Director of Donor Relations, Intersect Illinois 

Intersect Illinois is the only statewide economic development organization focused on bringing new businesses, jobs, and investment to Illinois. Intersect collaborates with industry, academic and government partners to showcase to international and domestic companies why Illinois is the best location for expansion and relocation.   

Intersect Illinois markets the state’s position as a leading global business destination, including its diverse economy, abundant talent, unparalleled infrastructure, superior quality of life, and strong public and private and partnerships. 

A not-for-profit, public-private partnership, Intersect Illinois is funded by the State of Illinois and private donations, and guided by a board of directors comprised of private sector leaders. Its business development, marketing and research teams provide data, location assistance, and connections to companies considering growth in Illinois, helping navigate and simplify the site selection process. Since its establishment in 2016, Intersect Illinois has helped bring over 15,000 jobs and more than $4.5 billion of investment to Illinois. 



Intersect Illinois is looking for a seasoned Director of Donor Relations with a demonstrated track record of building and implementing effective fundraising strategies with both corporate and individual donors.  The Director reports directly to, and works closely with, the CEO to reach Intersect’s fundraising goals. 

Our ideal candidate is a skilled manager, communicator, and leader who is passionate about Intersect Illinois’ mission and will represent Intersect to internal and external stakeholders with professionalism and integrity. The candidate must be comfortable working collaboratively with the executive team and board of directors in addition to their support staff. 


Objectives of this Role 

  • Promote awareness about Intersect Illinois’ mission 

  • Expand existing donor base 

  • Coordinate and execute fundraising campaigns to meet the organization’s targets 

  • Maintain existing relationships with individual and corporate donors, including acknowledgment and recognition 



  • Research potential donors, foundations, and other development opportunities 

  • Represent the organization’s mission to donors, potential donors, and other external stakeholders 

  • Work closely with stakeholders including executives and board members to strategize and execute a strong, impactful timeline of contribution metrics 

  • Approve all written fundraising and outreach materials 

  • Supervise donor event coordination 

  • Maintain database of donors, track gifts, and fulfill reporting requirements to all stakeholders 


Skills and Qualifications 

  • Minimum of five years fundraising experience 

  • Experience managing databases and working with fundraising software 

  • Proven track record of planning and initiating successful fundraising strategies 

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills 

  • Attention to detail 

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office 

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline 

  • Experience managing a development team 

  • Experience initiating and maintaining relationships with donors