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Development Director

Connections for Abused Women and their Children
Illinois, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Feb 16, 2023

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KEES has been exclusively retained by Connections for Abused Women and their Children in its search for a Development Director. Development Director


CAWC seeks a collaborative Development executive who shares the agency’s commitment to saving and transforming lives. The Development Director is primarily responsible for supporting CAWC’s mission by ensuring the strength and sustainability of philanthropy at this pivotal point of growth and change in the organization’s lifecycle. The Development Director will partner with volunteer and staff leadership in establishing and implementing creative development strategies to ensure that CAWC’s mission, as well as its philanthropic long-term and short-term strategic goals and metrics are met.


Candidates who possess an optimistic outlook, a roll up their sleeves mentality and an energetic passion for eradicating domestic violence are encouraged to apply. Reporting to a powerhouse Executive Director, Stephanie Love-Patterson, and managing a team of three development professionals, the Development Director is an essential member of the agency’s senior leadership team responsible for ensuring a strong philanthropic pipeline necessary to deliver desired mission outcomes.

Some specific requirements include:

  • 5 years or more years of increasingly responsible Development roles, at least 2 years supervising fundraising professionals.
  • Demonstrated success with Major Gifts, with a track record of securing five-figure or greater gifts.
  • Bachelor’s degree or advanced degree.
  • Experience in managing a capital campaign with a goal of $10 million or more is desired.
  • Human Services Development experience is desired with a preference for candidates who have successfully raised funds to support anti-domestic violence missions.


Connections for Abused Women and their Children is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria.




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 Randi Blasutti Project Manager of KEES. Questions may be addressed to


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


Connections for Abused Women and their Children is committed to ending domestic violence (DV). For more than 45 years, CAWC has delivered comprehensive and life-saving services to both adult and child victims of domestic abuse in Chicago. As a leader in the field of domestic violence, CAWC’s services have continually evolved to meet a growing community need. CAWC’s mission is to assist victims of abuse with regaining control of their lives through a trauma-informed, self-help, empowerment approach. CAWC works toward this goal through four primary program areas that together provide a continuum of domestic violence services, including a shelter for survivors and their children as well as counseling, advocacy and a 24-hour hotline. All programs are free of charge.


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