POSITION:  Specialist
(Development Event and Stewardship Coordinator)

Department:  Development Office
Northeastern Illinois University invites applications for the position of Development Event and Stewardship Coordinator.

Full Time, Continuing Position
Under general supervision of the Director of Development, the Development Event and Stewardship Coordinator will coordinate and implement the primary activities related to the University’s stewardship program, annual fundraising events and stewardship events. Through these efforts, the Development Event and Stewardship Coordinator (Specialist) will play a key role in increasing philanthropic support for the Northeastern Illinois University Foundation (a 501(c)3 university-affiliated charitable organization).

About Northeastern Illinois University
Founded in 1867, NEIU has a rich tradition of educational innovation and prides itself on preparing teachers and administrators who make a difference in Chicago. That tradition continues to this day and has expanded to include an array of academic disciplines, allowing the University to embrace fully the community in which it resides. NEIU is regarded as the most diverse public comprehensive university in the Midwest and is designated by the United States Department of Education as an Hispanic Serving Institution. Diversity is an important factor in the character of this urban institution and in the social fabric of the student body. NEIU has an enrollment of 10,000 students, and ALANA students represent nearly 60% of the student body. Located on 67 acres in an attractive residential area on the northwest side of Chicago, the University offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts, sciences, education, and business. The University has additional campuses in the metropolitan area: The Carruthers Center for Inner city Studies, El Centro, and the Center for College Access and Success (formerly Chicago Teachers’ Center). The University is also a founding member of the University Center of Lake County consortium campus in suburban Lake County, north of Chicago. Newsweek magazine named Northeastern Illinois University the sixth “Best Investment” in the United States and number one in Illinois. Northeastern shares the top-ten spot with Harvard, Stanford, Princeton and MIT.

Duties and Responsibilities
The Development Event and Stewardship Coordinator (Specialist) reports to the Director of Development, who reports to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the NEIU Foundation. The Development Event and Stewardship Coordinator (Specialist) will work with the Assistant Director of Development to plan, organize, and implement annual events related to donor identification, cultivation, and solicitation, including the annual Chuck Kane Scholarship Golf Event.

The Development Event and Stewardship Coordinator (Specialist) will also be responsible for planning, organizing, and implementing a calendar of annual stewardship events, implementation of the stewardship program, and managing the stewardship of giving societies. Giving society management includes acknowledgement of membership and targeted invitations and mailings to members.

The Development Event and Stewardship Coordinator (Specialist) will assist the Director and Assistant Director of Development with the execution of the annual Development plan and mailing calendar; will act as liaison to the Alumni Coordinator and student organizations for student-related fundraising activities; will assist the Development and Alumni Communications Manager in the management of work-study student projects and progress, and will maintain accurate donor and alumni information in the Raiser’s Edge database.

Minimum Qualifications
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education and a minimum of three years in a development/fundraising position focused on special events, the annual fund, and/or donor stewardship are required. Well-developed communication skills, creative problem-solving skills, a demonstrated capability to handle competing priorities in a complex environment, and familiarity with fundraising databases (with a preference for Raiser’s Edge) are also requirements for this position.

Salary and Benefits 
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Comprehensive benefits package including health, dental and vision benefits, vacation days, and participation in the State Universities Retirement System.  Applicants are expected to respond based on the entire job description.

This position requires a background check.

To Apply:
In order to be considered for employment by Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) you must submit the following and send all documents within one PDF/Word document to j-gunn1@neiu.edu.

  • A letter of interest addressing your qualifications for this position
  • Current Resume
  • Three (3) current references
  • Employment Application
  • Statement of Annuitant Status
  • Copies of unofficial transcripts are accepted; however, official transcripts will be required of candidates selected for on-campus interviews

In addition to the links provided above for the Employment Application (fillable) and Statement of Annuitant Status, you can also obtain these forms at the NEIU Office of Human Resources, Bernard Office Building (B0B), 5555 N. Bernard, Chicago, IL 60625, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Review of applications will begin October 30, 2015.  Preference will be given to applications received before October 30, 2015.

Northeastern Illinois University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and invites applications from Women, Minorities, Veterans and Persons with Disabilities, as well as Other Qualified Individuals.