Associate Director for Advancement – Major Gifts


The University’s Office for Advancement invites applications for the full-time position of Associate Director for Advancement – Major Gifts.    Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Advancement, this person will build and strengthen relationships within an assigned portfolio of alumni, friends, and parents connected to the IWU community in order to facilitate philanthropy at the major gift level (ability to give $100,000 and above).  While the position is intended to be on-campus, remote work opportunities may be considered. Generous benefits include health, retirement, considerable time off and access to multiple tuition programs for self and dependents.



  • Cultivate and personally solicit a portfolio of major gift and planned gift prospects from alumni, friends, and parents with the giving ability of $100,000 and above. The US east coast will be the primary territory for this portfolio.
  • To achieve fundraising goals, one is expected to make at least 100 personal visits to prospects each year, along with ongoing communication. Extensive travel is required for this position.  Overnight stays average 30+ nights per year.
  • Document all visits, contacts, and communications with assigned prospects in the Advancement database system.
  • Acquire and maintain an in-depth knowledge of Illinois Wesleyan's history, current programs, activities, and culture.
  • Identify and research other prospects capable of providing major gifts to the University.
  • Provide direction and support for regional activities and campaign initiatives.



  • Bachelor’s degree is required.
  • Preference for five years of progressively responsible experience in institutional advancement, with an emphasis on major gifts.  Candidates with a track record of success in goal oriented positions will be considered.
  • Excellent communication skills--oral, written, and listening.
  • Strong people and relationship-building skills with constituents from a variety of backgrounds and a range of generations.  Ability to navigate conversations across differing cultural and political viewpoints.   
  • Ability to function with a high degree of independence and work within a team.  Demonstrate a strong work ethic and experience producing positive results within a goal-oriented and collaborative environment.
  • Valid US driver's license.


Application Information:

Please download the application at

In addition, please provide the following:

  • A cover letter outlining your interest in the position, your experience and skills, which clearly details your understanding of DEI issues and how your experiences have prepared you to contribute to the IWU commitment of building a diverse and inclusive environment. In your cover letter, please address the duties, requirements, and qualities mentioned above.
  • A resume.
  • Contact information for three professional references. 

Review of complete applicant materials will begin immediately and the position is open until filled.


Illinois Wesleyan University
Human Resources, Holmes 209
1312 N. Park Street
Bloomington, IL  61701 

Fax:  309-556-1710 (please use cover sheet)


Illinois Wesleyan University does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term.

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