Assistant Director of Development, Major Gifts

American Library Association in Chicago, IL

position filled

The American Library Association (ALA) is seeking a full-time Assistant Director to lead the process, with support, to build a major gifts program. This is a new role for the Association, and an exciting opportunity to support the ALA's mission through increased fundraising from individuals. We are looking for a smart, driven fundraiser with strong writing, communication and relationship building skills to join our team at our Chicago headquarters.

Reporting to the Director of the Office, the successful candidate will have five main areas of responsibility:

Work with the Development Director to help build a new major gifts program at ALA.
Manage all aspects of the donor pipeline, including prospect identification, cultivation, making an ask, and stewardship.
Work with the Development Office and ALA staff and members to develop a strategy to engage members and staff in fundraising cultivation, asks and stewardship.
Work with the Development Office team to to develop a set of appropriate cases for major gift asks.
Work collaboratively with all members of the ALA Development team to help build a culture of philanthropy amongst ALA staff and members.

SALARY: Negotiable from the mid 60s; based on relevant experience. ALA has an excellent benefit package that includes medical, dental, generous paid vacation and retirement annuity.


Apply online including cover letter and resume

(Additional documents are uploaded on the same screen as your resume)


Please send cover letter and resume to:

American Library Association
Human Resources Department
Ref: asssistdirImajorgiftsDevOffice
Email: (see application details)
fax: (see application details)

The American Library Association is an equal opportunity employer: Disability/Veteran.


Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience in non-profit fundraising, sales or marketing. Experience fundraising from individual donors. Minimum of 5 years relevant experience. Excellent writing and oral communication skills; experience developing proposals and/or decks that describe a project; able to communicate an excitement about the value of libraries through in person and through writing; experience with Salesforce, iMIS or other relationship management database; experience with Drupal a plus; creative thinker; detail oriented and a team player.

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