Supervisor’s Title:  Director of Development


Works as a part of multi-functional development team accountable for fundraising goals in donor solicitation, corporate giving, benefit events, annual giving, grant solicitation, membership, donor research and data base management. Specific responsibility for grants program, managing foundation relationships, developing a strategic plan for grants, writing and coordination of proposals and reporting as well as developing relationships with individual prospects particularly in the Oak Park – River Forest area. Contributes to the day-to-day operations of the development department to increase departmental efficiencies and collaborate on the implementation of technology with the goal of seamless services for all constituents.


Departmental Relations

  1. Coordinate multifaceted fundraising strategies and ensure the implementation of the annual work plan to achieve philanthropic income goals.
  2. Create and maintain productive relationships with other museum departments as it relates to grants.
  3. Create and maintain relationships with prospective donors in the Oak Park River Forest area.
  4. Play an active role in maintaining a cohesive and goal-oriented development team, which includes the director of development, a membership and donor base coordinator, an event manager.
  5. Routinely provides accurate and timely reports and analysis of grant activities and presentations as requested.

External Organizational Relations

  1. Serve as departmental leader for grants from philanthropic foundations, government funders, and corporate trusts and foundations:
    1. Research philanthropy trends and create annual grants plan and strategy. Serve as key Trust representative and contact with foundations and grants agencies.
    2. Collaborate with Trust colleagues to develop grant proposals.
    3. Responsible for the writing and timely submission of funding proposals and reports, which may at times include assistance from Trust staff and/or freelance grants writer.
    4. Work with development director on corporate grant proposals.
    5. Create a working program to develop relationships with potential local individual prospects.
  2. As a team member of the Trust, demonstrate positive interpersonal skills that promote open communication and respect for all positions, maintain confidentiality and contribute to the success of the organization.

Perform other duties as assigned. 


Bachelor’s Degree. A well-rounded development professional with a proven track record executing several of the following: grantsmanship, corporate sponsorship, or major gifts. Some prior supervisory and budget management experience desirable. Knowledge of MS Office software and ability to master other software programs as needed. Must be self-directed, creative, energetic, flexible, and organized with excellent communication skills. Marketing experience preferred.


Administrative offices are in a downtown historic building. Oak Park and Hyde Park Trust sites are in multi-level work areas not accessible to the mobility impaired. Position requires frequent and regular computer and phone use as well as travel to off-site locations. Workplace is a smoke- and drug-free environment. Equal opportunity employer. 


Employees advised on OSHA standards through required signage and administrative updates compliant with federal and state law.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.