The Indo-American Center (IAC) is a community-based non-profit that has been serving the needs of immigrants for 28 years. Located in Chicago’s diverse West Ridge neighborhood, IAC was founded in 1990 by Indian Americans seeking to address the wide range of needs in the South Asian immigrant community. IAC services are designed to nurture the immigrant experience by building skills, facilitating friendships, and providing a supportive community; programs include Adult Literacy, Immigration and Citizenship Services, Civic Engagement, Golden Diners Seniors Program, Public Benefits Assistance, Workforce Development, and the Cyriac D. Kappil Legal Clinic.
The full-time Director of Development is supervised by the Executive Director and is a member of the agency’s management team. This position oversees all aspects of resource development for IAC and is responsible for development activities, which include managing and implementing a grants calendar with proposal submissions to foundations and corporations each year; collaboration with staff on program goals, outcomes, activities and budgets; development of proposals for government contracts; and cultivation of relationships with program officers and individual donors, including stewardship of major gifts contributors. The Development Director, oversees all marketing and public relations efforts of the agency, and works with the Board of Directors to coordinate fundraising events including the annual gala.
Develop and implement an organizational fundraising plan for IAC’s programs and core operations, and effectively support the Executive Director and board members in their fundraising and public relations responsibilities.
Cultivate and nurture relationships with current and potential corporate and foundation sponsors, and individual donors, through presentations, meetings, and other communications.
Research, identify, qualify, and prioritize potential funders for IAC’s programs and core operations, including a focus on corporation, foundation and government funders;
Draft, assemble, and submit funding requests through letters of intent, sponsorship packages, proposals, phone calls, in-person meetings, or other presentations;
Manage fundraising timelines and meet grant and proposal submission deadlines;
Support the board planning and implementation of annual special events, including the Annual Gala.
Maintain best practices for recording and acknowledging gifts, honoring donor intent, and managing donor relationships.
Update and maintain the donor database, ensuring accuracy and integrity.
Work with the Executive Director and board members to develop and implement an integrated public relations strategy.
Support the creation of marketing and promotional materials, including monthly and special edition electronic newsletters and social media.
Track progress towards quantifiable goals and make mid-course adjustments as needed
Work with staff to prepare budgets for all development functions
Responsible for the Development Office, including maintaining the confidentiality and integrity of donor records, check and credit card data, pledge files, prospect files, gift accounting, mailing lists and related procedures.
Manages and supervises staff and volunteers listed below, including hiring, training, evaluating and managing performance in keeping with IAC Personnel Policies and Procedures and prevailing employment laws as appropriate.
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
At least 3-4 years of experience in a nonprofit setting, preferably related to development.
Demonstrated competence in development, including board development, annual fund, major gifts, event planning, grant writing, and strategic planning.
Demonstrated competence in communications is a plus (marketing, public relations, social media, graphic design).
Excellent oral and written communication skills; personable with ability to relate positively to multiple constituencies (donors, clients, colleagues, community).
Professional and patient, attentive to detail, and committed to quality, with the ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and timeframes.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs, including Excel; experience with Apricot (Social Solutions) is a plus.
Interest in and work experience related to immigrant communities is a plus.
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Please send your resume and cover letter to Selma D’Souza at sd’firstname.lastname@example.org.
IAC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment opportunities at IAC are based upon one's qualifications and capabilities to perform the essential functions of a particular job. All employment opportunities are provided without regard to race, religion, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.
About Indo-American Center
The Indo-American Center (IAC) is a social service agency, founded in 1990 by a group of Indian Americans in response to the needs of Chicago’s growing South Asian immigrant population. We now serve immigrants from over 30 countries. The founders of IAC were individuals who had worked hard to attain success in America, and they were driven by the desire to help others adjust to a new country far from home. The founders established the guiding mission of the Indo American Center:
…to promote the well being of South Asian immigrants through services that facilitate their adjustment, integration and friendship with the wider society, nurture their sense of community, and foster appreciation for their heritage and culture.