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Development and Community Relations Director

Development and Community Relations Director

The mission of New Star, Inc. is to provide choices and opportunities for persons with disabilities and their families through a culture of innovation and caring to enrich their lives and maximize their independence. New Star was created in 2016 as a result of a merger between New Hope Center and SouthSTAR Services.  Between the two organizations New Star has over 120 years of experience serving people with disabilities.


New Star serves over 500 people annually in a wide range of community-based services including developmental training, home-based services, supported community living, group homes, vocational training, sheltered workshop, special recreation services and employment services.  We serve the south suburbs of Chicago and northwest Indiana.  New Star has approximately 350 employees and an annual budget of $15 million. 


This position has become available as a result of the current person taking a more advanced position with another nonprofit. The position oversees a staff of one or two other development staff.

Purpose of the Position                    

The Development and Community Relations Director is responsible to lead the organization’s efforts in developing new sources, and growing existing sources, of public and private revenue.  The Development and Community Relations Director fosters a culture of philanthropy within the organization. He/she assures that the organization’s corporate culture, systems and procedures support fund development and vice versa.  He/she leads staff and volunteers to institutionalize philanthropy and fund development within the organization. He/she plans, coordinates and assures implementation of strategies to develop donors and contributions to support the organization. He/she assures development and maintenance of appropriate systems to fund development including but not limited to volunteer and donor management, research and cultivation, gift processing and recognition. New Star is part of the Chicago Auto Show First Look for Charity event.


The organization’s primary current fund development activities results include: 

Annual Appeal: raises $50,000-$60,000 from 350-400 donors

First Look for Charity: raises $80,000 - $100,000 with attendance of 280 – 330 people 

Golf Outing: raises $70,000 - $90,000 with attendance of 100- 140 people 

Corporate/Individual Giving: $150,000 - $200,000


General Responsibilities

Ensures that philanthropy and fund development are carried out in keeping with the

organization’s values, mission, vision and plans.

Develops, in coordination with the CEO and board, an annual development plan that identifies strategies, goals and responsibilities

Keeps informed of developments in philanthropy and fund development as well as the

general fields of management and the not-for-profit sector; informs the CEO and board on current trends, issues, problems and activities in order to facilitate policy making.

Helps develop a balanced funding mix of donor sources and solicitation programs tailored to the needs of the organization that will enable it to attract, retain and motivate donors and fundraising volunteers.

Helps establish performance measures, monitors results and helps the CEO and board evaluate the effectiveness of the organization’s fund development program.

Provides general oversight of all of the organization’s fund development activities, manages the day-to-day operations of the development function, and monitors adequacy of activities through coordination with staff, appropriate committees, and governing body.

Ensures compliance with all relevant regulations and laws, maintains accountability standards to donors and ensures compliance with code of ethical principles and standards of professional conduct for fundraising executives.

Appropriately represents the organization, its board and CEO to donors, prospects, special event committee(s), fundraising volunteers and the general public.

Helps identify, cultivate, recruit, and develop fundraising volunteers and leadership.

Works with the CEO and board leadership to make the board function effectively in fund development.

Designs and assures implementation of cost-effective fund development programs, employing economy while maintaining an acceptable level of quality and solid return on investment.

Helps board members, CEO and other fundraising volunteers identify, cultivate and solicit charitable gifts.

Solicits contributions on behalf of the organization, often by accompanying volunteers.

Assures development and writing of foundation, corporate and government proposals and

solicitation materials.

Assures design and maintenance of donor and prospect records, gift management systems, and informational reports.

Assures appropriate prospect research.

Coordinate all of the organization’s community relations activities, including newsletters, annual reports, marketing materials, speaking engagements, social media and representation with community groups. 


  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s Degree preferred
  • A minimum of five years of development experience
  • Experience with donor databases
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Apply online at by clicking on Join Our Team or send a resume and cover letter to:
Dan Strick at

Additional Info

Job Type : Full-Time

Education Level : Bachelors Degree, Masters

Experience Level : Mid to Senior Level

Job Function : Development

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