Vice Chancellor for Advancement, UIC, and Senior Vice President, University of Illinois Foundation

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) invites applications and nominations for the dual positions of Vice Chancellor for Advancement of the University of Illinois at Chicago and Senior Vice President of the University of Illinois Foundation (UIF). The Vice Chancellor for Advancement and Senior Vice President (VCA/SVP) is responsible for the strategic development and management of fundraising plans, priorities and activities and alumni engagement at UIC as well as UIC's contribution to the University of Illinois System's multi-billion fundraising campaign to conclude in 2022. The VCA/SVP will report to UIC Chancellor Michael D. Amiridis ( and UIF President James H. Moore ( foundation).


The next VCA/SVP will be a highly experienced advancement leader with substantial, successful fundraising experience, ideally in university, academic medical and/or healthcare philanthropy. Demonstrating superior communication and relationship-building skills, the VCA/SVP will have the opportunity to evaluate and align the advancement organization to ensure optimal productivity and success. The VCA/SVP will also have the opportunity to play a central role in the creation of the University of Illinois at Chicago Alumni Association. The VCA/SVP will arrive in the middle of a comprehensive $3.1 billion University of Illinois fundraising campaign, which will require a leader who has the ambition and stamina to see that effort to a successful conclusion. The VCA/SVP will be a change agent demonstrating a professional history characterized by high integrity, intellectual curiosity, personal gravitas and an unrelentingly collaborative spirt.


The University of Illinois at Chicago is an acclaimed Carnegie 1 research institution with 15 colleges dedicated to the discovery and distribution of knowledge and part of the state’s flagship system. The University of Illinois system has three distinct universities in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield. UIC is the largest university in Chicago with 31,683 students, 12,474 faculty and staff, 15 colleges and the state’s major public academic medical center with campuses in Rockford, Peoria, Quad Cities, Springfield and Urbana. UIC serves a diverse undergraduate and graduate student population and is designated as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI), an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPSI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). UIC is one of the largest employers in the city of Chicago, and has nearly 260,000 alumni with 72% residing in Illinois.




-Bachelor's degree required, with advanced degree preferred.

-A minimum of ten years of leadership experience in successful development operations or in similarly complex programs (preferably in higher education with an emphasis on health sciences education).

-Comprehensive knowledge of all major development functions; substantial experience in campaign planning and execution; experience in alumni relations engagement and outreach; personal success in donor cultivation, solicitation and stewardship at the major and principal gift levels and experience working with or in a supporting foundation.

-Leadership experience in a comprehensive or capital campaign of considerable scope and complexity including planning and execution.

-Demonstrated ability to create effective fundraising and engagement strategies tied to a broader institutional vision and educational objectives.

-Ability to create a results-oriented work environment that promotes collaboration and builds relationships with donors that inspire them to make UIC one of their highest priorities.

-Proven ability to mentor successfully across an organization, including a track record of working successfully with deans or other academic/unit leaders to enhance their success in advancement.


It is expected that the new VCA/SVP will start no later than June 30, 2019.


Confidential inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Candidates should provide a resume and letter of interest that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile, available at These materials should be sent electronically to the university’s consultants, Dennis M. Barden and Melissa Fincher at


Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by February 11, 2019 and submitted at:


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 conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of contingent offer of employment. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.