Director of Annual Giving


The University’s Office for Advancement invites applications for the full-time, on-campus position of Director of Annual Giving.  This position provides leadership and strategic direction for all aspects of annual giving to maintain a successful stream of projectable and predictable unrestricted giving in support of the university's priorities. The Director will assist in the development and execute data-drive and evidence-based strategies to guide the overall direction for annual giving programs with a focus on engagement, donor retention strategies and cultivation of prospects.



  • Establish and execute short and long-term strategies for annual giving efforts and build a multi-channel approach to completing goals; cultivate, solicit, educate and steward donors and constituents using direct mail, email, social media, giving days, volunteers and call center programs; lead All In for Wesleyan Giving Day efforts including managing committee(s), developing goals, creating timelines, marketing and other activities; oversee and direct strategy for alumni reunion program with alignment to annual giving goals.
  • Manage and grow donor segmentation plans and communication strategies designed to grow the donor base; maintain production calendars for multiple annual giving campaigns; prepare and execute complex multi-channel communications ensuring segmentation, visual elements and branding.
  • Direct and grow Annual Giving programs and develop innovative giving opportunities to meet philanthropic trends; develop, maintain and grow constituent based giving programs for alumni, parents and students; lead Reunion Programming, Young Alumni Programming, affinity group giving, parent board and parent advisory board; 
  • Collect and analyze data in partnership with Advancement Services to ensure strategic identification, qualification and cultivation activities for prospects; conduct statistical analysis of alumni and donor demographics and giving and make recommendations based on findings; work with Advancement Services to track metrics, assess trends, set strategies and ensure accurate coding and tracking of contributions; produce and distribute reports to measure the performance of Annual Giving communication, revenue and participation goals. 



  • Master's degree preferred
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in fundraising, development or revenue generating industries
  • Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) preferred
  • 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.  
  • Travel as necessary to support events, programs and activities
  • Valid US driver's license


Application Information:

Please download the application at  Feel free to also include a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references.  In addition to the aforementioned materials, applicants should provide a one-page statement describing their understanding of inclusion and how their experiences have prepared them to contribute to the IWU commitment of building a diverse and inclusive environment.  Review of complete applicant materials will begin immediately and the position is open until filled.  Submit materials to:



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

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

The final candidate will pass a pre-employment background investigation.  Per the Governor's August 26, 2021 Executive Order regarding COVID-19 vaccination, personnel in the higher education setting will need to either provide proof of vaccination, or apply for a medical/disability or religious exemption. All those not fully vaccinated will be required to participate in weekly COVID testing on our campus.


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.

Illinois Wesleyan University is strongly committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse, inclusive, and civil community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students. We seek candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to supporting and further building our community in these dimensions.  Illinois Wesleyan University’s sexual misconduct policy may be accessed at  Illinois Wesleyan University is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusive excellence; details at