Development Officer

Development Officer

The Development Officer, Strategic Gifts is responsible for managing a portfolio of qualified prospects with the capacity to make major gifts to the Food Bank. Responsibilities will include identifying prospects, developing individual donor strategies, meeting face to face and soliciting prospects and working cross-functionally across the organization to understand the funding needs of all departments. In addition, the Development Officer will be the staff contact for our Executive Women’s Council, a volunteer group responsible for an annual fundraising event and other outreach activities.

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Job responsibilities
  • Actively manage a portfolio of current and potential individual donors (i.e. $5000+)
  • Through research and best practices, identify, cultivate and solicit individuals for general operating support, program support and endowment, rooted in our organizational case for support
  • Monitor and analyze portfolio performance In conjunction with Strategic Gifts team, prepare proposals, solicitation letters and stewardship reports
  • Collaborate with the Individual Giving Team to thank and steward individual donors
  • Solicit gifts from major donors and prospects, both independently and working collaboratively with CEO, Board Members, and other Food Bank volunteers and staff
  • Assist team with developing budget, goals, and performance measures for building the strategic gifts program and analyzing results
  • Serve as liaison for Executive’s Women Council by attending meetings, preparing agendas, coordinating outreach activities, stewarding current members and recruiting new members
  • Staff donor-sponsored Mobile Pantry distributions as needed
  • Perform other duties and participate in special projects as needed
Application qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience
  • Three to five years successful experience in fundraising specifically from individuals, including major and planned gifts
  • The ideal candidate should have successful experience in developing cultivation and solicitation strategies and analyzing the results of fundraising initiatives
  • Experience participating in a Move Management/Prospect Review process, including pipeline development and measuring success
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication and listening skills, writing samples may be requested
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills and eager to build major donor relationships
  • Self-starter, energetic and a demonstrated record of completing assignments
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail are required. Proficiency with MS Office
  • Able to handle sensitive and confidential information appropriately and with discretion
  • Proficiency in Raiser’s Edge preferred
About the organization

Northern Illinois Food Bank’s mission is to lead the northern Illinois community in solving hunger by providing nutritious meals to those in need through innovative programs and partnerships. Working collaboratively with a community of donors, volunteers and feeding programs, the Food Bank provides food across 13 northern Illinois counties each week. Northern Illinois Food Bank, a member of Feeding America, has received Charity Navigator’s 4-Star rating for its fiscal responsibility. Ninety-seven percent of the food bank’s resources go to programs that feed the hungry.