with UICC's senior leadership and the Associate Vice Chancellor for Advancement (AVCA) in developing and implementing strategies to solicit gifts to fund the mission of UICC.
  • Conduct a minimum of 10-12 visits per month with prospects and donors to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward major gift donations.
  • Prepare and write strategic proposals to donors, working with the AVCA and central Advancement teams when appropriate.
  • Work closely with and oversee the UICC Philanthropic Board to identify potential board members and donors.
  • Work closely with the UICC Marketing Director, provide leadership in the planning and support of an annual signature fundraising event, in addition to participation in additional UICC events.
  • Abide by University and Advancement policies, including the tracking of development activity and donor interaction in fundraising database.
  • Collaborate with various University and Advancement partners to identify and enhance interactions with prospects and donors and increase potential gifts.
  • Prepare and distribute reports to inform AVCA, UICC senior leadership and UICC Philanthropic Board of fundraising activities, performance and results.
  • Perform other related duties and participates in special projects as appropriate and approved by the AVCA.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor degree (Master's preferred) in Communications, Business Administration, Liberal Arts or related field required.
  • Minimum of 5 years of proven and successful experience in major gift fundraising, which must include experience in medical fundraising, preferable for a Cancer Center.
  • Proven success in securing and conducting face to face meetings for major solicitations.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaborative in a team-based environment.
  • Excellent communication - verbal and written, presentation, business development, organization and computer skills, along with proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and fundraising software required.

For fullest consideration, please submit your application, including a cover letter, resume, and names of three references no later than March 2, 2021 at

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Offers of employment by the University of Illinois may be subject to approval by the University's Board of Trustees and are made contingent upon the candidate's successful completion of any criminal background checks and other pre-employment assessments that may be required for the position being offered. Additional information regarding such pre-employment checks and assessments may be provided as applicable during the hiring process.

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

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