Foundation Director – Chicago Blackhawks

By iSportconnect | August 26, 2016

Location: Chicago, stuff US

Closing Date: 9th September


The Foundation Director reports to the Senior Executive Director of Marketing and the board of Chicago Blackhawks Charities and will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Chicago Blackhawks Charities (CBC) fundraising programs, expansion and execution of its mission. The Foundation Director will initially develop the fundraising strategic business plan, and execute core programs and operations.


Fundraising and Communications:

  • – Develop strategic plan for all fundraising reports to achieve CBC overall fundraising goals
  • – Identify, cultivate, and solicit prospective major donors from individual, corporate, or foundation sources
  • – Utilize team personnel and staff to build relationships with potential and ongoing donors
  • – Identify and attend community events, meetings, and conferences to promote organizational goals or solicit donations or sponsorships
  • – Develop and refine aspects fundraising communications efforts including web development and other marketing tools to create a stronger brand for CBC
  • – Work with entire community relations staff to create and execute events to achieve specific fundraising goals
  • – Prepare presentations and reports to communicate fundraising program data to CBC board

Planning and New Business:

  • – Design and direct a complete strategic review and business planning process for CBC and planned program expansion
  • – Contribute to meeting the CBC’s annual fundraising goals, through renewed and/or increased gifts and new sources
  • – Develop ongoing relationships with individuals, corporations and foundations capable of making substantial gifts and/or donations
  • – Monitor budgets, expense reports, and other financial data specific to fundraising organizations
  • – Develop and improve fundraising skills by attending industry conferences, classes and independent study

Leadership and Management:

  • – Direct ongoing local programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of fundraising, communications, and financial and administration as well as recommend timelines and identify resources needed to achieve strategic goals
  • – Lead the solicitation efforts for major gifts, including preparing personalized cultivation, solicitation and stewardship materials, collaborating with Blackhawks Marketing and Community Relations staff as appropriate
  • – Contact corporate representatives, government officials, or community leaders to increase awareness of organizational causes, activities, or needs
  • – Build strong cross functional relationships with other departments within the (Blackhawks, Sponsorship, Marketing, Media/Public Relations, Merchandising, etc.) to explore strategic partnerships and expand the reach of Chicago Blackhawks Charities.
  • – Lead, coach, and develop effective systems and staff to track scaling progress and regularly evaluate program components so as to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the Board of – Directors, funders, and other partners
  • – Seek and expand Board of Directors’ involvement with strategic direction for ongoing local fundraising operations


  • – Strong organizational skills in order to manage people and resources to complete projects; able to multitask and keep order
  • – Ability to build trust inside and outside the organization; conduct work through honest communication and maintain the organization’s values
  • – Demonstrates excellent personal motivation and encourages others to be motivated and enthusiastic; shows persistence and overcomes obstacles
  • – Identifies and resolves issues in a timely manner; ability to develop solutions quickly and effectively


  • – Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • – 8-10 years of fundraising and/or major gift experience
  • – Understanding of foundations, 501(c)3 non-profit organizations, fundraising strategies, and community relations
  • – Strong interpersonal skills; can effectively communicate and relate to all levels within and outside of the organization; creates and builds positive and productive relationships
  • – Responds quickly and effectively to changing trends and circumstances; embraces changes and welcomes fresh perspectives
  • – Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • – Knowledge of special event planning and execution including event marketing and grassroots marketing strategies
  • – Required computer skills: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
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