Director of Development

Gads Hill Center | Chicago, IL

Posted Date 7/10/2024

Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Gads Hill Center in the search for a Director of Development.

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Director of Development will lead fundraising efforts and ensure the achievement of fundraising goals for Gads Hill Center. With a history of developing and implementing comprehensive fundraising plans encompassing major gifts, corporate and foundation giving, planned giving, and special events, the Director of Development will identify and cultivate major gift prospects, corporate and foundation donors, and execute special events that engage and inspire the Gads Hill donor community. The Director of Development will set ambitious goals, provide essential guidance, and ensure exceptional performance of a dedicated fundraising team. By developing compelling donor communications and recognition programs, the Director of Development will craft targeted appeals that drive donations and strengthen donor relationships. Collaborating closely with the COO and Board of Directors, the Director of Development will align fundraising strategies with Gads Hill Center's mission, presenting plans and performance metrics to ensure seamless integration with its strategic vision. Through meticulous analysis of fundraising data and donor engagement, the Director of Development will make informed, data-driven decisions to elevate fundraising success and propel the Gad Hill mission forward.

Gads Hill Center, a community based nonprofit social service organization established in 1898, creates opportunities for children and their families to build a better life through education, access to resources, and community engagement. Since its founding, Gads Hill Center has been supporting working families through comprehensive programs and services that connect children and families to resources that meet their educational, employment, and health-related goals. Gads Hill Center works with more than 4,500 children across Chicago by providing high-quality accredited programs and services in the areas of mental health, youth services, children services, and family and community.

Gads Hill Center's children’s programs bridge the gap by offering research-based early childhood education with a bilingual and culturally competent curriculum grounded in the framework of Head Start and Early Head Start. Staff, including dedicated teachers, clinicians, and family support workers, promote mental wellness for the whole family by monitoring developmental milestones and providing access to therapeutic services. Annually, 600 children enroll in one of the early childhood education programs at Gads Hill Center and are ready to succeed in pre-school upon program completion.

Youth programs at Gads Hill Center provide a rigorous academic support curriculum during out-of-school time that ensures students of all ages perform at grade level or above and provides them with the tools they need to achieve academic success through high school graduation, college acceptance, and beyond. Programs are tailored to fit each age group and anchored by research-based educational curricula that emphasize science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). One hundred percent of the youth that attend the building leaders program graduate from high school.

A bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least five years of experience in donor development is preferred for this role. Familiarity with the Chicago philanthropic landscape is a plus. Gads Hill Center will consider candidates with a broad range of backgrounds. If you are excited about this role and feel that you can contribute to Gads Hill, but your experience does not exactly align with every qualification listed above, we encourage you to apply. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of Gads Hill Center as well as the responsibilities and qualifications presented in the prospectus.

The salary range for this position is $100,000 to $115,000 annually.

Gads Hill Center is committed to the inclusion of all qualified candidates. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, or participating in the selection process, please contact Michael Carver at

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Director | Fundraising
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