KIPP Chicago Schools is a local network of 6 charter schools that is part of the nationally renowned Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP). Our schools are completely free, and there are no requirements for enrollment except residency in the city of Chicago. Students and families choose to enroll in our schools because they perceive them as the highest quality option in their neighborhoods. Currently we serve 1,700 students in grades K - 8 across 6 campuses, and we will grow to serve 4,000 students across 10 campuses by 2020. Our mission is to empower those students with character and academic skills necessary to succeed in top-quality high schools and universities, to be happy in the competitive world, and to have a positive impact on their communities. 100% of our students are African American or Latino; 94% qualify for free and reduced price lunch; and, 16% are identified as diverse learners. In Chicago our campuses are located on the south and west sides of the city in communities broadly referred to as “low income.” KIPP Chicago alumni from these communities graduate high school at a rate of 90%, matriculate to college at a rate of 87%, and earn a four-year degree at a rate of 44%, compared to national averages of 72%, 45%, and 8%, for “low income” students. In addition to rigorous instruction in our K - 8 classrooms, our students receive continued support in high school and college through our KIPP Through College program and counselors.
KIPP Chicago seeks an experienced Director of Development who will be responsible for developing and implementing the development strategy for KIPP Chicago. The Development Director will be responsible for achieving the annual fundraising goals for the organization by maintaining and expanding relationships with private foundations, corporations, and individuals.
Designs, implements and manages all fundraising activities in support of annual giving campaigns, capital campaigns, and federal and state grant programs.
Manages all strategies and activities for donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
Represents KIPP Chicago to current and potential funders, including foundations, corporations, and individuals.
Actively cultivates and stewards current and potential donors, with an emphasis on growing individual donor base.
Manages fundraising events ranging from small gatherings to annual KIPP Talk event.
Develops a comprehensive planned-giving program and endowments as the needs become appropriate.
Manages Development Associate and contributes as needed to
Grant writing and reporting
Database maintenance and reporting
Event planning and execution..
Board of Directors Relations
Works with the Development Committee of the Board of Directors to develop strategies to initiate and meet aggressive fundraising goals.
Develops fundraising training for board members and other volunteers.
Assumes responsibility for all development reports to the Board and other agencies, and attends all Board Development Committee Meetings.
Development Office Infrastructure
Creates office systems to support all development projects and operations.
Ensures accurate accounting of all unrestricted and restricted income and its sources.
Interfaces with the finance team to fulfill information requests and maintain reporting accuracy.
Maintains excellent grant files in compliance with requirements of the year-end audit.
Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree; graduate degree preferred.
Professional fundraising experience and knowledge of the Chicago fundraising landscape strongly desired.
Proven experience in designing and managing development programs.
Experience with developing and maintaining productive working relationships with board members, donors, foundations, and corporations.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Strong executive presence.
Ability to work as a leader and as part of a team.
Ability to manage the ambiguity and multiple priorities inherent in an entrepreneurial environment.
High proficiency in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Outlook with strong preference for candidates with Salesforce experience.
Committed to the mission of preparing educationally underserved children for excellent high schools and colleges.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
KIPP Chicago Schools offers a competitive compensation and benefits package:
Competitive salary based on experience
Competitive rates for medical insurance and short-term disability insurance. Dental insurance, vision insurance, life insurance, and long-term disability insurance are offered at no cost.
403(b) retirement account
HOW TO APPLY
Please apply immediately, as applications are accepted and roles are filled on a rolling basis. All interested applicants should visit http://www.kippchicago.org/join-us/apply-now, and click the “Director of Development” job posting. If you have any questions, please contact Chief People Officer Vince Gay via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
STATEMENT OF NON-DISCRIMINATION
KIPP Chicago is committed to a policy of equal treatments for all individuals applying for employment. KIPP Chicago does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic background.
KIPP Chicago Schools is a network of college prep public charter schools offering high-quality education to Chicago students. Our mission is to empower students with the knowledge, skills, and character traits necessary to succeed in top-quality high schools and universities and to have a positive impact in their communities.