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Director of Development 

Summary of Position

Imagine Englewood If’s mission is to strengthen and empower the Greater Englewood community through teaching local youth and their families healthy living, environmental awareness, and positive communication skills.


Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Development will successfully craft and drive IEI’s comprehensive fundraising and donor management strategy including individual, online, corporate, foundation, and special events (as appropriate). The Director will build, cultivate and steward excellent relationships with Board, staff, and donors; and manage day-to-day development operations, including the effective execution of IEI’s development strategy.


This role is collaborative, and the person in it will work across teams to secure and grow revenue needed for the organization to meet its strategic and organizational goals and move forward the mission. Will also create communications for We Grow Chicago collaborative.



Development Strategy

  • Develop annual revenue goals and a comprehensive development strategy; track and report progress against development plan; and provide ongoing evaluation and oversight.

  • Oversee ongoing communication, cultivation, and stewardship of diverse donor audiences, including donor acknowledgments, pledge reminders, monthly giving confirmations, thank you calls, Website pages, responding to donor inquiries, etc.

  • Coordinate all development functions, providing support and mentoring staff in IEI’s development efforts.

Foundations & Corporations

  • In partnership with Women Unite (grant writing team), lead efforts to identify, secure and retain new and existing foundation and corporate support, including conducting outreach and giving presentations to prospective funders about IEI’s programs and impact.

  • In coordination with the Development Coordinator, oversee IEI’s grants management, including the coordination, development and tracking of existing and proposed grant projects; and working with Women Unite to complete and submit timely grant reports.

Individual and Major Donors

  • Lead efforts in developing and growing a diverse, robust donor base and pipeline at all levels, including annual fund appeals, e-solicitations, and online and monthly giving.

  • Maintain and strengthen relationships with current donors to increase gift size and retention through donor events, online and direct mail streams, and informal communication.

Board Relations

  • Work with Board members to help them fulfill their development responsibilities.

  • Prepare and deliver development reports, including plans, accomplishments and challenges, for Board meetings.

  • Communications

  • Develop an organizational communication plan

  • Maintain organizational talking points for staff and volunteers

  • Maintain regular communication with all IEI supporters

  • Oversee social media

Management and Administration

  • Oversee management and strengthening of development processes and systems, including recordkeeping, gift acknowledgments, renewals, mailings and communications calendar;

  • Provide equitable guidance, leadership, and direction by establishing priorities and performance expectations.

  • Build an organization-wide culture of philanthropy. Support the Executive Director, other collective leaders and staff in their fundraising responsibilities.




  • Bachelor’s degree or transferable experience required

  • At least four years prior experience in fundraising, with increasing levels of responsibility.

  • Ability to supervise others

  • Experience managing external partnerships

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Ability to meet tight deadlines

Additional Qualifications

  • Must be willing to be present on the Peace Campus in West Englewood 60% of the time, while taking all mandated COVID precautions.

Salary and Benefits

  • The salary range for this role is $65,000

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