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 and 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 support. Gads Hill Center builds a community where all families can help their children gain access to quality education to better succeed in school and life.
The Director of Development and Communications is a senior staff position ensuring the achievement of fundraising and communication goals of Gads Hill Center through planning and execution. The individual reports to the CEO and works closely with the Chief Executive Officer and Board Members to establish and achieve the fundraising goals. The Director will lead the development and implementation of a comprehensive and strategic development plan that includes grants from the government, private foundations and corporations, individual donors, special events, and special campaigns. In addition to overseeing the department, the Director will develop and manage a caseload of established and prospective individual donors and is responsible to raise around five six-figure grants.
Establish and execute the strategic development plan that includes yearly overall funding goals for donor retention and expansion, individual donor base growth, corporate and foundation relations, and special events, in coordination with the CEO and in cooperation with the Board of Directors.
Serve on GHC’s leadership team, identifying funds needed for programs and the approaches to reach the goals.
Support the Board of Directors to ensure their engagement in philanthropic activities and serve as a staff liaison to the Board’s Development Committee.
Track industry trends, strategies, opportunities and fundraising best practices.
Provide a best practice approach to GHC’s efforts to effectively communicate the mission, goals and accomplishments to donors, prospective donors and the broader community.
Administration and Management:
Provide leadership and guidance to the Development team and deploy staff effectively to ensure that those supervised perform within guidelines and expectations.
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 to produce reports as needed.
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 five and six-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 plans and activities to ensure individual donors are engaged year-round, educated about GHC, and informed about the impact they are making annually through a calendar of strategic touch points.
Develop and implement a strategic communications plan to maximize public awareness and support for the mission and work of GHC 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 private foundations and corporations in collaboration with CEO and Board of Directors.
External Relations and Special Events:
Oversee the planning and successful execution of GHC’s 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 GHC’s 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
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.