Director of Development
Job Details
Children's Place Association Agency - Chicago, IL
Full Time
4 Year Degree
Business Development

The Director of Development and Communications provides leadership for the agency’s revenue generating activities and is responsible in particular for meeting private (non-governmental) goals which represent approximately 20 percent of the overall agency budget, as well as securing new sources of government revenue. This position develops and implements annual fundraising plans to ensure budgeted revenue goals are met, and collaborates with the President/CEO, Executive Team and Board of Directors to grow the organization.


The Director of Development and Communications is also responsible for developing and executing communications strategies to enhance awareness about Children’s Place, its mission and its services among key constituencies and the general public.



ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.


  • Develops and implements detailed annual fundraising plan to achieve revenue goals and annual budget; monitors progress and takes corrective action as needed; in collaboration with Chief Financial Officer, tracks designated funds to avoid shortfalls and surpluses; prepares reports on fundraising efforts for President/CEO, Executive Team and Board to review, tracking actual revenues and commitments to annual goals.


  • Supervises Grants Coordinator, Development and Communications Coordinator, and Development and Volunteer Associate in their respective roles; assists in production of grants, contracts, projects and events as needed; produces or supervises production of newsletters, appeals letters and other public relations and solicitation materials.


  • Develops proposals for government funding as needed, including federal funding proposals; in collaboration with Chief Financial Officer and other staff, monitors expenditure of funds and prepares budget amendments as needed.


  • Oversees the planning and implementation of communications strategies including:


    • Public relations outreach and media relations.
    • Children’s Place website design and content.
    • Social media outreach strategies.
    • Marketing and fundraising collateral such as videos, brochures, posters, invitations, program books and flyers for specific events and initiatives.
    • Newsletters for internal and external audiences; oversees production as appropriate.


  • Establishes and maintains ethical and other standards of performance for the agency, including reconciling its fundraising practices with prevailing recommendations of national associations of fundraising professionals or similar national bodies and Illinois state requirements.


  • Provides staff leadership for Board of Directors’ Development committee.


  • Cultivates relationships with major donors and other supporters; in collaboration with department staff, acts as liaison to the agency’s organized supporters, including Professional Partners and external funding groups. 


  • Oversees the production of sufficient grant requests to achieve revenue goals; strategizes with Grants Coordinator on new requests, special projects and other targeted proposals; assesses specific areas of need (program, positions) and seeks funds as needed.


  • Establishes and exercises control over fundraising activities carried out on behalf of the agency by its employees, volunteers, contractors and/or consultants, including written agreements with any outside contractors or consultants.


  • Analyzes the costs and benefits of each fundraising activity, taking into account factors which affect the reasonableness of fundraising costs compared to dollars raised, such as the differential costs of donor solicitation, donor renewal, large bequests or donations which would obscure true fundraising costs.


  • Establishes controls over the handling and acknowledgement of contributions and respects donors’ requests for confidentiality.


  • Oversees and participates in Children’s Place quality assurance initiatives as needed and appropriate to improve service quality and ensure compliance with licensing, accreditation and contractual standards. 


  • Performs other duties as necessary to meet new funding requirements or as assigned by the President/CEO.



Employees shall respect the diversity of all individuals (e.g., clients, co-workers, stakeholders) and refrain from any form of discrimination and/or harassment based on religious, marital, ethnic, racial, gender, sexual orientation or other differences. Employees share the responsibility of creating and maintaining a welcoming and supportive work environment.



The Director of Development and Communications will supervise the Grants Coordinator, Development and Communications Coordinator and Development and Volunteer Associate.




To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.




  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in Liberal Arts or Social Services.  Master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 8 to 10 years of progressive supervisory and management experience in nonprofit fundraising required, including direct fundraising and staff supervision.
  • Must have a successful track record of achieving significant fundraising goals.
  • Must demonstrate proven competence in many areas of development, including special events, major gifts, individual and corporate solicitations, foundation grants and government contracts.
  • Excellent social skills and ability to relate to persons from many different backgrounds required.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills required.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, physical requirements may include standing, walking, and sitting; seeing; hearing and listening; clear speech; dexterity and use of hands and fingers; driving.



The work environment described here is representative of that an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.


The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate. The work environment may include any or all of the following: working alone; working with others, verbal contact with others and face-to-face contact.



The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of all employees so classified. 

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