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Director of Institutional Giving

The Director of Institutional Giving provides leadership, direction, and strategic management for growing the comprehensive institutional giving program to meet ambitious annual operating, campaign, and special project goals, through establishing and maintaining effective funder relationships, and ensuring program implementation.  The Director of Institutional Giving is also responsible for fulfilling required reports and conducting analyses; assisting in the management and coordination of the institutional grants process from development to closeout; researching funding sources, global and national trends, exemplary practices, and relevant issues; and overall supporting successful efforts to obtain and manage external funding that will advance the Agency, as well as other institutional grants activities on behalf of UCP Seguin.

This is a full-time role located in Cicero, IL. The Director of Institutional Giving will oversee the grant writing team and work closely with other departments to identify and secure funding opportunities.  Reports to the Chief Development Officer.  Supervises Contractual Grant Writer(s).

Lead grant-writer addressing the following areas:

  • Private Corporate/Foundation grants
  • Special State and Federal Competitive grants
  • Special county/municipal government grants
  • Area Mental Health Board grants
  • United Way grants
  • Donor Advised Funds
  • Corporate & Private Foundations


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proven track record of securing major gifts from foundations, corporations, and government agencies
  • Significant experience in grant-writing for nonprofits – preferably in the areas of developmental disabilities, child welfare and/or educational training and resources, with demonstrable evidence of outcomes produced
  • Experience with fundraising data management systems; Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT ® is preferred; knowledge of, the System for Award Management (, online proposal systems, and foundation research programs preferred
  • Demonstrated understanding of the fundraising landscape for nonprofits
  • Strong analytical, writing and strategic thinking skills
  • Experience working on a team of fundraising professionals
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other departments to achieve shared goals
  • Bachelor's degree in a related field; Master's degree preferred
  • Passion for the mission of UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago
  • At least 5 years of professional experience in nonprofit fundraising

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SALARY BASE: $83,000
Additional compensation for experience & education


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