Advancement - Director of Development, College of Education and Health Sciences

Bradley University seeks a director of development to lead major gift fundraising for College of Education and Health Sciences. The director works closely with the dean, key faculty, and University leaders to raise private gift support for the College.  The ideal candidate must be an energetic, highly motivated, donor focused, results-oriented fundraising professional who possesses a can-do attitude, perseverance, optimism and the ability to think strategically and creatively to meet ambitious fundraising goals.

Bradley has seen recent success in both enrollment and university fundraising, thanks to a highly collaborative campus culture and strong alumni involvement. Moving forward, the University is currently implementing a new strategic plan to focus on: student success, rigorous and innovative academic programs, building a diverse community, and the alignment and acquisition of resources. The director will be responsible for engaging constituents to assist in the success of our strategic plan and strengthening the culture of philanthropy at the University and within the College of Education and Health Sciences.  The director of development reports to the vice president for advancement and works in coordination with the dean of the College of Education and Health Sciences to maximize private support to the University.

Bradley University is a top-ranked, private university in Peoria, Illinois, offering 5,400 undergraduate and graduate students the opportunities, choices and resources of a larger university and the personal attention and exceptional learning experience of a smaller university.  Bradley offers a comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate academic programs in business, communications, education, engineering, fine arts, health sciences, liberal arts and sciences, and technology. The University is located on an 85-acre campus in the largest metropolitan area in central Illinois. Visit to learn more about the University and for information about the College of Education and Health Sciences.

The College of Education and Health Sciences offers competitive programs in teacher education, leadership for schools and non-profits, family and consumer sciences, dietetics, nursing, physical therapy, health sciences, and online degree programs.  In the last ten years 95% of the college’s graduates have placed into careers or graduate school. Bachelor, masters, and doctoral degrees are offered with experiential opportunities including internships, clinicals, study abroad, student teaching, and mentoring by qualified professionals in real-life work settings.  Students in the College interact with exceptional faculty who are dedicated to each students’ academic and personal success.  The College has experienced strong growth in a number of programs especially tied to the recent launch of online programs in nursing and counseling.  The College has a demonstrated history of providing rigorous preparation for careers in the caring professions while being a leader in innovatively meeting the needs of today’s learners.


  • Plan, develop, and oversee the implementation of cultivation and solicitation strategies for qualified prospects in the College.
  • Work closely with the dean of the College, as well as faculty, University president, vice president for advancement, and other development officers to maximize private support to Bradley.
  • Comprehensive understanding of the priorities of the University and ability to make a persuasive verbal and written case supporting key programs and projects, effectively matching the interests of prospects to the strategic needs of the University.
  • Solicit gifts of $5,000 and above in support of University and College initiatives.
  • Manage a portfolio of 150 prospects ensuring that each receive regular and consistent moves toward solicitation and stewardship.
  • Meet donor meeting and fundraising metrics agreed upon by the vice president for advancement.
  • Write timely follow-up and related materials such as contact reports, cover and thank you letters, e-mail correspondence, reports, briefings, and proposals.
  • Track and record activities as they relate to assigned prospects using prospect management database.
  • Participate as an active member of the advancement office, sharing information and collaborating with colleagues in a respectful and professional manner and contributing to a healthy and positive work environment.
  • Perform other duties as assigned in support of Bradley University.

Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated successful skill and effectiveness in relationship building and solicitation of individual donors.
  • Discretion and an ability to interact with high-level donors and maintain confidentiality; proven ability to apply good judgment and responsible decision-making.
  • Strong interpersonal skills are required, both written and oral, as well as high-level sophistication and maturity in social and professional settings.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
  • Flexible and comfortable in a fast-paced environment, with excellent follow through.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit, positive attitude and energy to implement new strategies and meet ambitious goals.
  • Strong organization skills, with keen attention to detail.
  • Willingness and ability to travel extensively beyond campus community.


  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Minimum of two years professional higher education and/or fundraising experience, preference given to those with higher education fundraising backgrounds and major gift experience.
  • Demonstrated record of professional achievement.
  • Valid driver's license and ability to travel as needed.

Send letter of interest with resume and complete contact information for three professional references to:  

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.  Employment with Bradley University is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.

Bradley University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The administration, faculty and staff are committed to attracting qualified candidates from underrepresented groups.