Advancement Director

  • 1434 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60642, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

We are a preK to 8th grade independent school in Chicago. But there's more to us than that. We are a community. A community where NNM faculty, staff and parents work together to challenge students to think for themselves, pursue ideas and become real learners for the real world.

Job Description

We are accepting applications for an Advancement Director to join our executive team. This is a great opportunity for an experienced professional to create, direct and execute NNM’s fundraising, marketing and communications programs and activities. The Advancement Director drives these initiatives to help achieve the school’s overall goals, supporting NNM’s mission and strategic plan.

As a key member of the leadership team, the Advancement Director works to advance the school’s fundraising efforts and build a thriving culture of philanthropy in partnership with NNM Board members, faculty, staff, parents, students and other key constituents of the school. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Develop and nurture the sense of community and philanthropy among faculty and staff, parents, students, alumni and their families, neighborhood businesses, and other constituents
  • Develop, manage, and execute strategies to achieve and attract the maximum gift support possible to the institution. These strategies will include annual and long-range financial goals for each fundraising objective with defined metrics to be achieved
  • In addition to the above, responsibilities relative to fundraising and advancement will include but are not limited to (in italics):
  • -Develop and implement fundraising and capital campaigns to meet the school’s current and future needs
  • -Identify, cultivate, solicit and expand a growing base of modest and major donors to the school, including individuals, corporations and foundations
  • -Formulate and manage a planned giving and endowment program with specific goals
  • -Formulate and supervise all research relative to evaluation and cultivation of past, current and prospective donors
  • -Maintain and expand the school’s existing relationships with parents, donors, and alumni in support of fundraising goals
  • Manage, direct, and provide professional development and growth to all Advancement staff members
  • Manage all fundraising and community events ranging from small gatherings to major annual events
  • Recruit, manage and coordinate with chairs and other volunteers for school events and programs
  • Work with the Development Committee and other Committees of the Board of Directors to develop and execute strategies to initiate and meet fundraising goals
  • Attend Board and Committee meetings; assume responsibility for all development reports to the Board
  • Manage communication and marketing activities for the NNM community through various publications and channels
  • In coordination with the Finance Director, Head of School and other NNM leaders, develop and manage the annual revenue and expense budgets for fundraising, communications and marketing, and other development department budget areas


Education: Bachelor’s Degree required

Years of Experience: 5 + years of professional fundraising experience, 5+ years of supervisory experience, experience in an educational setting is a plus

Specific Skills

  • Strong and effective revenue generating skills supported by excellent written, presentation and oral communication and interpersonal skills.  Possess the ability to motivate and influence others.

  • Ability to communicate and relate an organization’s mission and programs to prospective and current donors, community leaders and more

  • Demonstrated excellence in communication both verbal and written

  • Strong leadership and managerial skills with the ability to delegate workloads appropriately, lead and develop team members

  • Able to maintain a results-oriented mindset to effectively work with people at all levels

  • Ability to develop strong relationships with various school constituent groups

  • Demonstrated ability to create and analyze financial data related to fundraising activities

  • Knowledge of regulatory (state and federal) compliance issues and laws relative to areas of responsibility

Additional Information

This is a full-time, 12-month position. Competitive salary based on experience, with a great benefits package available.

In order to be considered for this position, a resume with a message or cover letter must be submitted.