The Director of Development leads fundraising strategies and initiatives, and works closely with the Board and staff to achieve the Organization’s fundraising objectives and ensure that day-to-day fundraising activities are completed.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
Develop annual fundraising plan with target goals by source (e.g., sponsorships, grants, individual donations, memberships, and events) and timeline.
Research and identification of new and expanded funding sources and opportunities, with attention to creative fundraising initiatives.
Cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donor portfolio, including in-person meetings and written communications with potential donors, grantors and sponsor organizations.
Grant-writing, including drafting of letters of intent and proposals, tracking and reporting.
Preparation and administration of sponsorship proposals, invoices and written acknowledgement of cash and in-kind donations.
Design and implementation of membership and donor campaigns (i.e., Giving Tuesday).
Maintain shared calendar (Google) and project management tools, with responsibility for meeting application and reporting deadlines.
Maintain database (DonorSnap) of existing and prospective donors, sponsors and funders, with gift tracking and reporting.
Work with marketing personnel to create impactful print and electronic communications.
Design and direct sponsor and donor recognition and appreciation programs, coordinating with Marketing and others to ensure sponsor and donor benefits delivery.
Provide creative, strategic input to fundraising events planning.
Combination of remote and onsite hours. Must be available for meetings on a weekly basis, as well as occasional evening and weekend meetings or events.
Qualifications and Skills
Background in nonprofit fundraising.
Demonstrated grant-writing success.
Experience working with foundations, corporations, individual donors and government funders.
Ability to initiate, foster and grow relationships with individuals and organizations.
Experience developing fundraising drives and membership programs.
High level of professionalism and dedication.
Ability to envision, plan and execute activities that will further the mission of the organization.
Ability to recruit, engage and appreciate volunteers and staff.
Ability to work effectively with a broad demographic of people, and a range of groups from corporate to grassroots.
Strong organizational skills.
Strong attention to detail.
Excellent time-management skills, with ability to prioritize and manage multiple competing deadlines.
Experience with donor database use and management.
Comfortable learning and using software applications and online technology.
Experience with basic level of graphic design is a plus.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Additional Salary Information: Average of 25-30 hours / week, with flexible, project-driven schedule
About One Earth Film Festival
GCC Midwest, Inc., a community-based organization founded in the Oak Park and River Forest area, has two main programs – the One Earth Film Festival, an environmental leader in the greater Chicago metropolitan area, and Green Community Connections, which works collaboratively to build a resilient, environmentally sustainable community. Our mission is to develop a deeper understanding of natural systems, build community, and inspire change that promotes sustainability at the family, organizational and public policy levels.