Director of Development

The Selfhelp Home


Chicago, IL


$The Selfhelp Home provides older adults with the highest quality of care in a culturally rich Jewish environment. Selfhelp of Chicago was founded in 1938 as a volunteer mutual aid society where Jewish refugees and Holocaust survivors could find community and rebuild their lives. In 1951, it officially became a home for aging members of its community. Today this Five Star residence, as rated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), honors its legacy of empathy and state-of-the-art care as an urban, independent, non-profit home offering a continuum of services from residential living to skilled nursing. The Selfhelp Home has earned The Joint Commission Seal of Approval for Assisted Living, Post-Acute Care, and Nursing Care Center. Its rich history is like no other senior living community in Chicago.

The Selfhelp Home is seeking an innovative and passionate Director of Development who will lead both annual and capital fundraising campaigns that will address current facility needs and allow for the growth and sustenance of programs and services. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Development will demonstrate success in donor cultivation/stewardship, supervising support staff, management of multiple concurrent projects and experience managing an annual campaign of $500,000 or more, to include grant writing. Familiarity with senior housing services and Jewish traditions are a plus.

The Selfhelp Home is an equal-opportunity employer.

Compensation Range

$100k - $120k

To apply

To apply, please submit a resume & cover letter to Beth Greenberg, Talent Consultant, Evolve Giving Group:

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Key Responsibilities

Maintain and grow a comprehensive fundraising program to oversee all fundraising efforts, including annual campaign, major gift and capital campaign initiatives, endowment and planned giving.

Provide strategic long-term vision for the Selfhelp’s Development efforts, including the management of internal record- keeping systems.

Build on Selfhelp’s current major gifts program, prioritizing, stewarding, and researching potential donors; establish and steward relationships with key donors and prospects.

Liaise with local and national corporate and foundation prospects/donors, including prospect research, grant writing, reporting, and relationship management.

Plan and implement events, including an annual gala, donor stewardship and recognition gatherings.

Provide leadership and guidance to Selfhelp’s volunteer Resource Development Committee, keep the Board of Directors informed of all key fundraising and marketing initiatives, and engage the Board in fundraising and outreach activities as appropriate.

Supervise and coordinate the work of fundraising vendors; help to build the Resource Development Department.

Work closely with the Marketing Department to coordinate communication strategies.

Oversee Selfhelp’s donor database management and work collaboratively with the Home’s Chief Financial Officer to ensure accurate fundraising records and reports.

Qualifications & Skills

Minimum 5-7 years of successful nonprofit fundraising and communications experience

A passion for providing quality care for older adults and the ability to share Selfhelp’s mission with stakeholders

Outstanding interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to build trust and rapport with stakeholders and volunteers

Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with proven ability to write and speak persuasively

Strong track record of annual campaign growth, organizational development, analytical and strategic thinking

Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and guide staff and volunteers

Comfort with social media, data management software and online fundraising tools; experience with Neon a plus

Understanding of Jewish heritage, culture, and the impact of the Holocaust on Jewish survivors

Successful completion of a capital campaign - from planning through implementation - is a plus

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