VICE-PRESIDENT OF DEVELOPMENT, THE BETTER GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION
Founded in 1923, The Better Government Association (BGA) is Illinois’ only non-partisan, investigative and watchdog organization. BGA is a nonprofit 501c3 that utilizes investigative journalism, legal actions, advocacy and civic engagement to promote better government accountability in Illinois. BGA is seeking a Vice-President of Development, a dynamic, goal-oriented professional responsible for designing and implementing a comprehensive philanthropic program. The successful candidate will have a passion for good governance, an understanding of the importance of a free and vibrant press and a track record of successfully securing substantial philanthropic investment. The Vice-President of Development will lead BGA’s $4 million annual fundraising efforts in collaboration with a talented development staff, highly committed leadership team and BGA Board of Directors.
The BGA’s history goes back to 1923, when a small group of clergymen, lawyers and businessmen created the organization to fight corruption in government. For 95 years, the BGA has supported high impact investigative journalism, fulfilled an essential fact-checking role and advocated on behalf of good governance. The BGA’s mission is to promote integrity, transparency and accountability in government by exposing waste, fraud and corruption, advocating effective public policy and informing and engaging the community.
With the following four program areas, BGA not only exposes problems in government, but also proposes real solutions.
1) Investigate: Investigative journalism is the core essential function of the BGA. Our investigations cover a wide range of government-related issues and routinely expose misconduct, corruption, fraud and mismanagement in Illinois.
2) Litigate: Our legal team takes aggressive legal action when necessary to gain access to public records and demand transparency from our government.
3) Advocate: BGA’s Policy Unit advocates and works alongside key stakeholders to protect the potency of the Freedom of Information and Open Meeting Act laws in our state and bring needed reform to local and state government.
4) Educate: BGA’s Civic Engagement Unit educates and engages the public around their rights for information on the actions of their government and through its e-advocacy tools encourages greater civic participation.
Together, these four program areas increase the public’s awareness and understanding of what’s going on in state and local government, gives citizen’s a voice to help advance much needed government reform and teaches people how to access public information and more fully participate in our democracy.
The Vice-President of Development is responsible for creating and overseeing a comprehensive development strategy, managing the development team, securing major gifts from new and existing donors, and cultivating and stewarding existing donors and board members.
While the Vice-President of Development will have individual responsibility for securing major gifts, they will also oversee the development staff’s efforts to grow foundation grants, corporate donations and support successful annual fund raising events. The Vice-President of Development reports to the CEO and is a key member of the senior management team responsible for creating the BGA’s long-term strategy. He or She will manage and mentor two full-time staff members, the Development Associate/Executive Assistant and the Board Liaison/Grant Writer, along with a part-time Development Assistant.
Achieving annual fundraising goals ($3.8 million in FY 2018) to support BGA operations.
Ultimate responsibility for all contributed revenue-generating activities, including major gifts, foundation and corporate giving.
Working with the Board of Directors to maximize giving potential of individual members and develop targeted strategies to engage their relationships with other potential new donors to BGA.
Supporting the CEO in fundraising activities, including developing strategies and tactics for cultivation, solicitation and stewardship efforts.
Managing fundraising-related special events, including the $1.7 million Annual Luncheon, to ensure that events are well executed and financial goals are met.
Directing the preparation of all annual development budgets to ensure expenditures are within budget scope.
Ensuring that all administrative development tasks including gift acknowledgement, grant reporting, and updates to the development database are completed in a timely manner.
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
The ideal candidate should enjoy working in a dynamic, results-oriented environment in which expectations are high for both the quality and speed of work. In addition, they should have the following:
7+ years of experience in individual fund raising and grant writing, campaign experience a plus;
Success in achieving a multi-million dollar campaign goal including securing multiple individual gifts in excess of $500K;
Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with different constituencies (subordinates, managers, peers, donors and Board members);
A goal-oriented personality who is resilient and creative when faced with shifting challenges and opportunities;
Exceptional work ethic and track record of personal initiative and achievement;
Knowledge of development processes and the analytical skill to use metrics and data to support fundraising strategy;
Demonstrable interest in the mission of the Better Government Association, and;
A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.
Compensation: Commensurate with experience. Excellent health and dental benefits, 401K plan and group life insurance.
Start Date: The position is currently available.
The Better Governance Association does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation or national or ethnic origin.
About Better Government Association
The BGA works for integrity, transparency, and accountability in government by exposing corruption and inefficiency; identifying and advocating effective public policy; and engaging and mobilizing the electorate to achieve authentic and responsible reform.