Reporting to the Senior Associate Director of Athletics, Development, the primary responsibilities include the oversight and leadership of the athletics development team located in the Chicago satellite office of the University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics. This position’s office will be located at the Illini Center in downtown Chicago. Leadership and Management •Manage day-today operations of the Chicago Office of Athletics Development. •Work in coordination with the Senior Associate Director of Athletics, Development to plan and implement annual fund, major gift, and premium seating sales programs specific to Chicagoland. •Work in coordination with the Senior Associate Director of Athletics, Development regarding the implementation and execution of capital campaigns and principal gift initiatives specific to Chicagoland. •Work in coordination with the Director of Varsity “I” to support Varsity “I” strategic annual plan initiatives specific to Chicagoland. •Manage the Chicago Athletics Advisory Board (CAAB), coordinate annual meeting schedule, recruit and retain members, as terms expire. Cultivate and steward members of the CAAB throughout the year. Frontline Fundraising activities / initiatives •Serve as the lead fundraiser focused on Chicagoland. Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward I FUND leadership annual gift prospects and donors, as well as major gift and principal gift prospects and donors. •Maintain a portfolio of 100 – 125 / 125 - 150 major gift and leadership annual gift plans. •Complete 20-25 face-to-face visits per month, annually. •Plan and execute 25-30 major gift ($25,000 or greater) solicitations annually. •Plan and execute major gift and leadership annual gift solicitation of $2,500,000 or greater / $2,000,000 or greater. •Secure $1,500,000 or greater / $1,000,000 in gift commitments annually. Travel / Events •Plan and host donor engagement, annual fund acquisition, and major gift fundraising and stewardship events specific to Chicagoland. •Serve as a host for donor activities at football and basketball games in Chicago and Champaign. •Attend on-campus games and events with some overnight stay. •Some overnight and out-of-state travel may be required, with the ability to work long hours and weekends. Business / Engagement •Collaborate with the Chicago Illini Clubs for fundraising initiatives that will assist with opportunities to further the mission for the Office of Athletics Development. •Create revenue generation for the Office of Athletics Development through corporate channels. Salary: Commensurate with qualifications. Starting Date: As soon as possible. Application: Applications and nominations will be accepted until all positions are filled, and review of applications will begin immediately. Interested candidates are encouraged to submit materials prior to August 14, 2019. Applications not submitted through http://jobs.illinois.edu will not be considered. Candidate must upload a letter of application and resume. Online application will require the names and contact information for three references. For further information regarding application procedures, contact: Bobbi Busboom, email@example.com. Interviews may take place prior to closing date. All applications will be given full consideration. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.
Education Required: Bachelor’s degree in sports administration, finance, business management, communications, or related fields.
Education Preferred (For Associate): Master’s degree in Business, Sport Management, Athletics Administration, Tourism/Hospitality, Communications or a closely related field.
Experience Required:Minimum of five years’ experience with knowledge of the development process, corporate relations, and a strong understanding of issues facing intercollegiate athletics and athletics fundraising. Excellent communication, organizational and interpersonal skills. Computer proficiency with the ability to work with large, complex databases such as Spectra, Ballena, Blackbaud and Microsoft Office. Basic understanding of leadership annual giving, major donor prospect qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. Ability to represent the Office of Athletics Development and maintain credibility by conducting oneself appropriately and professionally. Knowledge of and compliance with, specific NCAA, Big Ten Conference, and institution rules that relate to this position is required.
About University of Illinois
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a member of the Big Ten Conference and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.