Lewis University invites applications for an Executive Director of Development. The Executive Director will have primary responsibility for managing the major gifts program. The individual will be a results-oriented professional with a demonstrated ability to initiate, plan and lead a team of individuals toward common goals.
With oversight of a team of four, the Executive Director will engage and strengthen constituent relationships with the University and the major gift effort. This position will be responsible for initiating, planning and directing the overall mission of the major gift program through oversight of Planned Giving, Major Gifts and Corporate and Foundation Relations.
Duties will include the development of strategies for outreach that forge stronger ties between the University and its community. This includes strengthen the network of alumni and building similar networks with parents, faculty and staff in order for a culture of philanthropy to emerge which is engage with and financially supportive of the University.
The Executive Director will develop data-driven strategies for solicitation and retention of current President’s Circle level donors and major gift donors, qualification of new major gift prospects, and annually increase major gift revenue.
Located 25 miles southwest of Chicago, Lewis University is an innovative and forward-thinking Catholic university offering market-relevant undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,500 students. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis University has been nationally recognized for preparing intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected and socially responsible graduates. In addition to our main campus in Romeoville, Illinois, we have a growing number of fully on-line programs and locations in Oak Brook, Tinley Park and Albuquerque, NM.
We offer competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package including generous health care benefits, tuition reimbursement for self, spouse and qualifying dependents, as well as 403(b) retirement plan options. For additional information on Lewis as an institution, please see our website at http://www.lewisu.edu.
A bachelor’s degree for this position is required. The successful candidate must have at least five years of major gift experience in soliciting five and six-figure gifts. Preference will be given to those candidates who have worked within private higher education and have a passion for those characteristics which distinguish a Lewis University education.
The Executive Director must also possess excellent motivational, communicative and supervisory skills, especially experience in mentoring team members in the beginning stages of their careers. They candidate will possess an eye for detail and high-quality production, along with the ability to exercise courtesy, tact, and flexibility. The incumbent must have a thorough understanding of major gift best practices, moves management, and data analysis. Computer and database proficiency is required.
Inspired by the University’s Mission values of Wisdom, Knowledge, Justice, Fidelity and Association, the Lewis Community declares that we are a Sanctified Zone where people are committed to working to end racism, bias and prejudice by valuing diversity in a safe and nurturing environment. Lewis University, sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, serves a diverse community and is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion on our campus as an equal opportunity employer.
We invite applications from individuals that embody a commitment to diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status and other protected status as required by applicable law. We are fully dedicated to providing opportunities for development of the whole person. To demonstrate this commitment, Lewis University wishes to build a culturally diverse workforce which strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Additional Salary Information: We offer competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package including generous health care benefits, tuition reimbursement for self, spouse and qualifying dependents, as well as 403(b) retirement plan options. For additional information on Lewis as an institution, please see our website at http://www.lewisu.edu.
About Lewis University
Lewis University, sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, is a vigorous and growing institution located 25 miles SW of Chicago. Lewis University provides students a liberal arts-based and career-focused education, engaging students in the exploration and creation of academic, professional and personal opportunities in a supportive community. As a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition, our approach is values-based and ethically-focused. For additional information see our website at http://www.lewisu.edu.