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Moran Center seeks Director of Philanthropy and Communications.

The James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy’s Director of Philanthropy & Communications leads the organization’s capacity building and fundraising efforts to meet the agency’s ever-expanding operational and programmatic needs.

The Director builds sustainable revenue streams from individual donors, foundations, corporate and governmental entities for a current annual budget of nearly $1.1 million.

The Director works to expand the Moran Center’s impact by leading the agency’s marketing and communications strategy. The Director of Philanthropy & Communications reports directly to the Executive Director.

About the Moran Center

Ensuring justice and restoring hope, the Moran Center provides low-income Evanston youth and their families with free, integrated legal and social work services to improve their quality of life at home, at school, and within the community.

Central to its mission is the belief that all children and their families deserve justice in the courtroom, access to the classroom, and support in the community to thrive.

Through legal representation, advocacy, trauma-informed social work services, and restorative community work, the Moran Center aims to dismantle the destructive school and poverty pipelines which disproportionately drive poor youth of color and children with special needs out of school and into broken institutions.

Duties and Responsibilities

Build donor relationships and manage overall philanthropic efforts:

-- Lead donor relations activities with the Executive Director including annual fall appeal and personal solicitations;

-- Serve as the staff representative to the Moran Center’s Philanthropic Engagement Committee;

-- Create and execute annual development plan in partnership with the Moran Center’s Philanthropic Engagement Committee;

-- Manage marketing and communications strategy, as well as related personnel;

-- Supervise grant research, submission, and reporting, as well as related personnel;

Coordinate fundraising and friendraising events:

-- Direct Annual Gala; and

-- Execute cultivation and appreciation events.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

-- A minimum of seven to 10 years in the fields of fundraising and communications with experience doing direct solicitations, managing volunteers, and supporting the work of an executive director in fundraising;

-- Strong written and oral communication skills and appropriate self-confidence and maturity so as to effectively communicate the Moran Center’s vision and mission at all levels and across organizational lines in a manner inspiring to staff, board, donors and volunteers;

-- Transparent and high integrity leadership and a style that motivates people to work hard while having fun;

-- Experience, interest and a proven track record with major gift fundraising;

-- Ability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends;

-- Demonstrated commitment to social justice;

-- Understanding of and commitment to the Moran Center’s work and mission;

-- Comfort with ambiguity and a good sense of humor; and Ability to work well in a fast-paced, highly collaborative and interactive office.

Salary and Benefits

-- Competitive salary, commensurate with experience; Benefits include health insurance (medical and dental coverage) and generous paid leave (vacation, sick, and holidays);

-- Moran Center also offers a flexible spending account for qualified expenditures, including for health care and childcare; and

-- A supportive, team-based environment and commitment to ongoing professional development.

The Moran Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer: People of color, women, persons with disabilities, the elderly, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender, and Veterans are welcomed and encouraged to apply.

Please email a cover letter and resume to by November 29, 2019. We will continue accepting resumes, however, until the position is filled.

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