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Director of Development

The Key Accountabilities:

The Director of Development is responsible for raising these funds in collaboration with the CEO, the Board of Directors and supporting staff. Revenues are a combination of individual donations, corporate and private foundations, civic organizations and events.

Fundraising Strategy and Leadership

  • Collaborating with key internal stakeholders, develop and execute an annual fundraising plan to diversify and strengthen the funding base and support
    expansion goals.
  • Prioritize major gift fundraising strategies and tactics.
  • Build a planned giving program with a focus on deferred legacy bequest gifts.
  • Represent Reading Power at public appearances and/or speaking engagements
    to share the organization’s story with the broader community.
  • Prioritize key actions for the CEO, board and other senior leaders to take toward cultivating, soliciting and stewarding donors, and prepare and support them as they execute.


  • Oversee and work closely with a grant writer to meet all current foundation funder requirements and pursue grant opportunities.
  • Identify and cultivate new potential foundation partners.
  • Manage foundation calendar, systems and processes for LOIs, grant applications
    and reports.

Donor Stewardship and Relations

  • Identify and build a pipeline of prospective major donors.
  • Develop and implement individualized donor plans for major donors.
  • Develop and manage a personal portfolio of current and prospective donors.


  • Successfully execute an annual golf outing in fall 2024 (already established) and a one-time anniversary gala in the spring of 2024.
  • Identify additional opportunities and implement new cultivation events to
    support expansion goals and community stewardship.

Data and Administration

  • Oversee fundraising data and systems in Salesforce ensuring the organization’s donor and prospect information is always current and accurate.
  • Analyze and leverage data and metrics to measure success and guide development strategies and tactics.
  • Prepare and deliver fundraising reports at board meetings.
  • Manage gift entry and timely donor acknowledgement process.

Communications and Marketing

  • Write, plan, and execute an annual appeal.
  • Work with the Communications Manager to develop a year-round donor communications strategy.
  • Develop targeted communications to major donors.
  • Unearth compelling Reading Power stories to highlight in donor written materials.
  • Collaborate with Communications Manager to provide donor related content for social media.


  • Minimum 5 years of demonstrated successful development experience encompassing individual, foundation and corporate fundraising, and a strong knowledge of fundraising principles and practices.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Goal-driven, results-oriented, and committed to the organization’s efforts to increase its capacity.
  • Experience leading a team; building relationships.
  • Strong organizational, managerial, and communication skills, with significant attention to detail.
  • Experience writing donor communications such as appeals and grant proposals.
  • Familiarity with budgeting process and financial analysis.
  • Ability to interact with a diverse staff, donor base and volunteer groups.
  • Strong technology skills: Google Suite, Microsoft Office, CRMs
  • Expertise in fundraising software and tools, such as Salesforce NPSP.

The Compensation and Benefits:

  • This is a full-time, exempt position in a flexible work environment.
  • Includes paid time off, 12 paid holidays a year, generous PTO, 401K, and individual health insurance options.
  • Annual salary range $90,000-$100,000 with bonus potential.
  • Total compensation offer will be commensurate with candidate experience.

Event Coordinator

Reading Power has a need for an event coordinator to manage a multitude of events throughout the year. The Event Coordinator is responsible for planning and organizing Reading Power’s existing and new organizational and fundraising events.

The ideal candidate will bring solid experience in event coordination and will possess strong outreach and management skills to ensure successful events. The Event Coordinator will establish a calendar of events and programs.



  • Plan events for a wide variety of groups – school staff, tutors, Reading Power staff, Reading Power board members, community outreach events
  • Plan fundraising events
  • Establish and maintain relationships with vendors and venues
  • Create and work within the budgets established by the organization
  • Be a contributing member of the Reading Power team


    • Bachelor’s degree required
    • Goal-driven, results-oriented, and committed to the organization’s mission
    • Strong organizational, managerial, and communication skills, with significant
      attention to detail
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Strong technology skills: Google Suite, Microsoft Office, CRMs
    • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs
    • Ability to stand and walk for prolonged periods of time
    • Ability to occasionally bend, stoop, reach, and kneel


    This is a half-time, non-exempt position. There is potential for additional growth with successful implementation of the strategy. Hours worked are on a flexible schedule, in person and remote. Attendance at leadership team meetings is required. Hourly rate is $25/hour. The office is located at 900 North Shore Drive, Suite 178 Lake Bluff, IL. You will have access to office space as needed. This position will report to the Chief Executive Officer.