The Chicago nonprofit Ingenuity Incorporated Chicago seeks to hire a qualified and motivated professional for its Director of Development position. Candidates should be passionate and committed to raising funds to promote and support arts, cultural, and educational programs for public school children.
Research has revealed what we instinctively know—that when the reading, writing, and math meet the catalyst of the arts, schools develop children who are critical thinkers and problem solvers, able to thrive and understand others.
Studies done in the U.S. and abroad over the past decade have clearly linked the study of the arts with stronger math and verbal skills, improved thinking and problem solving abilities, as well as higher attendance and graduation rates.
Established in 2011, the vision of Ingenuity Incorporated is that all Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students, from the day they start school until the day they graduate, will receive quality arts education at every grade level. If accomplished, we will spawn a generation of innovative thinkers capable of expressing themselves and contributing to the culture of their time.
Ingenuity Incorporated was formed by more than 400 Chicago leaders —school principals and artists, teachers and funders, museums and community arts organizations, universities and parents—all of whom came together over 18 months as part of the groundbreaking Chicago Arts Learning Initiative to strike a vision for utilizing the arts to improve public education for each child, in every school, throughout the city.
To carry out its vision, Ingenuity Incorporated does three things: 1) It is a continuing source of information, tracking and research on the extent to which Chicago students receive arts education and will supply stakeholders with knowledge to increase efficiency in arts education delivery; 2) It is a tireless advocate for the arts in education; and 3) Finally, it provides invaluable resources to schools, teachers, and principals who want to improve and expand the delivery of arts and to the hundreds of community arts and cultural programs whose work enriches our public schools.
On the surface, the number of people and organizations teaching the arts in Chicago Public Schools is impressive. More than 200 arts organizations and more than 4,000 teaching artists join the 620 certified arts educators in providing arts programming across the sector.
To support this community, as a new organization Ingenuity Incorporated is building a core staff of 5-6 administrators. Along with an active board of directors, outside consultants, new multi-year communications and strategic plans, and an annual budget of approximately $1MM, Ingenuity Incorporated implements its services in partnership with CPS supporting the needs of 200 community arts organizations and the 675 schools of Chicago Public Schools.
While Ingenuity Incorporated carries out its current plans and objectives, the staff and Board looks forward to the new visions and possibilities motivated candidates will bring to this position and organization to take Ingenuity Incorporated to its next level of existence.
Roles and Responsibilities:
The Director of Development position reports to the Executive Director, is the primary liaison to the Board of Directors’ Development Committee, and has primary responsibility for designing and implementing Ingenuity Incorporated’s fundraising strategy and initiatives including all foundation, corporate, government, individual, and special event fundraising.
The Director of Development will be responsible for coordinating efforts to increase the organization’s overall funding base and diversify its revenue streams. The Director’s main objective is to adhere to Ingenuity’s strategic plan, and procure funds for the organization while promoting its mission and programs. The position is an opportunity to build a fundraising strategy that will support a new organization’s efforts to influence decision making in Chicago’s arts and education fields over the coming years.
The primary responsibility of the Director of Development is to implement and maintain fundraising activities that ensure the organization operates within its board-approved budget. The Director will focus on locating new sources of funding, approaching suitable funders and soliciting major donors for campaigns.
The Director will be expected to create and administer all fund-raising programs and spend a significant amount of time engaging and meeting with donors. The Director of Development should maintain strong communication with the Executive Director, Board of Directors and donors to demonstrate financial need and show the fiscal responsibility of the organization.
In the first year the Director will be expected to author the strategy for and implement the a broad-scale fundraising plan that will serve to widely broaden Ingenuity Incorporated’s existing institutional base; develop a Major Donor Society, and/or a membership program as appropriate; and launch a governmental fundraising program.
Key responsibilities include:
- Support efforts to build awareness and credibility for the organization and its programs.
- Manage donor database systems and record-keeping procedures to identify and track current and potential donors, and to record, report, acknowledge, and steward all gifts.
- Provide regular progress reports covering all aspects of organizational fundraising.
- Collect, maintain, and analyze evaluative/anecdotal data from senior administrators, Program Directors, and external arts education industry sources to assist with solicitation.
- Serve as liaison and support the Development Committee (along with the Executive Director) and their activities.
- Develop and maintain with the Executive Director donor marketing materials, including but not limited to quarterly newsletters, brochures and print collateral, annual reports, websites, promotional videos, and program products.
- Manage development of interns.
- Serve as Ingenuity Incorporated’s external liaison to its existing institutional funders and all potential funders.
- Write and oversee the timely submission of grants and proposals, program updates, and year end reports to local, state, and national corporation, foundation, and government sources.
- Work closely with the Executive Director, Program Directors, and other staff to develop appropriate strategies, language, and priorities for proposal submissions.
- Maintain and disseminate a calendar for grant submissions and reports.
- Identify, research, and evaluate potential governmental, corporate and foundation prospects for solicitation.
- Provide ongoing reports to administration and board of proposal outcomes.
- Support the management of existing, and creation of new donor partnerships with local corporations and institutions as needed.
- Develop innovative strategies to expand institutional funding.
- Supports Board’s efforts to build individual donor base.
- Oversee the creation, implementation, and fulfillment of all goals in a Development Plan, to be developed in conjunction with the Board and staff.
- Work closely with appropriate board committees to ensure fulfillment of organizational fundraising goals and facilitate board involvement in the fundraising process.
- Execution of Annual Ask Letter
- Maintain and present an up-to-date Case for Support to be used by the staff and board.
- Author the strategy for, and implement, the development and cultivation of a Major Donor Society, a membership program, volunteer base, and/or other individual fundraising initiatives as deemed appropriate.
- Review, expand, and refine existing solicitation strategies, including special events that cultivate and engage individuals.
- Facilitate discussion and cultivation with existing and potential individual donors, especially major donors, and create systems to show meaningful appreciation for their gifts.
- Develop and maintain internal systems that will document, track, and provide sufficient information to the appropriate staff and board members in support of their respective individual fundraising efforts as well as overall organizational success.
Marketing & Events:
- Produce mailing lists and distribute them to appropriate entities for bulk mailings.
- Oversee the fundraising needs and logistical plans for all Special Events.
- Oversee writing, editing, and scheduling of all fundraising related PR materials including print and electronic appeals and all brochures.
- Demonstrated success as a results-driven project manager
- Bachelor’s degree in arts administration, marketing, communications, nonprofit administration, or similar fields preferred. Masters degree a plus. An understanding of the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors.
- 5+ years grants writing and prospecting experience, with a track record of success in securing contributions from foundations, corporations, and government agencies.
- Knowledgeable, with demonstrated success in cultivating, soliciting, and securing gifts from individuals as well as implementing innovative donor stewardship activities.
- Strong fiscal management and budgeting skills.
- Experience working effectively with diverse populations and leading projects that involve numerous tasks and multiple teams while maintaining a positive attitude.
- Proficiency in all Microsoft Office programs, with some Mac experience also a plus
- Ability to work autonomously
- 7-10 years of experience in fundraising or philanthropy, preferably connected to the arts—although degrees in other areas welcome.
- Masters degree in arts, education, public policy, education policy, or business administration preferable
- Fundraising experience at the national level preferable, a background in the arts and/or education is a plus.
- Experience in establishing and maintaining effective partnerships a must
- Exceptional, effective and persuasive written and oral communications skills
- Candidates who possess flexibility, maturity, vision, personal fortitude, and a sense of humor will find it a pleasure to work here.
Please send a cover letter, resume, and salary requirement to firstname.lastname@example.org. All candidate submissions will be confidential.