Director of Development

Posted on: August 12, 2021 | |

Great Lakes Academy is a high-achieving, independent, K-8 Charter School founded in 2014 on the Southeast side of Chicago. GLA’s mission is to prepare every student with the fundamental academic skills, critical thinking ability, and strength of character to excel in high school, college, and a career of their choice. At GLA, every decision is based upon how to best support our students as they grow. We are seeking a high capacity, detail oriented, fiercely positive, growth oriented Director of Development to join our team.

Job Description
The Director of Development works closely with the Executive Director/Founder and GLA Board to create an integrated development strategy that incorporates major gifts, foundation grants, and corporate giving including sponsorships. This includes:

Job Outputs
Maintain donor retention of at least 60%+ year over year.
Increase new donors by 10%+ year over year expanding the overall donor base.
Maintain at least a 10% reactivation rate year over year.
Raise $5o0,000+ towards general operating on an annual basis.
Potential in next 2 years: lead & run capital campaign for early childhood education expansion project.

Job Responsibilities
Oversees planning & execution of all annual fund revenue streams, including: special events, grants, foundation & corporate partnerships, and major gifts.
Manages a focused donor portfolio.
Oversees the Development Officer responsible for managing the CRM, executing special events and managing the following: external communication channels including social media, the Associate Board, and a portfolio of donors.
Follow through with Building Beacons Campaign Gifts.
Provides strategic support around marketing and most external communications.
Provides proactive support to the Executive Director, Board of Directors and other volunteers in donor identification & research, cultivation, solicitations, Board prospecting and external relations activities.
Provides support to the Governance Committee in its role of nominating members to the Board. The DOD suggests and provides research on Board prospects to the committee.
Identifies & secures large gifts for programmatic initiatives of GLA.
Participates in the strategic planning process with ED, Board, COO, Principal.
Maintain clear metrics to analyze and action plan to meet development goals.
Ability to think broadly about the strengths, opportunities and challenges in setting stretch yet realistic goals and the action plans to achieve them.
Strong results-orientation: Ability to manage and thrive in a metric-based environment.
High energy leader: Known as a positive and energetic leader willing to lead by example through personal effort and initiative,
Exceptional communication and collaboration skills.
Decisive problem solver & critical thinker who can analyze problems from multiple perspectives.
Five or more years of progressively responsible fundraising experience with an emphasis on individual major gifts. CFRE or other training and development is a plus.
Bachelor’s degree.
Demonstrated ability to juggle and prioritize multiple, competing tasks and seek assistance as appropriate
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Superior interpersonal skills
Local travel and availability to work certain evenings required

As an equal opportunity employer, Great Lakes Academy hires without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other category protected by applicable law.