Gads Hill Center, a social service organization established in 1898, creates opportunities for children and their families to build a better life through education, access to resources and community engagement.
At Gads Hill Center we envision a community in which all children benefit from healthy, financially stable households that support their early learning and growth. We invest in the potential of children and families through early childhood education, youth programs, and mental health supports. Ultimately, Gads Hill Center builds a community where all families can help their children have access to quality education in order to succeed in school and life.
The Director of Development and Communications is a senior staff position ensuring achievement of the fundraising and communication goals of GHC through planning and execution. The individual in this key role will work closely with the Chief Executive Officer and Board Members to establish and achieve the fundraising goals. The Director will lead the efforts in the design and implementation of a comprehensive and strategic development program including individual donor development, grant writing, special events management, and special campaigns. In addition to overseeing the department, the Director will develop and manage a caseload of established and prospective individual donors. The Director reports to the CEO and oversees fundraising team at Gads Hill Center.
Serve on GHC’s leadership team, identifying funds needed, preferred funding targets, and approaches
Support the Board of Directors to ensure their engagement in philanthropic activities
Serve as staff liaison to the Board’s Development Committee, Communications Committee and all special events committees.
Establish and execute the strategic development plan that includes yearly overall funding goals for donor retention, individual donor base growth, corporations and foundations, and special events, in cooperation with the CEO and in consultation with the Board
Provide leadership, guidance and professional development opportunities to Development staff
Track industry trends, strategy, opportunities and fundraising best practices
Provide a best practice approach to Gads Hill Center’s efforts to effectively communicate the mission, goals and accomplishments to donors, prospective donors and the broader community.
Administration and Management:
Motivate, develop, and supervise a team of fundraising professionals to contribute to execution of strategic development plan.
Oversee and ensure the integrity of regular reporting on goal achievement to demonstrate progress, identifying areas of concern and revising strategies as needed in consultation with the CEO
Monitor budget and revenue targets and ensure that those supervised perform within guidelines and expectations
Develop and maintain key long-term relationships with donors and prospects to build a robust donor base
Identify, cultivate, and solicit a portfolio of major gift donors, building GHC’s base of 5, 6, and 7-figure gifts from high-net-worth individuals and families.
Conduct prospect research on multiple donor sources, maintaining comprehensive donor briefs, engagement reports, and wealth capacities.
Support, prepare, and strategically deploy the CEO with key potential donors from all constituencies
Develop the plans and activities to ensure individual donors are engaged year-round, educated about Gads Hill Center, and informed about the impact they are making annually through a calendar of strategic touch points
Develop and implements a strategic communication plan to maximize public awareness and support for the mission and work of Gads Hill Center that includes brochures, newsletters, direct mail—gift acknowledgements, annual appeals, annual report—website content, e-blasts, social media, and events to encourage major and planned gift inquiries
Identify and cultivate family foundations and corporations in collaboration with the Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager
External Relations and Special Events:
Oversee the planning and successful execution of an Annual Gala and special events
Serve as an articulate, passionate and visible spokesperson for the agency
Create and implement a plan to build strong relationships with community leaders and community-based organizations, and volunteers
Oversee the development of Gads Hill Center Young Professionals Board and Alumni Programs
Qualifications and Competencies Required:
Proven success in development fundraising for a nonprofit with a budget of $9-$12 million
Bachelor’s degree and 7+ years of experience in donor development
Proven track record in cultivation, solicitation and closing of corporate, foundation grants and five-figure individual gifts.
Experience supervising and leading staff and coordinating with peers to achieve goals
Experience in planning, leading, and managing development projects, as well as reporting progress to senior management and Board of Directors
Highly effective interpersonal, communication, and public speaking skills
Skilled in creating powerful, compelling written and oral communications for fundraising
Strong analytic and strategic-thinking skills, with demonstrated ability to create, implement, and monitor complex plans and ability to translate plans into concrete goals and measurable outcomes
Proficiency in Word, Excel, and Donor Perfect and/or Raiser’s Edge fundraising software or similar fundraising software
Flexible time needed for donor cultivation and events
A passion for helping low income children and youth build better lives
Familiarity with Chicago’s funders and nonprofit landscape is a plus.
Ability to pass a criminal background check and child abuse/neglect registry check.
Salary Range: Commensurate with experience and skill level
Schedule: Full time
Location: 1919 W Cullerton Chicago, IL 60608
To apply, send resume and cover letter by e-mail to:
Human Resources Manager
Additional Salary Information: Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance and Paid Time Off. Retirement Plans available.
About Gads Hill Center
Gads Hill Center serves families in the communities of west and southwest Chicago with programming that provides early childhood education, academic support and enrichment, social-emotional development and family support. Our programs include home visiting for pregnant mothers and young children, center-based early childhood education, after-school academic support, middle school mentoring and STEM-focused college readiness for high school students.
Family support and parent engagement are key components of Gads Hill Center’s programs. Our staff supports parents in identifying their needs and setting goals. Through comprehensive community partnerships, we then connect them to the resources necessary to meet their needs, achieve their goals and strengthen their families. Our programs are designed to empower parents in their role as their child’s first teacher and support them as lifelong learners.
Our vision is that all individuals, regardless of where they start, will achieve their full potential. We execute this vision by providing programs that respond to the changing needs of the families and communities that we serve. Since 1898, Gads Hill Center has continued to expand and grow to better serve children, youth and families.