Director of Development


Job Title: Director of Development

Organization: Facing Forward to End Hom


Job Description

Position Summary
The Director of Development provides oversight of all aspects of development activities and ensures that development and communications strategies align with the strategic plan and support the growth and long-term financial sustainability the organization. As a member of the senior leadership management team, the Director offers insights and expertise regarding critical decisions about long-term planning and growth.

The development team of 2.5 FTE professional employees works closely with the Executive Director, the Board of Directors, the Director of Operations, and a contractual special events firm to identify, develop, and steward relationships and fundraising activities with individuals, corporations, foundations, government, and faith-based funders to implement and evaluate successful development strategies. These strategies will bring in $4 million in income in FY2017/18. The Director of Development will oversee all fundraising goals, lead, and manage the team and drive his/her own revenue results. The Director will be working in a highly collaborative work environment and will also oversee the communications activities for the team.


Management (20% of the time)
 Develop, oversee, and execute diverse fundraising strategies, including mail appeals, individual giving, and grant programs, as well as work with the Executive Director to develop and significantly grow the individual and corporate giving programs. Develop an actionable annual plan with clear, quarterly goals in a way that will guide and support the efforts of the development team. Track progress towards quantifiable goals and make mid-course adjustments as necessary
 Develop long-term growth strategies giving particular attention to underdeveloped areas that have significant potential
 Participate in strategic planning. Work with senior staff and the board to translate the vision and strategic plan into achievable steps. Participate in the preparation, management, and evaluation of performance against the strategic plan. Actively promote the mission, vision, and values statements
 Monitor the financial health of the organization. Establish and monitor annual income budget and goals and the development department expense budget. Prepare financial analysis needed for fundraising and evaluation. Communicate regularly to Board and staff the status of fundraising projects
 Keep abreast of programmatic needs and new program developments communicating regularly with program department
 Hire, train, mentor and supervise assigned staff; review and approve leave; facilitate formal, annual evaluation. Provide professional development opportunities and guidance to each team member to strengthen their skill sets and job satisfaction; meet regularly with the team to identify priorities, discuss strategies and review ongoing projects
 Follow major trends or changes in philanthropy and position Facing Forward to respond to such trends
 Provide strategic support for the Development Committee by setting agendas that align with organizational priorities, leading effective meetings, and offering timely and supportive staffing

Fundraising (50% of the time)
 Working as a team with the Executive Director, serve as lead solicitor and steward of individual, faith-based, and corporate donors
 Create a working relationship with the Executive Director and Board members to actively train and support them to be effective fundraisers
 Oversee a proactive moves management system for monitoring the prospecting, stewarding, soliciting, and reporting of major individual donors. Prepare and schedule Executive Director and Board members for cultivation and solicitations
 Manage a successful annual individual giving program by identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding individual donors. Evaluate, recommend, and implement multiple strategies for increasing income from these donors. Develop fundraising appeals and oversee logistics for the success of those appeals, continually evaluating those appeals for improvement and effectiveness. Stay abreast of appeal trends
 Manage a successful faith-based and corporate giving program by identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding funders. Evaluate, recommend, and implement multiple strategies for increasing income from these funders and prepare and schedule Executive Director and Board members for cultivation and solicitations
 Manage your own portfolio of individual donors and faith-based and corporate funders and prospects

Communications (5%)
 Serve as an articulate, passionate, and visible spokesperson for Facing Forward and as a prominent fundraising face throughout the organization, among stakeholders, and in the Chicago community
 Ensure that Facing Forward’s messaging to donors, funders, and prospects is consistent across all channels; ensure that Facing Forward’s case for support conveys the overall brand and mission and elevates the organization’s profile
 Supervise the development of a communications work plan. Monitor and evaluate it
 Supervise the production of development and communications-related publications and social media presence. Serve as the final authority in approving all donor materials and publications

Special Events (5% of the time)
 Work as part of the development team to develop innovative ways to expand net proceeds and increase effectiveness of the annual benefit
 Oversee the special events firm that produces the annual benefit
 Serve as lead staff to coordinate any small, major donor events (house party, cocktail party, etc.): liaise with vendors, monitor budget, and evaluate results

Foundation, Corporate, Government Grants (5% of the time)
 Work as part of the development team to develop new initiatives to expand funder base and diversity of types of funders
 Attend site visits as assigned by the Grants/Communications Manager as appropriate

Volunteers (5%)
Oversee stewardship of volunteers to ensure they are cultivated properly for donor participation
Serve as point of contact for individuals wishing to volunteer with Facing Forward, referring them to the appropriate volunteer opportunity

Administration and Other (10%)
 Lead development team meetings, actively participate in other staff and board meetings
 Ensure that the donor database is maintained and that acknowledgments are sent in a timely way
 Ensure that development and accounting records are reconciled
 Protect the organization’s value by keeping information confidential
 Update job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading professional publications; maintaining personal networks, participating in professional organizations
 Maintain relationships with philanthropic groups such as Chicago Women in Philanthropy, Forefront, etc.
 Perform other duties as assigned

Location: Chicago, IL 60612

Job Type: Full Time

Education, Certification, License
 Bachelor’s degree, advanced degree preferred
 Certified Fundraising Professional (CFRE) certification preferred
Experience Required
 Seven years’ prior fundraising and communications experience
 Proven ability to raise $2-3 million annually from a diverse base of donors and funders
 Four years of experience raising money from individuals
 Successful special events coordination experience
 Previous experience supervising staff, interns, or graduate students required
 Experience with, and preference for growing a small development department
 Previous experience supporting a Board of Directors as fundraisers and working with volunteers
Skills and Abilities
 Excellent Microsoft Office skills and donor database skills (Little Green Light preferred)
 Excellent research, writing, and editing skills
 Excellent managerial skills, experience working cross-departmentally, and building a sense of team
 High level of professionalism and confidentiality
 Out-going personality with an infectious can-do attitude
 Excellent verbal communication, public speaking, and interpersonal skills

Education Requirement: Bachelors

How to Apply
 Submit (1) cover letter, (2) resume, and (3) your salary requirement to: Please write your last name, first name in the subject line of your e-mail. Please address how you fit the qualifications we are looking for in your cover letter with salary history

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 Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Position begins as soon as possible.

Last Day to Apply: 03/31/2017

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