Development Director

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Chicago, IL
Published 16 days ago

Summary of Position:

SitStayRead is working to become an anti-racist organization. As the organization pursues this next phase, it will require bold vision, skilled management, and a deep commitment to creating an inclusive organization.  Our trajectory ahead will be grounded in a student centered approach reflecting  input from a broad set of stakeholders.  As SitStayRead continues to evolve, we remain adaptable, with a track record of innovating in response to changing conditions. 

The Development Director will be a member of the leadership team who will be key in making this possible. The Development Director is passionate about literacy as a social justice issue and will be  instrumental in  beginning to move SitStayRead towards a community centric fundraising approach. The Development Director will work directly with the Executive Director to resource the organization’s budget of $775,000 and will be responsible for a diverse  portfolio of annual fund, foundation and corporate, and event revenue.

Essential Functions:

  • Create and establish a community centric strategy by integrating race, equity, and social justice into the organization’s fundraising 
  • Develop and execute SitStayRead’s annual fundraising plan 
  • Secure financial support from individuals, foundations, and corporations
  • Manage  Salesforce, data entry, and gift processing
  • Oversee organization of special events
  • Develop and track proposals and reports for all foundation and corporate fundraising
  • Serve as the staff liaison to the Associate Board, oversee their fundraising activities, and actively work to recruit new members
  • Participate in the annual  budgeting process


  • Proven Success in Development: Knowledge of various fundraising strategies and a successful track record of meeting or exceeding fundraising goals
  • Community Centric Approach: Philosophical and professional belief that fundraising is grounded in racial and economic justice
  • Relationship Building: Skilled at establishing and cultivating strong relationships with peers, both across the organization and externally
  • Project Leadership: Experience in planning, leading, and managing development projects, including coordinating with peers to achieve desired outcomes, and tracking and reporting on progress to board of directors
  • Communications: Skilled in creating powerful, compelling written and oral communications centered on the students, schools, and communities SitStayRead serves; ability to convey complex ideas through brief, simple materials; experience and credibility when presenting materials to external audiences
  • Collaboration: Effective at working with others to reach common goals and objectives

Position Details:

  • Full time, 40 hours per week
  • Schedule: Typical work week follows a M-F 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. schedule, with flexibility in start/end times and work from home options available.
  • We are currently operating remotely until we feel we can return to in-person operations safely. We will support our staff with any needs they may have to make remote work possible, including more flexible working hours, and are working with staff to develop an office reopening plan that feels safe for everyone.
  • Salary: $50,000 - $60,000
  • Benefits: Competitive benefits package including medical insurance, generous paid time off and holidays, and flexible work environment.

SitStayRead is an equal opportunity employer. SitStayRead is committed to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic team. We strongly encourage applicants from underrepresented communities in the education and nonprofit sectors to apply. SitStayRead does not discriminate in hiring. We encourage people from all backgrounds to apply for this and all posted positions. 

To apply, please submit a resume. In addition, please submit a cover letter as well as  other material that describes or displays your qualifications for the position. This can include writing samples such as a grant application, annual appeal, or online donor campaign, and/or communications, etc. Additional or preferential consideration will not be placed on the type of material you submit, but rather on the demonstrated skills, experience, and values as they relate to the position requirements.

Send application materials to  with ‘Development Director’ in the subject line.

Summary of Position:

SitStayRead is working to become an anti-racist organization. As the organization pursues this next phase, it will require bold vision, skilled management, and a deep commitment to creating an inclusive organization…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    October 1, 2021


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Chicago, IL
Associated Location
2849 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60657, United States

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