Vice President of Development

Posted 2 months ago


Healthcare Alternative Systems (H.A.S.) provides a continuum of multicultural and bilingual (English/Spanish) behavioral care and social services that empower individuals, families and communities. Today it is the foremost provider of behavior health services to Chicago’s Latino Community.

The agency started in 1972, when two individuals on the path to sobriety from alcohol dependency on Chicago’s northwest side shared their dismay with the lack of organized treatment services for Hispanic neighborhoods. Two years later, Hispano Alcoholism Services opened its doors.  Since then, H.A.S. has expanded operations to 14 facilities and 150 staff members throughout the Chicago area, building a reputation for strong cultural competency in the most underserved neighborhoods.

As H.A.S. grew its expertise, capabilities and service offerings, its name appropriately changed to Healthcare Alternative Systems. The agency’s roots in alcoholism treatment have grown to include a comprehensive array of substance use counseling, treatment and supportive care, including residential treatment programs, MAR services and multiple outpatient facilities.  Beyond substance use disorder, H.A.S provides a range of mental illness, domestic violence and anger management services that employ a participant-centered approach to help clients achieve successful and fulfilling outcomes.  Each facility provides community services to help those in need where they are.

Committed to a policy of inclusion H.A.S. is proud to serve a highly diverse population of English and Spanish speaking adolescents and adults of all genders and backgrounds across the Chicago area. While services have expanded to meet the needs of participants, after nearly fifty years of service, growth, and innovation, H.A.S. continues to be a truly community-based organization.


H.A.S. seeks a dynamic Vice President of Development to share its commitment and advance its mission. This key staff member will lead the organization’s efforts to steward and cultivate its existing donors and widen its support from individuals, corporations, foundations, and local, state and federal government entities. This position will partner with key internal and external stakeholders and H.A.S.’s leadership to secure contributions of approximately $2 million annually.

Reporting to the CEO and working closely with the Chief Operating Officer, Vice President of Business, and Vice President of Finance, the Vice President of Development is a member of the Senior Management Team.  This individual will provide direction for all fundraising areas, including administration of government and foundation grants, annual fund, leadership giving, events, and corporate sponsorship. Major gift cultivation, grant development, support of programmatic and capital priorities, database utilization, endowment growth and planned giving will also be areas of focus.

This individual will work closely with staff and the Board of Directors to build a culture of giving and will demonstrate the values of diversity embraced by H.A.S.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Strategy – In conjunction with the Chief Executive Officer and members of the Board of Directors, develop a comprehensive annual development plan that increases annual gifts to Healthcare Alternative Systems.
  • Grants – Manage grant process insuring selection, application, tracking, delivery, and reporting process is robust; including for all local, state, federal and foundation grantees.
  • Relationship Building and Donor Recognition – Establish and manage key existing relationships and develop an outreach plan to cultivate new relationships. Implement activities and grow recognition programs for donors.
  • Communication – Create and implement all communications ensuring ongoing, targeted and effective communications and outreach to current and potential donors.
  • Board and Volunteer Leader Engagement – Orient Board members to programs and to the importance of philanthropy and fundraising and provide them with the tools to meet development objectives. Provide leadership and staff support to the Development Committee and other Board/leadership groups.
  • Database – management and analytics.
  • Reporting – In conjunction with the Chief Executive Officer, establish ongoing performance metrics and deliver ongoing reporting.
  • Budgeting – Develop an annual revenue and expense budget. Monitor results and report outcomes to the Chief Executive Officer and Board.
  • Staff Development – Define needs and priorities and work with team including a team which consist of a Databases Manager and Grants Manager.

Reporting Responsibilities

The Vice President of Development reports to the Chief Executive Officer and supervises two staff members.

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Five years of progressive experience and track record of success in a senior development position.
  • Social Service agency experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated success in managing a fund development program including grants, individual, foundation and/or individual giving programs. Experience securing financial support from a variety of sources with ability to prospect, cultivate, steward and manage funding sources.
  • Highly skilled at establishing and cultivating strong relationships with a wide variety of internal and external constituents and building consensus among groups.
  • Respectful and considerate of others, appreciates the value in diverse perspectives, and can elicit similar behavior from others.
  • Self-directed and energetic with a professional image and a demonstrated passion and enthusiasm for increasing the Foundation’s visibility on a national level.
  • Strong ethical character; operates with transparency and credibility, and takes accountability for actions.
  • Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills, with the ability to convey complex ideas in a simple and succinct manner.
  • Thoughtful listener, with excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills, and a demonstrated ability to work with all levels in a large organization.


The salary range is $110,000-$130,000 annually.


This search is being conducted by Tuft & Associates.

Those interested in applying should send a resume and cover letter indicating qualifications and scope of experience, using one of these options:

  • Complete the resume submission form below, and include your resume and cover letter.
  • Email your resume and cover letter to Gail Luxenberg, c/o at

Job Features

Job CategoryOpen
LocationChicago, IL