The Director of Development will provide strategic leadership in the creation and implementation of a comprehensive plan that reflects a diverse portfolio including an individual donor program, foundation support, annual appeals, corporate sponsorship and special events. The Director of Development will take the lead on updating and implementing a multi-year development plan in line with RVA 's five-year strategic plan (July 2016 to June 2021). The Director of Development supervises a Marketing and Communications Associate and an Administrative and Development Assistant (in partnership with the Director of Finance and Administration), as well as development intern(s) and on an occasional basis, contractual grant writer. This is a full-time, exempt position.
Individual and Corporate Donor Identification, Cultivation, Solicitation and Stewardship
Ensure the accuracy and integrity of donor database and strategize best uses of database to support development functions
Develop, implement and maintain an individual donor strategy including the identification, management, cultivation and solicitation of all individual donors
Implement appeal letter campaigns, including the annual year-end appeal
Identify, research and cultivate new relationships with individuals, businesses, and corporations to solicit financial and in-kind contributions
Develop, implement and maintain a matching gift program
Ensure an impeccable donor acknowledgement process
Grants Management and Foundation Relations
Oversee that research, letters of intent, grant proposals and grant reports are submitted on a timely basis to funders, and/or as needed, complete said responsibilities directly in order to ensure that opportunities and/or deadlines are not missed
Cultivate institutional supporters by maintaining regular communication with current and potential funders; coordinating and leading site visits
Oversee prospect research for potential funders, including local, regional and national foundations
Ensure and oversee a comprehensive grants calendar is created for current and potential funders
Lead the planning and implementation of the annual event, Soirée in the City, as well as smaller events including a major donor cultivation/stewardship event
Recruit volunteers and manage event planning committees
Ensure the creation and implementation of an annual marketing and communications plan with regular reporting to the Executive Director and the Board
Staff the Resource Development Committee (RDC)
Collaborate with the Executive Director and RDC to develop and implement an annual fundraising plan which includes short and long term strategies to solicit and secure funds
Support and advise Executive Director and Board Resource Development Committee on implementation of fundraising activities including individual giving campaigns, donor identification, donor cultivation, donor solicitation, donor stewardship, direct mail appeals, donor recognition activities, and special events
Provide guidance, support and ongoing training to develop and maximize Board fundraising skills
Prepare regular reports on progress related to fundraising and the management of the fund development activities
Development Budget Management
Develop and submit an annual income and expense budget for the development department
Monitor expenses and analyze budget reports on fund development and recommend changes as necessary
Foster an understanding of philanthropy within the organization
Participate as a key member of the staff Leadership Team
Attend board meetings
Supervise a Marketing/Communications Associate
Co-supervise an Administrative and Development Assistant with the Director of Finance and Administration
Recruit and supervise intern(s) in the Development Department
As necessary, recruit, hire and supervise a Contractual Grant Writer
Perform other duties as assigned to further the reputation and financial stability of RVA.
Experience in non-profit fundraising and communications with demonstrated accomplishments, including a proven track record in achieving fundraising goals and experience in developing and managing a diverse portfolio of support
Proven track record in successfully developing and implementing an individual donor strategy required
Successful history of working with boards and event committees
Excellence in time management and prioritization skills
Strong analytical and organizational skills
Superior responsiveness and impeccable verbal and written communication skills
Ability to work independently, manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines
Ability to function well within a team environment, which includes cross-department collaboration
Ability to write LOIs, proposals and grant reports with a history of success in raising dollars via private foundations
Ability to give and receive honest, constructive feedback
Knowledge and familiarity with Chicago philanthropic community highly desired
Internet and computer savvy, with experience utilizing Word, Excel, website management, online fundraising and e-communications and donor databases required; specific knowledge of the DonorQuest database a plus
Understanding of and/or experience with sexual assault, women's issues and human rights issues preferred
Minimum of one year of supervisory experience required
BA/BS (or equivalent) in a related field required
Completion of minimum 40-hours of sexual assault training within 90 days of hire is required
Flexibility to work occasional evening and weekend hours required
Persons of color and LGBTQ persons are encouraged to apply. RVA is an equal opportunity employer.
Please send your cover letter, resume and a writing sample to the following
Erin Walton, Executive Director
Please note that resumes received without cover letters will not be considered.
No phone calls, please.
Additional Salary Information: Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with experience. HMO, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance fully covered by employer. Generous Holiday, Vacation and Sick time.
Rape Victim Advocates (RVA) has been providing crisis intervention for sexual assault victims since 1974 in Chicago. RVA was founded by Natalie Stephens MD., an OB/GYN at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and 10 medical and nursing students and other staff. They had witnessed too many victims leaving the emergency room in an emotionally worsened state than when they arrived, and they set out to prov...ide victims with the support necessary to start recovering. Decades later, RVA remains true to its founding principles and the following mission statement:
Rape Victim Advocates (RVA) is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the healing and empowerment of sexual assault survivors through non-judgmental crisis intervention counseling, individual and group counseling, and medical and legal advocacy in the greater Chicago metropolitan area. RVA provides public education and institutional advocacy in order to improve the treatment of sexual assault survivors and to effect positive change in policies and public attitudes toward sexual assault.
For 12 years, RVA was run entirely by volunteers. In 1986, the agency hired its first executive director. Volunteers remain key to RVA's ability to offer quality, 24-hour services. At present, more than 200 volunteer advocates provide 24-hour crisis intervention in 14 Chicago area hospitals, including the area’s 5 trauma centers. RVA volunteers donate over 20,000 hours to the agency each year.
RVA currently employs 18 staff at our three community-based offices and our main office downtown. RVA staff further provides counseling services to more than 250 individuals each year, and prevention education to more than 4,500 individuals, 3,600 of which are between the ages of 11-20. Over 90% of RVA’s clients are women and girls.
RVA recognizes the diversity of Chicago and is committed to being accessible for services, employment and volunteer opportunities to all regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, physical/mental ability and economic status.
Delivery of these services makes RVA one of the most comprehensive crisis intervention programs for rape victims in Chicago, and the only rape crisis center in Chicago that is a full-service agency with the single focus of sexual violence. RVA will serve anyone -- at no cost to the victim -- who seeks treatment for sexual assault at one of our hospitals. And RVA's advocacy efforts do not stop at the individual level; the experience and information gained from providing direct services informs and strengthens our participation in institutional change.