REPORTS TO Executive Director and Board of Directors
Overview of the Position
The Development Director is a newly established role that will be responsible for planning and executing a comprehensive annual fund strategy that enhances the long-term financial stability of the HP Community and that reaches all sectors of the community, including parents, alumni, and the community at large. As an integral team member in the organization, the Development Director will report to the Executive Director and serves as the staff Liaison to the Development Committee of the Board of Directors.
Under the general supervision of the Executive Director and support of the board’s Development Committee, the Development Director will develop and direct the development strategy to maximize funding capacity. The Development Director will oversee stewardship programs, sponsorship activities and stewardship and fundraising events and provide recommendations and support to the Executive Director and Boar for stewardship activities. S/he oversees media and public relations activities including story development as it relates to the organization’s strategic development priorities.
Develop HP Community’s overall development strategy and oversee its execution
Manage portfolio of Annual Fund donors, including new, lapsed and occasional donors, with a focus on developing personal relationships and increasing philanthropic support.
Lead prospect research initiatives in support of fundraising and campaign objectives and to establish and refresh the donor portfolio
Utilize donor database to record and track all such donor-related activity, subsequently developing effective donor management strategies
Develop and manage all direct mail (if/when applicable) and social media solicitation programs
Develop a comprehensive alumni database and implement alumni giving program
Events & Stewardship Programs
Manage events and stewardship programs
Supervise execution of stewardship activities and events that compliment and support HP Community’s mission and development strategy
Supervise execution of all fundraising events
Recruit, engage and manage volunteers to assist in the execution of above mentioned events
Continuously measure and analyze results for success and further development
Benchmark HP Community with other area learning centers for new ideas, events, and stewardship improvements
Terms of Employment
Competitive salary and benefits reviewed annually by the Board of Directors.
Minimum of five years of development experience with emphasis on annual giving, alumni relations and data management in a nonprofit environment bachelor’s degree or equivalent education and experience
Comprehensive annual fund, donor cultivation and solicitation expertise; able to demonstrate successful outcomes
Demonstrate organizational and management skills needed to lead the fund development function into the future
Capacity to prioritize and execute in an ever-evolving new role in the organization, while often working independently and with minimal day to day supervision
Possess outstanding verbal and written communication skills; able to speak publicly in a compelling manner on behalf of the organization
Proven success in leading collaborative projects; ability to engage and lead different personalities towards a common goal
Effectively integrate initiatives with strategic vision; strong knowledge base in database management and records management
Commitment to championing a learning center where children are nurtured and supported, diversity is celebrated and interpersonal relationships collaboration are seen as avenues for growth and trust
Valid driver’s license
Active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals
Familiarity with HP Community and/or Highland Park resident; experience with fundraising initiatives in the Highland Park community
Expertise in the development and successful execution of a capital campaign(s)
Moderate degree of physical stamina with occasional lifting of 15-20 pounds. Ability to move freely to various locations within the office and other business and community settings. Frequent standing, walking and bending. Frequent repetitive activities including hands, arms, and legs for clerical and related telephone work. Exposure to noise and activity of a school and office setting.
About Highland Park Community Early Learning Center
The Highland Park Community Early Learning Center (HP Community) is located at 1850 Green Bay Road in downtown Highland Park and will be moving to 640 Ridge Road, Highland Park in the fall of 2019. The program was founded in 1951, by Martha Struve Freeman to provide high-quality, early care and education. The program utilizes a sliding fee scale for an intentionally diverse group of children who reside in Highland Park and neighboring communities. We are committed to providing a safe, educational and nurturing environment where children feel safe, cared for and respected. We believe every child deserves to thrive.
The following programs are available:
• Partial Day – year-round 2 ½ - 5 year olds (8:45 – 12:30)
• Full Day – year-round, part-time or full-time care for 2 - 4 year olds (7:30 AM – 5:30 PM).
• Summer Camp – 2-5 year olds receive early childhood education plus special nature and cultural arts activities, weekly art and music classes, water and sand play, walking field trips, and picnic lunches/cookouts.
• Preschool For All – a 3 hour state-funded program following North Shore School District’s school year, for children who may be “at risk” for academic failur...e.
• Wrap Around Child Care – students receive breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack (prepared on site) and nurturing care in an enriching environment while parents are working or attending classes.
• Two Year Old Care – children work on independence, toilet training and other self-help skills. The receive a nutritious breakfast, lunch and snacks with nurturing care in an enriching environment.
• COMING SOON – Toddler & Infant Care