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. Seasonal position averages 40 hours/week from September-May and 10 hours/week from June-August.
Combination of remote and onsite hours, with flexibility in scheduled times. Must be available for meetings and events on a weekly basis, including occasional evenings and weekends.
Develop annual fundraising plan with target goals by source (g., sponsorships, grants, individual donations, memberships, and events) and timeline.
Research and identification of new and expanded funding sources and opportunities.
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 donor campaigns (i.e., Giving Tuesday).
Maintain shared calendar (Google) and project management application (Trello), 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.
Plan and coordinate fundraising events, with the support of volunteers and other staff.
Background in nonprofit fundraising.
Experience working with foundations, corporations, individual donors and government funders.
Ability to initiate, foster and grow relationships with individuals and organizations.
Demonstrated grant-writing success.
Experience developing fundraising drives and membership programs.
Experience with donor database use and management.
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.
Strong organizational skills.
Ability to prioritize and manage multiple competing deadlines.
Experience planning and executing fundraising events.
Ability to recruit, engage and manage volunteer committees for event planning.
Ability to stay on budget and to track and report spending.
Ability to engage and interact meaningfully with guests, volunteers and staff at events.
Proficient and comfortable using the Google Suite, including Google Docs and Sheets.
Comfortable learning and using new software applications and online technology.
The ideal candidate will also be:
Supportive of GCC’s mission of environmental sustainability, and willing to uphold environmental brand requirements, such as zero-waste initiatives at all GCC events.
A thoughtful, creative problem-solver.
A good listener.
An entrepreneurial self-starter.
Collaborative and flexible.
Able to work / manage self independently with little to no supervision, as well as able to work in groups.
Comfortable with social networking and engaging new individuals and organizations.
Detail, system and results-oriented, but can keep up with the broader vision and goals.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Additional Salary Information: Seasonal position averages 40 hours/week from September-May and 10 hours/week from June-August.
About GCC Midwest, Inc.
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.