The Director of Development is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing all of Circle Urban Ministries fundraising including, the major gifts program, annual fund, planned giving, special events and capital campaigns. The Director works closely with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors in all development and fund raising endeavors.
Must embrace Circle Urban Ministries’ mission.
Strong interpersonal and writing skills.
Have knowledge and experience in fund raising techniques, particularly major gift fundraising and moves management.
Possess the skills to work with and motivate staff, board members and other volunteers.
Have the desire to get out of the office and build external relationships.
Be a “self-starter” and goal driven to initiate donor visits and fundraising calls.
Be organized and exhibit “follow through” on tasks and goals.
Display a positive attitude, show concern for people and community, demonstrate presence, self confidence, common sense and good listening ability.
A bachelor’s degree.
10 year minimum experience in professional fundraising (fundraising for a ministry or church preferred).
Must have experience with capital campaigns.
Meeting prospective donors and supporters on a continual basis to establish effective communications
Develop and grow a major gifts program including identification, cultivation and solicitation of major donors
Oversee grant seeking including research, proposal writing, and reporting requirements
Building the planned giving program with a focus on deferred gifts such as bequest expectancies
Direct the annual fund program, including mailings and annual fundraising drives
Direct capital campaigns and other major fundraising drives.
Coordinate fundraising special events
Direct corporate employee fundraising drives
Oversee prospect research
Work closely with the Executive Director, and Board of Directors
Make public appearances / accept speaking engagements to share information about Circle Urban Ministries and the Austin Community
Staff Board Development Committee meetings
Oversee fundraising database and tracking systems
Supervise and collaborate with other fundraising staff
Oversee creation of publications to support fundraising activities
Maintain gift recognition programs
Demonstrate professional conduct at all times
Perform other related duties as requested
Additional Salary Information: Competitive/commensurate with experience and other qualifications.
Send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls.
Circle Urban Ministries is a faith-based organization designed to inspire, equip and empower urban youth to develop Godly character, to reach full potential; and to transform lives and communities on the West side of Chicago. For more than 40 years Circle’s growing programs and campus has worked to address the educational, economic and employment concerns of families and children in the Austin neighborhood.