Vice President of Development, Midwest
The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with The Ireland
Funds America in the search for a Vice President of Development,
Reporting to the President and CEO, the Vice President of Development will oversee the strategic direction and overall management of fundraising operations across individual, corporate, foundation, and events in the Midwest region that includes Chicago, Northern Illinois, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Kansas City, and St. Louis. The Vice President will be responsible for meeting The Ireland Funds America annual fundraising goal for the region, and engaging a broad spectrum of funders and supporters as the organization continues to grow and diversify its revenue streams. The Vice President of Development will serve as a key member of the Development Team. This position is based in Chicago, Illinois. There may be an option for the candidate to continue working remotely permanently from the Chicago metropolitan area when COVID restrictions are lifted. Limited international travel is required (Ireland).
The Ireland Funds is a global philanthropic network established in 1976 to promote and support peace, culture, education, and community development throughout the island of Ireland, and Irish-related causes around the world. With chapters in 12 countries, The Ireland Funds has raised over $600 million for deserving causes in Ireland and beyond, benefiting more than 3,200 different organizations.
The Ireland Funds America is the largest and most active of The Ireland Funds and, because of its size and history, serves as the central chapter of the global organization. The fundraising and grant making of The Ireland Funds America, collectively, represents over 90% of the funds raised through the global network. The Ireland Funds America is one of the largest private grant makers for the nonprofit sector in Ireland.
The Ireland Funds America's fundraising is focused on individual and corporate donors through donor engagement and through a consultative approach. Its calendar includes a series of high-end events in cities across the United States including New York, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Palm Beach, and San Francisco, through donor cultivation and solicitation by its Development Team and through engagement with several partner organizations.
People are at the heart of The Ireland Funds. The thousands of outstanding organizations it supports across the island of Ireland touch the lives of real people, increase opportunities, and improve society every day. The Ireland Funds supports communities by contributing to positive mental and physical health; community integration; development of entrepreneurial skills; opportunities for lifelong learning; sport and leisure opportunities; and protection of the natural environment. The Ireland Funds is also proud to support programs that care for senior members of the community, provide opportunities for young people in rural or disadvantaged communities, and promote a transparent and effective non-profit sector and a vibrant culture of philanthropy.
A bachelor's degree is required for this position as is at least seven years of fundraising experience within a mid- or large-scale nonprofit operation. Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States (Visa required). All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be no more than two pages in length and responsive to The Ireland Funds mission to promote and support peace, culture, education, and community development across the island of Ireland and among Irish communities around the world.