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Associate Director of Development

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Heartland Alliance International (HAI)

Chicago, IL

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Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Posted on 10 January 2018

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Heartland Alliance International (HAI)

Chicago, Illinois, United States

Apply by 10 April 2018

Posted on 10 January 2018

Job Description


HAI seeks an Associate Director of Development to build and sustain strategic relationships and cultivate new sources of funding in Chicago, with a special focus on supporting Kovler Center. This position will allow HAI to grow its unrestricted funding base to better support the Kovler Center and invest in its other innovative programs to support global human rights. The Associate Director of Development will be responsible for raising unrestricted funds for program priorities through individual major gifts and corporate partnerships, through supporting foundation proposals, and through other campaigns.

The incumbent will be an independent and energetic self-starter capable of helping launch a nascent fundraising program. S/he will have a strong track record in fundraising, with a focus on major gifts; excellent representation skills; and an ability to quickly grasp and communicate HAI’s program work. The Associate Director of Development will report to the Director of External Relations, will work closely with the Senior Director, Marjorie Kovler Center. S/he will collaborate closely with the program development and technical teams, regional and country office leadership, and Heartland Alliance’s Donor and Community Relations team in identifying, developing, coordinating, and maintaining HAI’s relationships and partnerships in Chicago and across the United States.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Support the development and implementation of HAI and Kovler’s annual fundraising plan.

Secure financial support from individuals, foundations, and corporations.

Identify and qualify new donor prospects; and develop and maintain ongoing relationships with donors.

Determine how to best convert prospects into donors by utilizing HAI and Kovler Center’s network of board members, current funders, and beyond.

Develop and manage targeted cultivation events, several smaller fundraising events, and an annual fundraising event.

Manage a prospect portfolio with the highest professional and ethical standards.

Ensure that major giving donors receive appropriate, on-target, and timely proposals, budgets, and other information needed for cultivation and solicitation.

Develop relationships and interact directly with the HAI Board, Kovler Center’s Leadership Council and Friends of Kovler to support their cultivation efforts and optimize fundraising, visibility, and program advocacy.

Work closely with HAI’s Senior Communications Officer to develop and write donor cultivation letters and materials.

Manage the implementation of Raiser’s Edge and ensure data entry and gift processing.

Utilize report analysis to develop stewardship plans.

Develop and track proposals and reports for all foundation and corporate fundraising.

Serve as liaison with Heartland Alliance Donor and Community Relations.

Adhere to professional standards as outlined by Heartland Alliance, governmental bodies, professional associations, and private funding sources.

Perform other job-related duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s degree. Preferred fields include Public Policy, Social Sciences, International Development, Business Administration, non-profit management or equivalent combination of education and relevant work experience. At least 5 years of experience in fundraising, with a focus on major gifts

Experience managing high-level relationships with donors

A solid understanding of and experience engaging the Chicago philanthropic community.

Demonstrated commitment to and experience in international development and/or human rights.

Proven experience in results orientated relationship management, networking, marketing, and intelligence gathering.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Competency in Raiser’s Edge

Social media savvy; experience using marketing campaign tools a plus.

Other Competencies:

Time Management – Ability to prioritize tasks, manage time and complete projects in a fast-paced, changing environment with minimal supervision.

Quality Management - Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness

Analytical - Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data

Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively;

Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events

Cultural Sensitivity – Respects cultural environment in which person is working and does not act in a manner that is outwardly offensive to the local community.

Language Skills:

Excellent oral and written English language communication skills

Knowledge of French, Spanish, or Arabic desirable

Demonstrated competency in public speaking

Computer Skills:

Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, Outlook/Exchange, Windows operating systems

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to handle or feel and reach with hands and arms.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee must be able to participate in meetings and events outside of the office on a regular basis.

Heartland Alliance makes all hiring and employment decisions without regard to race, creed, color, age, gender, gender identity, marital or parental status, religion, ancestry, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, sexual identity, immigrant status, political affiliation or belief, ex-offender status (depending on the offense and position to be filled), unfavorable military discharge, membership in an organization whose primary purpose is the protection of civil rights or improvement of living conditions and human relations, height, weight, or HIV infection, in accord with the Organization’s AIDS Policy Statement of September, 1987. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation should contact the Employee Services Office at 1 (312) 660-1431.

About the Organization

Join Heartland Alliance International to support our innovative programs serving marginalized and vulnerable communities.

Organizational Background:

Heartland Alliance International (HAI) is the global arm of Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights, a family of organizations that has been leading anti-poverty and social justice work in Chicago for more than 125 years. HAI’s offices in nearly a dozen countries implement programs on a range of global human rights issues, as well as the Chicago-based Marjorie Kovler Center for the Treatment of Survivors of Torture, which serves individuals from more than 50 countries. HAI has significant expertise in the fields of trauma-informed mental health care and access to justice for survivors of rights abuses. It is also an industry leader in access to high-quality and stigma-free health care. Across all of its programs, HAI promotes progressive, innovative approaches to human rights protections and gender equality.

Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center helps transform the lives of individuals recovering from the complex consequences of politically-sanctioned torture. Kovler Center provides medical, mental health, and social services; trains and educates locally and globally; and advocates for the end of torture worldwide. Kovler Center is one of the oldest and largest torture treatment centers in the United States, drawing on the skills of staff and more than 100 volunteer mental health and medical professionals to provide services for more than 350 survivors of torture from 77 countries.

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