Director of Development

Covenant House Illinois

Posted: 6/17/2020

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Fundraising/Development

Primary domain: Human Services

City: Chicago

Postal code: 60654

State: Illinois

Country: United States

Organization Information:


Not Available


Mission statement:

The work we do at Covenant House Illinois is driven by our mission to serve youth with absolute respect and unconditional love, providing vital resources and protection to all young people in need. 

Position Details:

Job Description:

 Organizational Summary:

Founded in 1972, Covenant House is the largest charity across the hemisphere serving homeless, trafficked, and runaway youth. Located in 30 cities across 6 countries (Canada, the United States, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua) Covenant House offers a broad range of essential services to help youth move from poverty to opportunity and from homelessness to hope. These services include emergency shelter, transitional and supported housing, food, clothing, legal aid, medical care, educational services (including high school diploma programs and GED certificate programs), job training and placement services, childcare and parenting support programs. As a part of the Covenant House Strategic Plan (2015 - 2020), hundreds of new supported beds for homeless youth will open across Canada, Latin America, and the United States. By the end of year five of this plan, we will reach an additional 10,000 youth annually through our residential and non-residential services, including health clinics, job training programs and schools. Covenant House opened the Illinois site in February of 2017.

 Purpose of Position:

We are currently looking for a dynamic and dedicated individual who is passionate about our mission and interested in growing Covenant House Illinois.  The Director of Development (DOD) leads the efforts to meet fundraising and organizational goals and ensures that all development activities are consistent with the organization’s mission, vision, and values. The Director of Development is responsible for the creation, leadership, and management of Covenant House Illinois' Fundraising & Development Department, overseeing all the private and public revenue streams that fund the site. He/she will be responsible for the supervision of assigned staff.


Job Duties:

Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:


  • Collaborate with the CEO and the development team at Covenant House International to create the spirit, systems, structures, staffing and strategies of the Development Department.
  • Draft and monitor the Development Department budget.
  • Help to recruit members and provide cultivation and stewardship of the Board of Directors. Provide support with their fundraising efforts.
  • Collaborate in all Development-related aspects of site expansion.
  • Create and/or increase the following revenue streams: individual giving, foundations, corporations, Sleep Out (Peer to Peer fundraising), special events, government, and legacy giving.
  • Conduct all development leadership matters including budging, benchmarking, and strategic planning.

 Revenue Generation (all in collaboration with Covenant House International)

  • Research and pursue innovative funding streams.
  • Recruit, hire, onboard, manage & coach the Development Team.
  • Manage, oversee, and evaluate all aspects of individual giving and major gifts program.
  • Manage, oversee, and evaluate all aspects of special events and Sleep Out (as well as other P2P events).  
  • Manage, oversee, and evaluate all aspects of foundation fundraising. 
  • Manage, oversee, and evaluate all aspects of corporate engagement. 
  • Manage, oversee, and evaluate aspects of local, state, and federal government relations and fundraising. 
  • Produce development and custom donor reports, analyze data.
  • Collaborate closely with the program and administration teams to carry out all relevant Department functions.

 External Affairs

  • Lead the communication strategy to CHIL stakeholders.
  • Oversee the production of appeals, e-newsletters, donor acknowledgements, and correspondence.
  • Ensure that all messaging aligns with organizational standards and values
  • Serve as an effective, compelling spokesperson for the organization. Effectively communicate the organization's goals and values, both internally and externally.

 Donor Moves Management

  • Identify, research, cultivate, solicit, and provide stewardship for a portfolio of capital
  • Campaign and major gift prospects (individuals, foundations, and corporations) within the systems and structures identified by CHI. Communicate with funders to keep them informed and engaged in the Covenant House Illinois Community.
  • Ensure that information regarding donors and prospects learned during cultivation, solicitation and stewardship is added to the Department's database systems.
  • Work with finance to manage the data and operational aspects of the Development function (acknowledgements, gift processing, data entry).


  • Actively participate in staff, committee, and Board meetings.
  • Actively participate in professional networks and required fundraising training programs. Develop and maintain knowledge of relevant local and national issues.
  • Model professionalism, hard work, and high ethical standards.
  • Stay abreast of relevant changes in the philanthropic sector and maintain required job knowledge and skills and core professional competencies. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • This position operates primarily in a professional office environment that is accessible. Some travel to off-site locations in the Chicago metro area is required. Some of those sites may not be accessible.
  • This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, scanners, filing cabinets.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to operate office equipment. The employee must frequently lift and/or move objects up to 25 pounds.
  • This is a full-time position. Evening and weekend work are occasionally
  • Workplace is a smoke- and drug-free environment.
  • Equal Opportunity Employer. Decisions and criteria governing the employment relationship with all employees are made in a non-discriminatory manner, without regard to race, ethnicity, creed, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, citizenship status, military service and/or marital status, order of protection status, handicap, disability, or any other factor determined to be unlawful by federal, state, or local statutes. 


  • Must have a deep commitment to the mission of Covenant House and the work. 
  • Bachelor's Degree is required, Master's Degree preferred.
  • At least seven years of Chicago-based fundraising experience is required (with knowledge of individual giving) for a social services organization.
  • At least three years of supervisory and department leadership experience required.
  • Proven ability to cultivate, sustain, and deepen donor and funder relationships over time. 
  • Experience securing significant major donor and corporate gifts. History of generating appointments, making the ask, and closing the solicitation.
  • Proven ability to successfully manage, at minimum, a $8M fundraising goal.
  • Ability to represent, effectively and professionally, the organization to a wide variety of audiences. 
  • Knowledge of MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint and Google applications.
  • Knowledge of MS Publisher and Raisers Edge a plus.
  • Professional experience with social media and digital fundraising.
  • Advanced knowledge of non-profit fundraising industry.
  • Must possess strong interpersonal skills, be a self-starter with networking experience.
  • Be creative, focused, and able to adapt well to many circumstances.
  • Must be a very collaborative team player and able to work with all levels of management in a fast-paced environment.
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented and possess excellent follow-up skills.
  • Excellent time management skills with a strong ability to multitask.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to travel as needed, including to New York City, as needed. Previous work with a national organization with chapters is a plus.


Additional Salary Information: $80,000-100,000 Salary to commensurate with experience. Comprehensive benefits package includes medical, dental, vision insurance, disability and an employer sponsored retirement plan. Four weeks paid vacation the first year, and 11 paid holidays.

Internal Number: DDMH620


Commensurate with Experience

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:


  • Submit cover letter with where you heard of the position, resume and salary range requirements to: [email protected]
  • Please write Dir of Dev, your Last Name, First Name in the subject line of your e-mail. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. No phone calls please. Position begins as soon as possible.


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