Director of Development

Posted on 02/12/2021

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, IL

Position Summary:

Eastern Illinois University seeks a high-energy professional for the position of Director of Development. The essential duties of this position are 1) to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward a portfolio of major and planned gift prospects in support of Eastern Illinois University (EIU); 2) to collaborate with other gift officers working on behalf of EIU, the EIU Foundation, and other organizations affiliated with EIU; and 3) to liaison with campus colleagues in assigned areas to facilitate prospect identification and gift solicitation. This position reports to the Vice President for University Advancement and is a key member of the EIU Advancement team. The University MAY be filling two positions with this search (one Development Director position is temporarily vacant due to an interim staff assignment in another department).


  • Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree from an accredited post-secondary institution; ability to positively represent EIU to donors and constituents; three or more years of successful experience in development (fundraising) or a related field; and the ability to travel on behalf of the institution.
  • Preferred qualifications include five or more years of successful experience in development (fundraising) or a related field; and advanced certification in fundraising (CFRE; CFRM; etc.).
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and experience promoting inclusive excellence is required.

Salary Range: Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Full benefits package.

Closing Date:  Review will begin immediately and continue until filled. Candidates are encouraged to submit materials no later than March 12, 2021 for full consideration.

The University & Community: 

Consistently ranked in the top tier of Midwest universities in its class by U.S. News and World Report, Eastern Illinois University has earned its reputation by offering a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs taught by an experienced and caring faculty. In addition to reasonable tuition, fees, and room and board rates, EIU offers an acclaimed textbook rental system, saving the average student hundreds of dollars per semester. A variety of excellent on-campus housing opportunities are available on the safe, compact 320-acre campus. Student graduation and retention rates are well above state and national averages, and that success continues after students earn their degrees — year after year, Eastern ranks high in job placement, alumni satisfaction and employer satisfaction. The city of Charleston, IL is rated as one of the safest college towns in America. The community is known for its close relationship with EIU and its wonderful variety of cultural and recreational activities.

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