Youth Job Center is currently looking for applicants to fill our open Director of Individual Giving and Manager of Training positions. For more information please see the position descriptions below. To apply for the positions please complete the employment application which can be accessed through the links above.


Title: Director of Individual Giving
Reports to:  Executive Director

Basic Function:

The Youth Job Center (YJC) is a dynamic and growing organization that serves youth and young adults in the greater Chicago Area. The agency provides job readiness training, youth development and advising to position youth and young adults for success in the workplace. Founded in Evanston in 1983, the YJC has expanded into Chicago providing services to nearly 2500 youth in area high schools.

The Director’s primary responsibility is to provide strategic and tactical support to the Executive Director in all matters related to individual giving. The position will be responsible for cultivating a portfolio of individual donors with a goal of moving them to major donors, planning and managing YJC”s direct mail program, managing the donor stewardship program and developing and implementing strategies for expanding YJC’s pool of individual donors.

The Director of Individual Giving will work closely with the Manager of Grants and Communications to ensure consistent messaging, branding and strategic grant work. The Director of Individual Giving will also work with the YJC Board of Directors and staff.

Education/Work Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent work experience required

  • 5-7 years of experience in development/advancement

  • Experience in individual giving strategies

  • Experience in event planning and implementation

  • Experience in nonprofit communications and social media strategies

  • Understanding of public sector and government grants and contracts

Primary Duties:

  • Individual Giving and Major gifts program strategy and management

  • Donor relations

  • Utilizing data in strategy and direction

  • Annual campaign(s)

  • Cultivation and stewardship events

  • Supporting the Executive Director in fundraising activities

Secondary Duties:

  • Coordinate with Manager of Grants and Communication

  • Liaise with Board of Directors

  • Serve on the management team

  • Work with program staff to identify development and cultivation opportunities

  • Work with volunteers in support of events, programs and activities

Specific Technical/Job-Related Skills:

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Experience in strategy

  • Experience in budget and goal-setting.

  • Ability to communicate and interact with a wide range of diverse audiences, including Board members, corporate donors, local and federal government agencies, youth served, community organizations, civic leaders, and potential donor organizations and individuals.

  • Ability to support department needs at all levels

  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task and set priorities.This job description is not intended, and should not be construed, to be an all-inclusive list of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions as associated with a job.  While this job description is intended to be an accurate reflection of the job requirements, management reserves the right to modify, add or remove duties from particular jobs and to assign other duties as necessary.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of donor and prospect research techniques.

  • Strong computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office and fundraising database programs.

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.

  • Some weekend and evening work required.

This job description is not intended, and should not be construed, to be an all-inclusive list of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions as associated with a job.  While this job description is intended to be an accurate reflection of the job requirements, management reserves the right to modify, add or remove duties from particular jobs and to assign other duties as necessary.