Chief Development Officer

Maryville Academy Foundation

 KEES has been exclusively retained by Maryville Academy Foundation in its search for a Chief Development Officer.

  Maryville Academy is a child wellbeing/child welfare organization rooted in Catholic social teaching, offering a range of programs for children and families including Early Childhood Engagement, Education, Healthcare, and Family & Residential Services. Maryville Academy helps children and families reach their fullest potential by empowering intellectual, spiritual, moral, and emotional growth. The Maryville Academy Foundation (the Foundation) exists to raise funds to, primarily but not exclusively, support the growth and development of new and existing programs at Maryville Academy. A newly energized Foundation Board seeks to propel and grow philanthropy in support of serving children and families. The Board is planning targeted and thoughtful investments to empower high-quality programs supporting children and families to achieve their fullest potential. Through the Foundation’s support, 5,300 individuals were served last year. 

  Reporting to the President of the Foundation Board, the newly established role of Chief Development Officer (CDO) is responsible for all fundraising efforts of the Foundation, with a focus on major gifts, planned giving, special events, and special projects/campaigns. Working closely with the Foundation Board, the CDO will work in collaboration to advance the Foundation’s philanthropic activities and increase opportunities for donors to make major gifts and bequests. Maryville enjoys strong pockets of existing support from the Chicago area, as well as through its leadership, holds significant potential for new donor engagement. This position will have an office in Des Plaines, Illinois, and will have access to the Maryville Academy's senior leadership, mission team, and support services.

  Some specific requirements include:

  • A minimum of 5 years of progressive experience in leadership and management, with documented ability to manage staff and lead teams. 

  • Two years of experience managing a development office; and 1-2 years of cultivating and soliciting major gifts.

  • Track record of success in cultivating relationships and soliciting gifts, and the ability to bring those skills to the Foundation.

  • Proven success in building strong and productive work teams with a focus on mentoring and nurturing staff development.

  • Strong analytic and strategic-thinking skills, with a demonstrated ability to create, implement, and monitor complex plans, then translate those plans into goals and concrete strategies.

  • Excellent computer skills; experience using Raiser’s Edge and Blackbaud fundraising software; CFRE certification preferred.



  Position based in Des Plaines, Illinois. Competitive salary range $135,000 - $145,000 commensurate with experience. Health, dental, and vision benefits. This role is, for payroll purposes, an employee of Maryville Academy, but reports specifically to the Foundation Board. Full-time employees also have access to flex spending, retirement matching contributions, paid vacation and sick days, and paid holidays.

  Maryville Academy is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria.