The Director of Development and Communications provides leadership for the agency’s revenue generating activities and is responsible in particular for meeting private (non-governmental) goals which represent approximately 20 percent of the overall agency budget, as well as securing new sources of government revenue. This position uses their generalist skills to develops and implements annual fundraising plans to ensure budgeted revenue goals are met, and collaborates with the President/CEO, Executive Team and Board of Directors to grow the organization.
The Director of Development and Communications is also responsible for developing and executing communications strategies to enhance awareness about Children’s Place, its mission and its services among key constituencies and the general public.
If selected for this position, you will use your generalist skills to successfully handle functions that include:
ø Develops and implements detailed annual fundraising plan to achieve revenue goals and annual budget; monitors progress and takes corrective action as needed; in collaboration with Chief Financial Officer, tracks designated funds to avoid shortfalls and surpluses; prepares reports on fundraising efforts for President/CEO, Executive Team and Board to review, tracking actual revenues and commitments to annual goals.
ø Develops proposals for government funding as needed, including federal funding proposals; in collaboration with Chief Financial Officer and other staff, monitors expenditure of funds and prepares budget amendments as needed.
ø Oversees the planning and implementation of communications strategies.
ø Establishes and maintains ethical and other standards of performance for the agency, including reconciling its fundraising practices with prevailing recommendations of national associations of fundraising professionals or similar national bodies and Illinois state requirements.
ø Provides staff leadership for Board of Directors’ Development committee.
ø Cultivates relationships with major donors and other supporters; in collaboration with department staff, acts as liaison to the agency’s organized supporters, including Professional Partners and external funding groups.
ø Oversees the production of sufficient grant requests to achieve revenue goals; strategizes with Grants Coordinator on new requests, special projects and other targeted proposals; assesses specific areas of need (program, positions) and seeks funds as needed.
ø Analyzes the costs and benefits of each fundraising activity, taking into account factors which affect the reasonableness of fundraising costs compared to dollars raised, such as the differential costs of donor solicitation, donor renewal, large bequests or donations which would obscure true fundraising costs.
ø Performs other duties as necessary to meet new funding requirements or as assigned by the President/CEO.
You will supervise:
The Director of Development and Communications will supervise the Grants Coordinator, Development and Communications Coordinator and Development and Volunteer Associate.
You will bring the following education, skills and/or experience:
· Minimum of 8 to 10 years of progressive supervisory and management experience in nonprofit fundraising required, including direct fundraising and staff supervision.
· Must have a successful track record of achieving significant fundraising goals.
· Must demonstrate proven competence in many areas of development, including special events, major gifts, individual and corporate solicitations, foundation grants and government contracts.
· Excellent social skills and ability to relate to persons from many different backgrounds required.
· Excellent written and verbal communication skills required.
We offer a rewarding work environment and take pride in offering competitive benefits with health, dental and vision coverage; flexible spending accounts; commuter benefit program, life and accidental, death & dismemberment coverage; paid and unpaid leave options; work/life benefits; educational assistance programs; and retirement and financial planning benefits.
Children's Place Association is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all local, state, and federal laws and regulations concerning civil rights. The agency does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law.
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Telecommuting is allowed.
About Children's Place Association
We transform the lives of children in the very worst circumstances – those confronting illness and extreme poverty – helping them overcome challenges and lead their best lives.
Children’s Place Association was opened in 1991 to help children affected by HIV/AIDS. We developed innovative programs to address the many challenges faced by low-income children and families coping with the illness.
Over time, Children’s Place Association expanded its influence, applying our approach to help children and families facing other health challenges. Today we serve more than 350 Chicago-area children and caregivers annually, and our international program helps 330 children in the Caribbean.
And we continue our strong commitment to those affected by HIV/AIDS. While medical advancements have nearly eliminated transmission of HIV from mothers to newborns in the U.S., thousands of children are impacted by their parents’ HIV-related conditions. Children’s Place remains the Chicago area’s leading provider of children’s services for families living with HIV/AIDS.
Besides health challenges, the common link among all those we serve is extreme poverty. Children’s Place Association targets thes...e interrelated issues in order to break the cycle of poverty and illness.
We believe children everywhere should have the chance to lead their best lives. This is the value upon which Children’s Place was founded – and one that continues to guide us.