The Chicago Community Trust is a community foundation dedicated to improving our region through strategic grant making, civic engagement and inspiring philanthropy. We are here to serve the nonprofit organizations, the generous donors and the thoughtful residents who strive to make a difference, helping their bold vision create lasting community change. We work with a number of partnerships and initiatives to accomplish this work.

We are privileged to serve our community and invite those who connect with our mission, vision, and values to explore employment opportunities with the Trust. To learn more, please visit the Trust online at

The Chicago Community Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Director of Development

  • Job Tracking ID: 512298-753666
  • Job Location: Grayslake, IL
  • Level of Education: Any
  • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
  • Date Updated: January 06, 2021
  • Starting Date: ASAP
  • Application Deadline: Until filled

Invite a friend
facebook LinkedIn Twitter Email

Job Description:

The Lake County Community Foundation (LCCF), an affiliate of The Chicago Community Trust, seeks a full-time Director of Development. This individual will be the first to hold this position and will have the opportunity to work closely with the LCCF team and board to build and lead a comprehensive development strategy for the growing organization.

Position Purpose:

The Director of Development is the primary individual responsible for the administration of all fundraising appeals, relationship building efforts, donor cultivation and stewardship outreach - developing and implementing strategies to grow the Foundation’s individual donor and prospect pipelines. This position will be responsible for managing and implementing cultivation, solicitations, stewardship and acknowledgments for a portfolio of prospects and donors. Advance the mission of the Foundation by providing support to the board and staff. Assist with daily operations and workflow of LCCF.

Position Duties:

  • Establish long-term relationships with donors and prospects; establish solicitation priorities, manage prospect lists and research, develop and execute targeted cultivation plans and solicitation strategies for a range of prospects, and prepare and provide support to the Executive Director and Board members for solicitations and stewardship;
  • Work collaboratively with Executive Director, staff, and volunteers to put in place strong infrastructure and stewardship practices to provide effective donor management systems and processes;
  • Manage the writing of electronic and print collateral materials including reports to the community, appeals, impact reports and special mailings and coordinate their design and production;
  • Develop and manage cultivation and recognition events;
  • Ensure that data related to prospects and donors is recorded and tracked in electronic and hard copy files; manage record keeping, evaluate progress toward goals, prepare periodic reports on fundraising and present to leadership; guide the creation and implementation of a fundraising plan, as needed, to meet goals;
  • Manage the fundraising budget and revenue projections in concert with various staff and volunteer leadership structures/committees;
  • Ensure documentation and execution of donor acknowledgement, stewardship and public recognition, as appropriate;
  • Participate in solicitations as appropriate; and
  • Other duties, as assigned.

Experience and Skills:


  • Bachelor’s degree, with Master’s degree preferred;
  • Proven success at securing major gift support and in establishing relationships with individuals and family foundations;
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrated experience in developing fundraising materials and proposals;
  • Excellent interpersonal, analytical, and organizational skills; capable of working effectively with senior management, leadership volunteers, staff members, consultants, recipients of programs and services, and donors/prospects;
  • Energetic, self-motivated, flexible, and adaptable with a sense of humor; able to multi-task and work independently;
  • A team-player with an attitude of service and ability to motivate others; and
  • Computer fluency in MS Office, donor database software, web applications, PowerPoint, and knowledgeable about the role of technology and electronic communication in fundraising.
  • 5 - 7 years of professional experience in fundraising with a track record of success; specific experience in individual giving and/or major gifts, and working with volunteer leadership;
  • Prior experience working for or with a community foundation, a plus but not required.
  • Experience in scheduling and staffing solicitation calls and conducting follow up and stewardship activities;

History of LCCF: The Lake County Community Foundation was established in 2003 as a geographic affiliate of The Chicago Community Trust, dedicated to growing permanent charitable funds for the benefit of Lake County, and improving the quality of life in the region through strategic grant making, civic engagement and inspiring philanthropy. As a growing, $15.5 million dollar philanthropic organization that connects people who care with causes that matter to them, LCCF administers over 30 charitable funds, strategic community investments and an annual grant program, all benefitting nonprofit organizations across Lake County and beyond. LCCF also plays a collaborative leadership role to address important community initiatives and issues related to philanthropy.