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Director of Development-College of Arts & Sciences

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Position Details 

Position Details

Job Title Director of Development-College of Arts & Sciences
Position Number 8101664
Job Category University Staff
Job Type Full-Time
FLSA Status Exempt
Campus Chicago-Water Tower
Location Code MAJOR GIFTS (03634A)
Is this split and/or fully grant funded? No
Duties and Responsibilities

Position Summary:

Working with the Dean, the Director of Development will lead the College of Arts and Sciences major gift initiatives, helping to develop and coordinate strategy and execution plans for major prospects, in line with CAS, Loyola University Chicago vision and campaign initiatives.

This position is generally responsible for identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of prospects with a rated capacity of $50,000 and greater and personally manages a portfolio of about 125 prospects. This person will oversee a set of major gifts goals and metrics. This position will also work closely with faculty and other College leadership.

It is expected that the Director, along with the Dean, will be responsible for the cultivation and solicitation of principal and major gifts to the school from alumni and friends in the successful attainment of the goals for the College based on University priorities and campaign initiatives.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:
• Ability to understand the objectives of the College and University Advancement, and to integrate goals with those objectives;
• Ability to initiate, analyze, monitor, evaluate and alter strategic plans for prospect management;
• Ability to articulate the case for support for the vision/mission/goals of Loyola University Chicago and the College of Arts and Sciences;
• Strong interest in higher education, and a dedication to promoting the university’s fundraising priorities through developing excellent working relationships with university constituencies;
• Manage the total range of fund-raising activity, i.e., identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of CAS prospects and donors; these responsibilities especially include directly soliciting and managing the solicitation of principal and major gift prospects.
• Make a defined number of visits and solicitations per year designed to move prospects toward making a philanthropic commitment to the College and University. Portfolio will consist of Chicago metro area prospects and may require travel outside of Chicago. Weekend or evening work will be required.
• Provide support to the Dean and Alumni Relations for the volunteer leadership for CAS, including the Dean’s Advisory Board.
• Possess excellent oral, written and interpersonal skills; responsible for writing correspondence and proposals to prospective donors, preparing contact reports on meetings and interactions with alumni. Write and edit proposals and reports for major/capital campaign gift donors.
• Coordinate appointments and prepare any required materials for meetings, or visits or phone calls with Dean, President, alumni volunteers, or other senior administrators made with alumni and friends within prospect pool. This includes but is not limited to; making calls, providing prospect information, giving history and strategy briefings, and preparing follow-up correspondence, proposals and contact reports.
• Work collaboratively to facilitate the qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of prospects.

• Perform other duties as required or assigned.

Minimum Education and/or Work Experience

Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred. Three to five years related experience in advancement or related field required. Experience in higher education strongly preferred. Equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.


The successful candidate will:
• Possess excellent knowledge of the principles of fundraising;
• Demonstrate comprehensive understanding of major gifts; annual giving; corporate/foundation relations; prospect management; alumni affairs; significant budget, personnel and staff management experience; and excellent interpersonal communications and team-building skills.
• Have demonstrated ability to formulate strategic plans, implement programs, and evaluate the success of these initiatives.
• Familiarity with faith-based programs and affinity and appreciation for the Jesuit mission of the University strongly preferred.
• Flexibility to work evenings and weekends as required.


Minimum qualifications includes a bachelor’s degree, 5-7 years experience in fund raising preferably in a higher education environment, masters degree is preferred.

Computer Skills

Knowledge of and experience with Microsoft Office software and development/advancement software.

Supervisory Responsibilities No
Required operation of university owned vehicles No
Does this position require direct animal or patient contact? No
Physical Demands None
Working Conditions Irregular Hours
Open Date 07/06/2017
Close Date
Special Instructions to Applicants
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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you possess a bachelor's degree in a relevant field?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you possess a minimum of three years of experience related to the duties and responsibilities of this position?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • Public Job Posting
    • Internal Job Posting
    • Agency Referral
    • Advertisement/Publication
    • Personal Referral
    • Website
    • Other

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
Optional Documents