The Chief Fundraising Officer oversees the advancement, implementation, coordination, and evaluation of Center on Halsted’s development and fundraising strategies. In carrying out this oversight and execution, s/he should demonstrate leadership skills along with an understanding of, and commitment to, the mission and core values of the organization. This position motivates, supervises, coaches, and evaluates development staff. The Chief Fundraising Officer serves as a member of the Senior Leadership Team and reports directly to the CEO.
Develop, implement, and evaluate the organization’s development and fundraising plan, strategy and goals to maintain and expand contributions from individuals, corporations, foundations and government sources.
Work with the CEO to develop, implement and evaluate an annual, comprehensive communications plan both in support of the annual development plan and to expand awareness of, and visibility for, the organization’s programs and services.
Fulfill responsibilities as a member of the Center’s Senior Leadership Team, with particular emphasis on the strategic direction of all fundraising activity. This will include:
Developing strategies with the CEO, Board of Directors and senior staff to meet funding goals.
Develop, implement, manage and execute an annual, comprehensive fundraising plan to maximize philanthropic revenue from all fundraising sources and methods (i.e., annual fund, individual major gifts, corporate and foundation relations, government grants, planned giving, special events, etc.).
Formalize prospect/donor relationship management process to include identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
Provide logistical assistance and management for Board of Directors, Development Committee, and other relationship managers in implementation of annual, individual giving program.
Participate in developing high-level gift request strategy with CEO, Board, and key solicitors.
Develop and review proposals and personalized gift request materials for key solicitors
Develop comprehensive donor recognition programs for individuals, corporations, and foundations.
Oversee key donor engagement functions, including special events, and cause marketing campaigns.
Oversee development operating systems and review thank-you letters and acknowledgments for key major gift donors.
Provide oversight and coordination in donor prospecting and research.
Work collaboratively to implement the Individual Engagement Plan (IEP) with Board of Directors.
Meet regularly with, and provide consultation and staff support to the Board of Directors’ Development Committee.
Provide counsel to the Chief Executive Officer regarding development philosophy/culture/trends, communications programs, and organizational-wide issues.
Hire, supervise, and lead development department personnel, collaborating with them individually and collectively to meet annual revenue and other departmental objectives. Identify staff development and training needs and provide solutions. Conduct annual staff performance reviews.
Develop and manage department’s annual revenue and expense budget.
Participate in Senior Leadership Team meetings, working collaboratively with other members in carrying out the mission of the agency.
Keeps informed of developments in philanthropy and fund development as well as the general fields of management and the not-for-profit sector; informs the CEO, development committee, and board on current trends, issues, problems, and activities in order to facilitate policymaking. Recommends policy positions concerning fund development.
Ensures compliance with all relevant regulations and laws, maintains accountability standards to donors, and ensures compliance with code of ethical principles and standards of professional conduct for fundraising executives.
Assures stability by creating a working environment that is rewarding to staff and volunteers.
Be familiar with all aspects of the organization’s programs and client base, to be able to help identify, and take advantage of, new and unusual funding and marketing opportunities.
Work with CEO on other duties as assigned.
· proven leader: strategic, visionary, inspirational, creative, collaborative, resourceful, and results-oriented. An individual with the highest integrity, respect for others, and a commitment to excellence.
·Translates strategy into meaningful, actionable objectives and plans; communicates clearly at one-on-one and group levels; conveys sense of purpose and mission that motivates others; maintains direction, balancing big-picture concern with day-to-day issues. Solicits feedback to ensure understanding, alignment, and make course corrections.
·Experience in setting goals, executing goals and providing leadership for campaigns including capital, planned giving, and other specific areas.
·Proven ability to establish and maintain relationships with a variety of individuals including Board, funders, and civic leaders.
Results – proven track record of exceeding goals and bottom-line orientation; evidence of the ability to consistently make good decisions through a combination of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgement; high level of professionalism and not-for-profit acumen; problem solving and creative resourcefulness.
Strategic Vision and Agility – ablity to think strategically, anticipate future consequences and trends, and incorporate them into the long-term plan.
Leadership and Organization – exceptional capacity for managing and leading a plan; a team player who has experience in scaling up fundraising activities; ablity to engage individuals both on personal level and in large groups.
Action-Oriented – enjoys working hard and looks for challenges; able to act and react as necessary, even if limited information is available.
Personal Qualities – integrity, credibility, accountability, and commitment to the mission of Center on Halsted.
Flexible and able to multi-task; can work with in a sometimes ambiguous, fast-moving environment while also driving toward clarity and solutions; demonstrates resourcefulness.
Time Commitment – willingness to work outside traditional hours and proactively schedule to be present during times most needed; an understanding that high performance goes beyond working nine to five.
·Bachelor’s degree, Master’s preferred – not-for-profit background plus five years combined senior level fundraising experience; prior Director of Development experience highly desirable; CFRE credential a plus.
Please send resumes cover letter along with answers to the following questions and salary requirements to email@example.com. NO PHONE CALLS. PRINCIPALS ONLY.
Please address the following questions in your cover letter:
1. What trends have you experience in individual giving that has impacted your approach?
2. What challenges do you identify in terms of cultivating funds for an organization serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer community?
3. What stragtegies would you put in place for the development staff to work as a team?
Equal Opportunity Employer: Center on Halsted hires the most qualified candidates without regard to any person's race, color, sex, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, national origin, ancestry, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, pregnancy, military discharge status, or source of income.
Additional Salary Information: Medical, Dental, Vision, Short and Long Term Disability, Vacation, 403B, Transit, FSA.
Center on Halsted is the Midwest's most comprehensive community center dedicated to advancing community and securing the health and well-being of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community. More than 1,000 community members visit the Center every day, located in the heart of Chicago's Lakeview Neighborhood.
We work hard to provide a safe and welcoming environment with ...programs and services for the entire community. Our programs range from volleyball, dance performances and cooking classes to rapid HIV testing, group therapy and vocational training. In addition, we partner regularly with other organizations and groups from across Chicago and the nation to provide additional programming for the community.
Free wi-fi access is available throughout the building including our lobby, reading library and our rooftop terrace. We also offer meeting and reception space, with special discounts for non-profit community groups.
Center on Halsted advances community and secures the health and well-being of the LGBTQ people of Chicagoland.
A thriving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community, living powerfully in supportive inclusive environments