Development Director,  

National Non-Profit Organization

Metro Chicago


Fundraising (Events)

Director, Fundraising Campaigns & Volunteer Engagement

Position Summary:

The Director, Fundraising Campaigns & Volunteer Engagement works in partnership with leadership, community volunteers and committees to drive growth and success in the fundraising campaign. This individual will identify, recruit, train, and partner with leadership volunteers to harness their passion and skills and to help maximize their engagement in order to advance the mission.

The Director travels throughout the designated market area to meet with constituents and serves as a key leader with volunteers and supporters. The Director will identify and cultivate partnerships and alliances that will promote growth and awareness.

Essential Functions & Responsibilities:


  • Oversee all aspects of the fundraising campaign and provide input into the development of a plan to strategically execute peer-to-peer fundraising best practices.

  • Identify, recruit, cultivate and lead relationships with volunteers, donors, teams, participants, and committees inspiring and supporting them as they develop personal fundraising plans needed for success

  • Recruit and engage local leadership board and revenue committees and recruit volunteers who will drive revenue for our fundraising campaigns and programs

  • Oversee creation of annual operational plan including marketing, budgeting, and project management to ensure success of the campaign.

  • Go the extra mile to understand the full scope of these diseases and in turn, use that knowledge to connect with patients in a meaningful way. Communicate shared vision by utilizing national campaign and marketing materials, adjusting as appropriate.

  • Ensure revenue goal is achieved by overseeing development, implementation, and assessment of year-round strategic fundraising plans. Plan includes campaign revenue drivers: proactive team engagement, acquisition, day of experience, sponsorship and data-revenue tracking and assessment. Make timely adjustments to fundraising strategies as needed.

  • Ensure the successful implementation of events to meet or exceed revenue goals.

  • Identify and cultivate corporate, healthcare and community partners who will maximize growth and revenue impact.

  • Prepare and manage the budget (income and expenses) and work plan (including timeline and deliverables) to ensure successful completion of the program.

  • Utilize data to identify areas for improvement, growth, and opportunity.

  • Deepen relationships and engagement with participants, teams, sponsors, and community leaders to ensure execution of an exceptional experience.

  • Direct the implementation and execution focusing on acquisition, retention and stewardship of teams, participants, top fundraisers, sponsors, and volunteers.

  • Ensure fundraising strategies are understood and implemented by Chapter staff through coaching and direct supervision.


Major Gifts

  • Partner with Executive Director to evaluate, cultivate and steward major gift prospects.

  • Maintain an annual prospect list and proactively work to further develop this list.


Volunteer Engagement

  • Build a compelling vision for growth and collaborate with volunteer leaders and staff to achieve this vision.

  • Identify, recruit, and manage action-oriented volunteer leadership committees for fundraising and event execution.

  • Work with leadership volunteers and committees to identify, recruit and engage volunteers who have potential to make a significant impact.

  • Build strong and effective partnerships with volunteers and supporters and help foster a culture of accountability to achieve measurable and sustainable results while removing obstacles.

  • Engage volunteers through meaningful and impactful work.

  • Partner with and provide comprehensive support to volunteer committees to drive success in campaigns and grow support for our mission.

  • Seek to understand opportunities for growth and learning.

  • Other duties as required.


Position Competencies:

  • Advanced Volunteer Engagement

  • Build Trust

  • Collaboration

  • Communication

  • Customer Service

  • Drive Results

  • Executing Tasks

  • Forecasting

  • Guide and Develop Staff

  • Manage Workflow

  • Relationship Building

  • Self- Awareness

  • Strategic Focus

  • Time Management

  • Volunteer Development



  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience required.

  • 6-8 years of experience in not-for-profit fundraising, preferably within a health-related organization.

  • Marketing and public relations experience preferred.

  • Demonstrated track record of successful fundraising experience that includes special events, corporate/foundation giving, donor cultivation and recognition, donor records and acknowledgement.

  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically, generate revenue and analyze data to drive results and revenue growth.

  • Experience recruiting and managing volunteers.

  • Familiarity with major gift and annual giving campaigns.

  • Proven and applicable skills in volunteer and staff development and supervision.

  • Prior supervisory experience, preferably managing a team.

  • Self-motivated, results oriented leader with strong organizational skills.

  • Skillful in balancing multiple and competing priorities.

  • Proven capability of working with a variety of personality and leadership styles in a matrixed organization, and externally with volunteers and partners.

  • Exceptional written/oral presentation and communication skills.

  • Proficiency in MS Office suite, Blackbaud CRM.

  • Ability to travel up to 25%.


Subject to state and local law and any legally required accommodations, the client requires that all employees be fully vaccinated prior to the date of hire.


Note: the client reserves the right to add, delete, change, or modify the job duties.

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