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Senior Gift Officer

  • 29 May 2019 4:50 PM
    Message # 7494275
    Maeven Sipes (Administrator)


    Communities In Schools (CIS) of Chicago is a nonprofit organization dedicated to working in partnership with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and community organizations to help students stay in school and be successful. During the 2018-2019 school year, CIS of Chicago will partner with more than 150 Chicago public schools and expects to connect 2,250 services and programs to more than 70,000 CPS students and their families by leveraging community partner programs and services. In addition, CIS of Chicago places full-time Student Supports Managers in 20 Chicago public schools – our Intensive School partners. Our staff in these schools provide intervention services to a caseload of 45-50 students per school who are at risk of dropping out, as well as connect support services to the whole school.

    CIS of Chicago was founded in 1988, and is an affiliate of Communities In Schools, Inc., a national nonprofit organization with offices in more than 150 different cities.

    The mission of Communities In Schools of Chicago is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. The vision of CIS of Chicago is to ensure that every public-school student in Chicago graduates from high school prepared to succeed. The organization’s core values are Impact, Integrity, Relationships, and Social Justice.

    CIS of Chicago provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

    This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.


    Donors are expanding their roles to include doing good in addition to doing well. Savvy not-for-profits are working to engage them. Join Communities In Schools of Chicago, the dropout prevention organization that works in our efforts to engage the Chicago philanthropic community.

    We have a powerful message that resonates well: data that proves our impressive impact, a cost-effective model that reaches tens of thousands of children every year, and a focus on education and at-risk youth – tomorrow’s employees and leaders. Our board is actively engaged in making introductions for us at the highest levels. We have leveraged these factors to double our revenue in the past four years. We are looking to build on that momentum to change Chicago’s education landscape, and the futures of CPS students.

    CIS of Chicago is seeking a Senior Gift Officer to be part of a high energy, successful fundraising team. He/She will have frontline responsibility for delivering results from a portfolio of high value/high potential funders and prospects; working with the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Resource Officer, and CIS of Chicago Board of Directors to leverage relationships; and be external-facing in cultivation and development of donors and prospects.


    • Manage a portfolio of 75-90 donors and prospects
    • Identify and cultivate prospective donors; solicit, close and steward gifts
    • Make 20 personal visits a month (after a period of orientation)
    • Track activity metrics for the giving dashboard
    • Identify new prospective donors to ensure a sufficient pipeline of potential new donors at all levels of cultivation and solicitation
    • Work with our Board of Directors to leverage and manage donor relationships
    • Support the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Resource Officer in outreach and fundraising activities
    • Write/prepare letters of request, donor proposals, and other donor communication
    • Support a culture of gratitude in donor gift stewardship
    • Other duties as assigned as part of a collaborative team

    Desired Characteristics

    • Understanding of and commitment to the mission of CIS of Chicago
    • Five plus years’ experience in fundraising or a related field, with strong track record of success; preference given to candidates with direct fundraising or sales experience
    • Bachelor’s degree
    • Highly-developed interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written)
    • Superior writing and organizational skills with exceptional follow-through abilities
    • Capacity to interact comfortably with major donors and our Board Directors
    • Able to work occasional evenings and weekends
    • Demonstrated ability to meet fundraising or sales goals
    • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently
    • Ability to respect and protect confidential donor information

    To Apply: To express your interest in this position please email (no faxes or phone calls, please) your resume and a personalized cover letter to: jobs@cisofchicago.org. Please type “Senior Gift Officer Position” along with your name in the Subject line.

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