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Senior Director, Strategic Fundraising Initiatives

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General Summary

The Alzheimer's Association National office seeks a dynamic Senior Director of Strategic Fundraising Initiatives, a newly-created position  initially responsible for implementing and completing a principal and major gift focused $100 million fundraising campaign.  This fundraising effort will support increased efforts to accelerate progress in Alzheimer's disease research.  The Director will work closely with the CEO, Chief Strategy Officer, leadership volunteers, Senior Director of Major and Planned Gifts and other staff to carry out a broad-based fundraising plan targeting individuals and foundations to support this initiative.

While there is some flexibility for this position to be based anywhere in the U.S., it would ideally be based in Chicago. 

Essential Job Functions

  • Finalizing the research fundraising initiative (campaign) plan, monitoring the timely and accurate implementation of campaign tasks and activities, and reporting on progress.
  • Serve as staff lead to the Campaign Committee and coordinating other campaign volunteers.
  • Responsible for the cultivation, solicitation, stewardship and moves management for leadership gifts.  Maintain a focused personal portfolio.
  • Provide expert counsel in major gift strategy to major and planned gift officers and national organization and chapter leadership.
  • Lead the stewardship, donor communication and prospect management functions.
  • Work across the organization to help build strategic gift pipeline.
  • Work with Association leadership to develop plans for additional strategic fundraising efforts as appropriate.

Minimum Requirements

  • BA degree, Advanced degree and/or CFRE certification a plus
  • 12+ years of major and leadership gift experience
  • Proven success in leading capital campaigns, preferably in an academic medical center or related to medical research
  • Proven track record in major/principal gift solicitation
  • Demonstrated leadership in the solicitation process
  • Exceptional interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Substantial experience working with volunteer committees and volunteer solicitors
  • Keen understanding of working in a federated, non-profit structure
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends, and travel as needed

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  • by email:
  • by mail:
    Send resume to:
    Alzheimer's Association, Home Office
    225 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 1700
    Chicago, IL 60601

We are an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer and we appreciate your interest in the Alzheimer's Association.




Alzheimer's Association

Our vision: A world without Alzheimer's disease®.
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.