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Racheal Allen

Development Director


Founded by artist Theaster Gates in 2010, Rebuild Foundation is a platform for art, cultural development, and neighborhood transformation. Rebuild strengthens creative communities through grants, classes, residencies, access to our collections and free public programs. The Foundation is well known for innovative, ambitious, and impactful arts and cultural initiatives, hosting projects and programs that amplify the history, value, and promise of Black creativity at local, national, and international scales. Rebuild operates a constellation of sites on the South Side of Chicago including the Stony Island Arts Bank, Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative, Kenwood Gardens, and the forthcoming arts incubator at the former St. Laurence Elementary School. Rebuild Foundation is grounded in and enriched by three core values: Black people matter, Black spaces matter, and Black objects matter.


Rebuild Foundation is seeking a highly motivated and detail-oriented Development Director to lead the implementation of our development initiatives. In collaboration with the Executive Director and Director of Programs and Operations, the Development Director will play a pivotal role in strategizing, planning, and executing fundraising efforts, donor engagement, partnership development, and grant writing. This role is integral to our mission of securing funding to support our artistic and community-driven projects and ensuring compliance with funder requirements.

Essential Duties:

Fundraising Strategy & Execution:

  • Cultivate relationships with prospective individual donors, foundations, and corporations.
  • Nurture existing donor relationships to enhance engagement and retention.
  • Develop personalized donor recognition and stewardship campaigns.
  • Coordinate and participate in donor meetings, events, and networking activities.
  • Collaborate with other Rebuild Foundation departments to identify and establish strategic partnerships.

Campaign Management:

  • Lead fundraising campaigns, including online, offline, and event-based initiatives.
  • Develop campaign goals, messaging, and marketing materials.
  • Monitor campaign performance and adjust strategies as needed.
  • Complete tasks and assignments as assigned by the Programs and Operations Director.
  • Manage and track budgets, revenue, expenses, and provide reports and updates to leadership.

Events & Networking:

  • Plan, organize, and execute fundraising events, experiences, and donor cultivation activities.
  • Represent Rebuild Foundation at networking events, conferences, and community-facing events.

Grant Writing:

  • Research and identify potential grant opportunities from foundations, corporations, and other funding sources.
  • Evaluate alignment between grant requirements and Rebuild Foundation’s mission and program priorities.
  • Develop persuasive and compelling grant proposals that effectively communicate Rebuild Foundation’s goals, programming, and impact to the artistic community.
  • Collaborate with other departments to gather necessary information and data for proposals.Develop grant proposal outlines, timelines, and milestones in collaboration with the Program and Operations Director.
  • Create comprehensive project budgets and narratives that align with grant guidelines.
  • Ensure timely submission of all grant applications and project deadlines.

Collaboration & Communication:

  • Collaborate with the Finance department to gather and align financial data and project information.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with current and prospective funders.
  • Assist in the preparation of progress reports and documentation as required.

Skills and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in a related field and/or certification in grant writing is a plus. At least 3-5 years of experience working in fund development or grant writing (non-profit arts environment preferred but not required). Experience implementing development strategies and plans. Attention to detail and ability to adhere to strict grant deadlines and submission deadlines. Able to work collaboratively, creatively, and independently with colleagues, partners, artists, and external stakeholders. Passion for Rebuild Foundation’s mission and the ability to convey its impact through writing. Ability to write and synthesize materials and communicate information effectively to different audiences. Strong organizational and time-management skills to manage multiple proposal deadlines.Familiarity with grant databases, online submission platforms, and grant/donor management software.


You are kind, culturally aware, curious, and honest You are committed to racial equity and justice, understanding how creative empowerment and cultural preservation inform Rebuild Foundation’s work You demonstrate excellent judgment and understanding of the current landscape for content creation and maximizing engagement You are a storyteller with experience helping organizations tell their stories through grant applications You have a proven track record of being awarded grants


Interested candidates are invited to submit their resume, a cover letter, and a portfolio of relevant work to with “DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR” in the subject line.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, and sit. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. This position requires the ability to stand throughout the workday, some bending, stooping and stretching, requires eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity sufficient to operate equipment. Employees will be required to type on computers occasionally. Requires normal range of hearing and eyesight to communicate with staff and guests. Rebuild Foundation reserves the right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities of this job at any time based on the needs of the organization.


Rebuild Foundation is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Rebuild Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, parental status, veteran status, or any other protected status under applicable laws. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.

To learn more about Rebuild Foundation, please visit: https://www.rebuild-foundation...

Contact Info:
Racheal Allen
Job Type: Permanent
Compensation: 85,000
Location: Chicago, IL