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Director of Development

Time Commitment: 20 hours per week, flexible schedule

Compensation: $30 per hour, contract position


Lighthouse is a Black Queer-led, multiracial social justice organization that advances justice for Black LGBTQ+ people across Chicagoland through empowerment, education, and entertainment. Black Queer Caucus (BQC) Leaders build community, set goals, and create public programming for Black LGBTQ+ people. We work for Black LGBTQ+ liberation externally by pursuing community organizing campaigns that challenge institutions to invest in Black communities, address Black needs, and follow Black leadership. We invite non-Black accomplices, interfaith partners, and secular service providers to support community organizing that builds a more equitable LGBTQ+ community by donating, showing up for protests, demonstrations, press conferences, and other direct actions.  


Director of Development (DOD) will be a thought partner who helps create and implement a comprehensive development strategy for an emerging but rapidly growing organization. The ideal candidate is a motivated self-starter who excels at creating systems, forms, and structures required in a start-up organization with minimal oversight. DOD will start as the sole person in their department working closely with the Director of Programs and recruiting volunteers to support as appropriate. As the budget increases, DOD will have the opportunity to bring on contractors for special projects. The ideal candidate is driven by our mission and thrives in a fast-paced, constantly evolving workplace.


  • Develop and implement quarterly fundraising plans with specific and measurable goals and objectives for development of restricted and unrestricted funds
  • Research new grants and private funding opportunities
  • Draft and edit funding proposals, letters of interest, donor emails, and grant reports
  • Work closely with the Director of Programs to initiate, maintain, and cultivate relationships with foundation representatives and major donors
  • Recruit, hire, train and supervise development-related interns and volunteers
  • Work with Communications Coordinator to provide regular impact reports and share highlights of accomplishments with stakeholders and existing donors
  • Offer ongoing updates about development initiatives to the Director of Programs (weekly) and Leadership Council (quarterly)


  • Minimum of three (3) years of experience in a nonprofit environment (includes freelancing)
  • Commitment to social justice, anti-racism, and Black LGBTQ liberation
  • Highly organized with keen attention to detail
  • Excels at strategic planning, multitasking, setting priorities, and working independently
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Google docs, Google calendar, and Zoom
  • High degree of flexibility; strong sense of humor; ability to work well in an evolving environment
  • Knowledge of or familiarity with Chicago’s Southside LGBTQ+ communities and issues

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to by October 31, 2020. South Side-based, Black, trans, and LGBTQ+ people are encouraged to apply.

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