Director of Finance

The ARK | Chicago, IL

Who We Are:
One minute you’re financially secure. The next you’re not. It happens more frequently than we want to believe. That’s why The ARK is the community’s safety net. Each year, The ARK cares for 4,000 people who come from all facets of the Chicagoland Jewish community. We draw on our shared Jewish values of care, respect, empathy and loving kindness to acknowledge each member of our community as an important, unique individual. Our vital, tangible human services honor that individuality, and are delivered according to halachic guidelines. Our policies and procedures are endorsed by the Chicago Rabbinical Council and other local authorities.

Our mission:
The mission of The ARK is to help Chicagoland Jews who are facing adversity navigate toward self-reliance. ARK professionals, volunteers, and donors provide free, comprehensive services within a framework of Jewish values and laws.

Position Overview:
The ARK seeks an accomplished Director of Finance to build upon a strong financial foundation to maintain and grow a $6.2 million annual budget and endowment reserve.

The successful candidate will undertake all aspects of financial management, including corporate accounting, internal and external financial reporting, budget and forecasts preparation, as well as maintaining internal control policies and procedures. Key aspects of employee benefits, including payroll, health care, and retirement plans, will also be managed by the Director.

The Director reports to the Executive Director and manages a bookkeeper.

Salary commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits package available.

Please send resume, cover letter and salary expectations to

Required Qualifications, Characteristics and Skill Sets:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, and at least 8-10 years’ experience with increasing responsibility in development
  • Successful, verifiable major gifts results
  • Working knowledge of foundation and corporate giving
  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with different constituencies (subordinates, managers, peers, donors and Board members)
  • Experience with motivating and supervising a development team; some remotely
  • A goal-oriented personality who is resilient and creative when faced with shifting challenges and opportunities
  • Exceptional work ethic and track record of personal initiative and achievement
  • Comfortable using metrics and data to support fundraising plans
  • Demonstrable interest in the mission of Reading In Motion.



  • Achieve annual fundraising goals ($1.2 million in FY 2019)
  • Maintain ultimate responsibility for all contributed revenue-generating activities, including major gifts, foundation and corporate giving, as well as strategies to increase annual fund gifts
  • Manage a personal portfolio of major gift prospects and donors, including developing strategies and implementing effective cultivation and solicitation moves
  • Work with the Board of Directors to maximize their own giving potential, and develop targeted strategies to engage their relationships with others as potential new donors to RIM
  • Provide leadership and guidance of the development department to achieve annual fundraising goals through effective planning, communications and implementation
  • Support the Executive Director in fundraising activities, including developing strategies and tactics for cultivation, solicitation and stewardship efforts
  • Oversee all fundraising-related special events and projects to ensure that financial goals and objectives are met.

Management & Communication

  • Hire, manage and mentor development staff, prioritizing work and offering direction and support that ensures both effective results and engaged employees
  • Work collaboratively with the entire senior leadership team, developing strategies to ensure financial and fundraising goals are met, and offering a development perspective for organization-wide strategic and operational decisions
  • Provide leadership support to the Board of Directors and the Philanthropy and Board Engagement Committees, developing their financial resources and their efforts to build a broad base of financial support for the organization’s fundraising.

Planning & Measurement

  • Direct and evaluate the effectiveness of all fundraising programs, utilizing established metrics and reporting tools
  • Create an aggressive, achievable, multi-faceted annual fundraising plan that will support RIM’s future growth, targeting key areas for growth based on key metrics and core strategy
  • Collaborate with the Finance Manager and Executive Director to develop annual revenue targets and all monthly contributed revenue generation reporting
  • Direct the preparation of all annual budgets under development functions and monitor on a monthly basis to ensure expenditures are within budget scope.

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