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Director of Fund Development

Pioneer Center for Human Services
Job Description

Pioneer Center for Human Services is seeking an experienced Fund Development Director to lead and inspire a team approach to fundraising. This is an extraordinary opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those we serve.

Pioneer Center is a non-profit, social service organization dedicated to helping people live a dignified life of well-being, independence and inclusion. Pioneer Center provides services to over 4,500 people in and around McHenry County each year, and employs approximately 225 staff. Our programs center around developmental disability, behavioral health and homeless services. Through these programs, each individual is valued, supported and given equal opportunity to become an active member of our community in any way they choose.

Reporting to a Co-CEO, the Fund Development Director is responsible for the progressive and dynamic implementation, oversight and achievement of the agency’s fundraising efforts in order to further the mission and vision. The position develops and supports a strategic approach to fundraising in McHenry County and surrounding areas which includes major gifts, individual, corporate and foundation donations, grant solicitation, annual giving campaigns, special events and volunteer coordination and management of donor information, all while encouraging a culture of philanthropy.

Essential Functions:

Duties below include, but are not limited to:

  • Collaborate with the Board of Directors and President/CEO(s) to create a fund development plan which increases revenue to support the strategic direction of the Agency.
  • Hire, manage, support and evaluate all employees of the department while cultivating an inclusive environment of teamwork and collaboration.
  • Develop, implement, and lead a successful and integrated donor relations program that strategically targets all levels of giving. Ensures donors are acknowledged and recognized to strengthen their financial support for the Agency.
  • Oversee and direct the development and implementation of strategic communications in multiple mediums in a timely fashion. This will include, but not be limited to; social media sites, Annual Report to Donors, e-blasts, year-end-reminders, gift acknowledgements, web pages, invitations, newsletter updates, fundraising campaign materials, and press releases.
  • Oversee the planning and execution of special fundraising events as specified in the fund development plan to generate revenue for the Agency.
  • Identify and develop corporate, community and individual prospects for the agency's fundraising priorities.
  • Oversee the administration of a donor mailing list and database which respects the privacy and confidentiality of donor information.
  • Oversee the coordination of in-kind donations and makes decisions regarding the issuing of receipts.
  • Develop and gain approval for an annual income and expenditure budget for the fund development department.
  • Prepare and share with Finance committee and Board of Directors regular reports on progress, budgets, receipts and expenditures related to fundraising efforts and the management of the fund development activities.
  • Monitor expenses and analyze budget reports on fund development and recommend changes as necessary.
  • In collaboration with marketing, coordinate the design, printing and distribution of marketing and communication materials for development efforts that are aligned with the goals and objectives of the fund development department.
  • Build and cultivate relationships with community stakeholders to advance the mission and fundraising goals of the agency.Report on progress of those relationships to CEO(s) and Board of Directors.
  • Maintains ongoing contact with the Agency’s staff regarding programs and plans. Cultivates an internal culture of teamwork and collaboration.
  • Research private grant prospects and draft private grant applications to increase revenue opportunities.
  • Willingness and ability to speak publicly and represent Agency to all stakeholders, internal and external.



Bachelor's Degree required. Major in Sales or Marketing preferred.

Master’s Degree preferred. Major in Finance, Management or Business Administration preferred.


Ten plus years of experience in non-profit Marketing or Fund Development, including knowledge of annual giving, foundation/corporate solicitations, communications and special events. Five plus years of supervisory experience.

Certifications & Licenses:

Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) preferred

A comprehensive benefit package includes, but is not limited to: health, vision, dental, paid vacation, personal, sick and holiday, 403(b) plan.

This position is vital to the success of AOF and the person must bring, in addition to professional knowledge, a personality to work with numerous individuals (board members, staff, clients, donors, vendors, etc.). AOF is a collaborative, innovative, and open environment that asks its staff to be responsible for multiple programs, utilizing a variety of skills.

Job Type: Full-time


  • Marketing: 10 years
  • supervisory: 5 years


  • Bachelor's



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