Founded in 1971, Alternatives, Inc. is a comprehensive youth development agency serving more than 2,000 Chicago youth and building the capacity of over 1,000 educators annually. Our mission is to facilitate personal development, strengthen family relationships, and enhance the community's wellbeing. Alternatives works with young people in Chicago, ages 11 to 25, too many of whom lack basic human needs and struggle with trauma-induced symptoms as a result of often-violent experiences throughout their ecosystem: home, online, school and community life. We create culturally responsive environments in which young people build knowledge, skills, and abilities through positive youth development, trauma-informed counseling, leadership development, and community-based healing.
Alternatives is seeking a Director of Development, a passionate advocate who will help develop strong coalitions of support around our imperative to provide at risk youth with the critical services and the intervention they need to lead healthy and productive lives.
The successful candidate will bring the following:
Exceptional relationship skills and a demonstrated track record of substantial fundraising
An understanding of foundation and government grant application and reporting
An understanding of how to engage deeply and authentically with communities and families
Experience working with government agencies and navigating the political climate and diverse constituents involved in our work
The capacity to develop creative branding that leverages social media and an on-line presence to effectively communicate the impact of Alternatives, Inc.
The Director of Development reports directly to the Executive Director, is a member of the executive management team, and serves as key liaison to the board, committees and external constituencies, including individuals, community groups, corporations and foundations.
Lead the design and implementation of a comprehensive, diversified fundraising plan, including major individual giving, annual giving, corporate and foundation giving, special events and strategic alignment of government grants.
Prepare, implement and monitor, in conjunction with the Executive Director and/or Director of Finance & Administration, an annual detailed budget and income projections; adjust expense and income targets throughout the year, as needed.
Monitor, track, and complete government and foundation grant and funding reports and requirements.
Develop and implement a donor relationship process including cultivation, recognition, and stewardship.
Supervise the staff and consultants working for the development department. Provide guidance, leadership and direction by establishing priorities and performance expectations.
Develop a marketing, communications and public relations strategy.
Create and maintain the development infrastructure, including fundraising software, donor information, reporting systems and policies and procedures. Work with the Director of Finance & Administration to help ensure records are maintained and accurate.
Serve on the management team and participate in the development and execution of the organization’s annual and strategic planning process to ensure the strategic alliance and interface of public and private resources with the mission and overall goals of the agency.
Bachelor’s degree required
Minimum of five years of professional development experience, including two years of department management experience
Demonstrated success with individual giving and major gifts
Proven ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with board members, volunteers, donors and staff
A passionate commitment to serving at risk families
Results oriented with the ability to anticipate and overcome challenges, persevere and meet goals
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Ability to plan, organize and manage multiple complex activities
Proficient in MS office and Donor Perfect database
Knowledge of the Chicago philanthropic community
Belief in the strength and resiliency of young people and the value of diversity
Internal Number: 7735067474
About Alternatives, Inc
Alternatives, Inc. is a 47 year old non-profit, community-based youth and family agency whose mission is to facilitate personal development, strengthen family relationships, and enhance the community’s well-being. Alternatives, Inc. is known for its innovative work with young people in providing behavioral health and youth development programs in Chicago. Alternatives has a long history of partnerships to make services accessible to youth and to include expertise beyond the scope or modality needed by young people. Our agency’s mission reflects a commitment to systematic change through work with individuals, families, and communities.