National Director of Development

Job Summary

The Children’s Heart Foundation is a national nonprofit health organization dedicated to advance the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of congenital heart defects by funding the most promising research. Their vision of “Placing Children at the Heart of Research” is one of passion, vision, and a sense of urgency. CHF seeks a strong and proven professional to serve as National Director of Development, reporting to the President and Chief Executive Officer. The Director will work closely with development staff to implement and achieve the strategic plan goals across all fundraising activities, including Major Gifts. This position also partners with the CEO in implementing Donor cultivation and stewardship strategy, Relationship Events, and Mass Market event operations. The position serves as a member of the Leadership Team. Must have advanced skills in Microsoft and Google products, Excel, and Donor database utilization. This position is shared remotely from the national office based in Northbrook, IL.

Responsibilities for National Development Director

  • Provide strategic direction and leadership for the development and execution of the CHF fundraising plans to ensure the overall success of the Foundations revenue streams including, National Mass Market Events of Congenital Heart Walk series. And other events of Golf, Gala, Endurance events, and foster positive relationships resulting in Individual and Major Gifts, raising $3M and in three years goal of $5M.
  • Participate in the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship process for the individual, corporate donors, and major gifts prospects. Ensure effective account management of donor portfolios and repeat large-giving donors
  • Develop, manage, and recruit CHF nationwide Corporate Giving and Sponsorships.
  • Oversee the development and writing of foundation, corporate, and government proposals and solicitation materials and collaborate with Marketing/Communications to develop key messaging, promotions, and annual reports.
  • Responsible for the recruitment, training, supervision, and coaching of Development staff and volunteers necessary to successfully achieve Development goals and objectives. Lead inter-department meetings to plan milestones and requirements of all teams within the business regarding fundraisers
  • In collaboration with the President and CEO, and Leadership Team members identify prospects and collect data in an organized manner on individuals, corporations, foundations, organizations, and government agencies that might become donors to our organization.
  • Empower volunteer leaders to reach higher performance levels through trust, delegation, participation, and coaching. Act as a strategist with volunteer management staff and regions to maintain positive relationships with all volunteers assisting with events.
  • Establish and maintain meaningful business communications with individual and business donors or sponsors.
  • Create reports post-event to analyze data and determine the marketing effectiveness for the fundraising program
  • Ensures compliance with CHF policies, including employment, risk management, travel, event and cash handling, data management, and financial controls.
  • Keep CEO and Board of Directors informed of the condition of the development program and on all critical factors influencing fundraising.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications for National Development Director

  • 7-10 years of business fundraising experience; raising funds and examples of positive outcomes
  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • Career oriented individual wishing to grow our development program and grow professionally within the national organization
  • Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Suite
  • Exceptional verbal and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work well in a diverse group
  • Experience measuring data, outcomes of events to determine marketing effectiveness; and managing and tracking donor contributions data
  • Strong decision-making skills which assess risk and reward
  • Exemplary work ethic
  • Strong work-life balance assessment needed to maximize volunteer engagement and allow staff to be as productive as possible while avoiding burnout
  • 3-5 years of management experience required
  • Positive and collaborative attitude when managing groups and overseeing initiatives
  • 25% travel required, up to 50% during Walk series

CHF provides staff generous paid time off policy; medical, dental, vision, retirement benefits, wellness programs, and professional development to enhance staff skills. We are an equal opportunity employer.

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