Director of Development
Guitars Over Guns Organization (GOGO) is a nationally recognized, award-winning agency that is challenging the perception of what is possible for youth that experience the power of music-based mentorship. Led by founder and CNN Hero, Dr. Chad Bernstein, GOGO is a fast-paced, technology-driven organization with a respected brand and a strong presence in the community. We are looking for a charismatic individual with the desire to be an integral part of scaling an organization that has great culture and incredible momentum. In the last five years, we have doubled our operational budget twice, been internationally recognized in our field, and attracted major institutional partners.
The Director of Development will be a key partner to our CEO, the senior managementteam, and the board of directors to coordinate the creation and implementation of growth strategies to achieve ambitious annual goals. Our fundraising work will take advantage of GOGO’s current reputation as an organization that effectively cultivates, engages, and retains an increasing roster of individual and institutional donors. This position is all about relationships. This is not a desk job. We are seeking a dynamic individual who is passionate about the work and the opportunity to have a huge impact on the organization. This role will require a self-starter that can be public facing and autonomous and desires a seat at the leadership table. Your focus will be to develop, vet and implement fundraising strategies and tactics that will continue drive our rapid growth as an organization. There will be opportunities and incentives for professional growth, both in the position and in building a team. Our work environment is fast-paced, casual, upbeat, professional, and fun. We do serious work, but having a sense of humor and desire to find joy in what we do lies at the core of our values.
About Guitars Over Guns:
We believe that all young people should have the opportunity to reach their full potential through the transformative nature of music and the arts and the power of mentorship. GOGO delivers high impact arts-based youth development to at-risk youth as an alternative to the negative and harmful influences that typically dominate their environments. Since 2008, GOGO has increased the academic achievement and engagement for over 2,500 students.
The GOGO program is designed to engage youth through culturally relevant artistic mediums, using a hands-on approach to learn music, dance, and visual arts. Professional artists are paired with small groups of students for the school-year, using GOGO’s unique research-based curriculum to build strong mentoring relationships (imagine if your after-school program was teaching you how to play music through learning songs by The Roots, Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth, etc., and using that experience to connect you to a caring adult that would become the greatest champion for your success that you had ever known). Through this connection, mentors are able to help their students navigate and overcome the obstacles standing between them success.
GOGO is a lean operation with four full-time staff and a part-time accountant operating on a $670,000 annual budget generated through philanthropic revenue and grants. This year we are serving 700 youth across 15 programs between Miami and Chicago with plans for national expansion. Salary is competitive with similar size nonprofits and will include health care coverage. Position will be based in Chicago or Miami, preferably Chicago. Must be willing and able to travel.
✓ Coordination and Planning: create and implement annual fundraising strategy.
✓ Major gifts: identify, cultivate, and steward donors, working with the CEO and board of directors to solicit gifts.
✓ Institutional Giving: manage and grow the portfolio of annual grants from corporate, government, and foundation sources. Apply to grant opportunities, report in a timely manner, and research new funding opportunities.
✓ Events: support staff and volunteer teams to implement annual fundraising events in Miami and Chicago.
✓ Data Management and Donor Relations: manage and steward individual giving with timely and thoughtful acknowledgement and recognition where appropriate.
✓ Communications and Marketing Collateral: coordinate with the communications director to help produce fundraising materials (e.g. printed collateral, copy for website and press, etc.). Write quarterly newsletter and other mailings as necessary.
✓ A successful track record of personally identifying, cultivating and soliciting gifts from individuals, with an emphasis on major gift solicitation.
✓ Experience creating and implementing a comprehensive development plan for a nonprofit organization.
✓ A record of measurable results in managing and implementing institutional fundraising programs.
✓ Demonstrated experience in creating and managing budgets, forecasting and reporting.
✓ Excellent organizational, verbal, and written communication skills.
✓ Ability to manage competing priorities and a diverse workload, while achieving results.
✓ Detail-oriented, systematic, and highly organized.
✓ Fluency with non-profit accounting rules and procedures.
✓ A high degree of initiative and independent judgment.
✓ Ability to tactfully and effectively deal with the public, staff at all levels, and board members in a personable and professional manner.
✓ Experience with CRMs (SalesForce) and donor management software (Network For Good) a strong plus.
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