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Development Assistant–Full Time Position, Wetlands Initiative

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Hello all, we are filling a new full-time salaried position of Development Assistant. This would be a good first job for a recent college graduate who’s interested in the conservation/environment sector or in the non-profit sector generally. Some full-time work experience would of course be welcome as well but it’s not a requirement, we intend for this to be an entry-level position suitable for someone just starting out.

Summary: The Development Assistant will be part of a small, collaborative fundraising and communications team that supports TWI’s regional ecological restoration projects. This new full-time position with benefits includes a range of functions related to the nonprofit’s fundraising activities (about 70% of time) and online/social media presence (20% of time), as well as some general administrative support for the organization’s 8-person downtown Chicago office (10% of time). The ideal candidate will have an engaging personality for interactions with donors, sponsors, and other contributors.​ He/​she should be highly skilled at multitasking and managing priorities independently; will have strong computer skills including familiarity with database software, website software, and social media platforms; will possess strong communications skills both verbal and written; and will demonstrate consistent and strong attention to detail. These functions will be carried out mostly during normal office hours and mostly at the Chicago office; some in-state travel and evening/weekend hours will be required, particularly in summer and fall. The Development Assistant will report to the Director of Development and Communications and work closely with the Development Associate/Grants Manager.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Maintain and update physical donor files and a donor/prospect database.
  • Tailor and generate reports and lists from the database.
  • Perform basic donor and foundation prospect research.
  • Prepare solicitation mailings, donor-acknowledgment letters, and related materials, and oversee the execution of mass mailings.
  • Monitor and maintain the organization’s website content and Facebook page and assist with other organizational communications.
  • Arrange logistics for organizational events both in advance and at the events, some of which are outdoors.
  • Represent the organization at environmental fairs and similar events where TWI is participating.
  • Provide communications and logistics support for the board of directors and its committees and meetings.
  • Monitor TWI’s general email and voicemail accounts and assist with general office routines.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of Development and Communications.

Required qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree preferably in liberal arts or the humanities.
  • Strong communications skills both written and verbal.
  • Documented experience with office software including word processing, spreadsheet, and database programs and website and social media platforms.
  • Paid and/or volunteer experience at a nonprofit organization that solicits contributions from individuals.
  • Driver’s license and reliable access to a car.

Additional experience that is helpful but not required:

  • Experience with fundraising software.
  • Experience with the Joomla website platform.
  • Paid and/or volunteer experience at a conservation organization.
  • Customer-service or front-desk experience in any context.

This is a full-time position with benefits; starting salary is in the low 30s.


Author: Debra Kutska

Thanks for visiting! I am the Sustainability Specialist for Oakton Community College. I look forward to introducing you to the many green initiatives in which we engage and collecting input from YOU as to how we can continue to improve. Please feel free to contact me with your suggestions at any time at

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