The Development Manager has primary responsibility for the development and implementation of the core fundraising activities of the organization (www.search-inc.org), including special events, individual mail appeals, grant-writing and communications activities. The primary goal of the position is to develop a reliable base of private support for the organization. The Development Manager works in close collaboration with the Chief Executive Officer on fundraising activities and engages other stakeholders in this work. The Development Manager supervises the Administrative Assistant and Grants Consultant on related activities.
Job responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Support the Mission Statement and agency values of Search.
Provide leadership on all aspects of managing a signature annual event for the organization, including:
Coordinate all logistics leading up to and on the evening of the event, including relationships with vendors, the development of print and electronic materials, solicitation of silent auction items, the management of volunteers, etc.
Provide leadership and support for donor outreach, including with Board members, vendors, family members and other stakeholders.
Oversee database management, including mailing lists, gift entry and donor acknowledgements.
Manage the organization’s annual holiday appeal and #GivingTuesday campaign (both print and electronic). Develop a timeline and strategy, branding and digital assets, engage Search stakeholders in the process and oversee the mailing, gift entry and donor acknowledgment process.
Assist with the development, preparation and submission of grant requests. Collaborate with program and administrative staff on content and all related attachments. Conduct related research and writing, as needed.
Provide leadership and support with a variety of marketing and communications activities, including the organization’s e-newsletter, website and social media channels.
Assist with donor cultivation activities, as opportunities arise.
Support the coordination of select volunteer projects to further fundraising goals.
Actively participates and contributes to assigned committees.
Other duties as assigned.
A Bachelor’s Degree is required;
A minimum of two years of successful experience in fundraising and communications in a nonprofit setting;
Experience with event management is strongly preferred;
Experience with grant writing is strongly preferred;
Experience with managing social media platforms is strongly preferred;
Exceptional written and oral communication skills;
Exceptional organizational skills;
Ability to work with and across a diverse group of stakeholders;
Flexibility to work some evenings and weekends for events and presentations;
An interest in and commitment to the mission and programs of Search Inc.
Additional Salary Information: The position is full time and includes an excellent benefit's package:
- Health and Dental insurance
- Paid vacation and sick time
- 2 Retirement plans
- Life Insurance
- Employee Recognition Program
About Search, Inc.
Search empowers individuals with intellectual disabilities to achieve their full potential, accept a valued role in their community and lead rich, rewarding lives. Search provides a wide range of flexible, personalized services and supports for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. These include supported living arrangements, adult learning and employment programs, as well as medical, behavioral, therapy and home-based services.
Outstanding Services, Life-Changing Experiences
Search makes a promise to each person we serve to provide exceptional services and truly memorable experiences that inspire and empower. This is reflected by our vision of a world where all people live, learn, work and play alongside one another, bringing their unique abilities to the community.
Search is a community-based nonprofit. Our programs serve more than 600 people and their families annually at locations stretching from the southwest side of Chicago to the northern suburbs of Waukegan and Mount Prospect. Search has provided high-quality services and supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities for over 50 years.
Experienced... and Certified
Search, Inc. is licensed by the Illinois Department of Human Services and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).
CARF accreditation means Search has passed an in-depth review of its services. It is your assurance that we meet rigorous guidelines for service and quality -- an endorsement that Search conforms to nationally and internationally recognized service standards and is focused on delivering the most favorable results for you.
Our board of directors is a dedicated group of some of Illinois’ finest business, community and civic leaders. Through their dedication and service we are able to provide people with intellectual disabilities the quality of life they so truly deserve.