The CDGA has an immediate opportunity and now seeks a highly
motivated, detailed and disciplined Development/Fundraising
professional to join our Outreach programs team. The Director of
Development works directly with the Executive Director and Senior
Managing Director, Foundation.
Reporting to and in partnership with the Senior Managing
Director, Foundation, the Director of Development will spearhead
development efforts as the CDGA continues to grow. A new position
to the organization, the Director of Development will have the
opportunity to build the development function.
He/she will secure major gifts from individuals in support
of the CDGA Foundation. They will work closely with CDGA and CDGA
Foundation leadership and the Outreach team to determine effective,
donor-centric strategies, with a goal of soliciting major gifts and
enhancing an existing Annual Fund.
The Director of Development will have primary responsibility
- Creating and executing all aspects of a comprehensive
development plan, and implementing the information technology
systems to support the function.
- Developing, owning and maintaining key relationships with major
gift donors and prospects. The goal of this relationship building
will be to renew annual support at a minimum and move donors along
a strategic pipeline to qualify and solicit for major gifts.
- Leading all revenue-generating fundraising and development
activities for the organization.
- Organizing solicitation drives for pledges and ongoing support
- Identifying new prospects through existing donor connections
and networks, as well as researching clubs, organizations and
individuals to identify potential new funding sources.
- Encouraging individuals to establish or contribute to special
funds through endowments, special projects and planned gifts.
- Coordinating and managing the acknowledgment process with the
The ideal Director of Development will bring most of the
Strong belief in and commitment to the CDGA’s mission and
- A drive to meet, understand and establish genuine relationships
with supporters of the CDGA and CDGA Foundation is required;
knowledge and enjoyment of the game of golf would be an
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a
- A minimum of five years of professional experience in
- Ability to design, implement and execute a holistic fundraising
plan, including individualized cultivation, solicitation and
recognition strategies; planned giving experience is
- Outstanding interpersonal skills with the ability to navigate
complex relationships and interact comfortably with Trustees,
volunteers, philanthropists and/or golf industry
- Strong writing, presentation and storytelling skills, with the
ability to persuasively convey the mission of the CDGA and CDGA
Foundation in individual and group settings.
- Excellent organizational skills, with the ability to juggle
multiple projects and lists at once, prioritize best opportunities
for revenue and present data to donors and internal teams.
- A valid driver’s license and willingness to travel to donors
- Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite; CRM systems and internet
- A bachelor’s degree is required.
ABOUT THE CHICAGO DISTRICT GOLF ASSOCIATION/CDGA
The Chicago District Golf Association
(CDGA) was founded in 1914 to promote amateur golf in the
Midwest. It is a not-for-profit association of member clubs and
individual members in Illinois and parts of Indiana, Wisconsin and
Michigan. With more than 85,000 individual members at more than 400
member clubs, the CDGA is one of the largest and oldest golf
associations in the United States.
In 1944, the CDGA established the CDGA
Foundation as its charitable organization. The sole
purpose of the CDGA Foundation is to secure and administer
philanthropic support to advance the mission and programs of the
CDGA. The key outreach programs are for individuals with special
needs, youth and veterans. Currently, these programs reach
approximately 5,000 golfers in these categories.
The CDGA and CDGA Foundation have a long-term vision in
that every person in our District has access to opportunities to
enjoy golf and its benefits.
Applicants must be a self‐motivated individual with a strong
work ethic and must be able to work unsupervised. He/She must
possess excellent written and verbal communication skills, have the
ability to communicate effectively and project a professional image
at all times. Previous speaking experience, including making
presentations to groups of all sizes, is preferred. Applicants must
also be willing to travel and work long hours, which may include
overnight or weekend travel during golf season.
Salary is commensurate with experience and
qualifications. A complete benefit package, including health
insurance and retirement plan, are provided.
All candidates should submit a cover letter and resume
prior to application deadline for full consideration.
Candidates can apply by sending materials electronically to
No phone calls will be accepted. The successful candidate will be
subject to a background check and drug testing upon extension of