Development Director — Chicago





$125,000k / year



Mission Statement: Thomas More Society (TMS) is a not-for-profit, national public interest law firm dedicated to restoring respect in law for life, family, and freedom. Based in Chicago, Thomas More Society defends and fosters support for these causes by providing high quality pro-bono legal services from local trial courts all the way to the United States Supreme Court.

Logistics: Position will be located on-site at the TMS Headquarters in downtown Chicago.

Position Summary: The Development Director will develop and execute major and planned gift strategies that will sustain and grow current major gifts ($5,000+) while identifying and soliciting new major and planned gift commitments from our growing donor base.  The Development Director will focus on Chicagoland and the surrounding Midwest.


  • Identify, qualify and solicit major gifts from prospects and donors in assigned region.
  • Actively manage a portfolio of approximately 150 prospects/donors.
  • Coordinate in-person and virtual meetings to cultivate donor and prospect
  • Create Moves Management strategies to identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward prospects/donors.
  • Ensure consistent and appropriate contact, facilitate, or make solicitations, and ensure effective stewardship.
  • Collaborate with Marketing Team on appeals and giving
  • Prepare written materials such as proposals, solicitations, reports, and appeal
  • Record and report key metrics through use of internal tracking

Experience and Skill Requirements:

  • Proven fundraising track record with demonstrated ability to solicit and secure major gifts from individuals, corporations, foundations, and other private funding
  • Skilled in planning and implementing long and short-range development initiatives in conjunction with strategic planning processes.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to interact effectively with prospects, donors, and/or volunteers in a wide range of roles.
  • Highly developed verbal and written communication skills and the ability to present effectively to small and large groups.
  • Bachelor’s degree and/or CFRE
  • Fundraising or sales
  • Experience managing a donor
  • Database management skills — DonorPerfect

Mission Requirements:

  • Supportive of TMS positions on life, family, and
  • Active faith life in accord with Christian

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