Basic Job Function: The Development Director is a senior position at an established nonprofit organization embarking on an ambitious growth phase. The Director of Development will be primarily responsible for setting and meeting annual fundraising goals and ensure the financial health of the institution. The Development Director will oversee expansion of all fundraising activities and work with the Executive Director to design a comprehensive development program. The individual is expected to be a competent fundraising technician and an excellent organizational development specialist.
Develop and execute NAMI Chicago’s annual fundraising plan
Secure financial support from individuals, corporations and foundations
Develop and manage relationships with corporate and private foundation funders, including doing all grant writing
Select and manage appropriate relationship management and donation processing technology
Collaborate with and support Executive Director and Board on a strategic plan and create a development strategy that supports the success of that plan
Oversee special events
Keeps staff informed and connected to all fundraising activities
Conceive, design and production management for all materials supporting fundraising. This will require strong internal communication and collaboration skills, the ability to lead and participate on a team, agility in selecting and managing external consultants and paying careful attention to organization-wide message alignment
Direct solicitation of donors
Plan and support Executive Director’s solicitation activities
Assists Executive Director in supporting the Board’s fundraising activities
Completed annual performance evaluation and reporting as requested by Executive Director
Exemplary written communication skills
Existing professional relationships with Chicago-based corporate and private foundations
Ability to produce comprehensive annual fundraising plans that ensures the immediate and medium term financial health of NAMI Chicago
Multiple examples of success in conducting prospect research, designing a solicitation plan, implementing the plan and conducting appropriate donor appreciation
A clear point of view about fundraising record keeping and software
Experience managing fundraising events
A proven approach to recruiting, engaging and supporting volunteers
Annual fundraising goals are set along with a clear plan to meet the goals
Completion of an annual development budget that is approved and incorporated into the organizational budget
Annual fundraising event occurs, is on budget and meets or exceeds the fundraising goal established
Solicitation materials exist and are accurate and error free
Staff is well informed about fundraising activities and has a clear understanding of their contributions to fundraising activities
A performance evaluation process exists and is used to inform fundraising planning and activities
The Board is informed, supported and engaged in fundraising activities. In addition the Board has all necessary information for sound financial and strategic planning
Communications and materials have all necessary fundraising messages and channels
Deadlines are met
About NAMI Chicago
NAMI Chicago is one of the largest, most active affiliates of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in the country. The NAMI network is the nation’s leading voice on mental illness. NAMI Chicago is proud of its role as a founding force of the national NAMI network and remains at the cutting edge of reducing the stigma of mental illness in society. As a peer-driven organization, NAMI Chicago bases its entire program, training and public education activities in the experiences of people with mental illness and their family members.
NAMI Chicago’s flagship service is a Helpline that offers on the spot counseling and referrals, education. The Hotline volunteer and professional staff can be reached at (312) 563-0445 Monday through Friday, from 10 am to 5 pm. NAMI Chicago also offers direct support to individuals addressing mental health issues through workshops, training sessions and educational programs.
NAMI Chicago maintains many important partnerships in the community. Of note, NAMI Chicago served on Mayor Emanuel’s Task Force on Police Accountability and provides proprietary Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training to first responders and public agency staff throughout Chicago.
Through our education and programming, we work with mental health providers, providers of support services, schools and community based organizations, faith based organizations, law enforcement, the criminal court system, and many others. With these partnerships as the cornerstone of our work, we maintain a robust and up-to-date referral database.
Bachelors Degree required
Seven plus years of fundraising experience
Certified Fundraising Professional and membership in a fundraising association are desirable
Knowledge of and direct experience with at least 2 development management computer systems necessary.
Established professional relationships with Chicago-based corporate and civic foundations and philanthropists
Experience with capital campaigns
Experience or managing marketing and design projects
Track record of planning and completing annual fundraising efforts including directly soliciting contributions
Experience in supporting, recruiting and encouraging volunteer participation
The mission of the National Alliance on Mental Illness – Chicago is to provide hope and improve the quality of life for those whose lives are affected by mental illness, by providing information and referrals, education, support, advocacy, and active community outreach.