Established in 1985, WINGS provides a pathway to independence for people whose lives have been disrupted by domestic violence. As Illinois’ largest provider of services for victims of domestic violence, WINGS offers emergency safe shelter and transitional housing and helps families in crisis meet basic needs for items such as food and clothing. Because escaping the cycle of violence requires more than just a safe place to live, WINGS also connects clients with a wide range of services such as counseling, legal assistance, mentoring, life skills support and career services.
The Chief Development Officer's (CDO) primary role is to develop and direct the fundraising strategy, lead the fundraising program, and lead and execute a budget in excess of $10 million annually to support WINGS' mission in Illinois. This role will have a strong leadership network throughout Chicagoland to secure new and sustained funding commitments and development opportunities.
We seek a proven philanthropic leader whose career has been highlighted by a successful track record in multi-discipline development areas inclusive of major gifts and capital campaigns. This individual will have experience working alongside both volunteer and staff leaders. Comprehensive management skills and experience are required including but not limited to short and long-term planning, evaluation, directing and motivating staff and donors, excellent oral and written communication skills, marketing and financial management, values clarification, organizational behavior and development, and governance.
The position requires demonstrated experience in managing and implementing a comprehensive fund development program and producing charitable contributions. Knowledge and experience in the following areas is required: the nature and dimensions of philanthropy; ethics; motivations for giving and volunteering; research and cultivation practices; standard fundraising techniques including face-to-face solicitation, proposal writing, special events, telephone solicitation, and direct mail; and development office functions including gift processing, prospect and donor histories, and fundraising reporting. The individual is expected to have demonstrated experience and confidence in asking people to contribute time and money. Familiarity with fundraising and relationship management software, such as Raiser’s Edge or other donor management system, is necessary.
A bachelor's degree is required as is a minimum of 10 years fundraising experience. Membership in a professional fundraising association is expected. Certification in fundraising, i.e., the CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Professional) credential, is preferred.