Girls on the Run-Chicago (GOTRC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to inspire 3rd-8th grade girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. In the past 20 years, thousands of individuals throughout Chicagoland have volunteered their time and dedicated their hearts to empower more than 85,000 girls with the confidence and character they need to become strong, healthy women. This year, 2,700 coaches will mentor 11,000 girls at 450 sites and schools across Northeast Illinois. More than just a running program, GOTRC uses a cutting-edge curriculum that addresses the unique developmental stages of 8-14 year olds. The fun, innovative program combines training for a 5K with interactive lessons that encourage positive physical and social-emotional health.
Girls on the Run-Chicago is seeking an inspired, energetic, hands-on fundraising professional to join our development team! The Development Associate is responsible for developing, executing, evaluating, and optimizing GOTRC's peer-to-peer fundraising, charity athlete campaigns (SoleMates), monthly giving, and all other small-donor strategies. The Associate will create a pipeline for building relationships in the community to inspire deeper levels of engagement and support from individuals. They are responsible for the development and execution of GOTRC's expanding monthly giving.
Peer-to-Peer Fundraising & SoleMates Program Management
Oversee the growth and direction of the SoleMates charity athlete and peer-to-peer fundraising programs. Accountable for achieving established revenue goals.
Manage and track charity athlete recruitment and retention.
Meet annual participant recruitment deadlines and fundraising goals.
Spearhead all charity athlete support, communication, marketing, event, and fundraising assistance.
Develop and execute a marketing strategy for the SoleMates charity athlete program in partnership with Communications Department.
Manage acquisition and distribution of all apparel and materials to charity athletes.
Collaborate with the Volunteer Coordinator to develop and build base of volunteers, coaches, mentors, and other advisors to support events and expos.
Manage external vendors and relationships related to the SoleMates charity athlete program (i.e. the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle, Rock ‘n Roll Chicago Half Marathon, etc.)
Organize GOTRC presence at expos and on race day in support of our SoleMates charity athlete team, including providing for any hospitality or special venues and coordinating supply load in and out.
Measure, evaluate, analyze, and refine recruitment and fundraising strategies to enhance participation and revenue.
Organize and maintain data in Salesforce and Crowdrise related to events, charity athletes, and peer-to-peer fundraising
Attend community events, expos, and races in support of the SoleMates charity athlete team or to support recruitment and outreach efforts.
Monthly Giving & Small Donor Cultivation Management
Build a base of monthly donors for ongoing support for GOTRC.
Leverage multiple channels to communicate with monthly and small donors including mail, phone, email, and GOTRC events in partnership with the Communication Department as appropriate.
Retain monthly and small donors and minimize attrition through active follow up and stewardship efforts including database management and the creation of an effective communication strategy aimed at both monthly donors and small donors.
Track and report revenue and expense performance.
Collaborate with the Communications Department to develop the appropriate design and messaging for the monthly giving webpage, small donor campaigns (i.e. Giving Tuesday), and any associated collateral.
Organize and maintain data in Salesforce, related to monthly and small donor giving specifically.
Associate Board Management
Develop, support, and sustain a strong Associate Board with a clear, strategic direction.
Communicate effectively with Associate Board members and provide, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary to achieve the Associate Board’s goals of philanthropy, volunteer engagement, and organizational support.
Support and manage all Associate Board meetings and events in partnership with the Associate Board President.
Assist with GOTRC office tasks as needed
Additional duties as assigned
Passion for the Girls on the Run mission
Minimum of three years of demonstrated success in fundraising; preference for peer-to-peer or small donor experience
Recruitment experience; preference for endurance event recruitment (i.e. running or walking events)
Knowledge/interest in endurance event community (running or walking)
Strong communicator – public speaking, written, and verbal
Excellent interpersonal skills and experience working in a collaborative, time-sensitive environment
Ability to use complex, proactive problem solving to provide insightful recommendations and solutions
Self-motivated to learn increasingly complex skills and subject matter
Leverages a range of tools and technology to support organization’s goals; Skilled in Microsoft Office programs; Salesforce and Crowdrise experience a plus
Adaptability and exceptional attention to detail
Data driven or familiarity with managing data
Highly organized project manager with the ability to take initiative and manage multiple tasks and projects at a time and deliver within deadlines
Approach challenges and opportunities with a positive attitude
Knowledge of social media and best practices for use
Applicant must be willing to undergo a comprehensive background check
This position reports to the Director of Development and is full time. Evening and weekend hours are occasionally required. Vacation blackout periods due to program and event schedule may apply.
Girls on the Run-Chicago is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V.
To Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com. Please include “Development Associate Position” in the subject line. No phone calls please.
About Girls on the Run-Chicago
At Girls on the Run we envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. Using a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running, we teach the life skills girls need to step into the world as strong, confident women.
Our 10-week after-school program takes place at more than 400 schools and community sites across 8 Chicagoland counties, empowering 11,000 girls annually. Led by volunteer coaches, Girls on the Run builds social-emotional skills in 3rd-5th grade girls, while our Heart & Sole program engages 6th-8th grade girls. Both programs combine life skills lessons and training for a celebratory 5K. Girls on the Run-Chicago (GOTRC) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization.