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Director of Major Gifts/Assistant Athletics Director (Position #29492) (Extended Deadline)

Northern Illinois University, member of the Mid-American Conference and sponsor of 17 Division I sports, is seeking applications for the full time position of Director of Major Gifts for Athletics/Assistant Athletics Director. The successful candidate will work within the Gift Planning Team in the Division of University Advancement and the Huskie Athletic Fund Development team in the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward a portfolio of individual major gift prospects specifically for the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. The Major Gift Officer/ Assistant Athletics Director will build and manage a portfolio of individual donor prospects rated at $25,000 and above with a goal focused on optimal philanthropic outcomes. The primary accountability is to create an extensive program of engagement between the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and external constituencies that will encourage private philanthropy to the department from alumni, friends, parents and foundations as the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics seeks funding resources for the entire department, including capital projects, endowments and unrestricted support of the athletic department and individual sports.

The Director of Major Gifts for Athletics/Assistant Athletics Director reports to the Associate Vice President for Advancement with dual reporting to the Senior Associate Athletic Director for Administration.

Additional specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Serve as an expert / lead development professional in the specialized area of major / principle gifts, and gift planning, maintain a portfolio that includes the most influential, complex or highest rated donors who are capable of making very significant contributions to the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Participate in comprehensive athletic fundraising, proposal/endowment writing, special non-recurring projects and capital campaigns
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward a portfolio of individual and corporate major gift donors and potential donors
  • Engage with prospects and donors on a consistent basis
  • Provide leadership as well as oversee all aspects of the Athletics Major Gift program
  • Provide specific input on annual fund strategies will be required to develop high end annual contributions and support the overall mission of securing athletic major gifts
  • Involve key internal stakeholders and volunteer leaders in the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies and tactics of major gift donors/potential donors
  • Assist the Associate Vice President for Advancement & the Senior Associate Athletics Director for Administration with the implementation and comprehensive execution of priority the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics fund-raising and alumni engagement priorities
  • Represent the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, Northern Illinois University, and the NIU Foundation at university and college events, as well as community, volunteer, and professional organizations
  • Identify, recruit, train and direct the activities of volunteers involved in development and alumni activities

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Minimum of three (3) academic years of experience with successful major gift solicitation and experience in the development and alumni relations industry
  • Knowledge and understanding of the allocation of budget resources to provide and promote the highest levels of productivity in development initiatives
  • The ability to effectively work in a team environment to assist in intra-divisional initiatives
  • Knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations to ensure institutional, conference, and NCAA compliance with athletics development issues, including gender equity
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office software, and familiarity with appropriate foundation fund raising tools, including computerized systems of donor record keeping, data tracking of prospects and donors.
  • High level of proficiency in written and oral communication, with strong group presentation skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree and/or professional designation
  • Capital campaign experience in higher education

Application Information:

Applicants must email or mail the following:

  • Letter of application which addresses each of the qualifications listed above
  • Resume of professional accomplishments and experiences
  • Names with contact information of three current professional references

Applications must be received by 5 pm, CST, Monday, May 28, 2015. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Send application materials (e-mail preferred) to:
Lisa Stocksdale
Senior Administrative Assistant
Northern Illinois University
Convocation Center Room 200D
DeKalb, IL 60115-2854
EMAIL: lstocksdale@niu.edu

AA/EEO statement In compliance with the Illinois Campus Security Act, before an offer of employment is made, the university will conduct a pre-employment background investigation, which includes a criminal background check. In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action. NIU recognizes Dual Career issues.


HEAD COACH, WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

Northern Illinois University, member of the Mid-American Conference and sponsor of 17 Division I sports programs, is seeking applications for the position of Head Women's Basketball Coach. This is a full-time, 12-month position with benefits. This successful candidate will be responsible for the organization, management, administration, and coaching of a Division I women's basketball program, in conjunction with other department responsibilities.

  1. Required Qualifications:
  2. Bachelor's Degree
    Five academic years coaching experience in women's basketball at an NCAA Division I, II, or III institution
    Demonstrated knowledge of and adherence to the governing rules and regulations at the Division I, II or III level
    Ability to communicate with and relate well to student-athletes
    Ability to recruit and retain quality student-athletes
    Ability to effectively communicate through oral, written and electronic forms

  3. Preferred Qualifications:
  4. Master's degree
    Successful competitive playing or coaching experience in women's basketball at the NCAA Division I level

Application Information:
To apply for this position, interested applicants should email (or mail) the following application materials:

  • Letter of application which addresses each of the qualifications listed above
  • Resume of professional accomplishments and experiences
  • Names with contact information of three current professional references

Applications will be immediately reviewed. Preference will be given to complete applications received by 5 pm CST, Monday, May 11, 2015; however, applications will be accepted until position has been filled. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Send application materials (e-mail preferred) to:
Lisa Stocksdale
Senior Administrative Assistant, Intercollegiate Athletics
Northern Illinois University
Convocation Center Room 200D
DeKalb, IL 60115-2854
EMAIL: lstocksdale@niu.edu

AA/EEO statement
In compliance with the Illinois Campus Security Act, before an offer of employment is made, the university will conduct a pre-employment background investigation, which includes a criminal background check. In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action. NIU recognizes Dual Career issues.


Compliance Coordinator

Northern Illinois University (NIU), member of the Mid-American Conference and sponsor of 17 Division I sports, is seeking applications for a full-time, 12 month position of Compliance Coordinator.

Primary responsibilities include assisting the Assistant Athletics Director for Compliance in all aspects related to establishing and maintaining a compliance program which will ensure proper transmission of NCAA, Mid-American Conference and University rules to coaches, staff members, student-athletes and representatives of NIU athletics interests.

Additional specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Monitor certification of continuing eligibility
  • Manage the tracking of permissible recruiting contacts and evaluations
  • Monitor official and unofficial visits, complimentary admissions and local sports clubs
  • Manage approval of institutional and non-institutional camps and clinics
  • Approve institutional promotional activities and donation requests
  • Monitor and approve outside competition requests
  • Respond to requests from coaches and athletics staff on current rules interpretations
  • Assist in annual audit of Compliance Office
Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Minimum of one academic year of experience (post-bachelor's degree) in Athletic Compliance at a NCAA Division I or II level, Conference Office or NCAA National Office
  • Knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations
  • Ability to communicate with and relate to student-athletes, coaches, athletic department staff and representatives of the institution's athletic interests
  • Ability to effectively communicate through oral, written and electronic forms
  • Ability to use relevant computer software, including Excel, CAi and LSDBi

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree
  • Juris Doctorate Degree
  • Knowledge of Peoplesoft

Application Information: Applicants must email or mail the following which addresses each of the qualifications listed above:

  • Letter of application which addresses each of the qualifications listed above
  • Resume of professional accomplishments and experiences
  • Names with contact information of three current professional references

The deadline to submit applications is 4:30 pm CST, Thursday, June 4, 2015. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Send application materials (e-mail preferred) to:

Lisa Stocksdale
Senior Administrative Assistant
Northern Illinois University
Department of Intercollegiate Athletics
Convocation Center Room 200
DeKalb, IL 60115-2854
EMAIL: lstocksdale@niu.edu

AA/EEO statement
In compliance with the Illinois Campus Security Act, before an offer of employment is made, the university will conduct a pre-employment background investigation, which includes a criminal background check. In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action. NIU recognizes Dual Career issues.


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