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Chief Operating Officer

Reading In Motion
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Who We Are:

Founded 35 years ago, Reading In Motion is a results-oriented early education literacy program that uses the power and discipline of the arts to get at-risk kindergarten and first-grade students reading at or above grade level. The Reading In Motion program combines the use of unique content with engaging methods and increased time spent on task. Reading In Motion leverages its resources by training classroom teachers on its curriculum, which incorporates music- and drama-based elements in individual and small group sessions. These teachers deliver the curriculum daily, and Reading In Motion provides them with coaching, materials and monthly data on student progress so that they are better able to tailor instruction and attention to students’ individual needs.

Reading In Motion consistently drives significant gains in literacy for at-risk students. A recent study showed that the same Chicago teachers who were able to get 63% of their students on grade level in 2010 using traditional methods (in line with CPS averages that year) were able to get 92% of their students on grade level in 2011 after implementing Reading In Motion’s curriculum.

Halfway to its ambitious goal of serving 10,000 students, Reading In Motion currently has school partnerships with 38 schools in Chicago and 4 schools in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Reading In Motion

Chief Operating Officer

Position Overview:

This is an exceptional opportunity for a hands-on leader to play a significant role in realizing Reading In Motion’s mission and vision. The Chief Operating Officer will report to and partner closely with the Executive Director and will be charged with strengthening and leading an effective, collaborative, and scalable operational model for the entire organization. S/he will also manage the leadership team, providing best-in class coaching and development.

Responsibilities:

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Organizational Planning
    • Collaborate with the Executive Director in solidifying vision, strategic plan and positioning; serve as a thought partner to the Executive Director and senior staff.
    • Build an organizational planning function, modeling forward-thinking strategy.
    • Translate strategy into operational plans and budgets; manage execution, accountability, and internal communications across the organization.
    • Assess the organization’s performance on an ongoing basis, enabling and promoting a culture of learning, continuous change and the drive to capitalize on emerging opportunities.
  • People & Operations Management
    • Manage all members of the leadership team: Program, Development and Sales & Marketing.
    • Additionally, the COO manages the financial functions of the organization, including the part-time accountant.
    • Coach and develop team leaders in recruiting, on-boarding, managing, and developing best-in-class staff members.
    • Facilitate cross-functional collaboration, improving processes, and managing teams towards results.
    • Implement internal systems and processes to drive efficiency, effectiveness, collaboration, and continuous improvement.
  • Relationship Building & Stakeholder Engagement
    • Partner with the Executive Director and development team in order to steward funders; capitalizing on existing relationships and generating new support for the Reading In Motion program.
    • Support the expansion of Reading In Motion’s impact and reach by working closely with the marketing and sales team; ensuring they have the resources and capacity needed to establish and maintain strong relationships with schools and community organizations
    • Engage with Board of Directors on as needed basis to ensure they possess an accurate understanding of Reading In Motion’s people and operations work

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, master’s preferred
  • A minimum of 10 years of professional experience, including at least two years of management experience
  • Strong financial management skills, including overseeing monthly financials, budgeting, and annual audit.
  • Understanding of K-12 public education issues, with previous experience working at or with schools and/or school districts strongly preferred
  • Experience managing teams, with the ability and desire to motivate, coach, and develop staff
  • Exceptional relationship management skills, with the ability to develop strong relationships across a diverse spectrum of stakeholders
  • Excellent planning and project management skills, with meticulous attention to detail
  • Entrepreneurial spirit, self-direction, and results-orientation, demonstrating initiative, resourcefulness, and follow-through
  • Commitment to collaboration, transparency, and diversity
  • Passion for the mission of Reading In Motion; commitment to the power of arts as an educational tool to expand children’s capacities and create lifelong learners

Competitive salary and benefits package available.

Please send resume, cover letter and salary expectations to laura@givingtreeassociates.com.

Director of Development

Academy for Global Citizenship
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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.

 

Academy for Global Citizenship

Director of Development

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.

Responsibilities:

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.

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.

Competitive salary and benefits package available.

Please send resume, cover letter and salary expectations to laura@givingtreeassociates.com.

Director, Major Gifts

GI Research Foundation
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Who We Are:

The GI Research Foundation (GIRF) is a non-profit 501(c)3 dedicated to supporting the physicians and scientists at the University of Chicago Medicine Digestive Diseases Center in their efforts to provide outstanding care, train future leaders and perform innovative clinical and laboratory research in order to treat, cure, and prevent digestive diseases.

Organizational History:

In 1961, two Chicago businessmen, Martin N. Sandler and Joseph E. Valenti, Sr., joined Dr. Joseph B. Kirsner in establishing the Gastro-Intestinal Research Foundation. In the early 1960s, GIRF hosted their inaugural dinner, published the GIRF newsletter and launched a Women’s Division.

In the late 1960s GIRF initiated an “equipment program,” which identified important pieces of medical research equipment that could be purchased by individual members in support of the research. The Center for the Study of Digestive Diseases at the University of Chicago was established, the results of which include an immunology laboratory. In the 1980s, the construction of the Joseph B. Kirsner Center was completed and GIRF contributed $500,000 over a three-year period to develop a new research program on the biology of the intestinal epithelium called The Cell-Tech Research Program. In the early 1990s, GIRF established a research facility to investigate the scientific aspects of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and the Associates Board began raising funds to support young investigators’ research in digestive diseases.

In the late 1990s, GIRF accepted the challenge of developing a research program on the genetics of inflammatory bowel disease. As a result, the first gastroenterology DNA research lab was established where Dr. Judy Cho was responsible for the studies that led to the discovery of the first gene known to be responsible for Crohn’s disease. In the 2000s, GIRF raised over $7 million dollars for equipment and laboratories to further GI research.

GI Research Foundation

Director, Major Gifts

 

Position Overview:

After almost 60 years of growth, GIRF is poised to expand its team to include its first major gifts officer. Under the leadership of a seasoned, dedicated and talented board of directors, the Director of Major Gifts is responsible for the launch, design and implementation of an innovative and sustainable multi-million dollar major gifts program.

The Director of Major Gifts (DMG) will work with the board of directors and scientific advisors from the University of Chicago Medicine Digestive Diseases Center, to build a major gifts program that enhances relationships with existing donors and develops relationships with new institutional and individual funders. Focusing on grateful patients, pharmaceutical partners and influential community leaders, the DMG will create and execute a plan to qualify, cultivate, steward and solicit donors and prospects. S/he will also oversee the tracking and management of a robust prospect pool to ensure an ongoing pipeline of philanthropic support. The DMG will manage their own portfolio of prospective donors including individuals, foundations and corporations.

This unique career-building opportunity to launch and lead a multi million-dollar comprehensive campaign, grow the organization’s fundraising program and partner with a motivated and committed board of directors is designed for a major gifts professional who works independently and can function collaboratively. This position offers a rewarding opportunity to work as part of a team whose commitment and contributions move the world closer to a cure for digestive diseases.

Responsibilities:

  • Create a strategy to build the Foundation’s $100k+ giving program and prepare the organization for a $40 million comprehensive campaign.
  • Identify and cultivate relationships with philanthropists in the healthcare sector, especially those with interest in gastro-intestinal research.
  • Solicit high capacity donors and prospects; manage a portfolio of donors and prospects at the $25k level and above.
  • Partner with leadership to similarly advance board member relationships with individuals, families, foundations, corporations and foundations in their network; formalize the work of the Foundation’s development committee.
  • Create a process by which a moves management process is tracked in the organization’s donor database; coordinate moves with donors and prospects, and engage medical/scientific advisors in donor cultivation and stewardship opportunities.
  • Utilize the Foundation’s special events programming, board meetings and key initiatives as opportunities to deepen major donor engagement.
  • Create opportunities to attract, recognize and steward donors via a major donor recognition program/society; develop giving levels and membership benefits.
  • Research and write funding proposals for foundation, corporate and individual donors and prospects; oversee the development of grant reports and updates to funders as required; steward relationships with institutional funders.
  • Develop and oversee the Foundation’s major giving communications program, including newsletters, e-blasts, and other personalized communications.
  • Oversee gift acknowledgement and gift tracking protocols; ensuring effective, successful daily operations, including:
    • Timely, accurate completion of proposals, pledge agreements and gift acknowledgements.
    • Documentation of cultivation strategies and contact reports.
    • Research and evaluation of new prospects.
  • Prepare reports for executive committee and board meetings as needed; perform other duties as required.

Required Qualifications, Characteristics and Skill Sets:

  • Minimum of 8+ years fundraising experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree (master’s degree preferred) in social sciences, nonprofit management or related field.
  • Proven track record of managing a major giving portfolio; significantly growing major gift revenue and securing five, six and seven figure gifts from high net worth donors and prospects.
  • Accomplished relationship builder with a deep understanding of the process required to plan and implement a multi-million dollar comprehensive campaign effort.
  • Ability to motivate board members and volunteers to prospect, cultivate, steward and solicit within their networks.
  • Extensive knowledge of the Chicago donor community; experience in the medical/ healthcare sector a plus.
  • Self-starter with experience managing multiple projects concurrently; comfortable working autonomously.
  • Highly motivated, goal oriented, organized, detailed, collaborative, creative and persistent
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office Suite and fundraising software.
  • Superior written and verbal communications skills.

Desired:

  • Experience in a higher education advancement environment or the healthcare sector.
  • Supervisory and team building experience.
  • Informed interest in gastro-intestinal research and/or other health sciences.
  • Knowledge of the pharmaceutical funding sector.
  • Experience partnering with board members toward fundraising success.

Competitive salary and benefits package available.

Please send resume, cover letter and salary requirements to laura@givingtreeassociates.com.

Executive Director

GI Research Foundation
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Who We Are:

The GI Research Foundation (GIRF) is a non-profit 501(c)3 dedicated to supporting the physicians and scientists at the University of Chicago Medicine Digestive Diseases Center in their efforts to provide outstanding care, train future leaders and perform innovative clinical and laboratory research in order to treat, cure, and prevent digestive diseases.

Organizational History:

In 1961, two Chicago businessmen, Martin N. Sandler and Joseph E. Valenti, Sr., joined Dr. Joseph B. Kirsner in establishing the Gastro-Intestinal Research Foundation. In the early 1960s, GIRF hosted their inaugural dinner, published the GIRF newsletter and launched a Women’s Division.

In the late 1960s GIRF initiated an “equipment program,” which identified important pieces of medical research equipment that could be purchased by individual members in support of the research. The Center for the Study of Digestive Diseases at the University of Chicago was established, the results of which include an immunology laboratory. In the 1980s, the construction of the Joseph B. Kirsner Center was completed and GIRF contributed $500,000 over a three-year period to develop a new research program on the biology of the intestinal epithelium called The Cell-Tech Research Program. In the early 1990s, GIRF established a research facility to investigate the scientific aspects of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and the Associates Board began raising funds to support young investigators’ research in digestive diseases.

In the late 1990s, GIRF accepted the challenge of developing a research program on the genetics of inflammatory bowel disease. As a result, the first gastroenterology DNA research lab was established where Dr. Judy Cho was responsible for the studies that led to the discovery of the first gene known to be responsible for Crohn’s disease. In the 2000s, GIRF raised over $7 million dollars for equipment and laboratories to further GI research.

GI Research Foundation

Executive Director

Position Overview:

After almost 60 years of growth, GIRF now seeks a visionary, entrepreneurial and innovative operations professional for the position of Executive Director.

Under the leadership of a seasoned, dedicated and talented board of directors, the Executive Director is responsible for financial oversight, the management of daily operations and designing a strategy for sustainable growth.

This unique career-building opportunity to lead the foundation through a strategic planning effort, oversee day to day operations and financial management, grow a team and partner with a motivated and committed board of directors is designed for an experienced nonprofit leader with proven success in operational oversight.

Responsibilities:

  • Strategy and Vision:
    • Collaborate with the Board of Directors in creating and solidifying the organization’s vision, strategic plan and positioning; serve as a thought partner to leadership and staff.
    • Assess the organization’s performance on an ongoing basis, enabling and promoting a culture of learning, continuous change and the drive to capitalize on emerging opportunities.
  • Operations and People:
    • Effectively manage human resources according to personnel policies and procedures that conform to current laws and regulations. Including but not limited to hiring and overseeing contractors, developing position descriptions, providing supervision and support to the foundation’s administrative assistant, and identifying and overseeing the employee benefits package.
    • Assess and oversee office space requirements.
    • Implement internal systems and processes to drive efficiency, effectiveness, collaboration and continuous improvement.
    • Evaluate fundraising software options and oversee the purchase and transition to a donor database.
    • Work in partnership with the board of directors to support the foundation’s vision; support board and committee leadership as needed.
  • Financial Management:
    • Recommend annual budget for board approval and prudently manage foundation’s resources within budget guidelines and according to current laws and regulations.
    • Oversee all accounting and tax functions, including those necessary for auditing, budgeting, bookkeeping and general ledger maintenance, financial analysis, and payroll in accordance with generally accepted accounting principals.
  • Community and Public Relations:
    • Work in partnership with the foundation’s outsourced PR and Marketing contractor to develop a communications strategy.
    • Serve as the primary professional spokesperson and liaison to the University of Chicago Medicine Digestive Diseases Center, medical advisors, partner organizations, and community groups.
    • Build new collaborative relationships and provide strategic vision to the development of new partnerships and growth opportunities.
  • Fundraising:
    • Work to expand the foundation’s donor base; oversee entry and mid-level giving programs.
    • Support the work of the Director of Major Gifts; provide administrative assistance and data/reporting as needed.
    • Develop individual portfolio of mid-level donors; cultivate, solicit and steward donors according to the foundation’s fundraising strategy.
    • Oversee/manage all fundraising events, including all ball-related committee work and the work of the foundation’s event planning contractor.

Required Qualifications, Characteristics and Skill Sets:

  • Minimum of 8+ years non-profit leadership experience with at least 3 years of supervisory experience and board development/volunteer management experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree (master’s degree preferred) in social sciences, nonprofit management or related field.
  • Proven financial management skills, including the ability to analyze data for budgeting, operations, and auditing.
  • Track record of success in focusing on strategic objectives and translating the priorities into successful short and long term results for the organization.
  • Sound judgment, high personal and professional standards and respect for confidentiality.
  • Self-starter with experience managing multiple projects concurrently; comfortable working autonomously.
  • Highly motivated, goal oriented, organized, detailed, collaborative, creative and persistent.
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office Suite and financial software.
  • Superior written and verbal communications skills.

Desired:

  • Experience in the higher education or healthcare sectors.
  • Informed interest in gastro-intestinal research and/or other health sciences.
  • Knowledge of the pharmaceutical sector.
  • Experience with fundraising software.

Competitive salary and benefits package available.

Please send resume, cover letter and salary requirements to laura@givingtreeassociates.com.

Chicago Director

Israel Cancer Research Fund
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Who We Are:

Israel Cancer Research Fund (ICRF) is a nationwide charitable organization with the mission to support cancer research programs in Israel, for the benefit of Israel and all mankind.

ICRF was founded in 1975 by a group of American and Canadian researchers, oncologists, and lay people determined to harness Israel's educational and scientific resources in the fight against cancer. ICRF is the only US-based charity solely devoted to supporting cancer research in Israel. There are 8 regional chapters (5 in US, 2 in Canada, 1 in Israel) and this position will head up the Chicago chapter.

Since its inception, ICRF has provided more than $64 million in grants to support innovative studies by Israeli scientists. We support individuals at all of the major research institutions in Israel. ICRF-funded researchers have been making significant progress and have been able to develop improved chemotherapies, advanced techniques in bone marrow transplantation, and an enhanced understanding of tumor suppressor genes.

 

Israel Cancer Research Fund

Chicago Director

Position Overview:

Under the leadership of a seasoned, dedicated and talented board of directors and the National Executive Director, the ICRF Chicago Director articulates the mission and vision of the Israel Cancer Research Fund in order to raise its profile and financial support across Chicagoland area and the Midwest in order to continue its growth. This new regional leader will ensure smooth operations in all areas of fundraising, board and leadership development, staff management and marketing and public relations.

As an entrepreneurial and strategic thinker, the Chicago Director will work with the board of directors and staff to enhance the current major gifts and events programs, ensuring the success of the well-known ICRF Tower of Hope Gala, the recently established Revolving Tables and potentially establishing new events in order to grow the brand across the Midwest. This person will also further relationships with existing donors and develop relationships with new institutional and individual funders. They will support the board chair and committees and collaborate with the other regional chapters.

This unique career-building opportunity to develop the profile of an inspiring organization, grow a fundraising and events program and partner with a motivated and committed board of directors is designed for a professional who works independently and can function collaboratively. It requires someone strategic, autonomous and creative.

This position offers a rewarding opportunity to work as part of a team whose commitment and contributions move the world closer to a cure for cancer.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide strategic direction and oversight for all aspects of a comprehensive development function including events, individual giving, corporate and foundations relations.
  • Manage all staff and board fundraising efforts toward a $1.8 million chapter fundraising goal, including personally cultivating, soliciting and stewarding a robust portfolio of donors and prospects.
  • Ensure dynamic leadership of ICRF Chicago’s flagship fundraising event, the ICRF Tower of Hope Gala, the recently established Revolving Tables and a commitment to developing a comprehensive events program, including parlor meetings, to both fundraise and grow the brand in the city of Chicago, and beyond.
  • Continue to steward and recruit new members to the board of directors. Support and direct the work of the committees of the board. Encourage and partner with the chair of the board providing creative, new ideas for fundraising and marketing.
  • Develop a strategy to engage audiences through direct communications, public relations, social media, advertising and events.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Minimum of 8+ years development experience, with proven success in raising funds from the Jewish community.
  • Bachelor’s degree (master’s degree preferred) in social sciences, nonprofit management or related field.
  • Event management experience, and proven success in raising funds from events. Experience ideally in producing galas or corporate events.
  • Proven track record of managing an annual campaign (including direct mail) and a major giving portfolio; significantly growing organizational revenue and securing five, six and seven figure gifts from high net worth donors and prospects.
  • Accomplished relationship builder with the ability to motivate board members and volunteers to prospect, cultivate, steward and solicit within their networks.
  • Experience in growing a brand through marketing strategies including events, social media and more traditional outreach including direct mail and PR.
  • Extensive knowledge of the Chicago donor community; experience in the medical/ healthcare sector a plus.
  • Self-starter with experience managing multiple projects concurrently; comfortable working autonomously.
  • Highly motivated, goal oriented, organized, detailed, collaborative, creative and persistent.
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office Suite and fundraising software.
  • Superior written and verbal communications skills.
  • A passion for Israel and combatting cancer.

 Some national and international (Israel) travel will be expected.

Competitive salary and benefits package available.

Please send resume, cover letter and salary requirements to laura@givingtreeassociates.com.

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