Work with us! Champaign County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a not-for-profit organization which recruits, trains, and monitors volunteers who advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children. CASA volunteers work through the juvenile court system to facilitate prompt delivery of services and make independent recommendations to the court concerning the child’s well-being.
Director of Development
Position leads and manages the CASA’s development efforts to supplement annual budget. Manages annual giving, planned giving, individual giving, and corporate donations as well as coordinating fundraising events.
Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree in related field and development/fundraising experience preferred. Needs proven track record of achieving revenue targets, management and leadership capabilities, and thorough understanding of strategic development. Demonstrated ability to prospect, cultivate and manage donors. EOE.
To Apply: Email cover letter, resume, and names and phone numbers of three references to:
Rush Record, Executive Director
Champaign County CASA
301 S. Vine St., Ste. 210
Urbana, IL 61801
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Development will be responsible for planning, organizing, and implementing a comprehensive development plan. The Development Director is primarily responsible for finding and acquiring sources of revenue from individual donors, fundraising events, and other strategies. This position is expected to focus on the identification, cultivation solicitation, and stewardship of CASA’s top donors, while promoting the CASA brand and ensuring consistent messaging across CASA’s platforms.
Responsibilities of position include, but are not limited to:
- Research, identify, and manage a portfolio of over 500 donors, executing the entire donor wheel of prospecting, cultivating, and stewarding donor relationships.
- Work directly with the Board of Directors and Executive Director to implement new and existing fund development strategies.
- Serve as primary staff contact for all supporters, promptly thanking, answering questions, and maintaining confidentiality and data security.
- Work collaboratively with staff and volunteer committees on special events and external communications.
- In conjunction with the Executive Director and Recruitment & Training Coordinator, direct strategic communications and marketing efforts to increase CASA’s visibility, supporting content development and identifying new media opportunities, while ensuring that all external materials align with and enhance CASA’s presence and identity. This includes social media activities, paid and donated media placements, and other external materials.
- Oversee the organization’s development publications and communications material, especially preparing and executing all personal, mail, and electronic fundraising appeals and stewardship pieces (annual reports, newsletters).
- Serve as an advisor to the Executive Director and the Board on fundraising matters.
- Serve as a member of the Resource Development Committee and as a member of any event planning committees throughout the year.
- Develop strong working relationships and interactions with colleagues.
- Attend evening and weekend functions as necessary.
- Manage all transactions, gifts, and interactions using the development database (Bloomerang).
Qualifications and Experience
- A bachelor’s degree is required.
- The ideal candidate will have at least 3 years of experience in development with a proven track record of success in major gift fundraising, effective verbal and written communication skills.
- Ability to engage donors in the mission, learn about the work of CASA and understand CASA’s unique value within the child welfare system.
- Ability to self-motivate and work well with and through others, enthusiasm, a team approach, and a collaborative spirit are essential characteristics.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills required (a writing sample may be required of final candidates).
- Mastery of key Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
- Experience with graphic design programs (Canva, Adobe Indesign, Adobe Illustrator).
- Expertise in using social media (including Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter) as a fundraising tool.
- Demonstrated ability to plan and execute fundraising and cultivation events.