Now Hiring: Foundation Development Director

  • Position Type: Management/Foundation Development Director

  • Fox Valley Special Recreation Association (FVSRA) mission is to enrich the lives of people with disabilities. Working collaboratively with member agencies and community partners, we pledge to put PEOPLE FIRST. Formed in 1976, it is an extension of the Fox Valley, Geneva, St. Charles, Batavia, Sugar Grove, Oswegoland Park Districts and the Village of South Elgin Parks and Recreation Department (“Member Agencies”). We provide a diverse range of year round recreational opportunities to enable residents with disabilities to experience active, healthy and fulfilling lifestyles. FVSRA has an exciting opportunity available as a Development Director in Aurora, IL. The Development Director is responsible for the overall coordination and implementation of Foundation fund development strategies, fundraising events and annual giving campaigns and Board cultivation. The Development Director also works cooperatively with the FVSRA staff to position FVSRA and the Foundation to gain the support of individuals, corporations, foundations, donors and service clubs and implement campaigns. Compensation: Annual, full time, $55k-65k, depending on experience Aside from supporting a great mission, you will enjoy great benefits including: complete medical, dental, vision, and life insurance package; vacation, personal, and sick days; ten paid holidays; pension plan; continuing education opportunities; Member Agency leisure benefits. DIRECTLY REPORTS TO: The Executive Director RESPONSIBLE FOR DIRECTLY SUPERVISING: N/A POSITION QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Communications, Public Relations, Parks and Recreation, Business/Public Administration or similar field with proven experience in fundraising (5 years preferred); fund development, sponsor solicitation, proven written and oral communication skills; and understanding of grant writing and event management. ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

COMPENTENCIES: Collaboration - Promotes and supports work teams and groups Reliability - Performs responsibilities dependably and accurately, fulfills promised actions Responsiveness - Focuses on the customer, willingly helps others and provides prompt service Assurance - Conveys trusts and inspires confidence Empathy - Deals with individuals, appreciates their differences, handles emotions and shows compassion for others Self Confidence - Recognizes the contributions of others and is conscious of own ability Initiative - Begins and follows through energetically with plans and tasks Communication - Shares information, listens to what others are saying Adaptability - Makes decisions and solves complex problems PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The Foundation Manager must, with or without reasonable accommodations, be able to perform the following functions:


This job operates in an office setting occasionally assisting with larger Agency Programs or Foundation events. The noise level can range from quiet to loud. When working indoors conditions can include different types of lighting and temperatures. Working outdoors may include exposure to different types of weather conditions. Exposure to elements may occur when driving to meetings or assisting with Agency programs or Foundation events.

  1. Work cooperatively with the Executive Director and staff in the research and submittal of grants and funding applications.

  2. Develop and manage the implementation of Foundation goals and fundraising strategies, including an Annual Giving Program.

  3. Set and meet annual funding goals to cover salary and Association scholarship grants.

  4. Identify, initiate, and establish relationships with various community stakeholders, FVSRA Member Agencies and other organizations.

  5. Recruit, develop and maintain Board and committee member relationships; lead Board and committee meetings.

  6. Recruit and train volunteers and coordinate volunteer committee such as Friends of FVSRA.

  7. Plan, evaluate, implement and lead fundraising campaigns and activities; work cooperatively with all fundraising event committees.

  8. Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and make recommendation in support of goals and strategy.

  9. Arrange and implement presentations regarding Association and Foundation by speaking in public, presenting information, facilitating groups, influencing and negotiating.

  10. Manage the recognition of the support and involvement of event sponsors, donors and volunteers.

  11. Solicit donations of funds, goods and services for special events.

  12. Manage the Foundation’s budget and fundraising programs.

  13. Utilize donor software, event registration software and other computer technologies to maintain a donor database in order to effectively communicate, data gathering and report activities.

  14. Ability to work flexible schedule for events as well as travel in and around the community by utilizing a personal vehicle or other methods of transportation. The hours of work are generally Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM; however, work day evening hours, holidays, and weekends may be required.

  15. Perform other reasonable duties related to the position as assigned.

  16. Gather, load, transport and set-up equipment and supplies for events.

  17. Reach storage cabinets or areas to place or retrieve binders or documents.

  18. Keyboard information efficiently with a high accuracy rate, for periods of up to an hour or more without a break.

  19. Ability to lift 30 pounds.

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