Director of Development and Strategic Growth

Thursday, Apr 13 2017

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Lead fundraising and innovation activities

RESPONSIBILITIES: Expand annual giving program by identifying, researching, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major donors; Increase our membership base of small donors through coordinating membership activities such as action alerts, membership drives, and membership events; Plan, organizing and implementing CCIL’s annual “Champions of Democracy” celebration in cooperation with committee members and volunteers; Develop a vision and lead components of various innovation initiatives that strategically grows our organization to build a democracy that works for everyone; Process donations and preparing gift acknowledgements in a timely manner; Maintain a database(s) for grants, donors, and members and process donations; Lead foundation research, cultivation as well as assist in the writing and submission of grant proposals; Participate in policy and organizing activities, when appropriate.

QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred; Years of experience in fundraising will be considered in lieu of education; Experience as a fundraiser for political campaigns or nonprofit organizations or both; Background in small donor outreach, managing major donors, organizing large fundraising events, and experience working with foundations; Experience developing innovative strategies or start-up projects; Commitment to political reform and social and economic justice; Strong empathy, ability, comfortableness, and desire to work in diverse settings; Ability to multi-task and to work effectively in a fast-paced environment; Willingness to work flexible hours—including occasional weeknights and weekends; Commitment to working as part of a team and take initiative; Proficiency in Microsoft Office and current social media platforms required; Strong background with LuminateOnline (or mastery of a similar web-based CRM platform) is a plus.

TO APPLY: Please submit resume, cover letter, writing sample and salary requirements to Director of Human Resources at hr@commoncause.org and include Director of Development - Illinois in the subject line; or fax to 202.355.7546. No phone calls please. Applicants are encouraged to respond as soon as possible.


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