Posted on November 29, 2012
Vice President of Development
Chicago Urban League
Chicago Urban League - Vice President of Development
The Chicago Urban League believes that a strong African American community makes a stronger Chicago. For nearly a century, the Urban League - through unique community, corporate and civic relationship - has helped people find jobs, affordable housing, educational opportunities, and grow businesses. The Chicago Urban League passionately advocates for educational equality, economic development and social justice.
A strong African American Community is a better Chicago.
The Chicago Urban League works for economic, educational and social progress for African Americans and promotes strong, sustainable communities through advocacy, collaboration and innovation.
The Chicago Urban League is committed to implementing its mission with a strategic focus on educational equality, economic development and social justice and through the well-informed pursuit of the following strategies:
Ensuring access to quality education that prepares individuals to become lifelong learners and to be competitive and successful in the global economy.
Preparing individuals for work at all levels in an ever-changing economy, developing engaged citizens, and building strong families.
Supporting community based investment and growth through facilitating entrepreneurship, business development, and home and real estate ownership
Advocating for policies and programs that ensure equal participation by African Americans in the economic and social mainstream.
The Opportunity: Vice President of Development
Reporting to the President and CEO, the Vice President of Development is responsible for planning, managing, and implementing the philanthropic strategy - driving all philanthropic income for The Chicago Urban League in support of its current and long-term strategic objectives. This position will ensure the effective delivery of the Chicago Urban League’s vision, mission, and brand, through its fundraising programs. The Vice President of Development will develop and implement strategies to build upon current relationships, and develop new connections with individual donors, corporations, foundations, government, and others, that will increase contributed income and revenue.
The current goals of establishing this role on the leadership team include:
The strongest applicants will possess a proven track record in providing creative and innovative leadership in resource development, and in promoting and administering dynamic fundraising strategies. The successful candidate will have demonstrated skills in the full spectrum of Philanthropy activities with a special emphasis on individual giving. (S)he will be self-motivated, results-oriented, creative, resourceful, entrepreneurial, highly energetic and intelligent, with exceptional interpersonal, communication, and organization skills. (S)he will represent the Chicago Urban League with the utmost integrity and professionalism.
- Establishing a greater sense of philanthropy and involvement within and externally for the Chicago Urban League
- Working with Program staff to determine any probable opportunities for philanthropic support and sponsorship
- Increasing awareness of CUL, its programs and services, and demonstrate the need for philanthropic/private support
- Building of a donor base of past, current and hopeful supporters, utilizing Raiser’s Edge for Windows software
- Increasing the involvement of current volunteer and Board leadership, as well as explore additional volunteer structures, to provide additional opportunities for engagement
- Growing overall philanthropy through a diversified and creative approach
- Manage and mentor a department staff
The Qualified Candidate
The Vice President of Development must have the ability to build strong relationships with the Chicago Urban League’s Board of Directors, employees and staff, and the Chicago philanthropic community. This position will have a collaborative partnership with the President and CEO and will participate as a member of the Chicago Urban League’s leadership team. The successful candidate must be able to efficiently assess the existing Development efforts and build and implement a strategic program using best practices and proven experience paired with a creative approach.
Specific requirements include:
- Passion for the Chicago Urban League’s mission
- Bachelor’s Degree
- Minimum of 7–10 years of comprehensive Development experience in similar roles of increasing responsibility and leadership in the nonprofit sector, with a minimum of three years concentrating on major gift work
- Demonstrated success in soliciting and closing multiple 5 and 6-figure gifts from individuals, foundations and corporations, along with evidence of growing donors from one level to the next
- Demonstrated success in building a multi-faceted philanthropic program from “the ground up” that encompasses donors as individuals, foundations, and corporate partners
- Demonstrated strength in analysis, judgment, planning, reporting, and organizational skills
- Administrative and management experience related to the Development function
- Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
- Knowledge of and experience working with the Chicago philanthropic community
- Proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite of computer programs, specifically Word, Power Point and Excel, as well as Raiser’s Edge for Windows
The Chicago Urban League, Inc. offers a competitive salary for this exempt position and a comprehensive benefit package, including medical, dental, vision, life, and supplemental insurance coverage; a retirement plan with employer match; and paid time-off.
The Chicago Urban League is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria. The organization values diversity and believes that a diverse staff with diverse talents allows us to achieve organizational, strategic, and community goals.
To apply, candidates should submit their cover letter and resume and complete the online application at http://ag-es.kintera.org/applicant. All inquiries will be held in strict confidence. No applications will be accepted by email.