POSITION DESCRIPTION The Collaboration for Early Childhood seeks a Director of Development to lead its fundraising efforts in partnership with the Executive Director and Board of Directors. This new position affords the opportunity for a self-starter to create and implement a multi-faceted fund development strategy.
The Director of Development is responsible for overseeing a comprehensive development program, including individual giving (Annual Fund and Major Gifts), institutional giving (corporate sponsorships and foundation grants), events, and gift tracking/analysis through the donor database.
The ideal candidate is an effective fundraiser who thrives on the responsibility of driving an organization’s progress toward fundraising targets. Strong candidates will have at least 7-10 years of relevant experience and a proven record of accomplishment in securing major gifts, the ability to develop and leverage the Board, the desire to cultivate community partnerships, and a personal passion for early childhood education.
ORGANIZATION INFORMATION The Collaboration for Early Childhood is a unique public/private partnership that leverages the resources of more than 70 local agencies to promote the development of a comprehensive, community-wide system of high-quality programs and services to foster physical, cognitive and social-emotional development during the critical first five years of life.
CORE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. LEADERSHIP & PLANNING o Create and implement a multi-faceted fund development plan for all for all philanthropic activities, including major gifts, annual fund support, foundation and corporate giving, events, in-kind gifts, and sponsorships. o Mine data and assess the effectiveness of all fundraising programs, utilizing established metrics and reporting tools. Use key metrics to shape strategies and support future organizational growth. o Collaborate with the Executive Director and Director of Operations to develop annual fundraising targets. Monitor progress and provide reports on a monthly status. o Champion a culture of philanthropy, equipping staff and volunteers to leverage their skills and network to meet fundraising goals.
2. INDIVIDUAL GIVING o Develop and implement individual giving strategies—annual fund appeals, events, and major donor activities—to achieve revenue goals. o Collaborate with the Executive Director and Board of Directors in all aspects of the donor cycle: identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship. o Manage a portfolio of major gift prospects and donors, including implementing effective cultivation and solicitation moves. o Foster meaningful relationships with donors, seeking to understand the impact they wish to have through their strategic giving. o With the Development Committee Chair, co-lead committee meetings to shape fund development strategy and activities. o Work with the Board of Directors to maximize their own giving potential, and develop targeted strategies to engage their relationships with others as potential new or increased donors to the Collaboration. o Maintain the donor database (Neon CRM), through activities to include data entry, gift processing, acknowledgment generating, reporting, and analysis.
3. INSTITUTIONAL GIVING o Manage existing relationships with institutional funders. o Update and oversee the annual grant calendar to ensure timely submissions. o Lead research, writing, and submission of foundation, corporate, and government proposals and reports. o Collaborate with Board members to grow corporate giving/sponsorship.
4. COMMUNICATIONS o Work collaboratively with the entire staff team, developing strategies to ensure fundraising goals are met, and offering a development perspective for organization-wide strategic, operational, and communication decisions. o Collaborate with staff to develop a robust communications and stewardship program to keep partners and stakeholders informed about Collaboration activities. o Represent the Collaboration at community events and meet with community partners to share about the organization’s work and impact.
RESUME /CV REVIEW ITEMS
o Seven to ten years of development and/or applicable experience. o Experience (and comfort) with public speaking and working with groups, (small and large). o Project management skills and knowledge of nonprofit volunteer and outreach activities. o Proficiency in data entry and database management. o Experience with motivating and collaborating with a Board of Directors in fundraising activities. o Comfort using metrics and data to support fundraising plans. o Demonstrable interest in the mission of the Collaboration for Early Childhood. o Knowledge of the nonprofit landscape in the Oak Park and River Forest community is a plus.
Additional Salary Information: 40 hour per week position with salary and full benefits package.
Internal Number: 7086136122
About Collaboration for Early Childhood
The Collaboration for Early Childhood is a not-for-profit agency located in Oak Park, Illinois.