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.