STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: The Director, Endowment is responsible for designing and implementing a comprehensive, donor centric development plan with a focus on raising private support for both the annual budget as well as generating funds for major and planned gifts through an endowment campaign. The development plan should build upon the success of existing fundraising efforts while creating new ways of acquiring new donors, as well as retaining and upgrading current donors and constituents.
TRAVEL REQUIRED: Roughly 60% of time will be spent in personal visits with donors/potential donors. This position will require evening and/or weekend hours.
SPECIFIC ACTIVITIES INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO :
In collaboration with the President and Chief Executive Officer and Chief Development Officer develops a systematic fundraising plan that addresses the needs and concerns of each prospective donor segmented by type, level and fund; plans for research, identify prospects, cultivate, solicit and recognize;
Engage in direct donor solicitation as appropriate and most effective with support of the President and Chief Executive Officer and members of the Board of Directors;
Aggressively implement a structured program for fostering strong relationships with targeted individuals and foundations, involving where appropriate the President and Chief Executive Officer and members of the Board of Directors;
Participate in the evaluation and formulation of policies and long term programs involving analysis of comprehensive data and allocation or resources, and work collaboratively with Management Team members to ensure effective attainment of strategic and annual goals and objectives;
Responsible for growing The Chicago Lighthouse’s endowment through planned giving, bequests, gifts, and other endowment growth opportunities;
Develop and deliver presentations on planned gift and endowment opportunities to groups of donors and professional advisors;
Assumes primary responsibility for recruiting, training, managing and developing strong, effective fundraising staff;
Interfaces as appropriate with Associate Board, Young Philanthropists Board and other agency groups to support and recognize their activities;
Performs other duties as assigned by the President & Chief Executive Officer.
The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired is an Equal Opportunity Employer in full compliance with local, state, and federal Civil Rights & Affirmative Action laws. The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired maintains a strong policy of accommodation and a consistent practice of employing qualified individuals with disabilities. All applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunity without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability unrelated to ability, sexual orientation, military status, order of protection status or unfavorable discharge from military service
Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s or equivalent experience preferred.
Minimum of 5 years of related experience in multiple fundraising areas such as annual fund, major gifts, planned gifts and/or endowment.
Must have a demonstrated nonprofit organizational track record raising six and seven figure gifts.
Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills; sensitive to donor intentions, contribution vehicles and experiences. Clearly articulate goals and progress, and how funding strategies impact larger organizational goals.
Adaptive and flexible leadership style; high energy; capable of learning quickly towards the next level of excellence as defined by best in class industry and philanthropic standards.
Possess a great competence translating finance and numbers to instill confidence in donors, board members and senior colleagues. Knowledgeable and conversant on the subject of nonprofit business planning and financing, in addition to fundraising goals and progress.
Commitment to our mission of providing opportunities for people who are blind or visually impaired is essential.
About The Chicago Lighthouse
The Chicago Lighthouse is a world-renowned social service organization serving the blind, visually impaired, disabled and Veteran communities. Recognized as a pioneer in innovation since 1906, The Chicago Lighthouse provides vision rehabilitation services, education, employment opportunities and assistive technology for people of all ages.