Chartered in 1895, Northern Illinois University (NIU) is a student-centered, comprehensive regional public research institution with a diverse student body that offers programs from the baccalaureate through doctorate. Colleges include business, education, engineering and engineering technology, law, liberal arts and sciences, health and human sciences, and visual and performing arts. On-campus enrollment is approximately 18,000 students. The university also offers more than 200 extension courses each semester to students in communities throughout northern Illinois. The main campus is located in DeKalb, 65 miles west of Chicago's "Loop" and 40 miles southeast of Rockford. In addition to the main campus, NIU has three education centers in Hoffman Estates, Rockford, and Naperville. DeKalb/Sycamore, with a population of about 50,000, is a modern paradox, a rural/urban community. It is simultaneously recognized for its manufacturing and rich farmlands. The site of the first manufacture of barbed wire and the development of hybrid seed corn are evidence of its diversified history. The blend of industry and agriculture, coupled with the cultural and recreational facilities of the university and supplemented by easy access to Chicago and Rockford, provide an enjoyable environment in which to live.
The Development Administration departmentis seeking qualified applicants for the position of Assistant Director of Donor Relations (Program Assistant).
The Division of University Advancement is responsible for all friend-raising and fund-raising at Northern Illinois University. Within the division is the Office of Donor Relations, which fosters lasting relationships between the university and its donors by demonstrating appreciation and reinforcing the impact of their generosity to the university. The acknowledgment, stewardship, engagement and recognition programs within Donor Relations, in addition to efforts to support philanthropic campaigns and programming, are essential in retaining donors who will continue to support the university.
This person will have decision making discretion and responsibility to oversee administrative functions; identify program enhancements; participate in the development and implementation of high impact programs and activities, objectives and planning; investigate, organize, interpret and analyze various sources of information to provide comprehensive reports and detailed analyses in support of business operations; oversee the fiscal management of business operating expenses, help execute elements of a strategic plan for the Foundation’s Donor Relations program; perform duties involved in all phases of planning and implementing donor recognition and stewardship related events.
This position reports directly to the Director of Donor Relations for the NIU Foundation.
Because errors can have serious consequences, a consistent commitment to quality and accuracy, demonstrated excellence in written and verbal communications as well as superior analytical abilities are essential. Due to the direct contact with prospects, donors and volunteers, this position must represent the NIU Foundation in a knowledgeable, caring, professional and confidential manner at all times.
General Duties and Responsibilities
This position is essential in securing donor retention and continued gifts through donor recognition, stewardship, events and engagement, and administration. This person will have decision making discretion and responsibility to oversee administrative functions; identify program enhancements; participate in the development and implementation of high impact programs and activities, objectives and planning; investigate, organize, interpret and analyze various sources of information to provide comprehensive reports and detailed analyses in support of business operations; oversee the fiscal management of business operating expenses, help execute elements of a strategic plan for the Foundation’s Donor Relations program; perform duties involved in all phases of planning and implementing donor recognition and stewardship related events..
Minimum Required Qualifications
Three (3) years of professional work experience at a university or similar not-for-profit environment, specifically donor relations.
Appointment Status and Salary Details
Civil Service; Commensurate with experience and internal equity
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Please submit application and documents through NIU online employment system at https://employment.niu.edu/postings/50666 by February 23, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact Lyndsey Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org
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About Northern Illinois University
NIU is a comprehensive teaching and research institution with a student enrollment of over 22,000. Located near Chicago, in one of the most dynamic regions of the country, the university’s main campus is in the City of DeKalb, with four additional regional sites. The university is composed of seven degree-granting colleges that together offer 57 Baccalaureate programs, 57 Master’s programs, 2 sixth-year programs, 18 Doctoral programs, and 3 professional programs that include Doctor of Audiology, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and Juris Doctor. Northern is a NCAA Division I school, and the NIU Huskies compete in the Mid-American Conference.