The Development Director is responsible for the creation and management of a well-coordinated, strategic development plan to cultivate and solicit support from individuals, foundations, corporations and government sources. This position works to establish long-term partnerships, strengthen existing relationships and initiate new contacts for revenue generation.
We are looking for someone who is energetic, ambitious, goal-oriented and creative, with the ability to work both independently and collaboratively, with a talent for building strong and productive relationships across constituencies.
Work in conjunction with COO and Development Team to meet MetroSquash’s revenue needs
Identify prospects and conduct research to determine interest and giving potential
Design and implement Annual Fund
Provide comprehensive reports on potential individual donors and family foundations
Complete all required letters of intent, proposals and follow up reports
Manage Development Coordinator and Volunteer, Mentor and Events Manager
Ensure all marketing and sponsorship agreements are met
Arrange, conduct and coordinate cultivation, stewardship and recognition activities such as on-site signage, recognition in publications and on-site visits for corporate sponsors
Work with Academic and Program staff to craft regular updates for external stakeholders for key program metrics
Work with staff and volunteers on the corporate aspects of fundraising events
Work closely with MetroSquash staff to ensure clear lines of communication and effective coordination
Participate in MetroSquash events including; MetroSquash Gala, MetroSquash Cup, Tournaments, Windy City Open and community events
Primary staff liaison for Aux Board
Required knowledge, skills & abilities
A bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years progressively responsible fundraising, business development and/or sales experience
Knowledge of cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies and techniques
Demonstrated ability in proposal writing for varied proposal development
Demonstrated knowledge of methods, practices and procedures for obtaining information about the giving programs of corporations and foundations
Self-motivation and discipline to regularly set and achieve work goals
Excellent organizational, interpersonal and networking skills with large groups as well as with individuals
Ability to maintain a high level of poise and professionalism in all circumstances
Ability to initiate and build relationships with prospective corporate and foundation donors, and interact via telephone and in person with institutional representatives
Demonstrated ability to take primary responsibility for diverse number of projects and to complete them in a timely manner with limited supervision
Demonstrated record of success in generating significant commitments from corporations and foundations
Our mission is to engage underserved Chicago youth through academic support, squash and wellness, mentoring, enrichment, and community service to develop high school ready middle schoolers, college ready high schoolers, and career ready adults.
It is our vision to become a Chicago leader in promoting academic achievement, healthy lifestyles, and access to opportunity for youth. We have three ma...in outcomes that we focus on year-round: Increasing Academic Achievement, Improving Health and Wellness, and Providing Career and Life Skills for all of our students. Our ultimate goal is to serve our students and families in our community through holistic, pathway programming to empower them to reach their full potential.