Changing Worlds exists to foster inclusive communities through oral history, writing, and arts programs that improve student learning, affirm identity, and enhance cross-cultural understanding. The organization began as a photography/oral history documentation project in 1996 and then in 2011 merged with The Shanti Foundation for Peace to expand the organization's programming to include arts-based peace and non-violence programming in Chicago and Evanston. In the spring of 2019, Changing Worlds expanded its music offerings and welcomed the well-regarded programs of Foundations of Music.
Distinguishing factors of Changing Worlds' program delivery include:
- An Ongoing Commitment to Chicago's youth: This dedication is reflected in our staff’s fluency and experience in research-based best practices in positive youth development, arts integration, trauma-informed arts practices, and learner-centered approaches that lead to measurable outcomes.
- Thematic Units: Developed in response to social justice issues, Changing Worlds has a variety of thematic programs which respond to teachers’ expressed needs for classroom interventions and align with student interests to ensure relevance and timeliness.
- Cross-Cultural Connections & Personal Narratives: Changing Worlds is also devoted to amplifying student identity and voices to celebrate the ethnic/racial/geographic identities of our learners.
If this inspires you to help us grow our network and our impact through development and philanthropy, consider joining us!
With the integration of Foundations of Music, Changing Worlds is in a place of exciting change and growth. Changing Worlds seeks to hire a Director of Development and Communications to lead development, fundraising, and communications. The Director of Development has a unique opportunity to support a youth-serving, mission-driven organization's sustainability and external representation. This person will design and implement a long-term strategy for Changing Worlds' development apparatus and strengthen communication with key stakeholders.
The Director of Development is embedded on-site, is a self-motivated leader who embraces the opportunity to build solid and meaningful relationships and helps execute the Executive Director’s vision for the growing organization's development and fundraising needs. This individual thrives in a fast-paced, hands-on, and collaborative work environment.
Successful candidates will demonstrate exceptional writing and verbal communication skills and exhibit an innovative, forward-leaning approach to the role. The Director of Development will report to the Executive Director and serve as a critical part of our senior leadership team.
- Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree in Business Administration or Nonprofit Management highly preferred
- Demonstrated fundraising and project management experience; fundraising event planning preferred
- Commitment to the values and mission of the Changing Worlds organization
- Front-line major gift solicitation experience, having secured 5-figure gifts
- Ability to confidently manage a high-volume, deadline-driven workload with enthusiasm and optimism
- Proficiency in Google tools, Microsoft Suite products, and managing donor databases (specifically Neon software a plus)
- Social media savvy; experience using creative design tools and establishing a social media marketing strategy
- Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment – working autonomously, collaboratively, and taking direction as needed
- A charismatic, engaging personality who can craft and articulate compelling, persuasive cases for support of the Changing Worlds mission
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- With Executive Director, create a long-term fundraising plan for Changing Worlds fund development and donor engagement that aligns with and supports the organization’s broader strategic plan
- Develop, maintain, and execute a highly effective system to process gifts, track donations, report fundraising progress to the board and leadership team, and communicate with donors
- Use data to understand donor behavior and plan tailored solicitation engagements, build a pipeline of prospects, and manage a portfolio of major gift donors and prospects
- Prepare Executive Director and board members for donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship meetings
- Keep apprised of the local philanthropic landscape and relevant news and trends in the corporate, foundation, and individual giving communities
- Write letters of inquiry and funder reports; compile budget information for grant requests based on the appropriate project costs; and respond to relevant Requests for Proposals (RFPs), Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs), funder inquiries, etc.
- Coordinate with an experienced Development Consultant who advances the grants portfolio, providing thought leadership, prospecting, and strategic thinking, along with hands-on preparation of proposals
- Provide creative recommendations for how to best convert prospects into donors by utilizing Changing Worlds’ network of board members, corporate partners, current funders, and beyond
- Host one major fundraising event annually to build a community of supporters and cultivate individual, corporate, and foundation donor relationships
- Support board committees and directly manage one full-time staff (marketing & social media manager), one part-time contractor (grants writer), and one part-time development assistant
Communications and Marketing:
- Create and implement a comprehensive communication plan for ensuring consistent messaging with key constituent groups
- Collaboratively contribute to website content and social media presence, with a focus on funders
- Create customized pitch decks and other presentation materials for potential funders
- Develop quarterly gift acknowledgment letters and annual digital and direct mail appeal
Project & Event Management (and other duties as assigned):
- Manage event plan and act as primary project manager for fundraising events, including the annual benefit, which raises about $200K+ annually
- Engage with board members, leadership, volunteers, and staff to coordinate events
- Manage special project work as assigned by the Executive Director
Annual salary range $65,000 - $75,000, commensurate with experience.
Changing Worlds is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender, gender identity/expression, disability, race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, citizenship, health status, and evaluate all candidates based on merit.
APPLY HERE TODAY