All Chicago Making Homelessness History prevents and ends homelessness through emergency financial assistance, community partnerships, data analytics, and training and research. Learn more about our work at www.allchicago.org.
The Vice President of Development and Communications holds primary responsibility for all aspects of All Chicago’s fundraising and communications activities. The Vice President works closely with the CEO and Board of Directors to ensure that development and communications strategies align with the strategic plan and support the growth and financial sustainability of All Chicago. As a member of All Chicago’s Leadership Team, the Vice President offers insights and expertise regarding critical decisions about All Chicago’s planning and growth. This position also provides leadership to and oversees the professional development of a talented team of professionals who drive All Chicago’s development and communications strategies. The Vice President is also responsible for strategies that position All Chicago as a community leader and raise the organization’s profile among the philanthropic community. The Vice President reports to the CEO and has the following primary tasks, including but not limited to:
Organizational Leadership – 10%
As a member of the Leadership Team, participate in the preparation, management, and evaluation of All Chicago’s performance against its long-term strategic plan, with a particular focus on fundraising and communications.
Collaborate with the Chief Financial and Operations Officer to develop and implement All Chicago’s financial strategy through the creation, approval and implementation of ambitious yet reasonable budgets.
Present regular revenue updates and analysis to the Leadership Team and Board of Directors, underscoring and identifying opportunities for volunteer leadership to participate in networking and fundraising activities.
Provide leadership to and support the professional development of the Development and Communications team.
Serve as organizational authority, including but not limited to: executing grant agreements and contracts, making critical and time-sensitive department decisions, and serving as an advocate and spokesperson on behalf of the agency.
Fund Development – 60%
Work closely with the CEO to develop a comprehensive development strategy, including an actionable annual plan with clear, measurable goals to raise nearly $2 million each year.
Monitor progress against the organization’s annual and strategic plans, crafting budgets and providing regular updates and analysis on unrestricted and restricted revenue sources.
Provide tight, strategic support for the organization’s fundraising volunteers, ensuring that activities align with organizational priorities, leading effective meetings and offering timely and supportive staffing.
Oversee the identification and cultivation of new funding sources across revenue streams.
Maintain a portfolio of donors through the donor cycle of identifying, qualifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding donors. Donors include individual, corporate, and foundation supporters.
In partnership with the CEO, nurture a culture of philanthropy throughout All Chicago ensuring that team members across the organization participate in and support fundraising initiatives and goals.
Marketing and Communications – 20%
Develop and oversee a comprehensive communications strategy that supports All Chicago’s overall brand and mission, and elevates the organization’s profile.
Ensure a strong internal understanding of All Chicago’s branding and positioning in a way that supports our ability to present itself consistently to funders, the media and other external stakeholders.
Guide the development of publications and dynamic web strategies, which currently include an annual report, newsletters and other specialized communications for donors and other stakeholders.
Build and maintain strong media relationships to improve quantity and quality of media coverage and increase visibility through special events, earned media and other emerging opportunities to discuss the organization’s impact.
Represent All Chicago publicly, and advise and prepare executive communications for donors and other stakeholders.
Community Leadership – 10%
Work collaboratively with All Chicago’s community partnership and data analytics departments to identify and recommend community initiatives and signature partnerships to ensure consistently expanding support for All Chicago’s mission and its community impact.
Develop and execute strategies and activities to advance All Chicago’s community catalyst role, including dialogues, events, and presentations to key audiences.
Successful candidates will demonstrate commitment to preventing and ending homelessness in Chicago and will have the following:
Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree and/or CFRE preferred.
At least ten years of development experience required with a minimum of five years of leadership experience.
Experience leading a significant fund development effort ($2 million+ annually) and implementing integrated communications strategies, with proven track record of success and significant accomplishments in both areas.
Significant individual giving and major giving experience.
Experience working successfully with a Board of Directors and fundraising volunteers.
Team leadership experience, including the ability to manage and coach team members while establishing individual accountability within a collaborative, goal-driven environment.
Able to work both independently and within a team and across functional areas.
Exceptional interpersonal and communications skills, both verbal and written.
The ability to develop and strengthen internal and external relationships. Strong relationship skills and ability to inspire confidence in and influence others.
The ability to serve as a compelling spokesperson for All Chicago. Media relations experience highly desirable.
Strategic thinker and action-oriented/results-driven, with excellent planning and organizing skills, but able to accommodate shifting and competing priorities. Ability to execute at strategic and tactical levels, with a focus on follow through.
Strong work ethic, integrity, and committed to the highest ethical standards, with a strong sense of personal and professional accountability.
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Entrepreneurial spirit and optimism.
Advanced computer skills and comfort with technology.
Experience with Raiser’s Edge donor database software preferred.
Passion for inclusivity and diversity, and interest in being part of a multicultural team.
Work place is a smoke- and drug-free environment.
Intermittent travel to off-site locations required.
Position requires frequent and regular computer and phone use.
This position requires attendance during regular business hours from 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. Occasional night and weekend hours are required a few times a year.
All Chicago is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ qualified individuals based on individual merit. All Chicago does not discriminate against any individual with respect to the terms and conditions of employment based on that individual’s race, sex, age, religion, color, national origin, disability, genetic information, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, housing status, or any other non-merit factor protected under state, local or federal laws. Equal Employment Opportunity applies to all personnel actions such as recruiting, hiring, compensation, benefits, promotions, training, transfer, termination, and opportunities for training. All Chicago is committed to a fair and equitable workplace where everyone is a respected and valued member of the team.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with experience. Comprehensive benefits package (with some employee contributions) includes medical, dental, vision insurance, and disability. Employer-matched retirement plan. Generous paid leave.
On any given night, nearly 6,000 Chicagoans don’t have a place to call home. Tens of thousands more are just one unexpected setback away from joining them. Together, we can ensure that all our neighbors have stable homes. All Chicago collaboratively addresses the complex issue of homelessness through our four signature approaches.
The Emergency Fund provides critical finan...cial assistance to people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness or another serious emergency. We quickly provide payments on a person’s behalf for things like rent, utilities, or even bus passes.
2016 Impact: We served 3,195 households, including more than 1,350 children, with $2.7 million. 94% of clients surveyed reported being housed at the time of follow up, and 88% of clients surveyed reported that the financial assistance resolved their crisis.
Continuum of Care
The Continuum of Care is a membership group that strategizes and plans a coordinated, comprehensive approach to providing housing and services for people experiencing homelessness. We drive Chicago’s city-wide response to homelessness by providing leadership to Chicago’s Continuum of Care through a year-round research, evaluation, strategic planning, and federal funding application process.
2016 Impact: We secured $65 million in federal funding for 164 projects and staffed 20 stakeholder committees. Overall, Chicago’s homelessness decreased 13% from 2015 to 2016.
Homeless Management Information System
We manage the Homeless Management Information System database, which contains local data on people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness and the services they receive. We ensure data quality by supporting more than 900 individual users at 89 partner agencies with training, reports, and helpdesk services.
2016 Impact: We analyzed and disseminated the data to drive discussion, set strategy, and make policy and funding decisions on the federal and local levels. The data is a critical component of the Ending Veteran Homelessness Initiative, which has housed more than 2,300 veterans since 2015.
The Learning Center
The Learning Center provides trainings, workshops, tools, and research to help our partners apply proven strategies to prevent and end homelessness in Chicago even more effectively.
2016 Impact: We hosted 42 trainings for more than 900 attendees on topics such as Legal Issues for Homeless Youth. We participated in Notre Dame’s research study proving that emergency financial assistance lowers instances of homelessness by 76%.