Director of Development

Director of Development |


Who We Are:
The Academy for Global Citizenship (AGC) was born from an audacious request of a group of idealistic young people who demanded that the city of Chicago join them in reimagining what's possible in public education. Ten years later, the school has become internationally recognized as a model for the thoughtful integration of environmental stewardship, global citizenship and whole student wellness into the daily curriculum and culture of a public school. Although AGC is a small, single site Charter school serving a majority low income and minority population on the city s southwest side, it has received the highest honors spanning from the White House to the Department of Education and has been praised in international press including the New York Times, Good Morning America, NPR, the Atlantic Monthly, and Forbes.

AGC’s innovation is rooted in a bold vision to shift global systems of education to meet the needs of the 21st century student. Dually focused on barriers to low income student achievement outside the classroom and on preparing a generation of leaders to tackle today’s environmental challenges, globalization and rapid technological innovation, AGC is championing a new educational framework for an ever changing world. AGC s mission is to develop mindful leaders who take action now and in the future to positively impact their local and global communities. The daily work of students, staff and families is built on the pillars of: modeling academic excellence, developing inquirers, serving the whole child, cultivating international awareness, fostering environmental stewardship, and facilitating collaboration within the community.

Position Overview:

AGC seeks a Director of Development to advocate for the organization and drive fundraising to support its vision, building on its groundbreaking success and inspiring change at both the local and systems level. The Director of Development reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the entire fundraising surrounding AGC’s new campus and learning laboratory, and serves as one of the key external representatives for AGC’s work.

The successful candidate will be a proven leader with a commitment to AGC’s mission and to advancing environmentalism and sustainability through innovative education opportunities. This individual will be a strong relationship builder, who has demonstrated breakthrough outcomes in a similarly mission aligned organization, nonprofit, or school setting.

Competitive salary and benefits package available.

Please send resume, cover letter and salary expectations to

Qualifications and Skills:

The ideal candidate will possess the following minimum qualifications:

  • Campaign leadership experience with a record of success in leading and growing a reputable environmental education organization, environmental non-profit, or similar.
  • Exceptional verbal, written, listening, and interpersonal skills, with an ability to motivate and persuade people.
  • Strong strategic thinking and planning skills, with an ability to manage concurrent projects and priorities effectively.
  • Experience forming, cultivating, and expanding partnerships with key stakeholders in the public and private sectors, such as foundations, individuals, and government agencies.
  • A passion for advancing educational achievement in low income communities as well as a commitment to the mission/vision of Academy for Global Citizenship.
  • Perseverance and an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • A team building, facilitative rapport with peers and staff and a problem solving 
approach to obstacles.
  • A Bachelor’s degree required, a Master’s degree preferred and at least 10 years of 
professional experience.


The Director of Development will work with the Board Chair, Board of Directors, and broader AGC community in the following areas:

  • In collaboration with the founder and Board, lead a $35M capital campaign, utilizing the board, external funders, and other key funding opportunities to meet yearly goals.
  • Work with the Executive Director to create, plan, implement and evaluate the annual fundraising plan and capital campaign to meet organizational funding needs. This includes, but is not limited to major gifts, individual giving, endowment giving, special events, direct mail, foundation giving, corporate solicitation, e-appeals, in-kind gifts and stewardship.
  • Plan and execute an annual general operating raise of $400,000 through grants, individual donations, and AGC’s signature Chefs’ Playground gala.
  • Lead AGC’s volunteer Chefs’ Playground gala committee to execute successful annual gala netting $225,000, including stewarding in-kind contributions, sponsorships, and individual donations.
  • Advance AGC’s public image and model by serving as an active and magnetic ambassador for AGC’s mission and vision with key stakeholders, including representing AGC at local, national and global education conferences and events.
  • Refine and execute AGC’s strategy for serving as a learning laboratory by scaling proven innovative practices with the world.
  • With the support of AGC’s senior leadership, play a central role in fostering significant donor relationships, cultivating corporate support and strategic partnerships.
  • Form relationships throughout the Chicago region and around the world that contribute to enriching and collaborative experiences for AGC’s students, teachers and families.
  • Maintain information systems, records, research, prospect management and tracking functions, gift processing and acknowledgments, donor recognition and relations.
  • Cultivate and retain the interest of long-standing donors while continually prospecting and soliciting new high-potential donors.
  • Manage corporate and foundation relations including submissions of proposals in a timely manner in addition to ensuring evaluation and reporting requirements are met.
  • Conceptualize, design and implement special campaigns as growth and innovation require.
  • Research and report on trends in the education movement, philanthropy and institutional giving that may impact approaches to fundraising.
  • Serve as staff for the Development Committee of the Board of Directors and assist with other board committees as assigned.

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