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Assistant Vice President of Major Gifts and Campaigns

Department: Development and Alumni Relations
Reports to:  Vice President of External Relations
Status: Full-time, Salaried
Class: Administrative Exemption
Date Last Revised: New

Illinois College is a residential, private liberal arts college located in historic Jacksonville, Illinois, 85 miles north of St. Louis, Missouri, and 30 miles west of Springfield, the Illinois State Capital. True to its founding vision in 1829, Illinois College is a community committed to the highest standards of scholarship and integrity in the liberal arts. Illinois College promotes academic freedom, equality of opportunity, and human dignity through an increasingly diverse student population. The College develops in its students qualities of mind and character needed for fulfilling lives of leadership and service, fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success.

The Assistant Vice President of Major Gifts and Campaigns (AVP) is responsible for leading and managing Illinois College’s major and planned gift programs, and all campaigns.  This work will be done in collaboration with the President, Vice President of External Relations, the Board’s Campaign Cabinet, the Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations, and other members of the External Relations Division.  Direct fundraising is the highest priority of the position. The AVP will work closely with the President of the College on fundraising initiatives and fundraising success.

Essential Functions 
The following list of duties is meant to be representative of the work performed in this position. The omission of a specific duty or responsibility will not preclude it from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical extension of position responsibilities.

  • Set priorities, goals, and strategies for campaigns and major gift programs in collaboration with senior leadership of the Division, Trustees, and the President’s Office
  • Manage a significant portfolio of prospects and solicit them for annual, major, and planned gifts 
  • Demonstrate that direct fundraising is the highest priority of the position (65%) of time spent in role
  • Develop a robust moves management plan for major gifts that broadens the donor base, moves prospects through the gift planning cycle and utilizes a data-informed approach to development
  • Empower, motivate, and supervise the work of major gift officers who are accountable for a portfolio of 130-150 donors
  • Emphasize a team-oriented, systems approach to the work of fundraising that relies on best and next practice, accountability for results, and a spirit of enlightened hospitality
  • Work with the President to open doors to prepare for the solicitation of major gifts and be the President’s partner in building and sustaining a major gift culture at Illinois College
  • Lead the President’s Fundraising Action Team, to include the Vice President of External Relations, Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations, Director of Advancement Services, and Executive Assistant to the President
  • Serve on the Donor Stewardship Action Team (chair, Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations) that will develop content and systematize the process and timeline for providing annual reports to donors for scholarship and award funds
  • Work collaboratively with the Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations to integrate strategies for campaigns and major gifts with annual gifts programs such as the Illinois College Society.
  • Work collaboratively and effectively with the senior leadership team in the External Relations Division
  • Provide staff support to the Development Committee of the Board of Trustees and Campaign Cabinet in collaboration with the Vice President of External Relations

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred
  • Intercultural competency; ability to work with individuals of diverse backgrounds
  • Five or more years of progressively responsible experience in fundraising or in related work with preference for higher education, hospital or other non-profit fundraising
  • Strong sales and results-oriented work ethic 
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a team in striving to reach high-priority goals
  • Demonstrated capacity and interest in making data-driven decisions
  • Ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships, engage in creative problem solving, and extend enlightened hospitality when working with others
  • Relevant experience in client centric, membership or affinity-driven programs
  • Demonstrated capacity to be an effective supervisor
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrated capacity to engage and collaborate with a variety of people to advance the goals of the College
  • Desire to achieve the long-term goals of Illinois College

To apply submit a cover letter, resume and list of references to the Office of Human Resources by email to or by mail to:

Office of Human Resources
Illinois College
1101 West College Avenue
Jacksonville, IL 62650

Illinois College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from underrepresented minorities and women.