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Associate Director, Individual giving

Cultivate donations that grow our programs and further our mission.

The Associate Director of Individual Giving is responsible for overseeing and implementing a comprehensive individual giving program in support of Chicago Lights and Fourth Presbyterian Church. In partnership with the Director of Development, the Associate Director of Individual Giving will plan and execute the individual giving program focused on annual fund donors, midlevel donors, and event supporters to increase revenue and grow the donor base for both entities.

Responsibilities

• Design and implement a comprehensive individual giving program that cultivates, solicits, acknowledges, and stewards annual donors.
• Establish short and long-term annual giving goals, objectives, and metrics for success in collaboration with the Director of Development.
• Develop segment specific strategies to secure and renew gifts from annual donors ($1-$999), mid-level donors ($1,000-$9,999), and event supporters.
• Manage all annual fundraising campaigns including direct mail marketing, telephone solicitation, online fundraising, etc. with a focus on donor retention and increasing number of annual donors and dollars raised.
• Work in cooperation with the Development team to develop a comprehensive donor communications and stewardship plan for all donor segments.
• Collaborate with communications staff to design and execute marketing and communications strategies for each campaign.
• Oversee stewardship plan and process for acknowledgement letters, invitations, personal calls, etc. for annual and mid-level donors.
• Analyze and report campaign performance using data to refine and improve solicitation strategies and to maximize ROI.
• Track solicitations, renewals, actions, and activities in Raiser’s Edge.
• Monitor revenue and expense budgets, timelines, and implementation plans to ensure successful delivery of each campaign. Report regularly on progress.
• Monitor fundraising trends and best practices and make recommendations for improvements to increase revenue.
• Develop targeted post special event follow-up strategies in partnership with Development team members to deepen attendee engagement beyond the event.

Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree preferred or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Two to three years of fundraising experience with demonstrated experience in donor
solicitation desired.
• Familiarity with donor research and CRM platforms desired. Experience with Blackbaud/Raiser’s Edge is a plus.
• Desire and aptitude for working within a diverse, mission-driven organization.
• Commitment to the mission and work of Chicago Lights and Fourth Presbyterian Church.
• Ability to work and communicate with a wide range of external and internal
constituents.
• Exceptional interpersonal and communications skills characterized by the ability to
listen, speak, and write well.
• Strong analytical skill, able to establish priorities, manage multiple projects, and make
sound decisions with close attention to detail.
• Goal oriented and driven by results. Able to manage multiple priorities.
• Self-starter with the ability to take initiative and work independently, but also able to
work successfully in a variety of groups to meet objectives.
• Keen attention to detail with strong organizational skills and a commitment to accuracy,
tracking, and follow-through.
• Capable of properly handling confidential or sensitive information.
• Ability and willingness to work a flexible schedule to accommodate committee
meetings, events, or other obligations related to the position as needed.
• Proficient in Microsoft Office applications.
• Commitment to racial equity and social justice: Recognize the role of race, income, age,
immigration status, and other identities in shaping disparities, and work toward
amplifying community voices to advocate for equity. Recognize how your own identities
show up in the work, and welcome, reflect on, and act on feedback with an eye toward
continuous learning about race, ability, and other lines of difference.

• Limited travel in the Chicagoland area may be required.

Schedule

Schedule: This role is a full-time, 40 hours per week position. Occasional evening and weekend
work hours may be required.

This is a hybrid role with two days a week in-person at a downtown Chicago location.
Other days can be remote or in-person.

Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those an
employee encounters while performing essential functions of this job. Reasonable
accommodation may be made to enable individuals with different abilities to perform essential
functions.
• Must be able to participate in online virtual communications including email, video
conferencing, and other online tools used to facilitate virtual office culture and work
sharing.
• Smoke and drug (illegal or recreational) free environment.
• Fourth Church aims for accessibility in any off-site location in its control, but some of
them may not be fully accessible.
• This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, and
scanners. Employees are required to communicate effectively via computer, via phone,
and in-person.
• This role requires frequent sitting and standing.
• Requires ability to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects up to 20 lbs.

In the spirit of caring for one another and our community, please note that upon accepting an
offer of employment from Fourth Presbyterian Church or Chicago Lights, you will be required
to share proof of a COVID-19 vaccination. This requirement is subject to accommodation in
compliance with applicable laws.

    Apply

    Please send cover letters and resumes to jobs@fourthchurch.org. Individuals with barriers to employment (under/un-employed, low-income, prior court involvement or other) are encouraged to apply. 

    No phone calls, please.

    Fourth Presbyterian Church and Chicago Lights are committed to equal employment opportunity for all qualified persons, without regard to race, color, citizenship status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, creed, physical or mental disability, marital status or familial status, veteran status, military status, source of income, political affiliation, or any other factor protected by law.