Senior Director of Development and Communications

Erie Neighborhood House, a progressive social service agency serving the Chicago metropolitan area and dedicated to promoting a just and inclusive society, is seeking a Senior Director of Development & Communications. At an important moment in Erie House’s history, the Senior Director of Development & Communications will be essential in leading the organization through its 150th anniversary celebration in 2020. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Senior Director of Development & Communications basic function is to set the organization’s strategic fundraising and external communications agenda to achieve and exceed its $9M annual revenue goals. The Senior Director of Development & Communications oversees a team of six, directly supervising and coaching four employees. This position serves as a member of the agency’s Executive Team, Leadership Team, and is the primary liaison to the Board of Director’s Development Committee and Associate Board.

Position Responsibilities


  • The Senior Director Development & Communications is responsible for a creating and implementing a comprehensive annual Development Plan, including relevant metrics and activities including, but not limited to – annual giving, major gifts and planned giving program, capital campaigns, institutional giving, government contracts, special events and stewardship.
  • Develop and manage departmental budget and revenue projections for agency budget.
  • Maintain personal portfolio of 50-75 individual donors.
  • Provide staff support to the Board of Directors and Associate Board including managing their solicitation activities, identifying new board candidates, and staffing ENH’s Board Development Committee.
  • In consultation with the Board Development Committee, create policies (such as the gift acceptance policy, donor recognition policy, endowment policy, etc.) and implement best practices.
  • Work closely with Financial Department to ensure regular and frequent reconciliations of both contributions and receivables.
  • In partnership with the Board of Directors and Executive Director, serve as key leader of the Erie House system driving fundraising and philanthropic support to the agency.
  • When appropriate, represent the Executive Director and Erie House when meeting with donors, supporters, and media.


  • In partnership with the Executive Director, collaborate and articulate the future vision and strategy for Erie House into clearly communicated messages to be delivered to various constituent groups.
  • Support the Director Communications in:
  • Building comprehensive, annual communications plans that amplify organizational news, increases awareness of brand and programs, and leverages Erie House storytelling.
  • Managing the development cycle for communications projects, often cross-functionally, leading external vendors, multiple internal stakeholder inputs, within a well-defined budget and with aggressive timelines.
  • Creating, editing and optimizing development-related communications, manage the production schedule and delivery process for event collateral, and programs and brochures, and developing fundraising appeals, digital content, and other marketing collateral as needed.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management, Business Administration or other related field preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 -10 years in fundraising with proven success in the areas of individual, major and planned gifts, capital and/or comprehensive campaigns.
  • Effective leader who can positively impact both strategic and tactical fundraising initiatives.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and build long-term relationships.
  • Ability to construct, articulate and implement annual strategic development plans.
  • Thorough understanding of all components of a diversified funding base.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • High energy, outgoing, and a passion for ENH’s mission is essential.
  • Management skills including employee supervision and budget development.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain individual relationship with donors and prospects.
  • Bilingual in Spanish preferred.

Erie Neighborhood House is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Accredited by NAEYC & National Afterschool Association; recognized by Board of Appeals (BIA)*
United Way Member


The Basics


Development and Communications

Reports to:

Executive Director

To Apply

Please forward cover letter and resume to:

John Martin, Partner

Kyle Whitney, Associate

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121 N. Jefferson Chicago, IL 60661
T: 312-627-9301

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