The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights, a national organization based at the University of Chicago Law School, is at the forefront of best interests advocacy for unaccompanied children. We are a national organization headquartered in Chicago, with offices in New York, Washington, D.C., Houston, San Antonio, Harlingen (on the border), Los Angeles, and Phoenix.
The Young Center advocates for the best interests—safety and well-being—of unaccompanied immigrant children. The Young Center is appointed by the federal government to serve as Child Advocate (best interests guardian ad litem) for children in deportation proceedings, advocating for their safety whether they remain in the U.S. or return to their home countries. The Young Center also conducts policy advocacy at the federal level, advocating for reform of the immigrant justice system, in which children are treated as adults, into a justice system that recognizes children as children
About the job. The Young Center seeks to hire a Development Director who is creative, outgoing and has experience in development and marketing; he or she must be an excellent writer. The Development Director will focus on two primary responsibilities: building our individual donor portfolio and grant writing. He or she will oversee the Development Associate who will develop and implement the special events strategy. (Note, the Young Center does not host galas, but does organize smaller events.) The Development Director will report to and work in partnership with the Executive Director.
The Young Center is an "at-will" and equal opportunity employer. Applicants and employees shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy and gender expression) identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance. Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified applicants who are disabled may participate in the application process. Please advise us in writing of special needs at the time of application.
To learn more about the Young Center’s work, please visit www.TheYoungCenter.org.
Work with the Executive Director to develop and implement a comprehensive written annual development plan with strategies for individual donors and prospects in each constituent group, including individuals and foundations.
Draft grant proposals for institutional funding; draft reports and ensure compliance as required by grant award documentation.
Carry portfolio of individual donors and support Executive Director in managing her portfolio of established donors with prospect research.
Identify and pursue new sources of institutional giving.
Design donor recognition communications/activities and develop a donation pipeline strategy to retain donors who have supported the agency over the past two years.
Supervise the Development Associate, who will be responsible for the donor database and will implement the special events strategy both in Chicago and in other Young Center sites.
Foster an understanding of philanthropy within the organization and work with the Board of Directors and staff on donor cultivation.
Staff the Board fundraising committee and attend board meetings.
Supervise the Communications Associate with respect to fundraising communications, e.g. GivingTuesday.
Qualifications: We are seeking an exceptional professional with 6-10 years of fundraising experience and the following qualifications:
Experience and connections with foundations and corporate giving programs.
Demonstrated ability to develop a strategic fundraising plan, build an individual giving program and retain donors
Entrepreneurial, innovative, and creative with an emphasis on donor retention.
Ability to work with little direct supervision, manage multiple tasks simultaneously and take ownership of the job.
Ability to maintain a high level of follow through and confidentiality.
Bachelor’s degree required.
Excellent writing and communications skills.
Applications, including a cover letter, resume, salary range requirements, and three references, should be sent to jobs@TheYoungCenter.organd include the title “Development Director” in the subject line. Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with experience. The Young Center provides excellent benefits including health/dental/vision insurance, vacation, and sick leave.
About The Young Center
The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights is dedicated to promoting the best interests—safety and well-being—of unaccompanied and separated immigrant children in the United States. The immediate focus of the Young Center’s work is to serve as Child Advocate (best interests guardian ad litem in immigration proceedings) for unaccompanied and separated children pursuant to the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) and the 2013 Violence Against Women Act. The Young Center is at the forefront of best interests advocacy for unaccompanied immigrant children and is the only organization in the country serving as Child Advocate for detained, unaccompanied children pursuant to the TVPRA.