Director of Advancement


Winnetka Community House (WCH) is a unique non-profit organization on Chicago’s North Shore that has played a special role in the community for over a century. Its mission is to enrich the lives of North Shore residents by providing educational, cultural, social and recreational opportunities for people of all ages. In addition to classes, programs, and special events for every member of the family, WCH has a full-service Fitness Centre, gymnasium, and theater. Theater and dance productions are held year-round in historic Matz Hall. WCH is home to many important non-profit organizations, including the Winnetka Youth Organization, The Winnetka Club, The Junior League of the North Shore, and the North Shore Art League. WCH is the heart of the community.

The Director of Advancement position provides an opportunity for a challenging and rewarding career at a defining moment for one of Chicago’s North Shore cultural treasures. With an annual operating budget of $3.5 million, WCH raises approximately 35% of its income from contributions. Under the leadership of President and CEO, Bob Thomas, the organization is in an active planning phase to position itself to serve the community and thrive for the next century. A significant capital campaign and special project fundraising are in the planning stages. Reporting to the President and CEO, the Director of Advancement will be responsible for planning, executing and achieving annual fundraising goals, including securing resources from major donors, individuals, corporations, foundations, and through special fundraising events. She/he will interface directly with top-level volunteers, trustees, and donors, and will play a pivotal role in shaping and leading capital campaign fundraising. The Director of Advancement will be instrumental in increasing organizational capacity and developing a department based on best practices.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Plans strategies to achieve, and implements and oversees all annual fundraising, including:
    • Individual major gifts and annual fund donations
    • Corporate sponsorships and foundation support for operations and special projects
    • Securing support for major fundraising events, including the Antiques+Modernism Show, among others
  • Plans strategies and oversees fundraising for the capital campaign and planned giving program
  • Supports the Core Planning Group, Board of Governors, and Woman’s Board in their respective fundraising efforts
  • Works with the President and CEO and top volunteer leadership to directly interface with major donor prospects for capital campaign, special project, and annual fundraising donations
  • Oversees and executes annual and capital cultivation/stewardship activities
  • Oversees and executes campaign prospects, research, cultivation activities
  • Oversees donor research/prospect identification for annual and campaign support
  • Develops strategies for, oversees and executes the preparation of solicitation/call material
  • Monitors and reports on annual and capital fundraising goals and annual expense budgets
  • Responsible for quality control of annual development operation – Raiser’s Edge database records (or similar system), proposals, reports, donor listings, solicitation letters, acknowledgments, correspondence with donors
  • Responsible for coordinating and planning Committee Meetings related to annual and capital fundraising
  • Interprets the organization, mission, and goals to the community
  • Oversees a staff of two employees (part-time Advancement Associate; future full-time Campaign Manager); interfaces with special fundraising counsel
  • Assists other departments with large-scale events; other duties as assigned

Qualifications: The successful candidate is a proven fundraiser and will have direct experience in securing support from the following constituencies: major donors; individuals; corporations; and foundations. She/he is a collaborative self-starter who excels in a fast-paced environment and possesses superior organizational and interpersonal skills. She/he brings success in developing fundraising strategies and with face-to-face solicitation of donors; is customer-focused; has experience working with top leadership and the ability to motivate volunteers and staff; and has a demonstrated track record in meeting goals and building long-term organizational capacity.

Strong presentation and negotiation skills, follow-through, ability to set priorities, and outstanding interpersonal, analytical and solid writing skills are a must. WCH is looking for a person who is goal-oriented, extremely organized, with a high degree of initiative, energy, and leadership ability.

Bachelor’s or advanced degree required. Five to ten years related experience required, with proven success in annual and capital campaign fundraising. Specific knowledge: solicitation experience; word processing, Excel and Raiser’s Edge database experience; cultivation/stewardship; writing and communication skills. Organization and proficiency in basic technology and office software required.

Please send your resume to gro.h1548011499cwym@1548011499rhhcw1548011499

Supervisor: President/CEO