Director of Development, DuSable Museum


Contact Information

740 E 56th Pl Chicago, Illinois, United States 60637

Contact Name: Gloria Fleming, HR Manager

Phone: 773-947-0600




The Director of Development reports to the President & CEO, and works closely with the COO, CFO, and the Board of Trustees. The Director of Development’s main responsibility is to provide overall leadership in the design, implementation and management of a $45 million capital campaign and develop a comprehensive and effective long-term fundraising plan. This fundraising effort will support the renovation of the historic 66,000 square-foot Roundhouse wing expansion. In addition to working with the campaign, the Director of Development will coordinate the management of the pursuit and expansion of individual, foundation, corporate and government support, building a planned giving program and shaping a plan for doubling the endowment within the next four to five years. Direct reports include Manager of Grants & Individual Giving and Membership Manager. Reports To: Director of Development Direct Reports: Exempt FLSA Status: Mgr/Corp. Gifts (Vacant); Mgr/Fndn. Gifts Mgr/Membshp. Expansion / Grant: Vo Status: Full-Time Direct Reports: Department: Development Division: Development Grade: Effective Date: 5/12 Hours / Week: 40 ESSENTIAL DUTIES: Campaign Management-60% •Implement and manage a $45 million capital campaign that supports a $40 million historic preservation project and a $5 million property maintenance endowment, taking the campaign from the silent launch (June 2010) through building reopening and campaign completion (Summer 2016); •Establish solicitation priorities, manage prospect lists and research, develop and execute targeted cultivation plans and solicitation strategies for a range of prospects; prepare and provide support to staff, board members and volunteers for solicitations; •Manage the writing and development of capital campaign print and electronic collateral materials and coordinate their design and production; •Oversee campaign communications, creating content for the e-newsletter and talking points for the media; integrate campaign milestones into ongoing public relations outreach; •Manage cultivation and recognition events, and the rededication ceremony; •Recruit and manage campaign volunteers; schedule and support campaign leadership meetings; •Manage the capital campaign fundraising budget; •Ensure that data related to prospects and donors is recorded and tracked in electronic and hard copy files; manage campaign record keeping, evaluate progress towards goals, prepare periodic reports on fundraising and present to the Board and senior staff; recommend revisions to the fundraising plan, as needed, to meet goals; •Ensure donor acknowledgement, stewardship and public recognition, as appropriate; Institutional Development-40% •Preparing an annual fundraising plan that details goals, schedules and budgets. •Developing relationships with individuals and cultural, civic and corporate organizations to cultivate prospective donors; •Work collaboratively with staff and board members to cultivate identified institutional prospects and prepare foundation and government grant proposals; •Oversee non-campaign related individual gift solicitation, tracking and acknowledgements (such as the annual appeal); •Working with the Collections and Education Departments to identify individual donors and corporate sponsors for special projects; •Collaborate with the Dir/ Special Events to coordinate all special events, maximizing potential for profit and/or visibility, depending on the nature of the event; •Making gift requests independently and with the Board President and/or President & CEO as appropriate; •Ensuring that appropriate systems, procedures and controls are in place for identifying new donors, tracking and acknowledging gifts and organizing donor recognition; and •Working with the President & CEO and Trustees in long range planning for the Museum. Qualifications The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications: •Bachelors degree, with Masters degree preferred, and familiarity with nonprofit cultural institutions, as well as contemporary visual arts and/or historic preservation; 7-10 years of professional experience in fundraising with a track record of success, with specific experience in capital campaigns, individual giving and/or major gifts, and the tracking/monitoring of pledges; •Proven success at securing major gift support; •Knowledge of Illinois, national and international philanthropic communities that support the arts; •Experience in scheduling and staffing solicitation calls and conducting follow up and stewardship; •Superior verbal and written communication skills; •Experience in managing capital campaign budgets; •Demonstrated experience in producing campaign materials; •Excellent interpersonal, analytical and organizational skills, capable of working effectively with board members, staff members, volunteers, consultants and donors/prospects; •Energetic, self-motivated, flexible and adaptable with a sense of humor, able to multi-task and work independently in a small, hands on work environment; •A team player with an attitude of service and ability to motivate others; and •Computer fluency in MS Office, Razor’s Edge or other donor database software, web applications, and knowledgeable about the role of technology and electronic communication in fundraising. Please Contact Gloria Fleming, HR Manager 773-947-0600