The Director of Development is directly responsible for the creation, leadership and management of Covenant House Illinois' Fundraising & Development Department, overseeing all of the private and public revenue streams that fund the site. He/she will be responsible for the supervision of assigned staff.
Job Duties: Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Collaborate with the Executive Director of CHIL and the development team at Covenant House International (CHI) to create the spirit, systems, structures, staffing and initial strategies of the site's Development Department.
Help to recruit members and create the site's Board of Directors.
Collaborate in all Development-related aspects of the site's launch and expansion.
Create the following revenue streams for CHIL: individual giving, foundations, corporations, Sleep Out (Peer to Peer fundraising), special events, government and legacy giving.
Work with the Executive Director to create the Department's strategic plan.
Department Leadership (all in collaboration with CHI during the first two years)
Recruit, hire, onboard, manage & coach the Development Team.
Manage and oversee all aspects of individual giving and major gifts program.
Manage and oversee all aspects of special events and Sleep Out (as well as other P2P events).
Manage and oversee all aspects of foundation fundraising.
Manage and oversee all aspects of corporate engagement.
Manage and oversee all aspects of local, state and federal government relations and fundraising.
Conduct all development leadership matters including budgeting, benchmarking, and strategic planning.
Lead the communication strategy to CHIL stakeholders.
Collaborate closely with the program and administration teams to carry out all relevant Department functions.
Attend fundraising seminars and or training that are relevant to the position.
Donor Moves Management
Identify, research, cultivate, solicit and provide stewardship for a portfolio of capital campaign and major gift prospects (individuals, foundations and corporations) within the systems and structures identified by CHI.
Communicate with funders to keep them informed and engaged in the Covenant House Illinois Community.
Ensure that information regarding donors and prospects learned in the course of cultivation, solicitation and stewardship is added to the Department's database systems.
Work with finance to manage all of the data and operational aspects of the Development function (acknowledgements, gift processing, data entry).
We offer a comprehensive benefits package including a defined contribution plan (403)b plan with an annual employer contribution, medical and dental insurance, employee assistance plan, long-term disability plan, flexible spending accounts, up to 4 weeks vacation, 4 personal days, 13 sick days and 11 paid holidays during the year.
Bachelor's Degree required.
Master's Degree preferred.
At least five (5) years of Chicago-based fundraising experience with knowledge of individual giving, preferably in a social services organization, is required.
Supervisory and Department leadership experience required.
Advanced knowledge of non-profit fundraising industry.
Must possess strong interpersonal skills, be a self-starter with networking experience.
Be creative, focused and able to adapt well to many circumstances.
Must be a very collaborative team player and able to work with all levels of management in a fast-paced environment.
Highly organized, detail-oriented and possess excellent follow-up skills.
Excellent time management skills with a strong ability to multi-task.
Knowledge of MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint and Google applications.
Knowledge of MS Publisher and Raisers Edge a plus.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Must be available to work a flexible schedule including weekends, evenings, and night hours as needed.
Ability to travel as needed, including to New York City, as needed.
Must have a thorough understanding of the mission of Covenant House and the work done by the agency.
Must demonstrate a deep dedication to the mission of Covenant House.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume with salary requirements to email@example.com.
Founded in 1972, Covenant House is the largest charity across the hemisphere serving homeless, trafficked and runaway youth. Located in 30 cities across 6 countries (Canada, the United States, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua) Covenant House offers a broad range of essential services to help youth move from poverty to opportunity and from homelessness to hope. These services include emerg...ency shelter, transitional and supported housing, food, clothing, legal aid, medical care, educational services (including high school diploma programs and GED certificate programs), job training and placement services, childcare and parenting support programs. As a part of the Covenant House Strategic Plan (2015 - 2020), we will open hundreds of new supported beds for homeless youth across Canada, Latin America, and the United States. By the end of year five of this plan, we will reach an additional 10,000 youth annually through our residential and non-residential services, including health clinics, job training programs and schools. An important step of our expansion is to open a new site - Covenant House Illinois (CHIL) in Chicago.