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Director of Development, School of Engineering (8184)

Director of Development, School of Engineering (8184)

  • Full Time
  • Illinois
  • Salary: See Job Posting
  • Organization Type: Education

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s (SIUE)

Job Description:

The Director of Development is responsible for the identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of potential donors for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s (SIUE) School of Engineering.

SIUE is a nationally recognized university that provides students with a high-quality, affordable education that prepares them for successful careers and lives of purpose to shape a changing world. Built on the foundation of a broad-based liberal education, and enhanced by hands-on research and real-world experiences, the academic preparation SIUE students receive equips them to thrive in the global marketplace and make our communities better places to live.

Situated on 2,660 acres of beautiful woodland atop the bluffs overlooking the natural beauty of the Mississippi River’s rich bottom land and only a short drive from downtown St. Louis, the SIUE campus is home to a diverse student body of more than 13,000.

Working in collaboration with the Vice Chancellor for University Advancement, the Director will identify appropriate pools of individual major donor prospects to develop a regional and national major gifts program on behalf of SIUE and the School of Engineering. The incumbent will design and oversee the major gifts program content, strategies, goals, and objectives for SIUE fundraising initiatives. Additionally, the Director of Development will become knowledgeable about the school’s structure, departments, majors and programs, and will work closely with the faculty and staff to better educate prospective donors about the programs at SIUE’s School of Engineering.

Further duties and responsibilities may be assigned additional tasks in support of the department’s and university mission and goals. The professional responsibilities for this position will require extensive local, regional and/or national travel as well as possible evening and/or weekend hours.

Minimum Acceptable Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Three to five (3-5) years of full-time, progressively responsible fundraising experience, including major gift, fundraising experience, preferably in higher education.
  • Demonstrated success and evidence of ability to plan and execute cultivation and fundraising plans.
  • Strong communication skills, including the ability to write and speak persuasively about SIUE.
  • Willingness to travel extensively and to work outside of normal business hours.
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills.

Posting Salary:

$5,197.25 Monthly; SIUE offers an exceptional array of benefits to all full-time employees including medical, dental and life insurance; tuition waivers; financial savings plans; vacation and sick leave; and pension plan as part of a total compensation package to eligible employees.

Application Information:

This position is a current Administrative / Professional vacancy at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The position posting will close to applicants at close of business, 4:30 pm CST, on the posting end date.

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Who is the Rome Group?

Over the years, The Rome Group has worked with hundreds of nonprofit and philanthropic organizations.