Jobs at Equality Illinois


Director of Individual Giving and Corporate Partnerships

Launched September 6, 2018, the Director of Individual Giving and Corporate Partnerships role is a critical leadership role on the Equality Illinois team.

Organizational Overview

Equality Illinois is the statewide civil rights organization advancing full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.  Equality Illinois is a 501(c)(4) organization, which also has an affiliated 501(c)(3) organization, Equality Illinois Institute.  Combined, the two entities raise over $1.5 million each year.  The organization currently has 6 staff positions.

Equality Illinois builds a better Illinois by advancing equal treatment and social justice through education, advocacy and protection of the rights of the LGBTQ community.

Position Description
Equality Illinois is seeking a full-time Director of Individual Giving and Corporate Partnerships (the “Director”).  The Director is responsible for three funding streams which combined total over 80% of total funds raised for the combined organizations.  The first stream is Individual Giving.  The Director will steward current donors under $5,000 and grow the individual giving program by 15% annually by identifying, cultivating, and closing asks on new donors.  The second stream is Corporate Partnerships.  The Director will deepen the relationship with our annual corporate partners and grow our Illinois Equality Council to scale.  The third stream is Events.  The Director will lead all efforts for the Equality Illinois Gala including securing sponsorships & table sales as well as managing Gala operations and donor experience.

In addition to this work, the Director will collaborate with the Manager of Development Operations and spend 10% – 20% of their time collaborating and supporting the work of other team members including the Director of Public Policy and the Director of Civic Engagement.  The Director is based out of Chicago and reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer.



The Director will manage all fundraising activity in Individual Giving, Corporate Partnerships, and Events against a board-approved budget that aligns with the agency’s strategic plan.  Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Manage and grow the agency’s individual giving portfolio
  • Manage and grow the agency’s corporate partnership portfolio
  • Manage and grow the net revenue secured from the agency’s events
  • Provide research and other support for the fundraising efforts of the CEO.
  • Provide support and training for the fundraising efforts of staff, Board members, and volunteers (as needed).
  • Manage online giving and event-related e-mails and social media, as well as website content related to development activity.
  • Take part in outreach events as part of the Equality Illinois team, as required.


Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Commitment to LGBTQ equality – They have a deep commitment to LGBTQ equality and to the mission and philosophy of Equality Illinois.  They can communicate this in a compelling manner.
  • Strong Organization Skills – They have developed and managed systems to efficiently track lots of tasks, donors, and/or prospects in a clear way.  They will be able to easily communicate where our donors are at any given time in our pipeline while at the same time can sum up our overall picture easily
  • Strong Narrative Skills – They can synthesize complex work and tell a persuasive story.
  • Relentlessness – They are relentless about outreach & follow up.
  • Strong Relationship Building – They build relationships with mid-career and senior people grounded in mutual respect which produces concrete outcomes.
  • Ability to close deals – They are comfortable asking for money and closing deals.  This is not someone who is just a “behind the scenes” person.  They need to close asks on a regular basis.
  • Entrepreneurial – They can point to a pattern of not being afraid to try new things, to take risks, to fail quickly and move forward.
  • Team minded – They can illustrate how they have partnered with colleagues and proactively sought to align their work with the work of others.
  • Development experience is not required and will only be considered if the candidate can point to past results of meaningfully growing funding streams in individual giving and corporate partnerships.
  • Willingness and ability to travel and work evenings and weekends as required.


  • Salary (exempt).  The current salary range for this position is $62,500 – $67,500.  Candidates with a strong track record of results and more than eight years of relevant work experience may slightly exceed the top range for this position.  In the past, Equality Illinois has offered small performance related bonuses at the fiscal year’s end.
  • Retirement plan with employer contributions
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Three weeks paid vacation in the first year
  • Paid holidays
  • Transit benefits
  • Other benefits

Hiring Process

The Hiring Process will involve at least one phone interview and two to three in-person interviews with various stakeholders.  We are looking to hire the right person as soon as possible.

To Apply

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to  Successful resumes will highlight the candidate’s track record of achieving ambitious measurable results in multiple settings.  Successful cover letters will highlight the candidate’s personal connection to LGBTQ equality and demonstrate the candidate’s ability to write cleanly and persuasively.

Equality Illinois is an equal opportunity employer.  People of color, women, and transgender people are strongly encouraged to apply.