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Associate Vice Chancellor for Advancement, Health Affairs
University of Illinois at Chicago in Chicago, Illinois
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Date Posted 03/03/2020
Employment Type 1
Application Deadline Open until filled

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) invites applications and nominations of highly experienced and ambitious advancement leaders with substantial fundraising experience in academic medical and/or healthcare philanthropy for the position of Associate Vice Chancellor for Advancement, Health Affairs (AVC).   

The AVC will be responsible for the strategic development and management of engagement and fundraising programs for the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System (UI Health) and for the successful completion of its contribution to the University’s campaign concluding in 2022. As a demonstrated leader, the AVC will manage programs and teams under the health sciences umbrella and evaluate and align the advancement organization to ensure optimal productivity and success.

The AVC will provide professional expertise and development best practices to one of the largest medical universities in the nation. S/he will be a hands-on strategic partner to Vice Chancellor for Advancement for UIC and Senior Vice President of the University of Illinois Foundation, Tom Wamsley, and serve as a key member of his senior leadership team. The AVC will also serve on the senior leadership team of Dr. Robert Barish, Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Work with the VCA, VCHA, hospital CEO and deans of the health affairs colleges to establish and implement strategic direction and comprehensive plans, and to set real and applicable goals for the colleges’, hospital’s and centers’ advancement programs.

  • Annually assess potential and establish goals for fundraising for the overall health system that includes solicitation of principal gifts ($5 million+) and major gifts ($25,000+), corporate and foundation fundraising, annual giving, advancement communications, stewardship and donor relations, special events and alumni relations.

  • Coordinate the advancement efforts of the health system, hospital and health sciences colleges, including grateful patient programs and regional campus advancement efforts, with the overall University advancement program as directed by the VCA.

  • Provide management, oversight and coordination for all advancement staff working with the health sciences colleges’, centers’ and hospital’s development portfolio, with an emphasis on the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and recognition of major and principal gift donors.

  • Determine and monitor key metrics and benchmarks to assess performance of advancement staff.

  • Personally manage a portfolio of major and principal gift prospects and donors, developing and implementing cultivation and solicitation strategies in collaboration with the deans, CEO and faculty/staff.

  • Initiate, lead, and/or participate in strategy sessions with advancement colleagues related to individual, corporate and foundation prospects of interest to multiple university colleges and units and/or interdisciplinary special fundraising initiatives.

  • Staff the VCHA, deans, CEO and other University leadership, as needed and appropriate, in cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies for and interactions with significant prospects and donors.

  • In conjunction with the VCA, VCHA, deans and CEO, establish and regularly update a list of fundable priorities to serve as the focus in addressing individual, corporate and foundation philanthropy within health affairs advancement.

  • Oversee selection and activities of health sciences colleges, centers and hospital volunteer fundraising board and volunteer auxiliary groups.

  • Support alumni programming in the health sciences colleges and provide structure and direction to the alumni constituency groups.

  • Work collaboratively with other members of the OVCA and the University of Illinois Foundation to create an integrated advancement operation.

  • Participate in planning for and by attending health sciences colleges, clinics hospital, Foundation and University events, especially those related to advancement.

  • Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as assigned.

  • Plan, assign and review work of staff to ensure that group objectives are met. Hire, train, develop and manage staff to ensure that a qualified staff exists to meet group objectives.


Job Knowledge & Skills, Education, Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s Degree preferred.

  • Minimum of ten years of successful and progressively responsible leadership in all aspects of an advancement program, with at least five years of those years in medical fundraising. Experience in a college or university setting with an academic medical center is preferred.

  • Demonstrated success in cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding donors at the major- and principal gift levels.

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to interact effectively with academic leaders, faculty, staff, donors, and volunteers.

  • Proven management and leadership skills, that builds successful teams and motivates.

  • Ability to work in highly complex organizational structure.

Resume and Cover Letter required

As a top research institute, a leading healthcare provider, and one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse universities in the country UIC is paving the way for how modern, urban, global public education should work.  We are, and have been since our earliest days, dedicated to opening doors and clearing hurdles to provide an outstanding education to bright and ambitious students, no matter what.  This mission is amplified through our five-year, $750 million IGNITE Campaign that will redefine the model for student success, cultivate and empower faculty leaders, drive life-changing discovery and strengthen connections to communities. 

UI Health provides comprehensive care, education, and research to train healthcare leaders and foster healthy communities in Illinois and beyond. A part of UIC, UI Health comprises a clinical enterprise that includes a 465-bed tertiary care hospital, caring for more than 135,000 patients every year, 21 primary and specialty care outpatient clinics, and 11 Mile Square Health Center facilities, which are Federally Qualified Health Centers, and the University of Illinois Cancer Center. UI Health physicians are national leaders in clinical care and research. Many of its providers have been recognized among the best doctors in Chicago and UI Health consistently has more than 100 providers named to the America's Top Doctors list each year.

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Advancement connects the vision and passion of UIC’s alumni, friends, faculty, staff, and corporations and foundations, with the pieces of our mission most meaningful to them.  We help donors create the impact they envision, whether it be scholarship for a promising student seeking a life-changing education, funding for researchers working to discover new knowledge in a particular arena or support for a university-community collaboration that will anchor stronger, healthier societies.

TO APPLY, PLEASE GO DIRECTLY TO THE UIC JOB BOARD  FOR FULLEST CONSIDERATION PLEASE APPLY BY March 20, 2020.  RESUME AND COVER LETTER REQUIRED. Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience.  UIC also offers a comprehensive benefits package.

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The University of Illinois may conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

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