Development Director


Job Title: Development Director

Organization: Chicago Center for Arts and Technology


Job Description

The Chicago Center for Arts and Technology (CHICAT) provides arts education for youth and industry relevant career training for adults and creates real avenues out of poverty and promotes hope amongst those who need it most.

CHICAT is modeled on the Manchester Bidwell Corporation, an effective strategy to improve academic achievement, high school graduation rates and equip adults to take advantage of life-changing employment opportunities. The philosophy is based on three principles:
1) Every human being is an asset and every life is valuable
2) Environment shapes behavior
3) Creativity fuels enterprise

The Development Director will be an experienced self-starter who can help us acquire capital to exponentially grow our reach. A professional with contacts in the high-net-worth world of philanthropists, individuals and foundations who can take our unique mission to the next level.


Specific duties include, but are not limited to:

• Create opportunities for Major Gift Giving, Donor Stewardship, Foundation Relationships
• Write grant proposals and reports
• Researches potential grant writing opportunities
• Coordinate event planning
• Coordinate board meetings and maintain board relations
• Update donor information on a CRM and send acknowledgement letters to donors
• Create and review outreach material for marketing and branding
• Create long-term fundraising goals and strategic plans
• Gather information about programs and work collaboratively with staff members
• Create fundraising campaigns through email and social media campaigns
• Update social media in collaboration with staff members


• Bachelor’s degree in related field; Master’s preferred
• At least 8 years of experience in development with mid-to-large sized nonprofits
• Familiarity with a variety of the field’s concepts, practices, and procedures with examples of recent successes in capital campaigns
• Familiar with using CRMs
• Familiar researching grants and foundations on
• Successful experience writing grant applications for academic and youth development programs
• Has experience working with major donors in regards to relationship building
• Experience working with databases, tracking programmatic successes and areas for growth
• Familiar with community, workforce and youth development
• Passion for social innovation and human-centered design
• Demonstrates cultural sensitivity
• Has experience managing relations on a board
• Event-planning experience
• Comfortable using various social media platforms

Location: Chicago, Illinois Medical District

Job Type: Full Time


• Exceptional writing and communication skills
• Skill in the use of computer with Windows-based operating environment.
• Ability to assess objectives and operational requirements and to develop and implement suitable operational policies and/or procedures.
• Ability to effectively communicate and foster a cooperative work environment.’
• Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
• Ability to develop, plan and implement short and long-range goals.
• Ability to interpret, adapt and apply guidelines and procedures.
• Ability to create, compose and edit written materials.
• Ability to make complex operating and procedural decisions.
• Project management skills and the ability to resolve complex problems and issues.
• A high degree of creativity is expected


Cultural Competency:
Knowledge and experience with the history, assets and challenges associated with North Lawndale, Pilsen and Little Village.

Mathematical Skills:
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio and percent and to draw and interpret graphs. Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interests, commissions, proportions and percentages.

Communication Skills:
Ability to read and comprehend simple to moderately complex instructions, general business correspondence and memos. Possesses excellent interpersonal skills, including a professional and courteous telephone manner. Welcomes input regarding work-related activities. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to supervisors and other employers.

Strategic Planning:
Ability to apply common sense understanding to effectively carry out written or oral instructions in an expedient manner. Capable of recognizing critical events or needs and adjusting deadlines accordingly. Ability to deal with and analyze problems involving several concrete variables in and aside from standardized situations. Promotes the attitudes, conditions and environments that yield increased quality and content of individual and team performance.

Capable of effectively adjusting and coping with change and uncertainty in new situations and environments. Maintains accuracy and focus on detail in difficult situations. Ability to manage multiple tasks and modify objectives as needed. Seeks feedback and is open to coaching and criticism without being defensive.

Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

To be considered, please send cover letter, resume and a writing sample to Writing sample should be a proposal or letter soliciting funds.

Terms and Conditions:

• Position is full-time; 40 hours per week
• Some evenings and weekends may be required
• Competitive benefit package
• Salary commensurate with experience

Job Type: Full-time

Education Requirement: Bachelors

How to Apply
To be considered, please send cover letter and resume to

Last Day to Apply: 03/31/2017

Posted by: Chicago Center for Arts and Technology,