Director of Development & Communications (External Relations)

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $45,000
Maximum: $55,000
Details: Commensurate with experience and expertise.



Start Date


Application Deadline



990 Grove
Suite 500
United States




Open Communities Overview:


Open Communities' mission is to educate, advocate and organize to promote just and inclusive communities in north suburban Chicago. We work to eradicate housing discrimination, in all of its forms and against all persons, because of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, disability, familial status, or source of income. Housing is a human right; fair housing is the law.


To further our goal of equal housing opportunities for all, Open Communities engages in activities that encourage fair housing practices including landlord-tenant and foreclosure counseling services, community education, and advocacy to make our communities more welcoming for everyone.


Job Description:


In partnership with the Executive Director, the Director of Development & Communications (External Relations) will spearhead fundraising and communications efforts as Open Communities works to diversify its funding base, raise its public profile and restore its institutional strength. 




Reports directly to the Executive Director.


Responsibilities (in priority order):


1.     Develop and execute Open Communities’s annual fundraising plan. Assist the Executive Director in developing the annual budget from which the fundraising plan is derived. 


2.     Secure financial support from individuals, the government, foundations, faith institutions and corporations.


3.     Develop and maintain strong ongoing relationships with major funders, including individuals, government agencies, faith leaders, corporate giving officers and private foundations.


4.     Create and execute a strategy for attracting a large sustainable base of annual individual donors, including a mail campaign for small gifts; a system for asks through faith congregations; and working with the Board and Executive Director to plan and implement asks for major individual gifts.


5.     Work with the program staff to identify specific needs and programs which can be marketed to specific prospective donors.


6.     Write and track grant proposals and reports for all government, foundation and corporate fundraising; secure grant renewals where available.  (Note: monthly and quarterly financial reports to be completed by the bookkeeper, as scheduled and monitored by the Director.)


7.     Identify and research innovative fundraising strategies and sources of funds, e.g. Community Reinvestment, Giving Tuesday, workplace giving.


8.     Represent the agency in fundraising-related public outreach as required by the terms of grants or by overall fundraising strategy.

9. Oversee organization of special events

This office moves at 78 rpm; if you're leisurely and contemplative it's not for you. Our motto is "Move fast and fix things." I want someone who has five ideas before breakfast and implements them before dinner.

We need someone with an outreaching, fundraising temperament. Specific skills can always be learned. Notice I don't care if you know Raiser's Edge; this is not a secretarial position.

Salary range $45-55K. Sorry, social justice doesn't pay much.

Requirements and Qualifications:


·        A strong commitment to fair housing, civil rights, and the defense of people being victimized by financial institutions and landlords.

·        Enthusiasm for aggressive fundraising outreach

·        College degree.

·        Excellent written and oral skills; comfort with public speaking.

·        Experience in raising money, especially individual gifts and government grants.

·        Ability to work with people of all races, ages, abilities, sexual orientations and other diverse backgrounds.

·        Strong follow-through skills.

·        Familiarity with Chicago’s northern suburbs preferred.


Health insurance partly paid by employer; other benefits offered cafeteria-style at employee's expense.

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluent Spanish a big plus; but REALLY fluent.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Your cover letter will serve as your writing sample. Please also provide a current resume and two references.