For over 33 years, DuPagePads has been committed to ending homelessness. As the largest provider of services to those who are homeless in DuPage County, the agency’s solution to ending homelessness is housing, coupled with support services and employment. Through providing a continuum of services to clients, from basic needs to a personalized plan for housing, participants are empowered to access benefits, career development resources, support groups and financial education.
DuPagePads seeks a dynamic, strategic, and externally-focused Vice President of Development, a forward thinking and experienced development professional who will propel the philanthropic footprint of the agency forward to fully fund mission and programming. The VP will bring experience in creating and implementing a diversified fundraising program that includes individual, group, corporate and foundation donors, as well as large-scale events. The ideal VP will be a self-starter who is passionate about ending homelessness and understands development work from basics to strategy.
The Vice President will lead a team of five professionals: a Communications and Grants Manager, Special Events Coordinator, Development Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator, Development and Finance Assistant and serve on the Senior Leadership Team of four.
DuPagePads is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria.
Specific Requirements Include:
Passion for the mission of DuPagePads and the community it serves.
A minimum of eight years of progressive fundraising and development experience, preferably with at least three years managing a team of professional fundraising and communications staff.
Proven ability to build solid, trusting relationships with donors in all facets of the donor continuum, including individual, congregation, corporate and foundation donors.
Experience working closely with Boards to develop and grow donor base and execute high-profile events.
Demonstrated experience in soliciting and closing gifts of five-figures and above.
Experience working with community organizations, partners and volunteers. Additional experience working with congregations is preferred.
Deep knowledge of the Chicago’s DuPage County (or a similar community) and its philanthropic landscape is highly preferred.
Background in communications and public relations, with the ability to lead individuals working directly in those areas.
Willingness to work weekend or evening hours, and to travel locally in own vehicle, as needed, to foster the work of DuPagePads.
General knowledge of fundraising and volunteer management software, with proficiency in eTapestry & Volgistics preferred.
Career track record that shows stability with an agency and a capacity to develop and nurture relationships that culminate in major gift success.
Bachelor’s degree required; CFRE or advanced degree preferred.
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DuPagePads is so much more than a pad on the floor.
DuPagePads is about the journey home.
It’s about the journey from dependency to self-sufficiency. Not the shelter. Not the nights spent in a car, in a motel room or on the street. DuPagePads is a journey that begins with an extended hand, an affirming voice, and a trusting soul that will advocate undividedly for each individual.
The solution to end homelessness starts with housing.
The solution to end homelessness is more complex than providing individuals with food and shelter. Founded in 1985, DuPagePads is the largest provider of interim and permanent housing, coupled with support services in order to help individuals work toward becoming self-sufficient. These vital support services enable the individuals we help to receive case management and life coaching, employment support such as job coaching, as well as engagement with employers—effectively stopping the cycle of homelessness.