The Director of Institutional Giving will lead three primary areas: Institutional Giving, Donor Data Management and Prospect Research. The Director will be responsible for all aspects of grants management, ensuring the quality and integrity of our donor data and gift processing, and lead all prospect research efforts. As an integral part of the Development Team, the Director will be a key collaborator and thought leader driving new investments and innovating the donor engagement process.
o Leads all institutional giving efforts including successful proposal development and submission; and all foundation relationship and grant management
o Works with internal stakeholders to develop the relevant innovative and data informed submission.
o Compiles all required reporting, working collaboratively with donors to satisfy all requests for information and proactively share insights
o Advance the Chicago Scholars brand by positioning the organization and yourself as industry leaders.
Donor Data Management
o Lead all donor data management efforts including the gift processing and acknowledgment process
o Ensure proper collection and recording of donations within Development database and Financial records
o Maintain calendar of donation cycles for multi-year donors; ensure on-time reminders and pledge invoicing
o Maintain and manage the development database to ensure the accuracy of all donor data and information
o Lead prospect research efforts for all development efforts including institutional giving, individual and corporate donors
o Work collaboratively with the Development Team, including the President & CEO and members of the Board as appropriate, to assign and vet prospects for cultivation
o Track and maintain active prospect pipeline meeting revenue projections and targets
This role will occasionally work on nights and weekends for Scholar and development events and programming, and may have the opportunity to manage an intern. This role is also required to attend and support mandatory all staff events: the UnTied Gala, College Choice Celebration, New Student Orientation, All Scholar Retreat, First Look, the Onsite Admissions Forum, New Student Interview nights, and our Quarterly Staff Retreats.
Education: College degree required
Experience: 10-15 total, with 5-7 years of relevant experience
• Exceptional verbal, written and interpersonal skills and ability to engage a broad spectrum of audiences and consistently demonstrate respect, concern, and responsiveness.
• Ability to speak in public and engage all stakeholders (students, parents, mentors, volunteers, college representatives).
• Demonstrated ability to cultivate and sustain relationships with diverse audiences (educational level, socio-economic circumstance).
• Ability to manage projects, organize and compile complex tasks, and prioritize multiple assignments to meet deadlines and objectives.
• Ability to remain flexible and adapt to changing needs and priorities.
• Advanced proficiency with technology and standard office applications and ability to learn and master other computer technology/software programs as needed.
• Demonstrated ability to interpret data for decision making and program/process evaluation; ability to make recommendations for continuous improvement using data driven approach.
• Demonstrated management skills, including the ability to manage change and generate a culture of continuous improvement.
• Ability to manage a team and a budget to achieve defined goals and demonstrate a commitment to use resources effectively.
• Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion.
- Please click 'Apply' to submit your application which should include a resume and cover letter no later than Sunday, April 29.
- All candidates MUST be available for a first round group interview the morning of Thursday, May 10th. Note that the second round interview is scheduled for Friday, May 18th and the final round presentation for Friday, May 25th.
- In your cover letter, share your experience in leveraging donor relationships to advance the mission of your organization, beyond the financial investment made.
About The Chicago Scholars Foundation
The Chicago Landscape
There is a deep reservoir of talent in this great city! In order to remain a world-class city, we must invest in talent from an education and leadership perspective. Locally and nationally, we are not fully equipping our youth with the skills and tools to be successful. Just 8% of Chicago Public School students will graduate with a college degree by the age of 25. There also remains a lack of diversity in the workforce at all levels and in every industry. We must continue to invest in building a diverse pipeline of talent if we are to remain a thriving and competitive city.
About Chicago Scholars
The mission of the Chicago Scholars Foundation (Chicago Scholars) is to provide talented, academically ambitious, and underserved high school students access and success through college and beyond.
We provide Chicago’s young future leaders with the support they need to achieve their dreams through mentorship, college admission support, and access to leadership and career programming. Our program targets high need, first-generation students from every single neighborhood and every high school. We nurture their talent through an innovative five-year colle...ge success program plus a two-year leadership development program. We work to ensure that our academically ambitious Scholars are not only investing in their own career growth and success but also enhancing Chicago’s competitive position in the global economy for years to come. We are extremely proud that the support provided by our program is allowing our Scholars to persist and graduate at a rate of almost 90% (compared to just 8% of CPS peers).
Our Future – Growth
Chicago Scholars is at a particularly exciting and critical juncture. Due to the success of our program, we have recently received support to expand our impact from serving 300 new students each year to 1000 new students, over the next five years.