Director of Development

Our Place


Wilmette, IL/Hybrid Remote


The mission of Our Place is to support teens and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities so that they can live meaningful, productive, socially connected lives in their home community. In 2008 a group of parents and community members came together to address the unmet needs of teens and adults with developmental disabilities in the northern Chicago suburbs. They created Our Place to help these individuals achieve meaningful lives of inclusion in the North Shore. The primary goal is to ensure that participants develop the skills and gain the experiences they need to live independently. Our Place supports programs from a church community center in the heart of Wilmette, but the real program site is the community. More than half of the activities offered are in community centers, alongside local residents.

The Director of Development plays a key role in executing the Our Place mission, including raising 50-60% of the $1 million budget from individuals, foundations and corporations. This role directs all fundraising and communications activities to align with the vision, mission, culture and values of Our Place.

For more information, please visit Our Place

Our Place is an equal opportunity employer.

Compensation Range

$100,000 - $120,000

To apply

To apply, please submit a resume & cover letter to Jamie Perry, Evolve Giving Group:

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Key Responsibilities

  • Generate annual Development Plan outlining all fundraising and communications activities and estimated income from each campaign
  • Create annual development calendar aligned with the Development Plan
  • Identify, solicit and maintain rapport with donors, emphasizing the Major Donor initiative; identify and grow successful relationships with key stakeholders and funders including individuals, grantors, foundations, neighborhood sponsors and other organizations to increase funding for operations
  • Research and recommend development strategies such as planned giving, monthly giving and other approaches; identify and apply for grants; monitor progress and report to grantors
  • Produce and maintain marketing and communication efforts with donors and community which result in increased awareness of Our Place and its programs
  • Plan and implement Capital Campaign in collaboration with the Board
  • Lead annual benefit planning and participate in all implementation aspects
  • Steer planning and implementation of all fundraising initiatives including annual campaign, Race to Our Place, volunteer appreciation events and more
  • Ensure administrative aspects are accurate and timely including up-to-date donor information and efficient methods of communicating with donors and prospects
  • Manage the use of Salesforce and oversee staff responsible for data entry and gift processing; collaborate and supervise activities of all staff with development roles

Qualifications & Skills

  • 5-7 years decision-making experience in a fundraising role
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study
  • Passion for the Our Place mission
  • Experience with organizations serving the disability community is preferred
  • Comfort and experience working directly with and guiding Board of Directors and Development Committee
  • Proven ability to secure gifts from existing and prospective donors, regularly moving donors through a pipeline toward increased giving
  • Donor and volunteer service mentality; skilled in developing relationships with volunteer leadership and motivating volunteers and to Board to participate in fundraising
  • Proficiency planning and executing fundraising events
  • Exceptional written, verbal, presentation and interpersonal skills
  • Expertise in Salesforce software, communications design and social media
  • Ability to communicate to diverse audiences while tailoring the message to each audience
  • Self-starter, effective time/project management skills, highly organized, ability to prioritize multiple requests while meeting deadlines, flexibility with job duties
  • Creative thinker and problem-solver
  • Curiosity to stay apprised of current nonprofit development trends and best practices, with comfort sharing latest advances with primary stakeholders

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