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Director of Development

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Position Type: Full-Time
Location: Elgin, IL
Categories: Supervisory
Role: Director of Major and Planned Gifts


About ECC:

Elgin Community College serves over 9,000 students at every stage of their educational journeys, including university transfer programs, career and technical education, continuing education classes, and adult basic education. As a community, we pride ourselves on nurturing a welcoming campus where every person—students, staff members, faculty members, and campus visitors—feels valued. The work of each ECC employee is central to the college’s mission, and as an employer, the college fosters a positive environment through professional challenges, excellent benefits, and opportunities for recognition and camaraderie.

Work Schedule:


Rate of Pay:

Based on experience. 

FLSA Status:


Grant Funded:


Job Summary:

The Director of Development is responsible for designing and executing the individual major gifts and planned gifts program for the ECC Foundation, while maintaining an active portfolio of 125+ donor prospects and obtaining private major and planned gifts at the highest level while supporting the priorities identified by the College.  The position works in collaboration with the executive director, leadership of the College, and members of the Foundation’s executive committee. 

Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  1. Bachelor's degree (BA/BS) from four-year college or university; or equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
  2. Five (5) years’ experience in major gift fundraising with a minimum of three (3) years working with senior level volunteers. 
  3. Thorough knowledge of planned giving vehicles (e.g. pooled income funds, charitable trusts, life insurance policies, deferred gifts, etc.) and charitable estate planning, including applicable federal and state tax law that impact charitable planning. 
  4. Engaging, resilient, positive, high energy personality.  Critical thinker and creative problem solver, who seeks win-win solutions, builds bridges and relationships within and outside the organization.
  5. Possess working knowledge of moves management system and process. 
  6. Experience in use of computer based constituent relationship system for tracking. 
  7. Experience in training, orienting, and organizing senior level volunteers in gift solicitation.
  8. Experience in orchestrating volunteers and soliciting gifts for capital campaigns.
  9. Mandatory discretion and professional judgment in dealing with highly confidential donor information.
  10. Demonstrated initiative and self-directed; focused, yet works extremely well on teams and in collaborative environment.
  11. Proficiency in Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, Access and Outlook) and use of the Internet.
  12. Exceptional people skills and high level of proficiency in written and oral communication skills.
  13. Possess a valid driver’s license.

Desired Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  1. Master’s degree.
  2. Certification as fundraising professional.
  3. Certification in planned giving.
  4. Raisers Edge, wealth screening and Crescendo experience.

Essential Duties:

  1. Design and coordinate major and planned giving program and fund raising activities for the Foundation, including prospect pool identification and oversight, prospect management tracking, moves management system and reporting, campaign planning and execution, and stewardship for private donors with capacity to give $25,000 or more. Develop a comprehensive plan which outlines measurable objectives and outlines courses of action for all significant activity during the year. Works closely with executive director to design cultivation strategy and ensure coordinated approach to high potential donors.
  2. In coordination with executive director, identifies, cultivates, solicits and stewards portfolio of 125+ active, individual major and planned gift prospects.  Design moves management strategy for each and track progress and next steps utilizing Raisers Edge constituent relationship management database.
  3. Organize and support small and large scale distinguished events, as assigned, that cultivate major and planned giving prospects.
  4. Serve as primary staff partner to Board fundraising committee chairs, informing, guiding, and aligning their activities to support the fundraising work of the Foundation. 
  5. Conduct prospect research and writes proposals to advance the development of the Foundation’s entire portfolio of prospects and donors.
  6. Develop and present programs and materials (print and electronic) to educate potential donors about major and planned gifts, including techniques, issues, new developments in planned giving, and tax issues, including the use of direct mail and articles in publications where appropriate.
  7. Ensure past donors are properly stewarded and re-solicited when appropriate.
  8. Provide oversight to department in absence of executive director.  Coordinate and run staff meetings, hire and supervise student workers, and oversee and recommend updates to Foundation policy and operational procedures as needed.  Serve as liaison to institutional committees.
  9. Plan, train, and prepare college officials and volunteers to perform their role in the fundraising process, including face-to-face solicitations.
  10. Represent the College at various functions and community activities as assigned.

Other Duties:

  1. Perform other job-related duties as assigned.
  2. Ability to work a flexible schedule which includes days/evenings/weekends as needed by the department.

Physical Demands:

Light (up to 25 lbs occasionally or 10 lbs frequently)

Visual Acuity:

Close visual acuity (e.g. computer, assembly)

Work Environment:

Moderate noise

Environmental Conditions:

Typical office or administrative

Current SSECCA Union Member Information:

The initial posting date for this position is 10/21/2019 .Elgin Community College Support Staff Association(SSECCA) members that apply by 10/29/2019 and meet the posted minimum qualifications will receive full consideration.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

Elgin Community College does not discriminate, or tolerate discrimination, against any member of its community on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex/gender/gender identity, age, religion, disability, pregnancy, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law in matters of admissions, employment, or in any aspect of the educational programs or activities it offers.

In addition, Elgin Community College provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities to ensure equal access and equal opportunities with regard to employment practices, educational opportunities, and programs and services. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the College’s EEO/AA Officer. Determinations on request for a reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


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