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.
- 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.