Since 1992, CAPE has engaged students, inspired teachers, transformed schools, and demonstrated impact by weaving the arts into academic classrooms across Chicago. CAPE is a fiscally sound organization that has a successful history of receiving support from private and public sources.
To further the reach and impact of CAPE’s work, we seek a trustworthy, dedicated, and experienced professional to support our individual giving efforts as a consultant or part-time staff member. A successful candidate will enjoy collaborative work and will be excited to learn about, train in, and undertake a significant role in CAPE’s approach to individual giving.
Working at CAPE, the Development Officer will have the opportunity to support and to build upon a growing network of individual donors by contributing to individual giving efforts, organizing special events, collaborating with CAPE’s Board of Directors and Associate Board, and supporting marketing and communications strategies. The Development Officer will report to the Executive Director and will coordinate her/his work with CAPE's Communications & Marketing Manager and the Grant Writer.
Compensation: Commensurate with experience
Status: Part time employee or consultant, depending on candidate preference
Hours: 20 hours per week; some evenings and weekends required for meetings and special events
Benefits: Part-time employees are eligible for certain benefits, including access to health insurance and 401k.
Location: Based at the CAPE Offices at 228 S. Wabash, partial work-from-home arrangements are possible.
Reports to: Executive Director
Starting Date: As soon as possible based on availability
Lead semi-monthly information sessions on CAPE’s mission designed to educate and inspire prospective donors
Engage potential donors to determine interest and set next steps for further engagement
Support volunteers and board members in identifying and cultivating potential new donors
Donor Cultivation and Retention
Schedule and attend meetings, phone calls and small group events with annual fund donors
Meet with program staff and visit classrooms to collect information and stories to share with potential and current donors
Support the Executive Director in scheduling meetings and calls with the members of CAPE’s Creative Learning Society
Develop and organize mission-driven small-scale special events for Creative Learning Society Members
Develop, and when appropriate present, solicitation materials and proposals for leadership gifts
Work with Communications & Marketing Manager to create and distribute fundraising mailings (physical and digital), including calendar maintenance, printing, and mailing
Meet quarterly with the Office Manager to reconcile accounting and fundraising records
Contribute to foundation and corporate prospect research, and contribute to grant proposals if needed
Maintain and update information in CAPE's donor management database and create reports as needed by CAPE board and staff
Serve as the staff liaison to the development team consisting of board members, volunteers and staff members
Lead the planning, execution, and follow up related to CAPE's annual fundraiser, smaller donor events, discussion panels, and art exhibitions throughout the year
Support the CAPE Associate Board in developing and executing 2 or 3 special events each year
Participate in the CAPE Board of Directors Development and Marketing Committees
Work with the Executive Director to schedule committee meetings and confirm attendance
Attend and take minutes at board and committee meetings as needed
Participate in weekly Advancement Team meetings and quarterly staff meetings
Ability to articulate a passion for the arts and arts education and/or a personal connection to public education
Demonstrated understanding of prospect identification, cultivation, and solicitation strategies
Bachelor's degree required in a related field
Passion for engaging with potential and current donors, both one-on-one and in group settings
Proficiency in Word, Excel, Google Apps, and at least one donor management database (Bloomerang a plus)
Ability and eagerness to travel occasionally to schools located all across Chicago and to occasional conferences and workshops nationally
Comfort with working independently and collaborating with colleagues and volunteers
Excellent verbal and written communications skills that can be adapted for different audiences
Understand and abide by generally accepted fundraising ethics and privacy standards and policies
Experience with Benevon a plus
Telecommuting is allowed.
Internal Number: 3128706140
About Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education
CAPE inspires students to be passionate about their education by weaving visual and performing arts into their classroom lessons. To bring academic subjects to life through art, we partner teaching artists with Chicago Public School teachers to develop original, creative lesson plans. These lessons integrate music, dance, drama, digital art, video and photography into classrooms; and, they also expand learning beyond school walls into community sites like art studios, performance halls and exhibit spaces. CAPE’s unique approach to enhancing education with the arts better engages students, improves their understanding of class material, and boosts their grades. CAPE even commissions long-term research to show that integrating art into education continually improves students’ critical thinking, self-esteem and confidence.