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Director of Development, Girls and Women in Tech

Creating IT Futures
Illinois, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Dec 3, 2020

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Position Type
Fundraising, Annual Fund, Capital Campaigns, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Grant Seeking, Major Gifts, Membership, Prospect Research, Other Fundraising
Education, Other Fields, Technology, Youth
Employment Type
Full Time
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Do you want do work that changes lives?  Do you want to more deeply understand how the world of tech can create new opportunities for individuals and families? Creating IT Futures aims to create more equitable and diverse representation in the tech world by focusing on opportunities for girls and youth to engage in STEM programming, and women to succeed in tech careers. Creating IT Futures (CITF) is the charitable workforce arm of CompTIA, and we believe in the ability of technology to transform the lives of individuals. Our mission is to help populations that are under-represented in IT and individuals who are lacking in opportunity to prepare for, secure and be successful in IT careers. 


The successful candidate for this role will have a passion for supporting the journey of girls, youth and women into tech career paths with the end objective of securing their long-term success and supporting a greater diversity in the tech field.  Since 2012, we’ve successfully built programs to introduce individuals to tech journeys and changed lives because of it.  Now you have a chance to be a part of our winning team, by helping us grow to the next level in our funding strategy.


The Fundraising and Development Director will lead the planning, integration, and implementation of strategies to develop revenue streams that support CITF’s continued growth, which can include: • Institutional fundraising for corporate, foundation, and public support • Corporate sponsorship of events and workshops • Fundraising campaigns • Foundation and government grant funding • Individual fundraising


Essential Duties and Responsibilities: • Actively identifies and establishes deep connections with local and national funders drawn from CITF’s and his/her own network. • Engages directly with donors and prospects to make asks, create strategic engagement and stewardship. • Helps identify and create effective fundraising strategies with different types of donors (e.g. corporate, foundation, individual) • Understands and effectively uses strategies for events, donor-advised funds and alternate fundraising approaches to support the growth of the business • Serves as an effective spokesperson for CITF in the corporate and foundation worlds, able to convey passion for the Foundation’s mission and impact on society. • Gains a deep understanding of CITF programming, and can strategically position programs or designations appropriately with interested donors. • Stays attuned to news, trends, and issues in philanthropy and development, and in the management and not-for-profit sectors to properly set strategy. • Ensures compliance with all relevant regulations and laws, code of ethics and standards of professional fundraising conduct, and maintains accountability standards to donors. • Conducts appropriate prospect research and donor cultivation, acknowledgment, and recognition programs.

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. • Adept in managing and implementing various fundraising strategies • Has a passion for learning, and a flexible approach to business challenges • Understanding of the multifaceted dimensions of philanthropy, ethics, motivations for giving and volunteering, research and cultivation practices, standard fundraising techniques, and development office functions including gift processing, prospect and donor histories, and fundraising reports • Proven experience and results in asking for contributions of time and money • Personality and energy to engage donors and prospects • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills • Self-directed, energetic, forward-thinking, and creative with high ethical standards and a professional image • Demonstrated creativity and innovation • Excellent listener with strong written, verbal, and presentation skills • Travel likely once COVID-19 restrictions ease • DC and Chicago based candidates preferred, other locations will be considered

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