Vice President of Philanthropy

Metropolitan Planning Council

Posted: 10/24/2019

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Business Development

Primary domain: Research

City: Chicago

Postal code: 60603

State: Illinois

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$3M - $10M


Mission statement:

Since 1934, the Metropolitan Planning Council (“MPC”) has been dedicated to shaping a more equitable, sustainable and prosperous greater Chicago region. As an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, MPC serves communities and residents by developing, promoting and implementing solutions for sound regional growth. MPC is the premier organization bringing together businesses, communities and governments to broker solutions to the area’s toughest planning and development challenges. The motto for MPC is “be bold”.  MPC is governed by a 60 member Board of Governors.  There are professional staff of 30 and a 2019 budget of approximately $5M million.  Approximately 45% of the annual budget is derived from foundations, 30% from corporations, and the remainder from endowment earnings, individuals, and the occasional modest government grant. 

Position Details:

Job Description:

MPC seeks a highly skilled Vice President for Philanthropy to maintain and cultivate relationships with individuals, businesses and foundations who together invest in MPC as a catalyst to make the Chicago region more sustainable and prosperous.  The VP of Philanthropy is responsible for the design, oversight, execution, and growth of a comprehensive development plan.  Staffing MPC’s President and properly deploying all the organization’s development resources is a high priority. Three staff report to the Vice President.

MPC is seeking a dynamic, externally facing leader with demonstrated success in building and managing a robust fundraising program.  The selected candidate will serve both as the lead on cultivation and solicitation as well as a willing and able support to the President in her fundraising efforts. S/he must be an independent, strategic thinker, who is highly organized, personable, comfortable with public speaking, and will possess excellent written communication skills. Candidates who demonstrate their ability to actively seek out new donor prospects, who appreciate the cultivation and stewardship process and who can successfully close gift opportunities are required


A minimum of six years of fundraising experience or equivalent relevant experience is required.  BA/BS degree required, and Certified Fund Raising Executive certification is a plus. Evidence of continuing professional education is ideal. Experience with donor database and fundraising software is sought.  Familiarity and experience with the Chicago philanthropic community is strongly desired.  Active participation in local business and social clubs, civic organizations and community activities would be expected. 


Not Specified


Commensurate with Experience

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

Applications and nominations are being received by Noetic Search.  Please click here to submit a current resume and cover letter.  For more information, visit or the Metropolitan Planning Council website  


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