Reports to Director of Development & Communications
Gads Hill Center, a social service organization established in 1898, creates opportunities for children and their families to build a better life through education, access to resources and community engagement.
At Gads Hill Center we envision a community in which all children benefit from healthy, financially stable households that support their early learning and growth. We invest in the potential of children and families through early childhood education, youth programs, and mental health supports. Ultimately, Gads Hill Center builds a community where all families can help their children have access to quality education in order to succeed in school and in life.
Under the direction of the Director of Development & Communications, the Development & Communications Coordinator supports the organization’s development strategy including communications, special events, volunteers and stewardship activities. The Coordinator is responsible for planning, implementing and monitoring the social media strategy to increase brand awareness and communicate our message to various constituents. This position requires a self-motivated, creative, highly organized individual. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required.
Assists with the creation and implementation of the department’s operational plan that incorporates a range of strategies including annual appeals, major donors, grants, corporate and individual appeals, social media and events.
Creates and implements annual Giving Tuesday fundraising strategy.
Provides administrative support to Development Department as needed.
Assists with planning, organizing, and promoting the organization’s special events including Gala, Golf Outing, Holiday Wishes, Back to School and other internal or external special events.
Works with the Board Special Event Committees to support the direct solicitation of sponsorships.
Oversees all night-of fundraising efforts and logistics to ensure a successful event.
Coordinates overall branding strategy and supports all departments in production of flyers, signage, and other promotional materials.
Coordinates the production of the annual report, including preparing written content and design.
Researches topics for monthly newsletter, website updates, and all social media messages as needed, and ensures that newsletters are posted in a timely manner.
Works with program staff to write, review, and compile success stories for the story bank.
Collaborates with Development and Program staff to craft mailed and/or e-mailed communications.
Analyzes Gads Hill Center’s social media trends for all social media platforms and prepares reports on a quarterly basis. (i.e. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.)
Maintains a calendar of program events and documents events through photos and videos.
Manages GHC general information email.
Proofreads all outgoing communications for grammar and clarity.
Designs all communication materials including impact graphics, event invitations, and appeal letters.
Coordinates public relations for events and major accomplishments, including preparing and disseminating press releases and tracking media coverage.
Serves as liaison to Auxiliary Board by attending all meetings, providing communications support, and assisting with fundraiser planning and execution as needed.
Builds an agency-wide volunteer program to sustain a strong pipeline of committed volunteers and prospective donors.
Works with Program Staff to create a list of ongoing projects for corporate volunteers, carries out volunteer recruitment, and implements stewardship strategies to increase long-term volunteer engagement.
Represents GHC at external events as requested by supervisor.
Participates in other organizational committees in support of GHC overall work and mission.
Other duties as assigned.
In addition to the responsibilities listed above, all GHC employees are responsible for the following:
Participating in supervision meetings and workshops within the agency and outside.
Participating in civic engagement activities that advance the mission of Gads Hill Center.
Advancing parent leadership development.
Performing other duties as assigned.
This position requires a bachelor’s degree and 2-3 years of experience in similar positions.
Minimum of two years event planning/coordinating or related experience. Proficiency with donor software program/management (Donor Perfect preferred), Microsoft Office
Demonstrated excellent writing and editing skills
Anticipates opportunities and provides solutions beforehand.
Project management skills, highly organized, attention to detail, and able to meet deadlines.
Must be able to work independently, be self-motivated, and possess strong organizational skills.
Ability to work well with the public, fellow employees, volunteers, and Board of Directors.
An exceptional ability to multitask.
Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality.
Ability to pass a criminal record and child abuse/neglect registry check.
An understanding of and belief in the mission of Gads Hill Center.
Proficiency in Adobe Suite preferred.
Salary: High $30,000s
Schedule: Full time
Location: 1919 W. Cullerton Street, Chicago IL
To apply, send resume, cover letter and transcripts by e-mail to:
Human Resources Manager
Additional Salary Information: Free Basic Life, Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance, Free Short Term Disability Insurance, Free Long Term Disability Insurance
403B Retirement Plan and match after 2 years.
10 paid Holidays
About Gads Hill Center
Gads Hill Center serves families in the communities of west and southwest Chicago with programming that provides early childhood education, academic support and enrichment, social-emotional development and family support. Our programs include home visiting for pregnant mothers and young children, center-based early childhood education, after-school academic support, middle school mentoring and STEM-focused college readiness for high school students.
Family support and parent engagement are key components of Gads Hill Center’s programs. Our staff supports parents in identifying their needs and setting goals. Through comprehensive community partnerships, we then connect them to the resources necessary to meet their needs, achieve their goals and strengthen their families. Our programs are designed to empower parents in their role as their child’s first teacher and support them as lifelong learners.
Our vision is that all individuals, regardless of where they start, will achieve their full potential. We execute this vision by providing programs that respond to the changing needs of the families and communities that we serve. Since 1898, Gads Hill Center has continued to expand and grow to better serve children, youth and families.