Bethel New Life is seeking a highly motivated, self-directed candidate with excellent writing and public presentation skills to handle the following responsibilities:
Fundraising campaign management: The Director of Development will manage one annual fundraising campaign from planning through fulfillment, creating messaging and materials, with a goal of growing and strengthening the organization’s individual giving programs.
Donor cultivation and corporate gifts: The director will research and target appropriate donors for specific messaging, with an eye toward moving regular donors to sustainers and sustainers to major donors. He or she will develop "giving circles" and other efforts to encourage major gifts, work to solicit matching gifts and manage other corporate giving opportunities, and coordinate with the Bethel New Life Board of Directors to develop and support their fundraising plans and strategy.
Donor data management: The director will utilize the organization’s CRM (AccuFund) to analyze and segment donor records for more effective communication, keep records updated, and manage gift processing.
Grant prospecting/grant writing: The Director will seek out new grants and work to develop relationships with program officers at local foundations. In coordination with the CEO and BNL Program Directors, he or she will write grant applications and renewals and develop effective materials that can be reused from application to application.
Supporting and encouraging volunteer-led fundraising efforts: The Director will provide support as needed for Bethel New Life events. He or she will assist with fundraising events and help brainstorm new Bethel New Life fundraising events with appropriate teams.
In addition to these responsibilities, the Director of Development will be expected to serve as a leader within the organization, working with volunteers, attending meetings and events, and providing general support as appropriate.
This job will begin as a three-month contract position, and will evolve upon a successful review into a salaried 37.5 hour per week position that includes two weeks (40 total hours) of paid vacation. The BNL Director of Development may frequently work remotely and set his or her own schedule; however, candidates must be located in the Chicago area, as some duties do require on-site work during a specific time frame.
Bachelor's Degree and at least 2 years of experience working in a non-profit fundraising environment.
Thorough understanding of all components of a diversified funding base including donor prospecting and cultivation (individual and corporate) and grant research and application cycles.
Excellent verbal and written communications skills, including a demonstrated ability to write clearly and persuasively and to make effective public presentations.
Ability to establish clear objectives, monitor progress, and achieve fundraising goals with a strong adherence to deadlines.
Ability to collaborate with and motivate an array of internal staff, board members, and volunteers.
Commitment to timely communication with donors and other external partners.
Proficient in Google Docs, Microsoft Word and Excel, and experience using donor database systems (our CRM is AccuFund)
Self-starter with high degree of initiative, enthusiasm, and ability to work independently; ability to effectively manage time and prioritize projects
Excellent attention to detail and ability to exercise discretion
Willingness to bring new ideas to the table, be open to growth and experimentation, and not be bound by existing structures
Ability to be a passionate and effective advocate for BNL, its mission and vision
Some HTML and/or graphic design experience is helpful, but not required.
Bethel New Life is a 501c3 non-profit organization based in Chicago, Illinois. Formed by a small Lutheran church on the West Side of Chicago in response to the devastation and disinvestment that followed the civil rights riots of the late 1960s, Bethel New Life has been in the business of creating social impact and community change for more than three decades.
Bethel New Life oper...ates as a new breed of community investment organization on Chicago’s West Side which includes Chicago’s Austin, West and East Garfield Park, Humboldt Park and North Lawndale communities. We are focused on creating opportunities to bring individuals and families out of poverty and bringing about system and policy changes necessary to lift an entire community out of poverty. We invest in people who are ready to invest in themselves and we impact the systems and policies that dampen the human spirit and prevent communities from thriving. We have operationalized our mission and approach to community transformation and have entitled it “West Side Forward” (www.westsideforward.org).