Director of Development

General Position Description

The Director of Development will provide strategic leadership in the creation and implementation of a comprehensive plan that incorporates a major gift program, annual appeals, special events, and individual, corporate and foundation solicitation. The Director of Development will take the lead on updating and implementing a multi-year development plan in line with RVA ‘s three-year strategic plan (July 2012 to June 2015), and highlighting our 40th anniversary in 2014. RVA is investing in the sustainability of our development department, so the Director of Development will also have the opportunity to build a team by playing a central role in interviewing and hiring for the newly created part-time Development Associate position. This is a full-time, exempt position.

Grants Management

  • Develop and manage grants calendar.
  • Research, write and submit proposals on a timely basis to funders as well as coordinate all follow up reports with Program Directors.
  • Cultivate institutional supporters by maintaining regular communication with current and potential funders and coordinating necessary site visits.
  • Oversee the prospecting of potential local, regional and national foundations.

Individual and Corporate Donor Cultivation and Stewardship

  • Ensure the accuracy and integrity of donor database and strategize best uses of database to support development functions.
  • Develop, implement and maintain an individual donor strategy including the management and cultivation of individual and major donors.
  • Implement the annual appeal letter campaign.
  • Identify, research and cultivate new relationships with individuals, businesses, and corporations to contact and solicit financial and in-kind contributions, including writing grants and proposals, direct mail appeals, corporate sponsorships, and individual giving campaigns.
  • Develop, implement and maintain a matching gift program.
  • Ensure an impeccable donor acknowledgement process.

Special Events

  • Lead the planning and implementation of the annual Visionary Awards gala, RVA’s major fundraising event, as well as smaller events including a major donor cultivation event, etc.
  • Recruit volunteers and manage event planning committees.
  • Provide event planning support to the Sexual Assault Awareness Month committee


  • Create organizational marketing and promotional materials, including monthly and special-edition electronic newsletters, and website content.
  • Utilizing best practices, co-manage organization’s presence, including content creation, on social media platforms including Facebook page, Twitter feed and YouTube channel.

Board Engagement

  • Work with the Resource Development Committee to develop and implement an annual fundraising plan which includes short and long term strategies to solicit and secure funds.
  • Support and advise Executive Director and Board Resource Development Committee with implementing fundraising activities including individual giving campaigns, direct mail appeals, sponsorships, donor recognition activities, and special events.


  • Recruit and supervise intern(s) in the Development Department.
  • Hire and supervise a part-time Development Associate.

Perform other duties as assigned to further the reputation and financial stability of RVA.


  • Experience in non-profit fundraising and communications with demonstrated accomplishments, including a proven track record in achieving fundraising goals and experience in developing and managing a portfolio of major donors and foundations
  • Independent, results-focused, highly organized self-starter
  • Well-documented and successful history of working with boards and committees
  • Knowledge and familiarity with Chicago philanthropic community highly desired
  • Excellence in time management and prioritization
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills
  • Superior responsiveness and verbal/written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently, manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines
  • Ability to function well within a team environment, which includes cross-department coordination
  • Supervisory experience preferred
  • BA/BS (or equivalent) in a related field required
  • Internet and computer savvy, with experience utilizing Word, Excel , website management and e-communications software social media platforms and donor databases.
  • Knowledge of DonorQuest software and online fundraising strongly preferred
  • Proficiency in Adobe InDesign preferred
  • Comfort with giving and receiving honest, constructive feedback
  • Understanding of and/or experience with sexual assault, women’s issues and human rights issues strongly desired
  • Completion of minimum 40-hours of sexual assault training within 90 days of hire is required.
  • Flexibility to work occasional evening and weekend hours

Persons of color, LGBTQ people are encouraged to apply. RVA is an equal opportunity employer.

How to apply

To Apply:

Please send your cover letter and resume by fax or e-mail to the following by December 15:

Sharmili Majmudar, Executive Director

Rape Victim Advocates

Fax # 312-443-9602

Please note that resumes received without cover letters will not be considered.

No phone calls, please.

Chicago, Illinois
Rape Victim Advocates of Chicago, IL
Sharmili Majmudar, Executive Director
Fax # 312-443-9602
180 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 600, Chicago, IL, 60601, US