Members of the Latin School of Chicago community share a love of life-long learning. Experienced teachers craft unique learning experiences and execute them with hands-on, immersive activities, and truly know students for who they are and how they learn best. At Latin, students develop critical skills that will serve them for a lifetime. Professional staff on the Development and Alumni Relations team are actively engaged in the life of the school in their work to advance the school’s strategic and mission-based objectives.
The Associate Director of Development is a member of a 10-person team that raises $4M in annual operating funds annually (up to $15M in total gifts). Her/his primary responsibilities are to solicit, close, and steward leadership gifts, developing increasing levels of engagement and support. S/he is responsible for managing a personal portfolio of up to 75 prospective and active donors. S/he also serves as staff liaison for leadership annual giving volunteers.
Success is determined by the ability to raise funds, manage projects, and develop and maintain effective working relationships with donors, volunteers, and colleagues. This is a full-time, salaried position (40 hours/week, with some evening and weekend commitments), reporting to the director of development.
Identifies, cultivates, and solicits leadership annual donors, working with major gift and advancement services colleagues to set strategy and develop cultivation plans for each donor within the context of annual giving and the longer-term trajectory of the donor relationship
Manages stewardship and ongoing institutional communication with major donors to Latin’s endowment and other long-term gifts, consistent with existing policies, grant and gift agreements, and donor philanthropic goals
Oversees the general stewardship calendar, with an eye toward departmental and institutional workflow, and assists in coordination of stewardship programming and events throughout the year
Collaborates with colleagues to staff the volunteer leadership giving and event corporate sponsorship committees, with a specific focus on coordinating and stewardship
Develops written funding proposals and stewardship reports
Meets budget goals and performance measures for qualification, cultivation, and solicitation of leadership gifts
Enthusiastically takes on other duties as assigned
A minimum of four years of successful professional fundraising experience; experience with leadership gifts, volunteer coordination, and independent schools is an advantage
A bachelor’s degree is required; as is a record of continuing professional development
Ability to design, implement and execute a fundraising and stewardship plan, including individualized cultivation, solicitation and recognition strategies
Knowledge of and experience with all gift methods including stock, planned and deferred gifts
Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills
Experience working with active, involved volunteer leadership
Ability to travel and attend evening and weekend functions as required
Self-starter with high energy, a positive attitude, even temperament, and a sense of humor
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Interested candidates should apply via www.latinschool.org/employment
About Latin School of Chicago
Since 1888, Latin has been committed to academic excellence in an environment that creates a life-long love of learning and supports students as they pursue their passions. Our school is home to students from throughout the city and suburbs and we value the variety of experiences that they bring to our learning environment. “Of Chicago” is more than a part of our school’s name – those words help to define the school itself.