Position Title: Director of Development (full-time)

Immediate Supervisor: School Director

To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to jobs(a)germanschoolchicago.com.

German International School Chicago, 1726 W Berteau Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

About the School

The German International School Chicago (GISC) is a private, nonprofit, bilingual IB World School. GISC opened its doors in 2009 and is offering classes for students from Preschool through Grade 8. The school intends to grow through the completion of high school. GISC’s curriculum is taught mainly in German with a multicultural approach. GISC welcomes students of all backgrounds and nationalities. Students learn in a supportive and individualized environment that nurtures curiosity and creativity while fostering global awareness. GISC students – fluent in German and English – will become well-rounded, creative, and responsible global citizens.

Job Summary

GISC seeks a smart, driven, and detail-oriented professional to support the organization’s development goals. This position is an ideal opportunity for a self-starter with the experience, skills, and enthusiasm to take GISC’s development to the next level. Ideal candidates have a creative and analytical mindset as well as a hands-on approach to apply to our entrepreneurial and growing school. As an integral part of GISC’s team, this person will report to the School Director, and work collaboratively with the Director of Marketing & Admissions, members of the Board of Trustees, Development Committee, faculty & staff, and volunteers.

Essential Job Functions

Fundraising Planning and Execution:

  • Execute GISC’s development plan
  • Maintain and build on the school’s culture of philanthropy, building relationships with and cultivating current and past families as well as other donors to recognize the importance of their contributions of time, expertise, and financial support
  • Create a mutually beneficial relationship with supporting businesses
  • Plan and execute GISC’s Annual Fund, Gala, and other fundraising initiatives, including the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of high-level donors and sponsors
  • Build fundraising collateral, including impact stories, annual fund materials, annual reports, campaign publications, and donor recognition
  • Research potential grant opportunities at local and state levels
  • Draft grant applications and grant reports and keep a schedule of all grant-related obligations
  • Identify donors and supporters for potential Capital Campaign

Development Operations:

  • Plan and execute development events
  • Maintain, track and analyze a detailed, accurate, and up-to-date contact database (Snowman) for all current and potential donors as well as interested community members
  • Prepare and send thank yous, acknowledgments, and tax forms to donors
  • Prepare letters and email messages for the School Director
  • Administer fundraising initiatives, including event invitations, RSVPs, donations, sponsorships and underwritings, and strategy
  • Prepare development reports for Board meetings
  • Conduct donor research

Volunteer Management:

  • Coordinate volunteers with Annual Fund, Gala, Capital Campaign, and other fundraising initiatives and events
  • Work collaboratively with the Director of Marketing & Admissions, members of the Board of Trustees, Parent Group, other staff members, and volunteers to grow the school
  • Coordinate Development Committe

Specific Qualifications/Skills/Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
  • Minimum of 2-3 years of development experience at a private, nonprofit school or at a comparable nonprofit organization or educational institution
  • Experience with Annual Fund campaign, Annual Giving campaign, and Gala
  • Excellent communication skills (in English and German preferred); personable and diplomatic in working with diverse constituencies and capable of inspiring participation from partners, media outlets, and community members. Fearless in reaching out to families and donors
  • Sound judgment and ability to think critically to add value for donors and GISC constituents
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task, communicate status of projects, and meet deadlines in a dynamic, fast-paced environment
  • Enthusiastic about teamwork. Ability to work well with staff, board members, and volunteers to promote the mission and goals of the school
  • Zealous attention to detail and analytic approach to work
  • Initiative, enthusiasm, and willingness to pitch in to get things done
  • Sense of humor and hunger to learn
  • Experience with MS Office programs and donor databases preferred

Reports to: School Director

Work Authorization: Candidates must be authorized to work in the US; submit to a criminal background check upon hire.

Compensation: Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. GISC offers a flexible work schedule, as occasional night and weekend work is necessary.

Benefits Package: Includes health, dental, and vision insurance, generous vacation days, and a 401k.

Start Date: Immediately.

GISC is an equal opportunity employer.