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Development Director, Chicago

Company: buildOn
Location: Chicago
Posted on: January 17, 2022

Job Description:

Who We Are

buildOn is a not-for-profit organization working to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education. We're not a charity, we're a movement. In the United States, we run intensive service-learning programs in under-resourced, urban high schools in six major cities. Through these programs, buildOn empowers youth to transform their communities through high-impact service. Over the last 29 years, buildOn has empowered more than 100,000 urban youth to contribute more than 2.3 million hours of service that has touched the lives of more than one million people living below the U.S. poverty line.

Globally, teams of students from buildOn programs fan out across the world to help build schools in the economically poorest countries on the planet. We have now built over 1,700 schools in Haiti, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Malawi and Nepal. More than 233,162 children, parents and grandparents attend these schools every day and at least 50% of these buildOn students are girls or women. Community members have organized leadership committees and contributed more than 3.2 million volunteers' workdays to building their a not-for-profit organization working to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education.

We hope you'll consider joining our team!

Who We Want

buildOn seeks a dynamic fundraising professional to strategically drive Chicago's fundraising efforts, with a focus on major gifts. As the Development Director, Chicago, you will work to transform investors from passive philanthropists to active partners, lead innovative major gifts fundraising campaigns to increase revenue, and support our efforts in developing a culture of learning and boundary-spanning as part of ONE buildOn. The ideal candidate is a visionary with measurable fundraising results in Chicago who can create a sense of urgency with our partners and potential partners to fully fund all buildOn Chicago programs.

Reporting to the Chief Revenue Officer, you will be an integral part in engaging strategic partnerships that will help achieve buildOn's fundraising goals. The Development Director must have the ability to articulate buildOn's mission to new and current donors by working closely with the program team. This is a great opportunity for an entrepreneurial yet process-oriented professional who enjoys thinking creatively to expand revenue opportunities and build a robust pipeline of donors. If you have a history of leading successful fundraising campaigns in Chicago with measurable results, then buildOn is the right place for you!

What You'll Do

  • In partnership with the Board Chair, you will lead the Chicago Board meetings and board engagement.
  • Develop and implement major gift fundraising strategies that will grow annual revenue from individuals, corporations & foundations.
  • Strategically create a pipeline of major gift prospects through targeted outreach, leveraging the Chicago Board and other networks.
  • Develop strategies to initiate and meet Chicago fundraising goals through Board development; assuming the responsibility to recruit, train and support board members with recommending and researching potential new major donor's members.
  • Work collaboratively with Chicago's buildOn U.S. Program team to advance fundraising goals.
  • Partner with the Experience Team to engage more corporations in the buildOn Journey from awareness to advocacy with a strong focus on the buildOn's Partnership Program, All In, and buildOn Treks.
  • Convert event sponsors into major gift donors and advocates for buildOn U.S. through buildOn's Immersion Experiences.

    Chicago Board
    • Work directly with the Board Chair to engage and develop Chicago Board members whose focus is awareness and fundraising in the Chicago region.
    • Work with the Chief Revenue Officer to identify and cultivate new Chicago board members with a focus on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

      Major Gifts
      • Develop a pipeline of major gift prospects from Individuals in Chicago.
      • Develop and implement strategies for fundraising that will grow annual major gift revenue from individuals.

        • Leverage buildOn's Immersion Platforms: Partnership Program and 36 Hours to directly fund buildOn in Chicago.
        • Target professional networks, diversity and inclusion groups as a unique point of entry for new prospects.

          • Work with the Director of Special Events to plan and execute an annual fundraising event.
          • Focus on revenue generation for the event.

            What We Value

            We've identified a set of core competencies which you'll need to thrive within the buildOn family.
            • ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT: The ability to take calculated risks and see all possibilities to build something great from nothing.
            • HUNTER: Identifies, cultivates, and secures donations from new prospects.
            • PERSUASIVE COMMUNICATOR: Strong oral and written communicator, especially around storytelling.
            • RELATIONSHIP BUILDING: Builds authentic mission-driven relationships with donors.
            • FUNDRAISING: Closes the deal.

              What You'll Learn

              As part of your professional development at buildOn you will learn how to become a Constructive Leader. Constructive Leadership is a method of building leaders that inspires solidarity and unleashes our courage, resilience, empathy, and passion for the possible. And Constructive Leadership is only ignited through service. Constructive Leadership is how we built this organization and what we've learned by working at ground zero of extreme poverty and the drop out crisis for more than 29 years.

              What You Bring
              • Earnest and sincere commitment to buildOn's Mission and Core Values.
              • Bachelor's degree required; Master's degree or non-profit management experience and CFRE preferred.
              • 3-5 years of fundraising and/or direct sales experience with a proven track record of closing major gifts in Chicago, and building relationships preferred.
              • A successful track record in cultivating relationships with mid-level gift donors and corporations.
              • Extensive knowledge of the Chicago philanthropic community and ability to seek out and engage new prospects.
              • Excellent communication skills and follow through.
              • Ability to track all communications and donor activity in a (CRM) program, specifically Salesforce for non-profits.

                What We Offer

                We offer a competitive compensation package, including salary commensurate with experience, generous paid time off; a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision insurance, a flexible spending account, employee assistance program, retirement plan with an employer matching plan, commuter benefits, disability as well as life insurance. In addition, you will have the opportunity to work alongside mission-driven and dedicated colleagues across the world who are committed to breaking the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations through service and education.

                Our Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

                buildOn is committed to building and maintaining an inclusive environment that drives innovation, strengthens ONE buildOn and bolsters a culture where people truly feel valued, heard and respected. buildOn provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, amnesty, or veteran status.

                To learn more about buildOn, please visit our website at

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