Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Relations

Western Illinois University
Illinois, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Oct 14, 2021

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Executive, Other Executive
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Full Time

Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Relations

Category: Administrative, Professional & Staff Positions       
Department: Other/Unknown
Locations: Macomb, IL
Posted: Aug 3, 2021
Closes: Open Until Filled
Type: 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.

Job Description:

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 relations.

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 visit:


Required Qualifications:
  • Master's degree from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum of three years of senior administrative experience as an advancement, foundation, and/or alumni relations professional.
  • 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 organizations.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of strategies employed in all major development and alumni functions.
  • Proven leadership skills and ability to work with diverse individuals and groups.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Earned doctoral degree from an accredited institution.
  • Experience as an advancement, foundation, and/or alumni relations professional in a higher education setting.

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 body).

Additional Information:

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 44,000).

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 and advocacy.

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.

Application Instructions:

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 consideration.

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, smoke-free workplace.

Questions regarding the search may be directed to: Amelia Hartnett at

For assistance with the online application system contact the Human Resources at (309) 298-1971 or via email at

To apply, visit


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