Director of Advancement for Institutional and Regional Initiatives - University Advancement (4254)

Primary Function

The role of the Director of Advancement for Institutional and Regional Initiatives, is to develop and advance an institutional strategy to significantly increase the level of philanthropic, corporate and foundation revenue for initiatives that span the institution and impact the region. Working with the NIU Foundation and the Division of Outreach, Engagement and Regional Development ( OERD ), the Director plays a key role in executing a comprehensive corporate and foundation fundraising strategy designed to develop mutually beneficial relationships between the university and a wide range of businesses, industries and corporations in the NIU region. This includes building internal relationships and consulting with university colleagues to create innovative fundraising opportunities. The position contributes to the development and execution of a foundation relations, corporate giving and corporate sponsorship program designed to create and strengthen partnerships and build support for overall advancement of the university mission, outreach and engagement activities. As a member of the Foundation giving team, this individual is charged with developing strategies and implementing plans to ensure the success of the corporate and foundation fundraising program. This position reports to the Senior Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations with a dotted line to the OERD Chief Engagement Officer.

Duties and Responsibilities (generally)

Responsibilities include working with NIU Foundation and OERD leaders to create and implement strategy; working with Foundation and OERD leaders to identify and develop corporate and foundation giving initiatives and opportunities; identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding gifts to the NIU Foundation from corporations and foundations. This position will work closely with OERD, NIU’s Alumni Association, and key members of the foundation including, Major Gift Officers for the colleges and program, and the Stewardship team. To be successful the Director of Advancement, Institutional and Regional Initiatives, will need to collaborate with administrators, faculty and staff across NIU . The fundraising goal for this position will begin at $1M annually and grow to $2.5M+ annually.

Minimum Required Qualifications for this position

1. Bachelor’s degree.
2. Four (4) years of experience working within a matrixed organizational structure where performance responsibilities are evaluated in different divisions.
3. Five (5) to Seven (7) years of corporate and foundation fundraising/sponsorship experience.
4. Five (5) years of experience in development and alumni relations fields.

Specialty Factors (Additional Required Qualifications)

Education and Experience Preferred

1. Advanced degree.
2. CFRE .
3. Capital campaign experience in higher education is highly desirable.
4. Existing network of relevant corporations and foundation leaders.

List the knowledge, skills, and abilities critical to the performance of this position.

1. 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.)
2. 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.
3. Excellent interpersonal skills to relate to donors, volunteers, colleagues and university leadership.
4. Self-motivated (a “self-starter”); innovative and ability to work with considerable independence within the context of a team environment and a network of relationships.
5. Superior written and oral communication, negotiating, organizational, analytical and fundraising skills, including the ability to interpret financial information and manage data.
6. Familiarity with financial planning, tax and charitable gift laws and planned giving vehicles and methods.
7. Ability and desire to engage in face-to-face relationship activities, primarily through the scheduling of one-on-one appointments with corporate and foundation prospects who have never been engaged with NIU . Knowledge of not-for-profit higher education as well as university governance, academic administrative and financial policies and guidelines.
8. Must be able to travel frequently; some international travel may be required.
9. This position requires the handling of highly sensitive and confidential information and requires an exemplary track record of professionalism, maturity and discretion.
10. Willingness to commit to and articulate the mission and goals of Northern Illinois University and the NIU Foundation.
11. Familiarity with donor databases and gift planning tools (e.g. Millennium, The Raiser’s Edge, PG Calc), Microsoft Office software and computerized systems of donor record keeping, data tracking of prospects, and donors.
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 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. The ability to effectively work in a group/team environment and assist in intra-divisional initiatives.
15. A proven ability to build strong relationships anchored in trust and integrity.

Working Hours
8:00-4:30; evening and weekends as required to meet goals and standards of excellence
Minimum Pay Rate (Hourly or Monthly)
$8,333.34 monthly
Hiring Rate Information

Actual hiring rate is commensurate with experience, education, and internal equity; position includes a robust benefits package to eligible applicants.

Posting Date
Closing Date

Priority Review Date
Special Instructions to Applicants

Application Materials and Process:

• Resume/Curriculum Vitae
• Cover Letter that speaks to the following aspects of experience, as listed in the education and experience requirements:
a. Years of experience with successful corporate and foundation fundraising/sponsorship.
b. Years of experience in development and alumni relations fields.
c. Developing diverse engagement strategies, populations and philanthropic planning.
d. Years of professional experience in a collegiate environment.
e. Working within a matrixed organizational structure.
f. Management experience.
• List of three references
• Transcripts (unofficial with official required at hire)

For full consideration, please upload and submit application materials at by July 23, 2021. Interviews may occur before the priority review date, however all applications received by the priority review date will receive full consideration. Applications received after the priority review date will be considered as needed. For questions, please contact Melissa Nigro,

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Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Extensive and consistent travel is required for this position. Use of a personal vehicle is required. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to stand for long periods of time; walk; use fingers and hands to feel, grasp, operate or handle objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. Must be able to lift and carry 20 lbs regularly.

EEO Statement

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.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Ethics and Compliance Officer, Title IX Coordinator
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Visa Policy

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

ADA Accommodation

NIU remains committed to ensuring that its recruitment and application procedures include full opportunities for applicants with disabilities. Employment opportunities will not be denied to anyone because of the need to make accommodations for a person’s disability during either the application or interview process. An applicant who believes they require an accommodation to participate in the employment process due to a disability may request that accommodation through the Accommodation Request Form . For further assistance, please contact the office of Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity and Education ( AAEOE ) at .

Clery Act Information

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Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Transcripts (unofficial with official required at hire)
  4. List of References
Optional Documents
  1. Military Discharge Documents ONLY (DD214/DD215/NGB22/DD256)

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