The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization that provides insight — and influences the public discourse — on critical global issues. For nearly a century, the Council has played a critical role – locally, regionally, nationally, and globally – in promoting deeper global understanding and active US engagement in the world. We convene leading global voices, conduct independent research, and engage the public to explore ideas that will shape our global future. Over the past five years, the Council has embarked on an ambitious path of growth and expansion, increasing its overall staff and revenues by 50 percent. Major new initiatives include launching the Chicago Forum on Global Cities, cohosted with the Financial Times and convened annually in Chicago; publishing independent research by a growing cadre of resident and non-resident fellows; expanding the reach of our content to digital audiences; and positioning the next generation to take global leadership roles. In 2016, the Council moved into its new headquarters in Chicago’s Prudential Building, which includes a conference center that can accommodate up to 300 guests as well as a state-of-the-art studio for creative, digital programming.
In the next phase of the Council’s expansion, we will undertake a multi-million dollar campaign ahead of our centennial anniversary in 2022. The Board of Directors will be integral to the success of the campaign and the Director, Board Relations will guide their annual giving and campaign giving. The Director, Board Relations is an experienced, savvy fundraising professional who works closely with the Vice President, Development and President to oversee board-related activities, successfully meet fundraising goals for board participation in the Board Annual Fund, the Global Leadership Awards Dinner, the Second Century Campaign, and other Council efforts. The Director, Board Relations manages the work of one Board Relations Officer.
Specific responsibilities of the Director include:
Build relationships with the Council’s Board members to understand their interests and areas of expertise, and to facilitate their meaningful engagement with the Council
Meet the Board Annual Fund revenue goal and directly solicit financial support for this fund, the campaign, and other Council activities through in-person visits and phone calls
Lead the production of materials for and staff all board events including meetings of the Board, the Executive Committee, an annual orientation for new directors, the Nominating and Governance Committee, and from time to time, board retreats and dinners
Track board members’ progress toward fulfilling the Council’s board expectations on an annual basis and summarizing their engagement at the conclusion of board members’ three year terms
Design annual board survey and make use of board feedback to help the board be effective, carry out its responsibilities, and improve board member engagement
Oversee Board communications, including working with the communications team on the President’s monthly note and extensive individual communications with individual members of the Council’s more than 80-member Board of Directors
Prepare the President and members of the senior management team for meetings with Board members, including providing information about their engagement, financial support, and, as applicable, relevant corporate data
Ensure that notes from board and committee meetings are accurate and circulated in a timely fashion
Maintain the Council’s By-Laws, facilitate any necessary amendments or modifications, and advise Council leadership on adherence to Council By-Laws and board policies
Perform other projects as assigned
The Director will be strategic, highly organized, and results-oriented. The ideal candidate will enjoy building relationships and helping the business, civic, and philanthropic leaders on the Council’s board grow the organization. S/he will be a people-person who is genuinely interested in making connections. S/he will collaborate and relate well with members of the board, their staff members, and members of the Council’s staff. The Director will bring a strong command of nonprofit governance and fundraising best practices and enthusiasm for campaign fundraising.
The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:
8-10 years fundraising experience, preferably in major gifts and/or corporate relations, with campaign experience, including a track record of securing six and seven 7-figure contributions
Bachelor’s degree required; demonstrated experience and interest in global affairs preferred
Understanding of Chicago’s civic and business communities gained through top-tier fundraising efforts at a major non-profit in Chicago preferred
Experience managing staff, budgets, and fundraising plans/timelines
Excellent verbal, written, and listening communication skills
Self-starter, driven to achieve and exceed financial goals
Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team
Ability to learn and use the Council’s donor database
Ability and willingness to work evening and early morning events and travel occasionally beyond downtown Chicago.
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, founded in 1922, is an independent, non-partisan organization committed to educating the public — and influencing the public discourse — on global issues of the day. The Council provides a forum in Chicago for world leaders, policymakers and other experts to speak to its members and the public on these issues. Long known for its public opinion surveys of American views on foreign policy, The Chicago Council also brings together stakeholders to examine issues and offer policy insight into areas such as global agriculture, the global economy, global energy, global cities, global security and global immigration. Learn more at thechicagocouncil.org.