Director of Development
Eastern Illinois University - Charleston, IL

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Responsibilities : Eastern Illinois University seeks a high-energy professional for the position of Director of Development. Reporting to the Assistant Vice President of Advancement, the selected will be responsible for prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship with emphasis on securing donors with gift potential in the twenty thousand $20,000 and greater dollar range. The Director of Philanthropy will be responsible for the leadership and management of alumni and friends of the College of Arts & Humanities, in particular the Fine Arts divisions of Art, Music, and Theatre Arts. The Director will be responsible for leadership and management of specific college initiatives in major gift prospect portfolio of one hundred fifty individuals. Additional responsibilities may include fundraising for university-wide priorities as determined by the President or Vice President of University Advancement.

QUALIFICATIONS : The preferred candidate will have a minimum of Bachelor’s Degree, a significant history of progressively successful experience in fundraising, and shall exhibit strong leadership characteristics including:
  • Record of success in fund-raising initiatives;
  • Commitment to cultural diversity and educational equity;
  • Excellent communication and problem solving skills;
  • 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 philanthropic 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 July 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.

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION : Eastern Illinois University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer committed to achieving a diverse community.

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