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Chief Development Officer

Chicago, IL, USA | Non Profit Organization

  • Industry:
    Non-Profit / Social Enterprise
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    Business Development
    General Management
  • Experience:
    7-10 years
Job Description:
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Serving as a member of CCC’s senior staff, the Chief Development Officer will develop and execute fully integrated plans across all fundraising avenues to grow annual philanthropic support to approximately $4M by fiscal year 2022. This position reports to CCC’s Chief Operating Officer, and works closely with the President & Artistic Director, on fundraising initiatives. S/he will manage, lead and mentor a team of five development staff which currently includes: Director of Institutional Advancement, Corporate and Foundations Relations Manager (to be hired), Individual Giving Manager, Development Services Manager and Development Coordinator.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Work closely with the Director of Institutional Advancement to develop and implement a fundraising plan that outlines monetary and activity goals for all areas of support, including annual giving, major gifts, planned giving, corporate and foundation support, special events and alumni relations

Serve as lead solicitor for the organization, working closely with the President & Artistic Director and Chief Operating Officer to develop an active solicitation program

Strengthen CCC’s major gifts program by building relationships with a targeted segment of CCC’s donor base and other major gift prospects and moving them through all stages of the gift cycle, including cultivation, solicitation and stewardship

Identify opportunities, institutional capacities and resources for enhancing relationships with philanthropic, community and political leaders

Provide leadership to Director of Institutional Advancement and Individual Giving Manager in developing a solicitation program for lower-level donors and prospects

Provide staff support to Board of Directors and manage their solicitation activities

Staff the Development Committee of the Board of Directors and sit on the Marketing Committee, others as assigned

Recruit and manage volunteers for CCC fundraising event committees

Work closely with the Director of Marketing and Communications to establish a comprehensive communication strategy–particularly as it relates to corporate and individual relations

Work closely with Chief Program Officer to leverage parent body for volunteers, donor prospect and advocacy

Create and staff high level cultivation and stewardship events


B.A. degree required

8-10 years professional development experience in a non-profit setting with demonstrated advancement in responsibilities

Proven ability to lead a team to achieve goals

Direct experience soliciting six figure gifts

Demonstrated experience in building a successful annual giving plan and infrastructure needed to achieve

Demonstrated experience procuring Foundation and Corporate support

Experience working effectively with Board of Directors

Excellent oral presentation and writing skills

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