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Director of Development

Morton College
Cicero, IL

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Job Title:

Director of Development

Reports To and Evaluated by:

Executive Director of Institutional Advancement

Required Qualifications:

The candidate will demonstrate success as a collaborative, entrepreneurial and effective leader with the ability to develop programs and communicate Morton College’s mission, values and strategies. Proven commitment and knowledge of fundraising principles and practices. Possess a bachelor’s degree and a valid Illinois driver’s license. Demonstrated word processing, database management and data entry skills; an understanding of academic credit and degree requirements; knowledge of computerized educational records systems. Must be able to interact well with students, faculty and staff. Excellent organizational, oral, written and listening skills. The successful candidate must be able to work in a position requiring public contact, exercise sound judgment, and assist a diverse student population in a multicultural environment. Bilingual in English/Spanish. Must be able to work a flexible schedule including some evening & weekend hours.

Must be able to demonstrate the Morton College core values of compassion, fairness, respect, responsibility, tolerance and truth.

Preferred Qualifications:

Proficiency in Spanish/English, both oral and written. Master’s degree in Business, Education, Marketing or related field. Prior experience with curriculum development, especially in the area of development (fundraising). Excellent verbal, analytical, organizational and planning skills. Familiarity with budgets and public relations experience.

Job Summary:

The Director of Development is responsible for developing and implementing fundraising strategies for Morton College through regional major/principal gifts, philanthropy and annual gifts. Strategically develop an annual work plan that includes a calendar of activities, events, and programs tailored to motivate and engage different segments of the fundraising community.

Demonstrate the ability to build and maintain positive relationships, take initiative, set priorities, and handle multiple projects efficiently and effectively.

Specific Job Duties:

  • Create funding strategies, and set measurable annual goals.
  • Cultivate and solicit annual, restricted and unrestricted donations.
  • Maintain a significant site visit schedule whole developing and managing other corporate and foundations prospects.
  • Prepare, submit and manage proposals and reports for grants, corporations and foundations.
  • Lead all donor development activities, including fundraising activities, organizing events and creating strategies for greater financial gift giving.
  • Maintain contact with all donors, ensuring donor acknowledgement, regular communication, establishment and management of donation agreements.
  • Identify and cultivate potential donors by including, but not limited to, making regular in-person and telephone contact, letter appeals, board-inspired giving, employee annual giving, and other solicitations in all formats for scholarships and grants.
  • Ensure fiscal responsibility of the annual giving budget. Utilize data to evaluate effectiveness of annual giving campaign strategies and outcomes, and revise processes, if necessary.
  • Develop and produce an annual report on College and Foundation activities.
  • Engage faculty, staff and administration to identify and shape fundraising priorities and build out corresponding funding opportunities.
  • Responsible for all procedures and documentation for gift receipting.
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive development marketing and communications plan including direct mail, email, web and social media.
  • Implement appropriate strategies and programs to maximize revenue through fundraising, corporate partnerships, and facility rentals.
  • Ability to work successfully in a complex fast-paced organization serving multiple stakeholders.
  • Ensure that prospect and donor information is recorded accurately in Donor Perfect and collaborate with Institutional Research and Information Technology on systems, reports and other technology infrastructure needs.
  • As assigned, will serve on inter- and intra- departmental groups and committees.
  • Perform other job related duties as assigned by the Executive Director for Institutional Advancement.

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Morton College, the second oldest community college in Illinois, was founded in 1924 to meet the educational demands in the growing communities of Berwyn, Cicero, Forest View, Lyons, McCook, Stickney and other near western suburbs which were a national hub of economic activity.

As a comprehensive community college, recognized by the Illinois Community College Board, Morton College's mission is: To enhance the quality of life of our diverse community through exemplary teaching and learning opportunities, community service, and life long learning.


Maximize the College's resources to support student learning.

Conduct ongoing assessment of student learning to discover new ways to help students succeed.

Develop responsive curricula and programs to serve community needs.

Encourage community families to embrace the educational opportunities Morton College provides.

Employment at Morton

Morton College has the distinction of being the second oldest comprehensive community college in Illinois. The pioneering spirit that established this learning community continues to drive Morton today as a Hispanic Serving Institution for Berwyn, Cicero, Forest View, Lyons, McCook, Stickney and other communities.

Morton College is located in Cicero, a western border suburb of Chicago, only eight miles from the heart of the business and cultural center of this great midwestern city. Chicago offers a complete array of entertainment venues, including six major professional sports teams plus the beautiful Lake Michigan recreational area.

As an institution of higher education, Morton College is committed to the development of its employees and encourages them to participate in life-long learning activities.

Morton College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, or physical handicap in its educational, admissions, or employment practices.

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