Development Director — Chicago, IL


Our structure allows for a collaborative regional team and a close partnership with the regional director. Young Life experience is not required, but representing Young Life in a way that is consistent with the ethos of the organization will be important. Young Life has a remarkably loyal donor base that has largely been under-engaged.

Historically we have operated with year-to-year budgets raised by area directors and local committees. This model has worked well in financially resourced communities and has fallen short in less financially resourced communities. In Chica​goland we have done some things to address this, but we are prepared to hire a development director and move us forward in ways that could revolutionize Young Life in Chicago forever.

We believe a fully focused development director could build off a strong, under-engaged list of donors and invite them into transformational giving in order to offer Young Life to every kid in Chicagoland regardless of zip code.


Primary Responsibilities: Leading the Chicagoland FORWARD Campaign to raise $10 million over the next five years alongside the regional director leadership in the planning and execution of the annual citywide gala.

Potential Secondary Responsibilities: Leadership of the junior board and the engagement of young professionals' fundraising training and development of Young Life staff throughout the region.


Important Attributes:

  • The development director will represent Young Life to our largest stakeholders.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have previous experience in development.
  • Be self-directed.
  • Be culturally intelligent in order to effectively raise money for less financially resourced communities in a way that is dignifying to the communities we serve.
  • Represent Young Life well.

How To Apply:

Please email your resume to and reference in the subject line: Development Director - First & Last Name.