The development director is an essential part of the Posse Chicago development effort. S/he is responsible for working with the site director and development officer along with Posse’s national development team to meet the annual revenue goals and reach higher revenue goals each year.The development director, in coordination with the site director will plan, manage, and coordinate the site’s development efforts including building new strategies for expanded funding, identifying, cultivating and soliciting donors and overseeing and at times collaborating with the development officer on writing proposals and reports with accompanying budgets, thank you letters and other correspondence for the director’s signature, planning events, soliciting corporate donations for events, and ensuring all necessary documents for grants management and audit purposes are filed electronically and in hard copy form.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Work with site director and development officer to create and implement annual development plan and strategy to raise an annual budget of $2.8 million.
Develop a pipeline of prospects for cultivation and solicitation and arrange meetings for site director and self with prospects.
Cultivate and steward relationships with select corporate & foundation staff, and individual donors.
Maintain portfolios of fundraising prospects and donors.
At site director’s discretion, act as a surrogate for them regarding fundraising matters.
Assist site director with advisory board meetings and other related activities.
Manage the development officer or senior development officer.
Other responsibilities include:
Write grant proposals, reports and budgets with development officer or on own.
Compose thank you letters and other correspondence of own and at times for site director.
Working as a team with the site director and development officer, plan fundraising events and develop strategy for soliciting corporate donations for events.
Ensure site is properly filing in both electronic form and hard copy all required documents for grants management and audit purposes.
Posse is proud to offer competitive benefits to its employees. Some of Posse’s benefits include:
Employer paid medical, dental, and life insurance plan for employee
Paid parental leave
403(B) plan with employer match
Flexible Spending Account
Generous paid time off policy
We are looking for someone who is collaborative, innovative, hard-working and thrives in a fast-paced environment. The successful candidate will have these qualities/qualifications:
Seven years minimum of work experience as a development professional
Motivated and able to work independently as well as with a team
Willingness to take initiative
Ability to meet deadlines and multi-task, manage concurrent processes/projects, and focus on the small but important details in all projects while keeping the bigger picture in mind
Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including grant writingExcellent office and computer skills. Proficient in Word, Excel and experience working with a fundraising database
Able to establish and maintain cooperative professional relationships with colleagues, donors, volunteers and the public
Strong public speaking and presentation skills
Demonstrated belief in Posse’s mission and values
About The Posse Foundation
The Posse Foundation has identified, recruited and trained 7,728 public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential to become Posse Scholars. Since 1989, these students—many of whom might have been overlooked by traditional college selection processes—have been receiving four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarships from Posse’s partner institutions of higher education. Most important, Posse Scholars persist and graduate at a rate of 90 percent and make a visible difference on campus and throughout their professional careers.