Margaret’s Village addresses the needs of women, children, and families experiencing homelessness by operating two transitional shelters and a wealth of services to help residents move forward in their lives. We also provide a gathering space and engaging programming for area seniors who would otherwise be socially isolated. A beloved and integral part of the Englewood and South Chicago communities where our programs are operated, Margaret’s Village hosts community events, such as a peace festival and health fair. A portion of our property serves as a community garden for residents and neighbors. Margaret’s Village works collaboratively with many organizations and government entities to strengthen and revitalize these communities, to renew hope and offer opportunities to residents.
The Development Director is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to secure the resources necessary to further our mission. This includes leading the fund development program, tracking and assessing development activities, organizing and executing fundraising events, and addressing issues that may hamper growth and success. In addition to the Executive Director, the Development Director serves as a primary source of communication for the agency, overseeing all appeals, newsletters, and social media content, working with the news media, and presenting to individuals and groups. The Development Director reports to the Executive Director and works closely with the Board of Directors.
The successful applicant should have proven experience as a fundraising specialist with at least three years of management experience in a non-profit organization or similar environment. We are seeking a person who is highly motivated with a can-do attitude, is able to solve complex problems, and has a passion for both our mission and philanthropy.
Fundraising and Partnerships
Works with the Executive Director, staff, and Board of Directors to set development goals supported by short- and long-term strategic plans.
Executes a strategic, relationship-driven approach to identifying, researching, and cultivating a robust pipeline of new prospective corporate/foundation partners and ensuring ongoing cultivation and conversion of prospects into active partners.
Encourages and supports Board members in their engagement with external corporate/foundation and individual stakeholders.
Builds a major gifts program, including donor identification, cultivation and solicitation.
Meets with prospective donors and supporters on a continual basis to establish effective communication.
Conducts prospect research for grants, prepares and submits proposals, and meets reporting requirements.
Works with program and finance departments in submission of government grants.
Works with the Executive Director to build the planned giving program with a focus on deferred gifts such as bequests.
Directs the annual fund program, including mailings and annual fundraising drives
Directs capital campaigns and other major fundraising drives, including crowdsourcing
Coordinates fundraising special events, including selection of honorees and venue, all aspects related to run of show, publicity, and follow-up.
Recruits, trains, and supervises volunteers and interns to assist with development functions.
Seeks in-kind support of goods and services.
Develops and implements communication strategies to support fundraising goals, while promoting the positive image and visibility of Margaret’s Village.
Creates consistent and persuasive communications for our programs.
Oversees all agency communications, including digital media and e-newsletters, website and social media, as well as direct mail appeals, event communications, media requests and press releases.
Represents the agency at events and outreach to organizations, churches, and other groups.
Prepares reports for Board and Board committees as needed, but at least quarterly.
Demonstrates professional conduct at all times.
Performs other related duties as requested.
Commitment to the mission of Margaret’s Village.
A minimum of five years of fundraising experience (three years in management) with demonstrated success in corporate relationships, customer service, business development, and planning in or with non-profit and corporate cultures.
A minimum of a bachelor’s degree, preferably in business, marketing, non-profit management, social work or human services, communications, or journalism.
Exceptional strategic thinking and problem-solving skills; personal initiative to meet aggressive goals.
Demonstrated ability to develop and grow high-value relationships.
Ability to infuse creativity, innovation and insight into relationship management and strategy development.
Strong knowledge of individual giving strategies and track record of cultivating and soliciting gifts
Experience making public presentations.
Excellent account management, project management, and communication skills.
Ability to research and convert data into materials and proposals with special attention to details and talent for organizing complex projects.
Proficient use of technology tools and applications, such as Microsoft or Google suites and fundraising and communications platforms.
Knowledge of the philanthropic community, particularly related to homelessness, seniors, and the communities of Englewood and South Chicago.
Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with colleagues, including the ability to prioritize, multi-task and work efficiently.
A high level of personal and professional integrity and an ability to inspire confidence and cooperation.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Additional Salary Information: Generous vacation package and health insurance
About Margaret's Village
Margaret's Village provides transitional housing for homeless women, children and families, and offers experiences that empower, mentor, and support women and the broader community so they can achieve their highest potential. We carry out our mission through:
Maria Shelter: A 50-bed facility primarily for homeless women and their children established in 1989 and located in Englewood.
Believe: A second 50-bed shelter located in South Chicago and serving families including those headed by fathers and two-parent households.
Vincennes Senior Center: A gathering place with programming that serves elder community members facing isolation and food insecurity.