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Director of Development, ASP of Chicago

Illinois, United States
Not specified
Closing date
Feb 4, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Other Fundraising
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Full Time
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Title: Director of Development, All Stars Project

Primary Location: Chicago

Status: Full-Time, Exempt
Reports to: Director, All Stars Project of Chicago

Are you looking to make a direct impact on youth and inner-city communities by developing the lives of the people you reach?

Become a part of our growing national non-profit team whose purpose is to bring out the All Star in everybody.

Role Description

The Director of Development is a senior member of the All Stars Project (ASP) of Chicago team, which is currently conducting an expansion campaign, expected to be raising $2 Million+ annually in the coming years. This person will lead the planning and execution of cultivation and fundraising campaigns that reach hundreds of individual supporters each year, including the expansion campaign that will establish a “Hub” for the ASP in downtown Chicago. The Director will be responsible for sales directing one of the key Chicago fundraising events annually, will manage a portfolio of 50 supporters at the $500 to $25,000 level, and create communication strategy and execution. They will be involved in major gifts work, and support Board and leadership body development. The Director of Development will be an internal and external leader, will support and develop processes and systems, and will be a dynamic and skilled manager of people.

Key Responsibilities

  • Sales direct a key annual fundraising benefit, leading campaigns to raise $350,000 for Chicago. Work directly with honorees and co-chairs to build awareness and support for the mission.
  • Manage a portfolio of 50 individual supporters at the $500 to $25,000 giving level.
  • Partner with the Director to support development of the Chicago board, including producing and participating in board meetings.
  • Co-lead the DSY Trustees leadership body of corporate leaders, engaging champions in our programming and funding opportunities.
  • Oversee the ASP of Chicago Annual Campaign, including strategizing and participating in phone campaigns, mailings, and email strategies to supporters, as well as developing cultivation and engagement experiences for supporters in partnership with the national ASP Annual Campaign team.
  • Deepen corporate partnerships through stakeholder meetings, both internally and externally, and by collaborating with regional and national development staff.
  • Within 1 year, directly supervise 1-2 members of the development team.
  • Support high-level and leadership needs of the national development department, participating in meetings, strategy development, team activities and more as assigned by the Director of the ASP of Chicago and the VP of Development.

  • Qualifications

  • At least 7 years of direct fundraising experience required, including executing personal solicitations
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills and the ability to interact and communicate professionally with individuals at all levels of the organization
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to convey the strategy and unique approach of the All Stars Project in the growing field of Afterschool Development
  • Board leadership involvement experience preferred
  • Experience as a direct supervisor of staff required
  • Highly detail-oriented, organized, and motivated, with experience in setting up and
  • overseeing new processes and systems for team success

  • Superb administrative skills including use of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Strong aptitude for learning database and online development tools, with experience in Raiser’s Edge, AirTable and MailChimp preferred
  • Flexibility in schedule – some evenings and Saturdays are required for phone shifts, special events or other activities during peak seasons
  • Understanding of poverty-related issues and a commitment to creating educational and developmental opportunities for inner-city youth in outside of school contexts
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required
  • Providing proof of Covid-19 vaccination is required
  • The Organization

    The All Stars Project (ASP) is a growing national nonprofit organization whose mission is to transform the lives of youth from poor and underserved communities using the developmental power of performance, in partnership with caring adults, giving everyone the opportunity to grow. While the ASP’s afterschool programs include hip-hop talent shows, training in theatre and the arts, and programs where we partner with the business community to help young people create a professional performance, we are doing so much more – we are building community and imagining possibility. Founded in 1981, the ASP is headquartered in New York City, and currently operates in five locations across the United States (New York, New Jersey, San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago and Dallas). The ASP is primarily privately funded, with two-thirds of our support coming from individuals.

    The ASP of Chicago, launched in 2007, now reaches more than 5,000 youth annually on the south and west sides of Chicago and has raised more than $16 million in private funding. In 2016, ASP of Chicago embarked on a comprehensive expansion campaign – an important element of which is a visionary strategic growth initiative to establish a “Hub” for Afterschool Development in the heart of downtown. In 2022, the ASP of Chicago plans to open its new “Hub” – a home that welcomes young people from poor and underserved communities, non-profit partners, and business leaders to collaborate on how to collectively create a new Chicago.

    How to Apply

    Interested applicants may apply through our website at target= _blank > or by visiting our Career Center.

    To access the Career Center, internal applicants click target= _blank >here and external applicants click target= _blank >here. If there is currently not a position open be sure and join our Talent Community to stay updated on other job opportunities.

    To learn more about All Stars Project, please visit our website at target= _blank >


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