The Office of Advancement furthers the mission, vision, and goals of City Colleges of Chicago by focusing on catalyzing strategic initiatives, institutional research, and the student experience. In collaboration with various stakeholders, the Office is responsible for corporate and foundation relations, major gifts and gift planning, endowment, capital campaigns, alumni and constituent relations, stewardship and advancement services.
The Vice Chancellor, Advancement reports directly to the Executive Vice Chancellor, Institutional Advancement, and will partner with the Chancellor, Provost/Chief Academic Officer, College Presidents, and other senior leaders to activate a comprehensive resource development program – including building on the current District Office development infrastructure and management of team; serving as lead for the newly established college development councils; and providing tactical advice to the Chancellor, Executive Vice Chancellor, and Provost/Chief Academic Officer on major gift strategy and transformational grant opportunities.
The Vice Chancellor, Advancement is also appointed by the City Colleges of Chicago Foundation (Foundation) Board of Directors to serve as President of the Foundation. The Foundation is a separate 501c(3) which operates exclusively for educational purposes that assist in developing and augmenting the resources and carrying out the educational functions of the City Colleges of Chicago. As President, the Vice Chancellor, Advancement will additionally represent the Foundation Board of Directors in day-to-day management of Foundation operations.
This position is an exceptional career opportunity for an experienced, successful advancement professional who will partner with City Colleges of Chicago executive and senior leadership to continue transformation efforts of this critical Chicago educational institution.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Serve as a strategic adviser and key collaborator to the Executive Vice Chancellor, District and College leadership and Foundation Board of Directors to build a best-practices based advancement program that supports the mission and priorities of City Colleges of Chicago.
Conducts strategic assessments of existing philanthropic strengths and opportunities. Based on this assessment, will develop strategies and implement programs that will lead to and result in the successful philanthropic support of the academic priorities of the system and the philanthropic interest of donors.
Partner closely with executive officers and administrators to establish ambitious immediate and long-term fundraising goals in support of District, College, and Foundation priorities.
Provide leadership and support to current team in areas of alumni and donor relations, scholarship services, grants management, special events, and strategic communications.
Manage key initiatives including continued development of College Advancement Councils, coordination of sponsor and donor-related efforts aligned to the annual Seven Strong Benefit.
Establish standards for performance and clearly communicate expectations to foster a culture of high levels of accountability in partnership with CCC HR Talent Management.
Determine appropriate use of central and foundation resources for assigned College initiatives.
Collaborate executive officers across DO, Colleges, and Foundation Board to devise strategies for all aspects of donor cultivation and stewardship.
Represent Chancellor, Executive Vice Chancellor, and Provost with key philanthropic, civic, and donor constituencies.
Model values based on professionalism, productivity and open communication.
Serve on DO and College committees as requested.
Oversees consulting relationships that support signature events, key projects, and grant initiatives.
At least eight years of successful advancement experience or at least ten years of strongly related experience. Previous experience in higher education fundraising or administration highly preferred.
At least eight years of progressively responsible team leadership and management experience, including the successful mentoring and motivating of staff to produce successful outcomes, preferably in resource development.
A demonstrated record of raising major gifts of $1,000,000 or more from individuals, corporations and/or foundations.
A demonstrated understanding of the integrated nature of advancement with alumni relations and communications.
The ability to speak and write persuasively, listen effectively and engage in meaningful partnerships with both internal and external constituencies.
A commitment to advance diversity across institution.
Exceptional interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to interact effectively with academic leaders, faculty, staff, donors and volunteers to produce outcomes.
The ability to travel on an occasional basis throughout the United States.
A demonstrated understanding and adherence to the Association of Fundraising Professionals Donor Bill of Rights which is endorsed by the Office of Institutional Advancement.
High level of comfort working with and analyzing data. Experience with fundraising CRM platforms highly preferred.
Internal Number: DIS0000993
About City Colleges of Chicago
City Colleges of Chicago is the largest community colleges system in Illinois and one of the largest in the nation, with more than 4,000 faculty and staff serving more than more than 80,000 students annually at seven colleges and five satellite sites.
With locations across the city, the seven colleges include: Richard J. Daley College, Kennedy-King College, Malcolm X College, Olive-Harvey College, Harry S Truman College, Harold Washington College and Wilbur Wright College. City Colleges also oversees: the award-winning Washburne Culinary Institute, the French Pastry School, the Parrot Cage Restaurant at South Shore Cultural Center, the Sikia Banquet Facility, five Child Development Centers, the Center for Distance Learning, the Workforce Academy, and radio station WKKC FM 89.3.