Director of Development

Location: Chicago, IL

BPI, a highly-regarded and impactful public interest law and policy center, seeks a Director of Development to lead its fundraising efforts.


BPI is a public interest law and policy center that has been at the front lines of social justice in the Chicago region for over 50 years. Known for its innovative and effective advocacy for racial and economic equity, today, BPI is deeply engaged in advancing systemic change in policing, the criminal justice system, housing and community building, and early childhood learning. Most of BPI’s work is carried out in partnership with community-based organizations that directly engage people impacted by racial and economic injustice.

The organization’s lawyers and policy specialists employ a combination of legal and policy research, organizing, advocacy, and litigation, in collaboration with community organizations and advocates, and other partners. A collaborative and stimulating workplace, BPI is committed to offering opportunities to learn, grow, and contribute meaningfully to work that advances a just society.

The Position

The Director of Development will provide leadership, oversight, and execution of BPI’s fundraising efforts. This position will report directly to the Managing Director of Development and External Relations (Managing Director).

This individual will collaborate closely with the Managing Director to move BPI forward into its next growth phase as an organization. This individual will implement a robust plan for development that will significantly grow the organization’s fundraising capacity with individuals and corporations as well as with existing and new foundations.


The Director of Development will have the following primary responsibilities:

• Implement and inform a development plan that expands individual giving and philanthropic funding, strengthens infrastructure, and leverages technology. This includes but is not limited to an increased number of fundraising appeals, implementation of a planned giving program, and grant writing. • Manage the grant application and renewal process, working closely with program staff and leadership to ensure timely submission and follow up with foundation contacts.
• In partnership with the Managing Director, staff the Board’s Fundraising Committee and auxiliary board(s).
• Staff and coordinate special events, including one major event and smaller cultivation events.
• Cultivate and solicit a personal portfolio of prospective and current donors as well as support the Executive Director and Managing Director with their donor portfolios.
• Manage the rollout and increased utilization of a new development CRM, Little Green Light.
• Collaborate with the Director of Communications on the development of assets to increase visibility for BPI and its work, including social, digital, print, and electronic media.


The ideal Director of Development will bring most of the following qualifications:

• Solid commitment to the mission and vision of BPI with the ability to serve as a compelling ambassador for the organization.
• At least seven years of fundraising experience, with leadership roles in nonprofits preferred.
• Demonstrated success in a development function, including managing and developing relationships with multiple donor sources and special events. Tangible experience of having expanded and cultivated existing donor relationships over time.
• Experience and success in the cultivation and stewardship of donors from multiple channels and through a variety of strategies, including events and communications.
• Ability to communicate confidently, collaboratively, and effectively with staff, donors, funders, Board members, and partners.
• Exceptional written, oral, and listening communication skills.
• Ability to identify and measure fundraising outcomes through strong analytical skills.
• Capacity to complete and manage multiple projects with competing deadlines in a fast-moving and highly complex organization.
• Experience working in fundraising databases.
• Ability to be flexible and adaptable.
• High attention to detail.
• Knowledge and relationships to funding in the Chicago philanthropic community would be an advantage.
• A bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in a related field

To Apply

Please email a cover letter explaining your interest and qualification for this position, resume, and two writing samples, to BPI Hiring. If your candidacy advances to the final round, you will be asked to provide a list of four professional references. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

A competitive salary is commensurate with experience.

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