Director of Development, Donor Relations
Eastern Illinois University - Charleston, IL

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Position Available : Director of Development – Donor Relations

Responsibilities : Eastern Illinois University seeks a high-energy professional for the position of Director of Development – Donor Relations. Reporting to the Assistant Vice President of Advancement, the selected candidate will be primarily responsible for stewardship with top donors to recognize and thank them for their gifts, to ask/answer questions about their gifts, and to encourage continued giving. The Director of Development – Donor Relations will be responsible for the oversight and management of Donor Giving Societies which includes recognition of donors in publications, ceremonies, and special events. The Director of Development – Donor Relations will also be responsible for coordination of special events and projects, especially those related to top level donors, Presidential and VP donor activities. Additional responsibilities include those related to fundraising or for university-wide priorities as determined by the Vice President of University Advancement.

QUALIFICATIONS : The preferred candidate will have a minimum of Bachelor’s Degree, some experience in event planning, some experience in any area of fundraising, and shall exhibit strong leadership characteristics including:
  • Commitment to cultural diversity and educational equity;
  • Excellent communication and problem solving skills;
  • Social skill and ability to work with potential donors and alumni, as well as students, faculty, staff, administrators, community members, and others throughout the nation in friend-raising and fund-raising activities;
  • Knowledge of current issues and trends in the fundraising arena.

STARTING DATE : August 15, 2013

SALARY RANGE : Competitive and commensurate with qualifications

CONTRACT YEAR : Twelve months

APPLICATION CLOSING DATE : A complete file will consist of a cover letter of introduction, a resume, and a minimum of three- but no more than five- professional references. Review will begin August 15, 2013 and continue until the position is filled.

TO RECEIVE AN APPLICATION FORM : Send letter of application, current resume’, and the names and contact information of at least three but no more than five professional references to Karla J. Watson, Assistant VP of Advancement, Eastern Illinois University, 600 Lincoln Avenue, Charleston, IL 61920 or submit electronically to

THE UNIVERSITY AND COMMUNITY : The EIU campus is located in Charleston, a pleasant community of 20,000 residents. The University is just seven miles from Interstate 57, three hours south of Chicago, two hours east of St. Louis, and two hours from Springfield. On Eastern's attractive 320-acre campus, 12,000 students attend class with another 1,000 students enrolled in Eastern courses at satellite locations. Eastern is big enough to offer quality programs yet small enough to offer personal attention.

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