Aspire Executive Search: VP of Philanthropy Operations

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Aspire is a nonprofit organization that makes boundless inclusivity possible for people with disabilities. Since 1960, Aspire has been recognized as a leader in providing bold, pioneering services to individuals with disabilities and their families in the Chicagoland community. Their programs include:

  • Community-based housing options and services
  • Life enrichment curriculum-based learning opportunities
  • Job training and career engagement services
  • Social enterprises which provide jobs and education through Aspire CoffeeWorks and Aspire Art360 

Aspire is seeking to fill two key positions to help advance their goal of creating communities where people of all abilities live, learn, and grow together. The ideal candidates will have demonstrated passion for working alongside people with disabilities and collaborating to pursue greater possibilities.

Vice President of Philanthropy Operations

Collaborate with the Chief Philanthropy Officer
Create, plan, execute, lead, and manage a comprehensive effort to grow contributed revenue across the organization through big picture strategies

Manage, Mentor, and Inspire
Supervise and coach a top-talent philanthropy team -- including three direct reports: Director of Grants and Partnerships, Philanthropy Associate Director, and Director of Annual Giving -- through strategic direction and process improvement while setting the tone for innovative thinking

Strengthen Fundraising and Stewardship
Provide oversight and serve as creator of fundraising programs while partnering closely with the marketing and events team

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Aspire has proudly been voted one of the Best and Brightest Places to Work by the National Association for Business Resources. If you’re interested in becoming part of the team, please follow the directions below.

Application materials should include a cover letter and resume. Materials should be submitted via email to Heidi Waltner-Pepper, Senior Vice President, Ter Molen Watkins and Brandt (TW&B) at

Confidential inquiries and questions concerning this search may be directed to Heidi Waltner-Pepper or Amy Funk, Senior Vice President, TW&B, at