Director of Major Gifts (Part-Time)

Institute for Therapy through the Arts


Evanston, IL, or Remote


Institute for Therapy through the Arts (ITA) believes that each person is unique and brings their individual experiences, strengths and challenges to the therapy process. ITA’s approach is customized to accommodate each unique individual served through art, dance, movement, drama and music therapies. ITA’s therapeutic team provides creative solutions to life’s challenges whether they be emotional, physical or neurological. People of all ages benefit from these therapies, including those with developmental challenges, autism, mental illness, emotional distress, neurological disorders and histories of trauma. The ITA mission guides its daily work: To empower individuals, families and communities to grow and heal through the creative arts therapies by inspiring change and wellness, strengthening health in community organizations, cultivating achievement in school settings and forging leadership in the Creative Arts Therapy fields.

ITA seeks an experienced part-time Director of Major Gifts (DMG) to drive the growth of the organization’s comprehensive fundraising program, to include strategy development, prospect identification, major gift development, donor stewardship, planned giving, and special events. The DMG, who will report to and collaborate closely with the Executive Director, will play a critical role in the overall financial growth of the organization. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of eight years of fundraising experience with a proven history of success in creating thoughtful campaign strategies, one-on-one major gift solicitations and high-level donor cultivation and stewardship. This driven self-starter will be charged with creating individual cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies for all prospective and current major donors.

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Please send your resume and cover letter to Jamie Perry at

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Key Responsibilities

  • Create an annual fundraising plan focused on growth and sustainability to support ITA’s strategic priorities
  • Manage the Executive Director’s donor and prospect portfolio; drive strategy and ensure regular touchpoints
  • Develop enhanced opportunities to cultivate annual and planned giving donors and prospects
  • Manage ITA’s major donor stewardship program and coordinate the solicitation of major gifts, including corporate sponsorships
  • Identify, recruit, train and partner closely with board members to further the achievement of fundraising goals
  • Design and implement a planned giving program; incorporate deferred giving opportunities into donor strategies
  • Raise the visibility and public awareness of the organization through engagement and community outreach opportunities

Qualifications & Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 8+ years fundraising and/or nonprofit management experience
  • Experience and comfort working with high-level donors and philanthropists
  • Successful track record of soliciting gifts of $5,000+
  • Passion for the ITA mission and the ability to promote and communicate mission impact to stakeholders
  • Interest or experience in Creative Arts and/or Creative Arts Therapy
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; strong public speaking and presentation abilities
  • Energetic and personable with a team-oriented personality
  • Skilled relationship developer with volunteers, prospects and donors
  • Knowledge of, and established relationships within, the Chicago-area philanthropic community
  • Goal-oriented and data-driven with strong follow-through
  • Comfort working both independently and as part of a team
  • Proficiency working with business technology, including the Microsoft Office Suite and donor database systems, Salesforce experience a plus
  • Flexibility and willingness to work remotely or on-site, with occasional nights and weekends for special events or programs

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