JOB OPPORTUNITY: Director of Advancement



Judson University is hiring!

POSITION TITLE: Director of Advancement

REPORTS TO: Associate Vice President for Development

JOB SUMMARY: To lead advancement operations and events and plan and execute fundraising strategies for the Annual Fund, Grants and Foundations


Education: Bachelor’s degree

Experience:  Minimum of two years of direct fundraising, development or advancement experience            

Skills: Relationship Management, communication skills (verbal and non-verbal), teamwork, customer service, interpersonal skills, leadership development and team management, exceptional time management, outgoing/personable/relational, database management and related technology skills, organizational skills, goal orientated

Travel:  Conferences and some donor events


Advancement and development staff ranging from two to five direct reports depending on growth of the division


  • Lead person on assigned donor and university events
  • Direct and manage all aspects of the annual fund
  • Lead person on assigned donor and university events
  • Manage and provide direction for all aspects of office and advancement operations, including donor database management
  • Manage the publishing of the annual report
  • Create and manage all foundation and grant proposals
  • Attend staff meetings, chapel, and training seminars
  • Other duties or responsibilities as deemed necessary for the successful operation of Judson University


Laptop/computers and database access

Elgin Home for the Holidays 2014 Registration Deadline Extended!

ehfth14The deadline for Elgin area non-profit organizations, neighborhood groups and places of worship to register for the 2014 Elgin Home for the Holidays program has been extended until Friday, September 5. Interested organizations can register online at

Elgin Home for the Holidays is a collaborative marketing and promotional effort to promote all of the wonderful holiday events, fundraisers and volunteer opportunities Elgin’s non-profit community has to offer.

1459264_644824345537740_1988261367_nThe program includes a kick-off extravaganza on Saturday, November 8 at Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue in Elgin, featuring a non-profit expo, Ecker Center’s Festival of Trees, and a variety of holiday programming and family-friendly activities.

For an upfront $75 buy-in fee, all Elgin Home for the Holidays participants’ events are cross promoted thru a printed calendar of events as well as via social media and at the soon-to-be-released EHFTH website:

For more information about Elgin Home for the Holidays, please contact Elaina McCalmont at or Brittany Mitchell at

Elgin Area Leadership Academy Now Accepting Applications

EALACalling all young professionals. If you are interested in getting more involved in the Elgin Area, the Elgin Area Leadership Academy (EALA) is now accepting applications for the 2014/15 class.

[Click here to download the application]

The program begins at the end of September and finishes up on May 9. Classes are typically one Saturday per month from 8 a.m. until noon. The class on September 27 is a little longer (ends at 3 p.m.) and there are 2 classes in November and February.

The Academy is led by community volunteers Dan Fox, Don Waters and Ruth Munson who have extensive leadership involvement in Elgin.. Through their guidance, participants receive skills and knowledge necessary to become an effective leader through a curriculum built around community issues, including city government, economic development, ethics, health care resources, education and much, much more.

EALA is a rewarding experience designed to meet our community’s needs for active and future leaders.