Vice President, Philanthropy

Naperville, IL
Naper Settlement/Naperville Heritage Society

Naper Settlement invites applications for a highly motivated, team-oriented, creative professional for the position of Vice President, Philanthropy. Under direction of the President and CEO, the Vice President, Philanthropy will manage the Institutional Advancement Division and will be responsible for planning, managing, and implementing the Museum’s strategic philanthropic objectives. The Vice President, Philanthropy will also be responsible for developing and executing strategies to build upon current relationships and develop new connections with individual donors, corporations, foundations, governments and others, to increase contributed revenue.

Required skills, knowledge and abilities:

Ability to take leadership initiative, work independently and as a team, perform research, communicate and interact effectively, both orally and in writing. Skilled in practices and principles of leadership, staff supervision, project management, budgeting, strategic planning and implementation, and in contract administration and supervision. Ability to effectively communicate Naper Settlement’s mission and objectives to a diverse audience. Ability to build consensus with mutual stakeholders. Excellent organizational and time management skills. Ability to perform at a high level, with accuracy and consistency, and inspire staff and volunteers to do the same. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, volunteers, staff, members and donors. Extensive knowledge of fundraising techniques, methods and procedures related to prospect research and in working with major gift donors, planned giving, corporations and foundations. 

Bachelor’s Degree required, Masters preferred. Minimum of 5 years of direct and comprehensive philanthropic or comparable experience in similar roles of increasing responsibility and leadership in the nonprofit sector. Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) credential preferred. Demonstrated success in soliciting and closing multiple major gifts from individuals, foundations and corporations, along with evidence of growing donors from one level to the next. Demonstrated strength in analysis, judgment, planning and organizational skills. Proficiency with Microsoft office and fundraising data software management required. Raiser’s Edge experience preferred. Valid driver’s license required. Salary range is $75,000 - $85,000 per year.

Apply Now: 

To apply, please complete the online employment application at and send a cover letter, résumé and salary requirement to Josh Chartier, Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster Street, Naperville, IL  60540-6217, or fax to 630-305-4044 or email    No phone calls please.