Director of Development

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Commensurate with experience



Application Deadline



1440 W. Washington Blvd.
United States


 Respiratory Health Association (RHA) has been a leader in public health since 1906. Its mission is to prevent lung disease, promote clean air, and help people live better through education, research and policy change. Its award-winning programs have led to improvements in lung health and life quality for thousands of adults and children throughout Chicago and the country.


RHA is seeking a Director of Development to develop and implement institution-wide fundraising initiatives, including major gift solicitation; corporate and foundation solicitation; and annual giving programs.   This position is an excellent opportunity to join an established nonprofit in a leadership role. Mid-career development professionals looking to make an impact in the areas of public health and the environment, while advancing their own career goals, are strongly encouraged to apply. Competitive salary and benefits commensurate with experience.

Key Responsibilities:

  •  Work closely with President & CEO to implement existing strategic plan to strengthen and expand support in areas of individual, corporate and foundation giving.
  •  Identify and manage a portfolio of 50-100 top individual prospects capable of supporting the Association with gifts ranging from $1,000 to $50,000.
  •  Oversee all phases of annual direct response campaigns (direct mail appeals, e-appeals and individual peer- to-peer fundraising appeals).
  •  Lead ‘One Home’ five-year capital campaign.
  •  Identify and oversee applications for public and privately funded grants and sponsorships from local and family foundations; represent the Association to external audiences, including foundations and corporations, among others.
  •  Lead business development efforts to engage corporate sponsors for patient education and special events.
  •  Supervise a full-time development associate and work closely with special events, marketing/communications and programs departments, as well as with the CEO and Board of Directors, to engage participants/donors across a broad spectrum of activities supporting the Association.
  •  Manage department operating budget, including forecasting and allocation of 6 project budgets. Monitor monthly P&L, department KPI’s and ROI metrics.
  •  Oversee the RHA Associates Board and serve as liaison to Development Committee of the Board of Directors.



  •  Bachelor’s degree and 5+ years relevant work experience
  •  Track record of success securing contributions from individuals, corporations and grant-making institutions
  •  Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills
  •  Experience managing or assisting with a capital campaign a plus
  •  Experience with a CRM database and technology to manage prospects/donors
  •  Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, especially advanced Word and Excel techniques
  •  Proficient in Google Drive applications, especially Google Docs and Sheets
  •  Ability to prioritize, perform, delegate and report upon multiple tasks
  •  Ability to think flexibly and work well with others in a supportive team environment
  •  Must thrive in a fast-paced environment while maintaining accuracy and quality


Please note:  The mission of Respiratory Health Association is to prevent lung disease, promote clean air and help people live better through education, research, and policy change. Respiratory Health Association is fully committed to equal opportunity in employment in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations. Respiratory Health Association is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. The Association does not hire persons who smoke, and forbids smoking in the workplace.


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Email resumé and cover letter with salary requirements to: by August 24, 2018. Please include the job title and your name in the subject line.