The Development Associate will support the Development Department in all fundraising and development campaigns. The Development Associate will ensure that all development financials are up to date and that gifts are processed appropriately and in an accurate and timely manner. This person would describe themselves as a detailed-oriented individual that has a special knack for managing a lot of moving pieces at one time and has a mindset to continuously improve processes. The Development Associate possesses excellent written and verbal communication skills and is committed to excellence in every aspect of the job. This person has a sense of humor, a strong work ethic, a “roll-up-my-sleeves” attitude.
Donor Relations: Manage and maintain development database to ensure the accuracy of all donor data and track correspondence
Manage data entry and coding
Produce regular fundraising reports and queries
Maintain an accurate record of donor lists and giving levels
Maintain an accurate record of pledges, gifts letters of intent
Manage matching gift processing and paperwork
Remain up to date on new database capabilities
Maintain paper development files
Manage and process all donor relations correspondence including all letter correspondence, copying and filing in a timely manner
Generate all individual and corporate donor acknowledgement letters
Generate all special events acknowledgement letters
Generate visit acknowledgement letters
Generate tax letters
Development Operations: Responsible for financial reporting and record keeping for Development Department
Partner with Accounting and Operations to streamline efficiency
Reconcile Development and Accounting finances on a monthly basis
Assist in developing annual budget
Code donations and pass on to Accounting for processing
Process all gifts through the database.
Assist in the creation of the annual Development Plan, focusing on goal setting and record keeping for each campaign
Individual and Major Gift support
Public and Private Grants
Assist in the management of foundation grants
Updates annual grants calendar and foundation database
Compiles grant materials including proposals, reports and stewardship vehicles
Conducts research to identify prospective foundations to develop relationships with
This role will occasionally work on nights and weekends for Scholar and development events and programming, and may have the opportunity to manage an intern. This role is also required to attend and support mandatory all staff events: the UnTied Gala, College Choice Celebration, New Student Orientation, the Leadership Institute, the Onsite Admissions Forum, New Student Interview nights, and our Quarterly Staff Retreats.
Education: College degree required
Experience: Entry level (1 to 3 Years)
Interpersonal Communication: Exceptional written and interpersonal skills and consistently demonstrate respect, concern, and responsiveness.
Workload and Project Management: Demonstrated ability to allocate resources effectively and efficiently. Demonstrated ability to work at a rigorous pace to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines.
Adaptability: Ability to remain flexible and adapt to changing needs and priorities.
Technology: Advanced proficiency with technology and standard office (specifically Excel) applications and ability to learn and master other computer technology/software programs as needed. Experience with a CRM platform like Salesforce is preferred.
Research and Analysis: The ability to interpret data to make informed, goal driven decisions
Confidentiality: Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion
- Please click 'Apply' to submit your application which should include a resume and cover letter no later than March 1, 2019.
-In your cover letter, please summarize how your interests and experience align with best practices in development, using Salesforce CRM, and the Chicago Scholars mission and vision.
-All candidates MUST be available for a first round group interview on Tuesday, March 5. Second round interviews will be the week of March 10, and final round interviews the week of March 17.
About Chicago Scholars
About Chicago Scholars
Chicago Scholars is transforming the leadership landscape of our city by resolving the fundamental barriers to success for academically driven, first generation college students from under-resourced communities. Through college counseling, mentoring, and by providing a supportive community to our Scholars through each phase of our program: College Access (Launch), College Persistence (Lift) and College to Careers (Lead), we ensure that they realize their full potential as students and leaders.
86% of Chicago Scholars graduate college within 6 years. Per the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research, only 49% of their peers earn a degree within 6 years. Upon graduation, our Scholars move into leadership positions across Chicago, helping to drive the economic future of their communities and our thriving city.
These are a set of guiding principles that apply to all stakeholders within the Chicago Scholars ecosystem. We select and retain stakeholders based on these stated expectations for how we achieve our mission and vision. Each are supported with core competencies and narrative for the sake of clarity.
We Dream Big.... We speak up, innovate, push the boundaries and keep the creativity flowing. We don’t accept the status quo because the stakes are too high. We have an incredible belief that growth and change is possible. While we dream big, we are laser focused on our intended goals and outcomes for our Scholars, our city and the world.
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We Care For Each Other Along the Way. We adapt to the needs of the person in front of us. We pause, reflect and listen. We do our best work when we are in good relationship together. We care personally and challenge directly.
We Keep Our Word. When we commit, we are all in. Whether for events, a Scholar, a peer or ourselves. Our words are as powerful as our actions and are the building block of trust, respect, self worth and integrity.