The Assistant Director of Development at Perspectives Charter Schools is part of the External Affairs team and reports to the Senior Director of Development. The Assistant Director conducts a variety of essential functions and projects for Perspectives’ fundraising efforts, including managing all corporate partnerships, the Perspectives annual Gala and annual giving program, and individual and foundation donor relationships. The ideal candidate will be a seasoned fundraiser who is a creative and detail-oriented self-starter and is comfortable working both independently and as part of a team. Strong communication skills are essential. A successful match is a person who is both an adept and persuasive writer, as well as outgoing and enjoys working with people face-to-face and cultivating long-term relationships.
Partner with Senior Director of Development, Perspectives’ leadership, and school Principals to define and implement funding priorities and strategies
Collaborate with Senior Director of Development to initiate and manage all aspects of fundraising, including identifying, cultivating, soliciting, acknowledging, and stewarding current and potential donors - corporate partners, individuals, and foundations
Liaise with corporate partners and enhance collaborative relationships with Perspectives’ leadership, Board members, school Principals, and program managers
Prepare and ensure timely and accurate reports are delivered to funders
Create and implement comprehensive annual giving program to solicit annual gifts that meet Perspectives goals and priorities
Document all donor activities in Little Green Light, Perspectives’ donor database
Partner with the Senior Director of Development to coordinate and manage fundraising special events including Perspectives’ Annual Gala; oversee fundraising, site selection, event logistics, event marketing, and donor recognition
Provide strategic planning and fundraising support to Senior Director of Development
Serve as liaison, making the connection between corporate partners interested in hosting Perspectives student interns with Perspectives’ internship coordinator
Collaborate with Marketing Manager and school leaders to identify and develop opportunities to maximize donor recognition internally and externally; develop content for Perspectives website, printed materials to promote philanthropy, and website user interface enhancements to increase ease of making an online donation
Keep abreast of the latest fundraising trends and high-capacity, influential leaders in business, civic, and educational communities in Chicago and across the country
Perform other duties as assigned
Exhibits a strong commitment to the ethos of Perspectives Charter Schools by thriving to live by the 26 principles of A Disciplined Life®
Holds a deep belief that all students in Chicago deserve an education where social emotional learning and high academic expectations are delivered with excellence
Bachelor’s degree required
Four to six years of relevant experience with annual giving, event management, donor relations and portfolio management, and solicitations
Displays superior interpersonal and communications skills; exceptional writing (e.g. proposals, acknowledgements, and reports; develops and maintains collaborative relationships among all levels of the organization
Strong project management skills and attention to detail; prioritization skills with superior follow-through
Maintain high degree of donor satisfaction through timely and thoughtful acknowledgements and reports
Establish and maintain strong relationships with Perspectives’ leadership, school Principals, educators, and staff, as well as external constituencies
Functions collaboratively as part of a fast-paced, donor-centric team, demonstrating willingness to support team on all levels to get the job done
Maintains confidentiality, displays discretion, honesty and integrity
Comfortable working with Little Green Light, Perspectives’ donor database
Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
Additional Salary Information: Benefits Summary: Perspectives offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package for all full-time employees, including health insurance, dental, vision, paid time off, holidays, short and long term disability, life insurance, 403B, and the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund.
Internal Number: 1563
About Perspectives Charter Schools
All Perspectives Charter Schools will provide scholars with a rigorous and relevant education, based on the ethical principles of A Disciplined Life®, preparing them for life in a changing world and helping them further become intellectually reflective, caring and ethical people engaged in a meaningful life.
All of Perspectives Charter Schools achieved Level 1 or 2+ this year. As one of the first charter schools in Illinois, Perspectives has a long record of preparing scholars for success in college and beyond. Our five schools across the South Side of Chicago offer an education that combines character development and academic rigor through the A Disciplined Life® education model.
Our scholars come from some of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in the country, but they graduate from high school, enroll in college, and persist in college at a rate above the national average. The keys to our success are our dedicated, hard-working, creative, and compassionate teachers.