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Chief Development Officer

After School Matters
Illinois, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Jun 16, 2022

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Position Type
Executive, Fundraising, Other Fundraising
Employment Type
Full Time
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Organizational Summary

After School Matters is a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that annually offers after-school and summer programs to nearly 19,000 Chicago high school teens to explore and develop their talents while gaining critical skills that will set them up for success in college and beyond. 

Thirty years later, our program has engaged more than 350,000 Chicago teens and is the nation’s largest and most successful provider of after-school and summer programs for high school teens. No other organization offers programs to high school students at the scale and quality that we do.  

We offer paid apprenticeships led by professionals in the fields of arts, communications and leadership, sports, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).  Our nationally respected youth development model has been replicated in cities across the country and earned us the City Livability Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors.  

Programs take place at a variety of community locations throughout the city, including three ASM buildings: downtown at Gallery 37 Center for the Arts, the Michael and Karyn Lutz Center in Belmont Cragin, and the Pullman community at Gately Park.   

Currently, After School Matters' annual operating budget is approximately $35M and employs nearly 500 staff across the organization.  

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Summary of Position:

The Chief Development Officer (CDO) oversees After School Matters fundraising efforts—individual, foundation, corporate, and gala benefit —developing and executing an integrated fundraising strategy to secure approximately $10 million annually. The CDO will also play a key role in working with the CEO and Board to design and execute a planned $25-$30M fundraising campaign to support an important capital project.

The Chief Development Officer is a member of the executive leadership team and has a direct influence on the institution’s overall strategy. The CDO works closely with the CEO, Chief Program Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Impact Officer, General Counsel, and Chief of Staff to align the finances, fundraising, and programs at ASM. The ideal candidate will have meaningful development and management experience as well as knowledge of and relationships within Chicago’s philanthropic and corporate communities. It is important that the CDO understands the vital role that ASM plays in the community and possess a commitment to ASM’s mission of serving Chicago’s teens.  

The position oversees all Development activities of the organization.

The CDO will actively manage a donor portfolio by personally participating in cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship, as well as collaborating with the CEO and Board Members to ensure that they are effectively supported and leveraged to achieve fundraising goals. This person will be a highly proactive and effective major gifts fundraiser who is comfortable working directly with and soliciting individuals, foundations, corporations, and other funders for seven- and eight- figure gifts.

In addition to developing new and creative approaches to increase corporate and foundation giving, a key priority for the CDO will be to enhance the organization’s individual giving program. The CDO and Development team will continue to lead and execute After School Matters’ annual gala.

The CDO will manage a wide variety of development functions in a rapidly evolving organization. The CDO will be an articulate and enthusiastic advocate for Chicago’s teens and work tirelessly to promote the mission of After School Matters throughout Chicago and beyond.

The CDO is expected to have the maturity, creativity and professionalism required to drive positive outcomes.


Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide comprehensive and strategic leadership in developing a multi-faceted approach to enhance a high-performing development organization with a high level of professionalism and dedication.
  • Establish contributed income goals for fiscal year, create strategic plan to meet budgeted goals, and manage department expense budget.
  • Oversee strategic cultivation and stewardship of individuals, corporate sponsors, and foundations.
  • In partnership with the Development team, oversee and provide fundraising guidance to the Board and Executive Leadership Team, including fundraising support and development of collateral materials.
  • Supervise staff of professionals, including fundraising and events.
  • Recruit, train and retain an experienced and dedicated fundraising team.
  • Coach the staff to help develop their talents and skills.
  • Increase the effectiveness and productivity of the team Development Team by serving as a coach and mentor, motivating team members with energy and passion, and ensuring clear expectations and accountability.
  • Direct Development team fundraising efforts, individual giving, foundation giving, and corporate support to meet annual contributed revenue goal.
  • Provide leadership guidance to the Development Team’s annual Festival fundraising events and gala—which raises $2-$3 million gross annually.
  • Develop KPI’s for individual giving, foundation giving and corporate giving.
  • Staff Development Committee of the Board, participate in the Board’s Nominating and Governance Committee and annual gala committee.
  • Create high-level Board and donor cultivation and stewardship events and activities.
  • Work closely with Executive Leadership Team and programming staff to identify and pursue sponsorship opportunities.
  • Lead, monitor, and execute a successful comprehensive campaign.
  • Steward and solicit a portfolio of major gift prospects.
  • Collaborate and leverage relationships of After School Matters’ leadership including the Board and Executive team, ensuring they are effectively supported to achieve fundraising goals.



  • Change Capacity
    • Pivot and respond to unpredictable and disruptive situations by leading development and implementation of processes, tools, and techniques.
  • Results-Proven Track Record
    • Exceed goals with a bottom-line orientation.
    • Evidence of consistently making good decisions through analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment.
    • Strong project management.
    • Problem solving and creative resourcefulness.
  • Strategic Vision and Agility
    • Think strategically.
    • Anticipate future consequences and trends.
    • Incorporate into organizational plan.
  • Capacity Building
    • Effectively build organization and staff capacity.
    • Develop top-notch workforce and processes.
  • Leadership and Organization
    • Exceptional capacity for managing and leading people.
    • Team builder with experience in scaling up organizations.
    • Connect with staff both on an individual level and in large groups.
    • Capacity to enforce accountability.
    • Develop and empower top-notch leaders from the bottom up.
    • Cultivate entrepreneurship.
    • Learn strengths and weaknesses of team to put people in a position to succeed.
  • Action and Results Oriented
    • Enjoy working hard and looking for challenges.
    • Act and react as necessary, even if limited information available.
    • Not afraid to take charge of a situation.
    • Overcome resistance to leadership and take unpopular stands when necessary.
  • General Management
  • Manages fundraising team.
  • Follow-up on addressing fundraising and communications matters that require a high degree of attention and Executive Leadership input.
  • Coaches staff to become front line fundraisers and brand ambassadors.


Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Development Team​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​Physical Demands:

The physical demands here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Must be able to lift to 50 pounds occasionally.
  • Must be able to sit for long periods of time.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job the employee is occasionally exposed to weather conditions and the noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  • The CDO will be required to attend “in-person” meetings regardless of what the remote policy of the organization may be.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Facilitator of independent departments
  • Team player
  • Excellent communication and writing skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a warm, outgoing personality required.
  • Ability to build and maintain strong rapport and positive relationships with ASM supporters, Board, and staff.
  • Strategic thinker, possessing solid problem solving, analytical, planning, and organizational skills.
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment, deal with emergent issues, and juggle multiple projects.
  • Possess a high level of energy, be self-motivated, extremely confident, and make good presentations, both verbal and written. This team player must have outstanding communication skills, including listening skills, and be able to maintain confidentiality of privileged information.
  • Knowledge and experience with fundraising software (Raiser’s Edge) or similar fundraising databases a plus.


  • B.A. required, M.A. in a related field preferred.
  • 7-10 years of development/fundraising experience with expanding responsibilities, including demonstrated success in annual fundraising and capital campaigns.
  • Experience leading change management, growth, and strategy within complex structural environments.
  • 4+ years of management responsibilities and/or development leadership preferred.
  • 5 + years of demonstrated supervisory experience.
  • Significant experience soliciting and securing major gifts from private and public sources, institutional planning, and experience working with Board(s) of Trustees required.
  • Budget and financial reporting experience required.
  • Must be a resident of Cook County.


Additional Requirements:

Staff are required to provide proof of COVID-19 Vaccination or have an approved medical or sincerely held religious beliefs exemption prior to starting employment. If a medical or sincerely held religious belief exemption is approved, weekly Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing is required part of any reasonable accommodation.

How to Apply:

Submit a cover letter and resume at


After School Matters is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, military discharge status, age, marital status, parental status, or source of income.

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