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Executive Director of Advancement

Youth and Opportunity Unted
Illinois, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Oct 28, 2022

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Position Type
Executive, Fundraising, Annual Fund, Capital Campaigns, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Direct Marketing, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Grant Seeking, Major Gifts, Planned Giving, Special Events, Programs, Community Outreach, Grant Administration, Managing Volunteers, Administrative, Other Administrative, Public Relations and Communications, Sales and Marketing
Academic Centers, Advocacy, Community Development, Community Foundations, Education, Social Services, United Way, Youth
Employment Type
Full Time
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Youth & Opportunity United (Y.O.U.) seeks an experienced, fundraising professional to join a dynamic youth development organization. The ED of Advancement will oversee all aspects of fundraising, development, and communications at Y.O.U. and will play a lead role in strategic advancement planning with the CEO. The ED of Advancement  will report directly to the CEO as a key thought partner, collaborate with other members of the Executive Team, lead the Advancement Team, work closely with the Board of Directors, and support various board committees.  A successful candidate will be passionate about the mission, will actively collaborate with program staff to promote advancement planning, will be comfortable presenting to external and internal groups, will have a proven track record of cultivating, securing and expanding organizational funding via a strategically-designed and comprehensive pipeline, and will have strong executive presence Founded in 1971, Y.O.U. is an Evanston-based non-profit that partners with families, schools, and the community to provide academic, social, and emotional support to close the opportunity gap and prepare all youth for post-secondary and life success. Each year, Y.O.U. serves 800+ youth across 9 school sites with free, holistic, out-of-school-time programming,  including afterschool and summer, along with community-based mental health services.  This is an exciting time for the organization, which completed a successful $16.4M capital campaign in 2017 that expanded programs, launched an endowment, and funded a new headquarters facility. The organization is implementing a new strategic plan focused on serving as a community hub and leader, measuring and communicating our powerful impact, creating a sustainable infrastructure, and building a culture of inclusion and transparency.  Our staff are a diverse collection of 40+ passionate individuals, committed to social justice, to a trauma-informed approach, to equity, and to helping youth realize their full potential.

The Role____________________________________________________________

Development and Stewardship: 70% Leadership, Strategy, & Risk Management: 20% Organizational communication: 10% Development and Stewardship

Set and execute a vision for advancement in partnership with the CEO that best supports the strategic plan of the organization Lead the Y.O.U. Board of Directors and Executive Team in developing short, medium, and long-term fundraising plans and projections Foster a culture of philanthropy at Y.O.U., ensuring collaboration among and between internal stakeholders in keeping with our values and financial goals Oversee the advancement planning process to meet and grow a $4.5-$5M annual operating budget to ensure availability and sustainability of resources, and to maximize impact and growth Develop successful identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies to direct and monitor the progress of donor relationships Establish innovative strategies to promote giving to Y.O.U., in particular focusing on attracting and increasing corporate, foundation, and individual support In partnership with the CEO, create individual stewardship plans for each board member and other major givers to ensure leadership contributions and 100% board participation Ensure the accurate and up-to-date maintenance of corporate and foundation records as well as individual donor information in the Neon database Develop and utilize forward-looking fundraising models to provide insight into the organization’s current, future, and past fundraising goals and strategies Utilize a variety of engagement strategies with all donors to increase giving, including personal visits with other Y.O.U. allies (CEO, etc.) to develop and foster understanding of Y.O.U.’s vision and programs, and enthusiastically embrace asking strategies. In partnership with the advancement staff, cultivate and nurture relationships with current and potential corporate and foundation contributors. Collaborate closely with Y.O.U.’s Finance Department and Program Teams to develop fundraising proposals, grant expenditure and  programmatic impact reports, and respond to current and future fundraising opportunities Establish and follow advancement policies and procedures and maintain appropriate internal controls Provide timely, accurate, and useful management reporting for all funders and Y.O.U.’s Board of Directors; prepare and communicate monthly and annual fundraising status reports, including a real-time pipeline of current and future fundraising opportunities Leadership, Strategy, & Risk Management

Support the development and leadership of the Advancement Team, which includes an Associate Director of Advancement, Grants Manager, Grants and Communications Specialist, and Advancement and Communications Coordinator Serve as staff lead of the Advancement and Nominating Committees of the Board of Directors and support the preparation of full Board meetings Continually review department infrastructure to ensure support of the organization’s revenue growth and goals Serve as a strategic thought partner to the Chief Executive Officer, supporting strategic planning, organizational dashboards and reporting, data & evaluation efforts, and external relations Collaborate closely with Executive Directors of Talent, Finance, OST, and Clinical Services on cross-functional issues such as culture management, effective program design, and managing organizational change Serve as a key leader and build internal relationships with staff, in order to develop an understanding of programming that enables strategic resource allocation for efficient impact and growth of financial resources to meet programmatic needs Represent Y.O.U. to internal and external stakeholders including the Y.O.U. board,  community partners, donors, grantmakers, and public officials Other projects and duties as assigned to assist the CEO and broader organizational initiatives Events Management

Conceptualize, manage, and support the coordination and execution of all fundraising events in partnership with respective organizational staff, board members, and community stakeholders  Assist the CEO in strategically preparing for and prioritizing external events involving CEO and other organizational leadership Organizational Communications

Lead the creation and support of the implementation of a comprehensive communications plan that enhances Y.O.U.’s public image and status in the local community, as well as with corporate and grant community, with a recognizable “brand” reflective of organizational mission and values  Define expectations and lead the development and maintenance of brand image, positioning, and messaging for Y.O.U. Define expectations and lead in the maintenance of image and identity standards for the organization Manage the development and production of organizational marketing communications, including print and electronic publications, collateral materials, presentations, website content, social networking sites such as Instagram and LinkedIn, new media productions, advertising, media relations, and television broadcasts for staff and the community The Candidate________________________________________________________

The ED of Advancement will be a seasoned, strategic, and innovative leader with at least ten years of experience in advancement, development, or comprehensive nonprofit fundraising, including at least four years of departmental leadership.  Successful candidates will demonstrate a proven track record in corporate, foundation, governmental, individual, and major gift solicitation and cultivation, preferably with major gift campaign experience, and evidence of cultivating new donors.

The successful candidate will have the following experience and attributes:

Minimum of eight  years of progressively responsible fundraising and development experience and four years leading a team of advancement or development professionals A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree with preference given to candidates with advanced degrees or additional, relevant certifications Performance in a senior advancement management role that partnered with executive staff to develop and implement successful fundraising strategies Significant experience working with and cultivating individual donors and board members Experience and interest in strategic planning, including process design and measurement Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to identify and translate programmatic outcomes and operations into compelling narratives for internal and external  audiences Demonstrated leadership ability, team management, and interpersonal skills Proven effectiveness in supervising and developing advancement professionals Excellent analytical and organizational skills Demonstrated resourcefulness in setting priorities, proposing new ways of creating efficiencies, and guiding investment in people and systems Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to Y.O.U.’s mission An ability to work well with others in a highly collaborative environment  

The Offer____________________________________________________________

Y.O.U. is a dynamic and energetic place to work, with a rich history as a community organization coupled with an entrepreneurial approach to solving problems. Out-of-school time programming spans grades 3 – 12, and a holistic model of program delivery includes collaboration with families, schools, and partners.  The Y.O.U. headquarters is a newer facility housing administrative offices, a MakerSpace for STEM programming, a commercial-grade demonstration kitchen, clinical counseling spaces, a community gathering space, and an outdoor garden and event space.

Staff members of Y.O.U. benefit from

Professional learning budget for every staff, plus all-staff continuous learning trainings Medical, Dental, & Vision Coverage Pre-tax benefits including flexible spending, dependent care, and transit 401K plan including company contribution after one year of employment 12+ paid holidays per year, including a Winter Break 15 days of paid vacation and 12 days of paid sick leave annually $25,000 portable life insurance paid by Y.O.U. Competitive salary practices Team-oriented culture supported by staff work groups to inform our values, shape our practices, and build community through social  gatherings Caring and flexible work environment committed to work-life balance Strong commitment to building and maintaining an inclusive environment, including race and LGBTQ+ equity work Y.O.U. is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal-opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

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