Do you want to go home after work every night knowing for a fact that your work saved lives? Are you an outgoing, organized worker with an unwavering dedication to the pro life movement? Then this new fundraising position might be for you.
Aid for Women seeks a Development Associate to boost our growing organization's efforts to better communicate with and solicit our donor base. This new full time position with benefits will provide support to senior staff on fundraising tasks, complete important donor cultivation steps, and potentially take on their own basket of donor contacts to develop relationships with.
The ideal candidate will have a year or more professional experience in an office environment (not necessarily in a fundraising role) as well as an engaging personality for interactions with other staff, donors, and prospective donors.
He or she should be highly skilled at managing priorities and problem solving independently and should be highly adept at building professional relationships in a variety of communication media (written correspondence, phone calls, and in person meetings).
Due to the urgency of Aid for Women's mission and the importance of personal contact for our work, significant in state travel and evening/weekend hours will be required, especially for special events. As Aid for Women has an "all hands on deck" culture where all employees pitch in during major events and initiatives,
flexibility and adaptability are key to the position. The Development Associate will report directly to the Executive Director.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- "Manage up" to the Executive Director, Assistant Director, and occasionally board members by teeing up personal donor meetings and prompting key donor moves.
- Consistently complete a rigorous thank you procedure for all donors, including mailing thank you notes and making thank you calls.
- Efficiently use Aid for Women's donor database to aid in identifying donor audiences to contact.
- Attend donor cultivation or acquisition events or gatherings as needed around the Chicago area.
- Manage Aid for Women's donor mailing and email solicitation programs, keeping a timely schedule and ensuring high quality mass communications.
- Personally build relationships with key mid level donors through ongoing touch points and personal meetings, fulfilling Aid for Women's goals of drawing donors into the life of the organization, properly recognizing their gifts, and soliciting increased gifts over time.
- Other duties as required by the organization.
- A bachelor's degree.
- Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.
- Solid organizational skills, and user skills with office software including word processing, spreadsheet, and database programs.
- Paid and/or volunteer experience at a pro life or Catholic organization.
- At least one year professional experience in an office setting.
This is a full time position with full benefits including health insurance and vacation and sick days. Starting salary range is $40,000 $45,000 depending on experience, with room for professional growth over time.
Send a resume and brief cover letter to Susan Barrett at [email protected]
Aid for Women, Inc. is an Illinois not for profit corporation and equal opportunity employer.