Working closely with the Executive Director and the San Miguel Board of Directors, the Director of Development is responsible for planning, and directing San Miguel’s fundraising program including, major gifts, annual fund, planned giving, corporate and foundation relations and special events. The Director of Development reports to the Executive Director.
Must embrace the mission of San Miguel School as a private Catholic school in the Lasallian Tradition
Bachelor’s degree is required. A minimum three years of advancement experience or experience in marketing, sales, public relations or related field
Strong writing, organizational and interpersonal skills
Proven track record in donor cultivation and solicitation and willingness to embrace a team approach to fundraising
Strong written and verbal communication skills and ability to effectively multitask.
Flexibility and willingness to attend evening and weekend events and/or meetings
Knowledge of and experience with development/advancement software and fundraising strategy preferred
Proficiency in galvanizing staff, board members and other volunteers toward a common goal
Balance initiating donor visits and fundraising calls with administrative responsibilities and goals
Display a positive attitude, show concern for people and community, demonstrate executive presence, self-confidence, professional demeanor, good judgement, ability to listen and act with integrity
Meet with and maintain effective communication with prospective donors, volunteers and supporters
Grow the major gifts program including identification, cultivation and solicitation of major donors
Oversee grant seeking program, including managing grant writer and the strategy, research, proposal writing, and reporting requirements
Support the Executive Director in building the planned and major giving programs with a focus wills and bequests
Direct an annual fund program, including mailings and annual fundraising drives.
Coordinate fund raising special events
Staff Board Development Committee meetings
Oversee fundraising database and tracking systems
Supervise and collaborate with other fundraising staff
Oversee creation of publications to support fund raising activities
Maintain gift recognition programs
Perform other related duties as requested
• A firm commitment to the San Miguel School mission
• A bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations or another related field A minimum of 3 years of experience working in the development/ advancement field
• Strong interpersonal communication skills & public presentation abilities
• The ability to network and engage with a broad range of constituencies, including students & families, teachers, Board members, & other community members
• Experience utilizing Microsoft Office, Google suite and donor management/donor relationship management software
• A willingness to contribute to all aspects of school life
Telecommuting is allowed.
Additional Salary Information: Health, Dental and Life Insurance included along with generous vacation
About San Miguel School Chicago
San Miguel School and Community Center Background
San Miguel School Chicago was founded by two De La Salle Christian Brothers and two lay Catholics to serve middle school students who are at-risk academically, economically disadvantaged, and who lack access to excellent academic resources tailored to their needs. San Miguel opened its doors in 1995 with 18 students in the old convent dining room with faith and hope.
The school’s approach is based on the Lasallian Education model, which has been in place since 1680, offering a “human and Christian education” to the economically disadvantaged and marginalized. Over the years, Lasallian Schools have been innovative and excellent academic institutions, which provide students with the skills they need to be successful and the moral compass they need to make good decisions.
San Miguel School Chicago has grown to serve 90 middle school students, provide a graduate support program that follows students through high school, post-secondary education, and career; a family support program which offers adult education classes and workshops; and a community center which offers programs for children and families in the Back of the Yards neig...hborhood of Chicago.
San Miguel is a Catholic, Lasallian School and non-profit organization sponsored by the Christian Brothers of the Midwest.