Advancement

Careers

Find a home at Illinois with a career in Advancement.

CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES

Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

As part of the biggest college on the Illinois campus, our 20 person Liberal Arts & Sciences Advancement team is a tight-knit family that thrives on matching corporate needs and foundation interests with the expertise of the College. In LAS Advancement we are a high-performing, collaborative team with a commitment to developing and maintaining long-lasting corporate and foundation relations. We offer a supportive environment with a robust onboarding process and opportunities to advance your career development. We love to learn, are innovative and creative, and strive for continuous improvement.

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Assistant Director/Associate Director/Director/Senior Director of Development

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

As part of the biggest college on the Illinois campus, our 20 person Liberal Arts & Sciences Advancement team is a tight-knit family that thrives on supporting the academic priorities of the college and the philanthropic interests of donors. In LAS Advancement we are a high-performing, collaborative team with a commitment to cultivating long-lasting relationships with alumni and friends. We offer a supportive environment with a robust onboarding process and opportunities to advance your career development. We love to learn, are innovative and creative, and strive for continuous improvement.

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Assistant/Associate Dean for Advancement

College of Fine + Applied Arts

The College of Fine and Applied Arts (FAA) and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement (OVCIA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks a full-time Assistant/Associate Dean for Advancement to lead and manage a comprehensive fundraising program for the College which includes seven academic units as well as the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (KCPA) and the Krannert Art Museum (KAM). The College’s seven academic units grant degrees in disciplines related to the performing and visual arts. The College has 32,000 alumni, a distinguished faculty of 200, a professional and support staff of 185, a student body of over 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students, and a donor base of 4,000.

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Assistant Director/Associate Director/Director of Advancement

Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, College of Engineering

The College of Engineering Office of Advancement invites applications and nominations for a full-time major gift officer.  The Assistant Director/Associate Director/Director will secure private support for the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering (MechSE). The College of Engineering at Illinois is among the world’s most prestigious and largest engineering institutions and MechSE offers world-class engineering education and research opportunities in both Mechanical Engineering and Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. The department has earned a reputation as one of the best programs in the nation and is consistently ranked among the top six Mechanical Engineering programs nationally. MechSE graduates go on to top scholar and research positions in academia, industry, and government labs. The Department views its students as future leaders in academia and society.

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Assistant Director/Associate Director/Director of Advancement

College of Engineering

The College of Engineering Office of Advancement invites applications and nominations for a full-time major gift officer.  The Assistant Director/Associate Director/Director of Advancement will secure private support for funding priorities within the College as determined by the Associate Dean for Advancement and the Dean. This major gift officer will play a critical role in efforts to implement an integrated approach for core college-wide priorities while also supporting fundraisers and leadership in our departments to maximize overall support and opportunities for more collaborative giving.

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Other Opportunities

Illinois Job Board
University of Illinois Foundation
University of Illinois Alumni Association

WHY CHOOSE ILLINOIS?

The University of Illinois is charged by our state to enhance the lives of our citizens—across the nation and around the world—through our leadership in learning, discovery, engagement and economic development. Advancement provides the resources and support that are critical to realizing this mission.

Work-Life Balance

I came to Illinois from a large non-profit organization with a very demanding schedule, but very rewarding work. What I enjoy about working in advancement at Illinois is that I am able to fundraise for an excellent mission and feel satisfaction from the work I am doing as well as have a much better work life balance for my family.”

Career Progress

Illinois is a fantastic place to work because it fosters collaboration, encourages personal and professional growth, provides opportunities for career advancement, all while being a national/global leader in teaching, research and public engagement.”

Meaningful Work

It’s great to see everyone working to answer one question … how can I make the University of Illinois something everyone wants to be a part of? As Advancement professionals, that seems to be what everything comes down to for me. Whether we’re matching a donor’s intent to a purpose, facilitating a student receiving a scholarship, planning an event, or just connecting alumni with each other or the school … it all comes back to that question. That makes this work very fulfilling to me.”

Transforming Lives

The most meaningful days in my position are those on which I am able to witness the interaction of a donor and the individuals or groups they have impacted with their philanthropy. This is when I see the true impact of what I do on a daily basis.”

Inspiring Leadership

Having a boss who will let you spread your wings, put you in a position where you can thrive and grow, and then allowing you to take risks is huge. My supervisor remains consistently encouraging, positive, she is a team player and she always has our back. I could not ask for a better cheerleader and boss.”

Supportive Community

Working here is like being a part of a family. Our alumni are faithful, friendly and proud of their College. They help in the most generous ways. They welcome us into their kitchens, into their lives and help whenever they can. I attribute that to the caring nature of those we work with, and the ownership we are given of our departments for which we fundraise. We are not micromanaged but rather supported in the best of ways. New ideas are embraced, initiative encouraged and collegiality fostered.”

Mission-Driven

What I value most as an employee in Advancement at Illinois is the collaborative and collegial relationships collectively representing one of the great institutions in higher education; an institution which now aspires to be the pre-eminent public research university with global impact! It is both empowering and humbling to be part of this grand vision!”

OUR VALUES

  • EXEMPLIFY INTEGRITY
  • PRACTICE CIVILITY
  • EMBRACE COLLABORATION
  • INSPIRE INNOVATION
  • CREATE IMPACT

LIVING IN C-U

Conveniently situated between Chicago, Indianapolis, and St. Louis, the University of Illinois campus offers a quality of living that makes this a prime destination. Here, urban engages rural for an unparalleled “college-town” experience: Boneyard Creek, tractor pulls, gourmet dining, barbeque and blues, historic neighborhoods, visual and performing arts, and independent cinema.