The Director of Development will be responsible for planning, organizing and implementing strategies to secure donors and contributions in support of the organization, provide oversight of the fund development program, monitor development activities, organize and execute fundraising events, and address issues that may hamper growth and success. In addition to the Executive Director, the Development Director will serve as a primary source of communication for the agency, overseeing all appeals, newsletters, and social media content, working with media, and giving presentations to individuals and groups.
The successful applicant should have proven experience as a fundraising specialist with at least three years of management experience in a non-profit organization or similar environment. You must be motivated, have the ability to solve complex problems, and have a passion for philanthropy.
The Development Director will report to the Executive Director and will work closely with the Board of Directors as it relates to development and fundraising endeavors.
Development Director Responsibilities:
Works with the Executive Director, staff, and Board of Directors to facilitate short and long-term strategic plans
Achieves major core fundraising and communication goals for both corporate and individual donations while increasing the positive image and visibility of Margaret’s Village.
Executes a systematic, long-term strategic, relationship-driven approach to identifying, researching, cultivating an active pipeline of new, prospective corporate/foundation partners and ensure ongoing effective cultivation and conversion of prospective pipeline corporate/foundation partners into active partners.
Creates consistent and persuasive communication for our programs.
Meets prospective donors and supporters on a continual basis to establish effective communications with them
Grows a major gifts program including identification, cultivation and solicitation of major donors
Conduct prospect research for grants, prepare and submit proposals, and meet reporting requirements.
Works with program and finance department in submission of government grants
Works with the Executive Director to build the planned giving program with a focus on deferred gifts such as bequest expectancies
Directs the annual fund program, including mailings and annual fundraising drives
Directs capital campaigns and other major fundraising drives including crowd sourcing
Coordinates fund raising special events, including selection of honorees and venue, all aspects related to run of show, publicity, and follow-up.
Oversees creation of publications to support fund raising activities
Oversees agency communications, including digital media and e-newsletters, website and social media, as well as direct mail appeals, event communications, media requests and press releases.
Represents the agency at events and outreach to organizations, churches, and other groups.
Recruits, trains and supervises volunteers and interns to assist with development functions
Seeks in-kind support of goods and services for agency
Prepares reports for Board and Board committees as needed, but at least quarterly
Demonstrates professional conduct at all times
Performs other related duties as requested.
Encourages and supports the Board in their approach and engagement with external corporate/foundation and individual stakeholders
Telecommuting is allowed.
About Margaret's Village
Margaret’s Village addresses needs of the poor and marginalized through operation of two homeless shelters serving women, children, and families, and a senior center which assists socially isolated seniors who lack access to services. Margaret’s Village is also a beloved and integral part of the Englewood and South Chicago communities where the programs are operated and community events such as a peace festival and health fair are hosted. A portion of the property also serves as the site for a community garden for residents and neighbors. Margaret’s Village works collaboratively with many organizations and government entities to strengthen and revitalize these impoverished communities, to renew hope and offer opportunities to residents.