Director of Development and Communications

Illinois, United States
Competitive Salary
Apr 26, 2021
May 25, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

KEES has been exclusively retained by Chinese American Service League in its search for a Director of Development and Communications.


Chinese American Service league (CASL) is a multi-dimensional social service agency with more than 40 years of experience educating youth, caring for seniors, training the workforce, placing immigrants on the path to citizenship, and securing housing and financial wellbeing for those in need in Chicago. CASL seeks an innovative and collaborative Director of Development and Communications (DODC) with a decisive style that is grounded in an exemplary track record of leading a high-functioning team to fundraising and communications success.  


The DODC will implement a comprehensive program to ensure sustainable philanthropic support for CASL’s mission and a proactive, comprehensive approach to agency-wide communications. The DODC has overall responsibility for leading a team of five and will hold their own portfolio of major gift donors and prospects while also being a strong partner to the CEO and Board as they manage their own major donor portfolios.


The Director’s communication responsibilities will include crafting strategy that builds and executes CASL’s brand, strengthens marketing and communications, fosters strategic partnerships, grows the institutional and individual donor base, and expands relationships with media, donors, elected officials, clients, supporters, corporate leaders, and other influencers and stakeholders.


Candidates who are passionate about the opportunity to offer immigrant and minority populations a wide variety of cutting-edge programs and services to ensure better living are encouraged to apply. This position offers a competitive salary with strong benefits. Relocation assistance may be offered.


Chinese American Service League is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, ethnic or national origin, or any other status protected by State and Federal Law. Applications are NOT LIMITED to Chinese American candidates.


Specific Requirements Include:

  • A minimum of five years of progressive experience in Development, with three or more years managing a multi-functional team.
  • Experience in leading or being a senior member of a communications team with media relations, social media, public relations and crisis management responsibilities.
  • Experience working closely with a President or CEO, Executive Team and Board Leadership in a complex agency.
  • Proven ability to build strong external relationships with a variety of stakeholders including donors, volunteers, media, elected officials, partner organizations and other stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of best fundraising and communications practices and strengths in the distinctive needs for planning, finances, and supervision germane to fundraising and communications work.
  • Bachelor’s Degree required; advanced degree and/or CFRE credential preferred.
  • Experience with Salesforce preferred.




To assure confidential tracking of all applicants, no applications will be accepted via email. ALL INQUIRIES WILL BE HELD IN STRICT CONFIDENCE.

This search is being managed by Laura Weinman, Vice President, and Kiana Martin, Project Coordinator of KEES. Questions may be addressed to


About KEES

KEES (formerly Alford Executive Search) is a nonprofit executive search firm that builds diverse teams and dynamic leaders in the nonprofit and public entity sectors. A woman owned and operated firm, KEES offers a full array of nonprofit consulting services including executive search, leadership development, interim staffing, and HR support. For more information, please visit


About CASL

Chinese American Service league (CASL) is constantly striving to address and respond to current and emerging issues deeply affecting the community, including COVID-19 and the recent resurgence of AAPI hate crimes. Plans for a new soon-to-be launched initiative will shape policy to address disparities in AAPI/minority communities, advocate for and give voice to AAPI/minority communities surrounding racial and social justice, and educate and galvanize minority communities in diversity, equity, and inclusion. For more information about CASL, please visit


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