Executive Nonprofit Opportunity: Details






Palatine, IL

Chief Development Officer

Established in 1985, WINGS provides a pathway to independence for people whose lives have been disrupted by domestic violence. As Illinois’ largest provider of services for victims of domestic violence, WINGS offers emergency safe shelter and transitional housing and helps families in crisis meet basic needs for items such as food and clothing. Because escaping the cycle of violence requires more than just a safe place to live, WINGS also connects clients with a wide range of services such as counseling, legal assistance, mentoring, life skills support and career services.

The Chief Development Officer (CDO) will work closely with the CEO, COO and CFO to carry out strategic plans and financial goals set forth by the Board of Directors, and will design, develop and lead a comprehensive fundraising strategy. This position will support a $10 million annual budget and must develop a culture of philanthropy so that a system of development and supportive networks can sustain the organization’s current structure. As a member of the executive management team reporting to the CEO, the CDO will be part of a four-person leadership team that helps set the direction and ensures the health of the institution.

We seek a proven philanthropic leader whose career has been highlighted by a proven track record in multi-discipline development areas inclusive of major gifts and capital campaigns. She/he will be an exceptional communicator who is comfortable speaking publicly and meeting one-on-one with stakeholders. This individual will also have experience working alongside volunteer leadership and understand the unique dynamics of that relationship.

Comprehensive management experience is required as is demonstrated experience in managing and implementing a comprehensive fund development program and producing charitable contributions. Knowledge and experience in standard fundraising techniques including face-to-face solicitation, proposal writing, special events, telephone solicitation, and direct mail, as well as office functions including gift processing, prospect and donor histories, and fundraising reporting are required. The individual is also expected to have demonstrated experience and confidence in asking people to contribute time and money.

A bachelor's degree is required as is a minimum of 10 years fundraising experience. Membership in a professional fundraising association is expected and baseline certification in fundraising, the CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Professional), is preferred.

Applications and nominations are being received by Kittleman & Associates, LLC. To apply, please click on the Apply Now link below; then Chief Development Officer, WINGS.

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