Development Director | Champaign Public Library

Posted on Jun 3, 2022

General Statement of Duties

Responsible for obtaining and managing private funding for the library. Oversees all aspects of fundraising and development.

Distinguishing Features of the Class

Works with the Library Director and Foundation Board to develop and implement fundraising strategies and programs. Writes grant applications and reports. Works with Foundation Board members to identify, cultivate, and recognize donors. Serves as liaison with Friends of the Library and as a member of the library’s management team.

Illustrative Examples of Work

  • Prepares annual and long-range development plans to meet the financial objectives of the library
  • Develops annual appeals, special campaigns, and planned giving solicitations
  • Identifies potential donors
  • Cultivates donors
  • Develops donor recognition plans, builds ongoing relationships with donors, ensuring donors are thanked promptly and recognized appropriately
  • Plans special events to cultivate donors and/or raise funds for the library
  • Works with Library Director to oversee and allocate gift funding
  • Writes grant applications and reports and assists with related projects
  • Works with Promotions Department to create appeal pieces, invitations, donor proposals, and other fundraising literature
  • Maintains new and ongoing donor lists and donor database, and Foundation mailing list
  • Interacts and communicates effectively with Foundation Board members, donors, customers, and staff
  • Prepares Foundation meeting agendas and minutes, reports and other meeting-related materials
  • Helps plan, prepare, and implement annual Foundation budget for approval by the Library Foundation Board
  • Provides orientation for new Foundation Board members
  • Performs reasonably related duties and special projects assigned by the Director
  • Attends various staff meetings; serves on various staff committees
  • Participates in community activities and provides positive image of the library
  • Keeps informed about fundraising techniques, issues, and trends, especially in public libraries; networks with other fundraising professionals
  • Participates in the local chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)
  • Helps publicize Foundation activities in newsletter and local media


  • Knowledge of relevant principles, practices, and techniques of fundraising, including major gifts solicitation, planned giving, annual giving, capital campaigns, and grantsmanship
  • Ability to apply fundraising strategies to the public library environment
  • Ability to promote library programs and services and effectively communicate the important of the library to the community
  • Ability to communicate in a persuasive and informative manner, both orally and in writing
  • Proven leadership and management skills that foster teamwork, effective communication, and high morale
  • Ability to plan, implement, and evaluate effective programs and projects
  • Excellent organizational, problem-solving, and facilitation skills
  • Ability to appropriately handle confidential and sensitive information, with discretion and trust
  • Evidence of past community involvement
  • Strong commitment to public service
  • Ability to interact harmoniously and communicate well with staff, board members, and customers
  • Excellent English communication skills, oral and written, and public-speaking/presentation skills
  • Excellent technology skills
  • Flexibility to adapt to changing situations and to vary work schedule
  • Valid driver’s license, acceptable driving history, and personal automobile for job-related transportation
  • Satisfactory criminal background check


$47,761 annually


Champaign Public Library
200 W. Green St.
Champaign, IL 61820
United States

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