Northern Illinois University is accepting applications for the position of Assistant Athletic Director, Development/Huskie Athletic Fund. This is a full-time, 12 month position with benefits. Under the general supervision of the Sr. Associate Athletics Director/Development & Administration, this position is responsible for independent leadership and management of all aspect of the annual fund for the NIU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics with an emphasis on growing unrestricted and restricted support for the department. Responsibilities include but are not limited to oversight off all operations of the annual fund, goal setting, prospect management, donor fulfillment and donor cultivation. Additionally, this position will have a portfolio of donors for solicitation of major gifts and facilities fundraising projects. This leadership position is critical to revenue generation for the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.
Have thorough knowledge of NCAA, conference, and institutional rules and conduct program within those rules. As a staff member within the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, you are responsible for knowledge of and compliance with National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) regulations, both those general in nature and those which apply directly to your position’s responsibilities. Strict adherence to all applicable governing policies, procedures, and regulations of the NCAA is required and is a condition of your employment.
The mission of NIU Athletics is to enhance the University, community and region through service and engagement while developing champions in the classroom, in competition and in life. With long standing traditions and core values centered on family, NIU Athletics is home to 17 NCAA Division I sport programs. Northern Illinois University, chartered in 1895, is a comprehensive teaching and research institution with over 19,000 currently enrolled students and houses seven (7) degree-granting colleges—Business, Education, Engineering and Engineering Technology, Health and Human Sciences, Law, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Visual and Performing Arts. Centrally located in DeKalb, Northern Illinois University is 30 miles west of Aurora, 65 miles west of Chicago, 36 miles west of Naperville, and 45 miles southeast of Rockford.
Duties and Responsibilities (generally)
• Oversee and manage all annual fund operations, including, but not limited to goal setting, moves management cycle, donor identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. Manage high-end annual giving cultivation and stewardship program that specially recognizes donors at the $5,000 level and above. Provide oversight of data systems for NIU Athletics, providing leadership on all data reporting from Archtics and Millennium systems. Responsible for marketing, brand awareness and outreach for the annual fund.
• Manage a portfolio of principal and major gift prospects, coordinating solicitation strategies with the Associate Vice President/Director of Athletics and the Sr. Associate Athletics Director/Development & Administration. Strategically prepare donor presentations/ and/or solicitations that demonstrate a high level of professionalism and expertise .Travel frequently for donor visits and athletics events.
• Oversee all donor benefit allocation systems, for events, seat locations, gameday parking, away game ticketing, and postseason opportunities. Work closely with IMG Ticket Solutions and Learfield Sports Properties on generating new ticket sales and sponsorship opportunities by leveraging donor relationships. Oversee and manage comprehensive priority points program to facilitate improved donor stewardship and ticket buyer customer service.
• Oversight of coordination and management of all donor events including but not limited to designing game-day preparations for the Associate Vice President I Director of Athletics for football game-day away.
• Develop and monitor budget for annual fund, forecasts expenses, evaluate the cost-effectiveness of programs and re-allocate funds as appropriate.
• Develop and implement materials and communication for premium seating and for all capital campaigns.
• Serve as a member of the Department Head Committee of the Athletics Department.
Minimum Required Qualifications for this position:
Bachelor’s degree required, followed by three years’ experience in collegiate development or intercollegiate athletic environment that involves interaction with external public.
Excellent oral and written communication and time management skills.
Experience with donor software programs such as Millennium and Arctics
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with education/experience