Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Relations
Administrative, Professional & Staff Positions
Aug 3, 2021
Open Until Filled
FT - Continuous
About Western Illinois University:
Western Illinois University, accredited by the Higher Learning
Commission, serves over 7,500 students at its traditional,
residential four-year campus in Macomb, IL and its metropolitan
branch campus in Moline, IL.
Western Illinois University seeks a committed, visionary,
experienced leader to serve as Vice President for Advancement and
Alumni Relations ("Vice President" or "VP") to oversee operations
and strengthen productivity in the areas of advancement, major
gifts, corporate and foundation relations, planned giving, campaign
planning and implementation, and alumni relations. The position
reports to the President and serves as a member of the President's
senior leadership team. The Vice President will work closely with
other senior administrators, and interact with other University
faculty, staff, students, alumni, donors, and community members to
manage and strengthen Western Illinois University's fundraising
practices and develop strategies to achieve the institution's
desired future through the promotion of a culture of philanthropy,
both internally and externally.
The Vice President will have the broad mandate to develop and
implement comprehensive strategies for Advancement, the Foundation,
and Alumni Relations; build the operational infrastructure and
capacity to increase market reach; enhance the student access and
experience; and improve affordability. The VP will focus on
increasing philanthropic revenue by creating and executing
fundraising plans that utilize best practices for annual, major and
planned gift programs, and by enhancing alumni engagement and
donation rates. Seeking and cultivating strong partnerships and
relationships with external and internal constituents through
stewardship, communications, alumni relations, special events and
other programs are critical in this position. The Vice President is
required to adhere to high standards of ethical practices and
conduct, serve as an active and visible member of the Western
Illinois community, attend major University fundraising events, and
maintain collaborative working relationships with faculty, staff,
students, alumni, donors, and community members.
The VP will be expected to acquire a comprehensive understanding of
the key issues affecting units within this expansive portfolio; to
shape and implement appropriate strategies, structures, and
staffing; and to lead the University's next comprehensive campaign.
The chosen candidate must be an effective leader of people, and
must exhibit the ability to develop leaders, address and manage
personnel matters, and contribute to a growing, vibrant, thriving
organizational and institutional culture. Successful candidates
will provide direct leadership and supervision to critical campus
support functions including advancement, foundation, and alumni
APPOINTMENT: January 1, 2022 or negotiated start date.
COMPENSATION: A competitive salary commensurate with qualifications
and experience will be provided to the successful candidate.
Western Illinois University offers a comprehensive benefits package
including domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information
- Master's degree from an accredited institution.
- Minimum of three years of senior administrative experience as
an advancement, foundation, and/or alumni relations
- Demonstrated record of leadership and accomplishments in
advancement with a proven track record of fundraising/gift success,
campaign planning and major gift solicitations from individuals and
- Comprehensive knowledge of strategies employed in all major
development and alumni functions.
- Proven leadership skills and ability to work with diverse
individuals and groups.
For a degree to be considered, it must be conferred from a
regionally accredited degree-granting institution of higher
education (or equivalent from an international accrediting
- Earned doctoral degree from an accredited institution.
- Experience as an advancement, foundation, and/or alumni
relations professional in a higher education setting.
Since 1902, Western Illinois University has provided outstanding
educational opportunities to individuals in west central Illinois
and well beyond our region and state. WIU's traditional residential
campus in Macomb, Illinois, is the educational, cultural and
athletic center of the region, while the WIU-Quad Cities
non-residential branch campus in Moline, Illinois, is the only
public university in the immediate Quad Cities region.
Western is a comprehensive university offering 62 undergraduate and
41 graduate degree programs, which includes an Ed.D. in educational
leadership and a Ph.D. in environmental science. The University's
442 full-time faculty members teach 94 percent of all undergraduate
and graduate courses.
WIU-Macomb, IL: A traditional, residential four-year campus with
distinctive undergraduate degrees and numerous graduate programs,
including a doctorate in education, WIU-Macomb is located in the
heart of west central Illinois in Macomb (population 20,000).
Macomb is an Amtrak city with twice-daily service to Chicago.
WIU-Quad Cities: The only public university in the Quad Cities
area, WIU-QC offers select undergraduate and graduate programs,
including a doctorate in education and a doctorate in environmental
studies, at its non-residential campus in Moline, IL (population
WIU's Macomb campus is the educational, cultural and athletic
center of the region. Annually, 12 major theatrical and dance
productions and studio shows are performed, along with outstanding
concerts, lectures, presentations, films, dance performances and
more. The Gwendolyn Brooks and Casa Latina cultural centers offer
programs and activities focusing on Black and Hispanic cultures,
while the Women's Center promotes gender equity through education,
support and advocacy. WIU's student organization for the lesbian,
gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning and ally (LGBTQ*A)
community provides resources, support and programming. These
cultural and resource centers promote WIU's goal of enhancing
diversity, equity, and inclusion through educational programming
The University's athletics program, based on the Macomb campus,
sponsors 17 NCAA Division I intercollegiate men's and women's
varsity sports. Football competes in the NCAA Division I Football
Championship Subdivision through the Missouri Valley Football
Conference; all other varsity sports compete at the Division I
level through The Summit League.
Applicants will be required to upload a letter of application and
current curriculum vitae or resume, as well as provide contact
information for at least three professional references for their
online application. Unofficial transcripts are required at the time
of application; however, candidates chosen for on-campus visits
will be required to submit official transcripts for continued
Please upload the requested documents by clicking APPLY NOW or by
navigating to the WIU Employment page at the following URL:
Screening will begin on October 1, 2021.
Western Illinois University endeavors to provide a safe environment
for its employees and students and requires candidates to submit to
a background investigation upon offer of employment. Employment is
contingent upon compliance with University policies and procedures
relating to the receipt and evaluation of information contained in
the background investigation.
Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal
Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that
spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications
from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to,
minorities, veterans, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU
has a non-discrimination policy that includes discrimination based
on an individual's membership in the following classes: sex, race,
color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression,
religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, genetic
information, veteran status, and any other classes protected by
state or federal law. Western Illinois University is a drug-free,
Questions regarding the search may be directed to: Amelia Hartnett
For assistance with the online application system contact the Human
Resources at (309) 298-1971 or via email at HR-Recruitment@wiu.edu
To apply, visit https://wiu.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=134629&CNTRNO=14&TSTMP=0