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Senior Director of Development

locationChicago, IL, USA
PublishedPublished: 6/14/2022
Full Time

Job Description


Do you want a career that impacts the community? Do you have a desire to work somewhere that changes children’s lives?

Join Chicago Youth Centers as we serve over 3,000 children and families each year!

Title: Senior Director of Development

Company: Chicago Youth Centers


Compensation: $90,000 - $110,000

Classification: Full Time; Exempt

Reports to: President/Chief Executive Officer

Supervisor Responsibilities: Yes

Location: Chicago Youth Centers Headquarters at 218 S. Wabash, Ste 510

Schedule: 8:30a – 5:30p; Monday - Friday; schedule subject to change based on organizational needs

Purpose: The Senior Director of Development is responsible for all development, fundraising and campaign strategies. This position will serve as a member of The Executive Leadership Team and will be an active participant in making strategic decisions affecting Chicago Youth Centers. This role will help forge new relationships to build CYC’s visibility, impact, and financial resources. The Senior Director of Development will design and implement a comprehensive plan for developing key external alliances, with a heavy emphasis on individual major gifts, and then cultivating their support.


  • Lead development staff to research, develop a target list of prospects, create customized approaches, and develop messages and materials.
  • Significantly expand the individual major gift donor base. Creates portfolios, identifies cultivates and stewards, current and new corporate, and foundation partners.
  • Oversee consistent weekly, monthly, and quarterly reports of fundraising progress communicating the goals and strategies of the overall advancement efforts; and manages that progress against established benchmarks and an organizational scorecard.
  • Leverage Board Members and champions relationships; maintains a personal portfolio of major donors while staffing and coaching the CEO, ELT, and Board Members in managing their donor portfolios to increase support for CYC.
  • Create and implement a plan to identify and build strong relationships with key donors, community leaders, and volunteers, and engage organizations with which CYC should partner.
  • Nurture partnerships and relationships with current and prospective funders through donor recognition programs and stewardship Cultivates long-term funder involvement and engagement to assure.

Benefits: Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, 403B, and other benefit options

Chicago Youth Centers is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and drug free workplace. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. Chicago Youth Centers will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

***This job description is not intended to represent a complete list of all duties and responsibilities. There may be unplanned activities and other duties assigned.***



  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience required.
  • 10 years of related and progressive fund-raising experience.
  • Progressive experience in leading and managing a team.
  • Significant major gift experience.
  • Capital campaign experience preferred.
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