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Posted: 07/21/2015

Landmarks Illinois

Landmarks Illinois is the only not-for-profit organization inspiring local action statewide to catalyze incremental and transformational community change through historic preservation. We serve as the state’s leading voice for historic preservation by promoting the reuse of buildings as a strategy for economic development and sustaining healthy communities, while expanding the public’s understanding and stewardship of the built environment. Landmarks Illinois is a registered 501(c)3 organization and has been serving its community since 1971. For more information, please visit our website at www.landmarks.org.

Director of Development and Engagement
Professional Opportunity
Chicago, IL
$90,000 - 100,000
Open Until
Until Filled


Position Summary

Landmarks Illinois (LI) seeks a dynamic, creative, personable and driven individual to be its Director of Development and Engagement (DDE).  This newly created senior level position will report directly to the President and will be responsible for securing philanthropic support, cultivating relationships, and promoting engagement opportunities for new and established stakeholders.  The Director of Development and Engagement will have three direct reports, which include the Membership Manager, the Events Manager, and a part-time Communications Manager to be hired in late-2015.  Currently, there is no administrative support staff for the DDE, but LI envisions hiring a Development Assistant in the future who will have a dual reporting structure to the President.

The Director of Development and Engagement will need to believe in LIs mission, be skilled in planning and building a fundraising program, possess solid organizational and management skills, and have the ability to work effectively with the Board of Directors, existing and potential donors, LIs staff, and volunteers.

Duties and Responsibilities

Cultivate a Successful Development Program

  • Responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of individuals, foundations and corporate donors statewide to meet fundraising goals.
  • Prioritize the growth of major gifts by building a ladder of giving to move donors from initial gifts to major gifts.  Establish a moves management plan for 75-115 donors and maintain a portfolio of 50-75 prospects / donors.  The President will maintain a portfolio of 25-40 prospects / donors.
  • Establish a planned giving society and develop an appropriate marketing campaign.
  • Implement donor record screening by selected vendor in 2015-2016.
  • Work with consultant to assess and select optimal donor management software, including analyzing the cost/benefit to LI, and implement necessary staff training.
  • Analyze and develop effective development reports, mechanisms, and systems including supervising accurate data entry and record keeping by Membership Manager to track, monitor, and evaluate all phases of the fundraising plans.


Strategic Planning and Budgeting

  • Identify short and long-range funding needs with LI staff and develop and implement the overall fundraising strategy and work plan to meet those needs.
  • Develop annual fundraising goals and objectives, specifying amounts to be raised from individuals, corporate and foundation support, and other constituencies.  (In FY15-16, the budgeted fundraising goal is $1.3M between events, grants, and individual gifts. This fundraising level is consistent with FY14-15.)
  • Work with the President to prepare and manage relevant areas of the budget and ensure compliance with funding source guidelines and deadlines.
  • Identify, assess, present, and implement new development trends that have a positive return on investment.


Donor and Stakeholder Engagement

  • Oversee donor communications that support the fundraising program and engagement and stewardship of donors, including fundraising collateral, and acknowledgement and recognition.
  • Serve as a creative thought leader on how to advance Landmarks Illinois relevance to, and engagement of, new audiences.


Board and Staff Engagement

  • Establish and cultivate a collegial relationship together with the President and act as a partner and leader with her toward the growth of Landmarks Illinois.
  • In conjunction with the President, provide leadership support to the Board of Directors toward the development of financial resources and to build a broad base of financial support for the organizations long term fundraising efforts.
  • Support and provide leadership to the President, board members, the Resource Development Committee, staff and volunteers in fundraising activities, including training, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship activities.
  • Assist in the identification of prospective board members and participate in the board development process.
  • Staff the Resource Development Committee and its subcommittees, including providing assistance in identifying and cultivating honorees for the Legendary Landmarks Celebration and Real Estate and Building Industries Council Awards.


Personnel Management

  • Manage three direct reports: the Membership Manager, Events Manager, and Communications Manager:
    • Work with the Membership Manager to organize and implement a membership and annual fund program achieving sustainable growth;
    • Work with the Events Manager to identify, develop, implement and assess successful events for the purpose of introduction and cultivation of donors and organizational promotion;
    • Work with the Communi

How to apply
Applications for the Director of Development and Engagement position will be accepted beginning on Wednesday, July 22, 2015. The application period will be open until the position is filled. Please send the following application materials via email to Bonnie McDonald, President of Landmarks Illinois, at McDonaldB(at)lpci.org: • Cover letter; • Resume; • Contact list for four professional references; • A summary of your development and engagement experience in each of the following categories: 1) major individual gifts; 2) planned giving; 3) annual appeals; 4) membership programs; 5) corporate sponsorships; 6) foundation support; 7) special events; 8) board and volunteer engagement; 9) communications; and, • Any support materials you deem appropriate. Questions regarding the position description and/or application process may be directed to the President at McDonaldB(at)lpci.org. Background materials including organizational plans, financial documents, and case for support will be provided to candidates selected for interview.
Bonnie McDonald
Phone: 312.922.1742
Landmarks Illinois
30 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 2020
Chicago, IL 60602

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