Executive Director Of College Advancement (dca-18) Wanted In Des Plaines

Published 2017-12-25
Expires 2019-06-22
ID #11627
Executive Director Of College Advancement (dca-18) Wanted In Des Plaines
United-states, Illinois, Des Plaines,
Published December 25, 2017

Job details:

Job type: Full time
Occupation: Executive director of college advancement (dca-18)

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Company Description:

Oakton Community College, a caring community of educators dedicated to excellence and
learning, invites applications for Executive Director of College Advancement

A premier comprehensive community college, Oakton is 17
miles from downtown Chicago. Oakton serves the near northern suburbs of Chicago with campuses in Des Plaines and Skokie with buildings
totaling over 700,000 square feet of space resting on 192 acres. These campuses serve almost 10,000 students annually that are enrolled in
over 82,000 credit hours of instruction. This position will be based out of the Des Plaines campus. The College's Operating Funds' budget
(Education and Operations & Maintenance Funds) for the academic year ending on June 30, 2017 amounts to $69.3 million. The College has
undertaken a five year, $68.5 million Master Plan which included the construction and recent opening of the 93,000 square foot Margaret
Burke Lee Science and Health Careers building on the Des Plaines campus.

The College is known for its academic innovations,
commitment to serving students, solid financial position, and supportive environment for both students and employees. Oakton seeks a
Executive Director of College Advancement who is an innovative leader and who will continue a strong tradition of excellence.

Candidates with a commitment to working in a culturally competent environment are especially valued at Oakton.

We encourage
applications from candidates who reflect the increasing diversity of Oakton's student body and community, enhance and promote engagement
with other cultures, and have demonstrated a commitment to working with and as part of a multicultural faculty and diverse student body and

Job Description:

Basic Function and Responsibility:

Serving as the
Executive Director of Oakton Community College's Educational Foundation, the position supports Oakton and connects its mission to that of
the Foundation, its Board members, alumni, volunteers, community leaders, and organizations. Reporting to the President of Oakton Community
College, the position is also responsible for the development and implementation of a strategic plan geared toward effective donor
cultivation, strong corporate and community relations, and increased giving levels that provide tangible benefits to the College and its
stakeholders. This position requires a strategic and analytical leader, who has the ability to work collaboratively and creatively with both
internal and external stakeholders. The position provides overall leadership for the College's marketing and development programs, including
building and managing the College's brand and all aspects of marketing communications, in order to raise awareness of the College.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Lead strategic planning process and creation of strategic plan for
    fundraising program ensuring appropriate resources are utilized, metrics established, and results monitored, achieved, and evaluated.

  • Demonstrate accountability in the collection and reporting of metrics designed to evaluate progress, results, and continuous improvement
    in meeting Foundation goals concerning fundraising, operations, events, reporting, and Board management.
  • Provide direct support to
    both the College President and the Foundation President in defining and implementing their roles in fundraising.
  • Provide leadership
    for a public relations plan, which enhances the College image and effectively influences public opinion.
  • Oversee the institutional
    marketing plan and provide direction for marketing plan components.
  • Direct the management of campus-wide public relations events
    and development of College publications.
  • Direct, manage, and support the work of all Foundation Board members, staff, and
    volunteers. Work collaboratively with the President, the executive team, administrators, faculty, staff, volunteers, students, alumni,
    community groups, and others.
  • Provide sound management, leadership, and stewardship in developing strategies and programs that
    support the mission of the College and the Educational Foundation.
  • Lead the College's philanthropic and advancement efforts,
    including but not limited to: annual giving, planned giving, corporate giving, major gifts, special events, board development, donor
    development and retention, database management, alumni relations, grant solicitation, recordkeeping, and allocation of financial
  • Work collaboratively with the Office of Financial Assistance in developing, managing, and marketing a scholarship
    program that ensures appropriate disbursement of funds, promotes awareness of scholarship opportunities, and maximizes the overall
    effectiveness of the funds awarded to students.
  • Provide leadership and stewardship of Foundation finances through sound fiscal
    management policies, procedures, and strategies; direct the process and production of accurate and updated financial information concerning
    all aspects of the Foundation's operations including monthly, quarterly, and annual reports, audit, and 990 submission.
  • Honor the
    Donor Bill of Rights at all times and maintain the highest standards of ethics and confidentiality.
  • Plan an active collaborative
    role in the development of the College enrollment plan.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • A Master's degree in a discipline appropriate to the duties and responsibilities of the position
    is required or a Bachelor's degree in a discipline appropriate to the duties and responsibilities of the position and either a Certified
    Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) or Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFE) credential.
  • Seven years of progressively
    responsible experience in the areas of development (preferably in higher education) that includes supervisory experience leading a team
    responsible for institutional philanthropy initiatives are required. Demonstrated successful marketing and public relations experience


  • Demonstrated ability and experience in implementing leadership and
    management principles with non-profit organizations; board management, and volunteer management; and reporting to executive level
  • Establish a collaborative work environment within the Foundation and College Relations teams and across the College;
    ability to represent the College and Educational Foundation to the larger community and provide mission-related presentations to local
    community areas, institutions, and the general public; an ability to maintain the highest standards of ethics and confidentiality.

  • Demonstrated knowledge related to the development and implementation of recordkeeping systems and procedures, along with concurrent
    short and long term goals and plans of a complex nature; skills in the use of fundraising software and databases as a tool to maximize
    fundraising and donor cultivation efforts; experience overseeing and managing non-profit budgets, quarterly financials, annual audits, and
    compliance issues; effective written and oral communication skills; strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to relate to and work
    effectively with diverse constituencies.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading or supervising marketing and public relations
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a culturally diverse workforce and student body.
  • Demonstrated
    ability to provide leadership in organizational change.
  • Excellent interpersonal, cross-cultural communication, diversity,
    organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • A clear understanding of cross-cultural, international, and diversity community
  • Understanding of and commitment to diversity and cultural competence.
  • Cultural Competency is defined as a
    composite awareness, emotional maturity, insights, and skills, including but not limited to:
  • Self-insight, ability to suspend
    judgment and take responsibility for self;
  • Self-control of emotions and demonstration of empathy;
  • Experience with and
    success in valuing and working with people of different gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, socio-economic
    status, sexual orientation, etc.; and,
  • Adaptability and flexibility in understanding and addressing problems and opportunities in
    situations where different cultural perspectives and points of view are in play.

Additional Information:


The salary range for the 2018-19 fiscal year associated with the Executive Director of College Advancement: Minimum annual salary: $101,154
Salary midpoint: $134,136. Maximum annual salary: $167,115. Placement in the salary range is based on educational qualifications, related
experience, and internal equity.

Appointment to an administrator position is contingent upon approval by the College's Board of

Application Instructions:

To become an applicant, interested individuals must complete the online
application linked from the posting found on the Oakton website. Electronic copies of a cover letter, resume/cv, list of three (3)
references with contact information, two letters of recommendation and transcripts must be submitted by the applicant via uploading
to the Oakton employment website. Please indicate the position code (AVPAA-18) on the cover letter. Uploaded documents need to be under
2 MB in size and in either .doc, .txt, or .pdf format. A total of 8 separate documents may be uploaded to an application file that has been
successfully submitted to the College.


An UNOFFICIAL copy of transcripts must be submitted at the time of application by the applicant.

Recommendation letters may either be
original documents with signature or e-mailed from the reference to target="_blank">[email protected]. Official transcripts or a placement/credential file should be e-mailed to href="mailto:[email protected]" target="_blank">[email protected]. Official transcripts or placement/credential
files sent by postal mail should be sent to:

Oakton Community College

Executive Director of College Advancement (DCA-18)

c/o Human Resources Department

1600 East Golf Road

Des Plaines, IL 60016

***Official transcripts for all degrees earned are required prior to appointment.***

Please contact
Matthew Robitaille, Employment Coordinator at 847.635.1868 or target="_blank">[email protected] if you encounter any difficulties with electronic submission of these documents.

positions may be removed from the Oakton website without notice when it is determined that no additional applicants are required.

Interviewees will be reimbursed for expenses associated with travel in excess of 50 miles to the interviews.

Oakton Community
College is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution, committed to employing competent, qualified individuals. Oakton Community
College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military
status, socioeconomic status, sex or gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation in admission to and participation in its educational
programs, college activities and services, or in its employment practices.

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