Position Purpose: The Assistant Director of Development provides key support to members of the Office of Development including the Vice President of Development, the Major Gift Officers, and the Advancement Operations Team. The duties of the Assistant Director of Development are closely aligned to the fundraising priorities of Aurora University including annual fundraising efforts, as well as fundraising for restricted and capital projects. The Assistant Director of Development will be responsible for various special projects that help advance the goals of the Office of Development including prospect research, donor cultivation and stewardship, foundation and federal grants support, and annual fundraising direct mail campaigns.
Represents Aurora University in the most positive manner with prospective, former and current students, clients, suppliers and the community we serve. Interacts effectively with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students and other customers of our service, learns and uses operating practices of the department and Aurora University.
Upholds the Mission Statement: Aurora University an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning.
Handle confidential information with tact and discretion.
Supports learning through performance of essential job functions and performing other duties and functions as necessary or as assigned.
Essential Job Functions:
Work directly with the Vice President for Development on special projects connected to fundraising efforts and priorities.
Provide project support for all annual fundraising efforts including the Fund for Student Success, the GWC AFund, Music by the Lake, Sundays at 4 and Arts and Ideas.
Provide ongoing assistance to Major Gift Officers through prospect research and portfolio support.
Provide project support for foundation and federal grant submissions.
Collaborate with the Advancement Operations team on initiatives to support fundraising efforts.
Provide administrative assistance to the Vice President for Development.
Essential Job Requirements:
Bachelor's degree required
Two to three years professional experience within an office or collaborative setting, with a preference for higher education.
Some background in and overall understanding of philanthropic initiatives.
Proven ability to execute multiple projects and tasks while remaining detail-oriented, efficient and organized.
The successful candidate will be able to work both independently and collaboratively on a variety of initiatives while maintaining a forward-thinking and goal-oriented perspective.
Ability to move about campus.
Ability to interact via telephone, in person and via electronic media.
Aurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to becoming a model university of the 21st century. Toward this effort we are determined to have a faculty, staff, and student body reflecting the cultural demographics of the greater Chicago area.
Aurora University (AU) is an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning. It is committed to helping students discover what matters and build their life around it.
AU is a private, nonprofit, independent university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It offers more than 45 undergraduate majors — such as nursing, social work, business administration, criminal justice and psychology — and a wide variety of master’s and doctoral degrees that include social work and business administration. Degree programs are grounded in real-world experiences and are led by experienced, dedicated faculty members, nearly 140 of whom are full-time. The student/faculty ratio is 18:1.
Almost 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students take classes on two main campuses — Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois, and George Williams College in Williams Bay, Wisconsin — as well as the nearby Orchard Center in Aurora and the Woodstock Center in Woodstock, Illinois. Online classes are also available. The Aurora University campus is located 40 miles west of Chicago.
AU has 24 NCAA Division III teams competing in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference, Midwest Lacro...sse Conference, Midwest Women's Lacrosse Conference and Northern Collegiate Hockey Association. About 700 student-athletes compete in sports. AU has a rich history and tradition of success across the spectrum of sport offerings. From conference championships to NCAA Championship appearances to academic awards and community service, student-athletes and staff continue to bring excitement and a sense of pride to Aurora University and all of the Spartan fans across the country. At AU, we firmly believe that intercollegiate athletics should promote the character development of participants, enhance the integrity of higher education, and promote civility in society. Toward these ends, we strive to adhere to fundamental values such as respect, civility, honesty and responsibility. Student-athletes and staff are always expected to operate with the principles of sportsmanship and ethical conduct in mind.
Founded in 1893 in Mendota, Illinois, as Mendota Seminary, the institution soon changed its name to Mendota College. By 1911, it had outgrown its facilities and the following year changed its name to Aurora College and moved to Aurora, where its students could take advantage of a thriving business environment and easy access to Chicago. In 1985, Aurora College changed its name to Aurora University to better reflect the magnitude of its academic offerings. Seven years later, Aurora University and George Williams College traditions blended when the two institutions entered into an affiliation agreement that paved the way for a merger eight years later. In 2010, the Woodstock Center opened to meet the needs of students in McHenry County and surrounding communities.