Chief Advancement Officer

Jewish Council for Youth Services (JCYS) is a 112-year old, Chicago-based nonprofit organization which provides early childhood education and camping programs to a diverse community across Chicagoland. With a budget of over $10 million and a 180-person staff, JCYS programs touch over 8,000 families a year through five locations. In addition, JCYS’s Board of Directors is a training ground for future civic and philanthropic leaders while they serve as important fiduciaries of the agency.

Our mission informs everything we do: Guided by Jewish values and culture, Jewish Council for Youth Services provides educational and recreational programs for Chicagoland’s children and, through board service, develops the next generation of Jewish civic leaders.

The Chief Advancement Officer oversees agency-wide fundraising, marketing, communications, and board development programming. The Chief Advancement Officer is primarily responsible for developing strategies and overseeing a comprehensive development plan: organizing and directing all of Jewish Council for Youth Services’ fundraising including securing major gifts from new and existing donors, annual fund, planned giving, special events, and a capital campaign. The Chief Advancement Officer also supports the development of an annual marketing plan and communications calendar, as well as a training curriculum for the JCYS Leadership Circle.

The Chief Advancement Officer reports to, and will collaborate closely with, the Chief Executive Officer and is a key member of the senior management team responsible for creating JCYS’s long term strategy. The Chief Advancement Officer manages the Advancement team, which is comprised of three development and marketing staff. This individual works from the central office in downtown Chicago and has access to a car to successfully carry out job duties.

The successful candidate will possess enthusiasm, fundraising knowledge, management experience, superior organizational and communication skills, analytical capabilities, and the ability to conceptualize. This is an excellent opportunity for a successful development professional interested in leading the fundraising strategy of an organization focused on expanding its impact in Chicagoland.

At JCYS, we have a positive work environment built on mutual respect and professionalism and we invite you to build and advance your career with JCYS and help contribute to the future success of our organization.


Fundraising and Resource Development

Create a fund development plan which increases revenue beyond $750,000 budget goal to support the organization’s strategic direction, financial growth, and sustainability.

Accountable for the strategic design and implementation of the development plan and all development activities.

Develop and oversee the planning and execution of special events as specified in the fund development plan to generate over $250,000 in revenue for the organization. Events include but are not limited to: Annual Meeting, Golf Outing, and the Annual Gala.

Support the CEO and Board of Directors in identifying and securing corporate sponsors for special events, as well as corporate matching opportunities.

Identify and pursue opportunities for enhanced annual, capital, and planned giving campaigns.

Develop donor collateral and solicitation materials for direct mail campaigns, Annual Report, stewardship initiatives, event invitations, and targeted individual solicitations.

Partner with CEO to cultivate and steward agency’s major donors, including individuals and foundations.

Partner with and staff Board Development, Gala, and Golf Outing Committees.

Support Development and Communications Manager in management of grant proposals and reports and execution of Scholarship Committee activities.

Marketing and Communications

Oversee and support the development of annual marketing plan, calendar, and budget.

Partner with Advancement team members and program staff to coordinate agency outreach and partnership opportunities.

Oversee and approve of agency-wide registration campaign, advertising, graphic design, social media, and website strategies.

Steward and refine the agency’s brand through implementation of brand standards and style guide.

Write agency-wide communications and act as agency media point-of-contact when necessary.

Board Development

Manage the development and implementation of a training plan curriculum for the Board of Directors that responds to training needs identified in evaluation and assessment data.

Facilitate the smooth onboarding and orientation of Designates, including group and one-on-one governance and fundraising coaching.

Oversee and coordinate the planning and execution of the JCYS Leadership Development Boot Camp, a full-day of customized leadership development training for Designates, Board Members, and Alumni held at Kellogg’s Center of Nonprofit Management.

Plan and organize 2-3 Leadership Society events for Alumni, including the Past Presidents Council Meeting.

Design and implement a multi-faceted evaluation of the JCYS Leadership Circle that measures individual and overall Board progress toward program outcomes and leadership goals.

Conduct regular one-on-one meetings with President and President-Elect to support their fundraising leadership and strategic goals.


Education and Experience:
• Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university. Master’s Degree a plus.
• Minimum of seven years working in a development role in a community-based organization or in a large institutional setting. Additional experience with marketing and communications preferred.
• Proven success soliciting and securing major gifts.
• Program development and management.
• Outstanding oral and written communications skills and volunteer management experience.
• Superior presentation skills required.
• Familiarity with and exposure to the Chicago philanthropic community.
• Detail oriented, adaptable, organized, and able to successfully manage multiple projects and tasks.
• Knowledge of database software; strong knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required. Demonstrated experience managing and manipulating relational database management systems and/or fundraising software. Experience with NeonCRM a plus.

Salary commensurate with experience.

Jewish Council for Youth Services is an (EEO) Equal Opportunity Employer

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Job Summary

  • Duration: full-time
  • Benefits: paid vacation, sick leave, parental leave, medical, vision, dental, retirement plans, leave early for Shabbat, Life Insurance
  • Other Benefits: 401K, STD, AD&D coverage. Generous PTO and holiday program
  • Preferred Experience: Managerial (3-5 years)
  • Preferred Degree: Bachelors
  • Job Posted: 2020-02-28
  • Times this job has been viewed: 312 times
  • Job is posted for: 60 days
  • Job Categories: Chief Development Officer (CDO), Annual Campaign
  • Organization Type: Education & Schools, Other
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Job Location
JCYS - Jewish Council for Youth Services
150 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 640
Chicago , Illinois 60601


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