FUNCTION: The key role of the Development Director is to develop, execute, evaluate and continuously improve a strategic fund development and communications plan to support the mission of CAWC and to enhance overall community awareness and support of the agency with multiple stakeholders.
REPORTS TO: Executive Director
SUPERVISES: Assistant Development Director and Development Administrative Assistant
Develop, execute, and evaluate the agency’s overall fund development strategies including, in kind, annual, special event, capital and planned giving insuring continuous improvement and compliance with the acceptable fundraising principles as defined by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).
Create and execute fundraising tools that include but may not be limited to letter appeals, online giving, electronic solicitations, and personal contact requests.
Develop, execute and evaluate the agency’s overall communication plan to include press releases, agency brochures, annual reports, website design and content, newsletters, and social media outlets (Facebook and Twitter).
Work with Executive Director to research, create and maintain strategic relationships with foundations, corporations, and individual donors.
Research, prepare and submit funding proposals on behalf of agency.
Staff the Board’s Fund Development Committee and Communications Committee and other committees or task forces as assigned.
Act as a member of CAWC leadership through participation in assigned meetings, cooperating with all other CAWC’s programs and staff to achieve agency goals.
Develop, oversee and evaluate the job responsibilities of the Assistant Development Director and Development Administrative Assistant.
Assist in the recruitment, orientation and training of Development Department volunteers and interns.
Act as primary liaison to the agency’s Associate Board’s recruitment, planning and fundraising efforts.
Oversees maintenance of timely donor acknowledgments, donor database input and reports, and electronic email listings.
Prepare and manage annual budget for the Development Department.
Perform special projects at the direction of the Executive Director.
Other duties as assigned.
This is a high-visibility director position requiring the ability to establish and maintain relationships with diverse constituencies in order to further the goals of the agency. The incumbent must be a strategic thinker, motivated to keep current with changes in development and able to articulate a vision for the future of the agency and inspire others to implementation. The incumbent must be a strong leader, able to comfortably and effectively interact with a diverse donor base. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, presentation skills and the ability to manage multiple priorities are critical to success in this role. A minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional development experience, including supervisory experience, is required. A bachelor’s degree is required.
Submit cover letter and resume with salary requirements to:
Stephanie Love-Patterson, Executive Director
Connections for Abused Women and their Children (CAWC)
About Connections for Abused Women and their Children (CAWC)
In 1976 a landmark meeting was held in Chicago to address the crisis of violence against women. This gathering resulted in a task force that ultimately became Chicago Abused Women Coalition (CAWC). In 1977, CAWC then established the city’s first 24-hour domestic violence hotline and in 1979 opened Chicago’s first shelter for battered women and their children.Over the years, CAWC has evolved in response to changing needs. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, the organization expanded programs to include community-based outreach services to adults and specialized intervention services with children. To reflect the expanded scope of its services and its goals for the future, CAWC in 2008 changed its name to Connections for Abused Women and their Children, maintaining its recognizable acronym, while signaling its commitment to programming for both women and children affected by domestic violence. Today, CAWC continues to demonstrate leadership in addressing domestic violence in Chicago, providing life-saving assistance to more than 1,000 women and children each year. Known for its innovative and effective programs and partnerships, CAWC continues to operate its 24-hour hotline and 42-bed sh...elter (Greenhouse), as well as the following: the Hospital Crisis Intervention Project (HCIP), based at both John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital and Northwestern Memorial Hospital, offers not only crisis intervention to victims at the time they seek healthcare, but also trains physicians on appropriate screening for domestic violence; the Humboldt Park Outreach Program (HPOP), a walk-in program that provides individual and group counseling to women and their children, along with enhanced therapeutic services for children; and domestic violence education and support for women seeking substance abuse treatment at Haymarket Center.CAWC is a 501(c)3 designated non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors with an operating budget of approximately $1.7 million. CAWC enjoys a broad base of support from governmental entities, corporations, foundations, United Way and individuals. Staffed with multilingual, multicultural advocates, CAWC is well-known for providing a safe place for women and children from a rich variety of cultures and backgrounds.