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WITS
Director of Development


Posted: August 8, 2018
Closes: no known end date

WITS is the largest volunteer force providing mentorship to students and professional development to teachers in Chicago public elementary schools.  Each year, our combined, volunteer and teacher professional development investments in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) are valued at $3.4 million.  WITS sets students on a trajectory for success by building critical literacy skills and developing positive self-identity through teacher led professional development and volunteer powered mentorship programs. We are the premier literacy organization in Chicago – engaging 200 teachers, more than 70 corporate and community partners, and activating 1,500 volunteers to drive students towards reading proficiency in 80 public elementary schools annually.

We want you to bring your whole self to WITS.  You will be part of a team that is leading the field in elevating the importance of early literacy throughout Chicago.  Your development intuition, abilities to bring ideas to fruition, and engage people around a singular concept will help WITS raise $2 million to deliver the highest quality literacy programs in Chicago Public Schools. Your commitment to be a team player, learning from opportunities, and capitalizing on assets will help strengthen the WITS culture of support and commitment to our mission.

The primary function of the Director of Development is to manage member(s) of the Development team, provide strategic direction to individual giving through appeals and events, identify and cultivate prospects for major gifts, provide guidance to the foundation and grants strategy and submission process, and oversee all activities connected to The Board of Directors (BOD) and the Associates Board (AB). Additionally, this individual provides leadership and thought partnership to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and the Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) in meeting WITS’ combined individual fundraising goals, equivalent to 33% of our annual revenue.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Using years of experience and keen development insight, be a leader and a teacher to the Development team and WITS team at large.
  • Generate and foster ideas that capitalize on WITS vision and position the organization as the foremost investment in Chicago’s emerging readers.
  • Alongside CEO and CSO, develop and execute individual, BOD, and AB fundraising strategy.
  • Direct the process for two annual appeals: Set objectives, work with Communications Manager in collateral and web presence development, and engage Boards in peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns.
  • Prospect individuals within the WITS community and Greater Chicago. Produce thorough profiles on individuals as needed.
  • Oversee grants process including supervision of the Grants and Foundations Relations Manager, and cultivation of existing and new foundation relationships.
  • Assist the CEO, Board President, and Board Chairman on Board Governance.  Manage all aspects of Board meetings and administration.
  • Direct all activities related to the Associates Board, including: annual fundraising goals, events, membership, and AB Executive Committee development.
  • Maintain thorough and timely information in all WITS databases.
  • Work with CSO and Communications Manager to produce monthly Board(s) newsletter and other communications.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications, Skills, and Attributes

  • Ability to take direction and synthesize information from multiple individuals.
  • Team player and team builder. A clear track record of working across departments.
  • Passionate. Entrepreneurial. Exhibits confidence in presenting and executing ideas.  A self-starter and finisher who can see a plan through from conception to completion.
  • Strong ability to work independently and identify next steps to accomplish organizational goals.
  • A desire to be a teacher and a student – accepting of feedback and an understanding of how to incorporate suggestions and ideas. Willingness to educate and engage others.
  • A sense of humor and the desire to adapt and grow.
  • A passion to serve our students, volunteers and teachers by providing unparalleled customer service and resources.
  • A strong ability to develop compelling and grammatically accurate written communication across varied mediums.
  • Intermediate understanding of development databases including Salesforce
  • Advanced understanding of grant cycles and foundation cultivation.
  • Experience working closely with boards and advancing individual giving initiatives.
  • 5-7 years of volunteer engagement and management experience.
  • 5-7 years of mid-level development experience in a general development or sales role with a focus on maintaining and growing individual relationships.
  • Undergraduate degree. Non-profit Management, Marketing, Public Relations, Communications, Design, or Business preferred.

If you are interested please send a cover letter and resume to Tena Kunik, Chief Strategy Officer, at tenak@witschicago.org.  Subject Line: Your Name_Director of Development FY19. Do not send through NPO.net!

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Reading In Motion
Extra Dosage Instructor


Posted: August 8, 2018
Closes: no known end date

Reading In Motion, a nationally recognized non-profit organization in Chicago, seeks an Extra Dosage Instructor to teach a small-group reading program to selected students in 1st grade classrooms. Extra Dosage Instructor responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Leading small group instruction
  • Collecting data and anecdotal records
  • Maintaining accurate student attendance records
  • Attending occasional meetings at or near RIM offices downtown
  • Administering reading tests (DIBELS)

This is a 4 day per week position, consisting of 10-16 hours per week, depending on scheduling. Teaching will take place in assigned schools during the school day. All Extra Dosage Instructors will receive curriculum training by Reading In Motion.
Extra Dosage Instructors are paid a competitive hourly wage based on experience. Training and meeting times will also be compensated.
Qualified candidates must:

  • Have experience working in elementary education, reading curriculum, and/or arts education.
  • Have experience working with primary grade students.
  • Have a flexible schedule.
  • Be comfortable working in diverse neighborhoods.
  • Be responsive to the changing needs of schools and be able to resolve challenges effectively.
  • Have a consistent and reliable mode of transportation.
  • Be easily reached by phone and email.
  • Be fluent in Spanish, if applying for the Spanish position.

How to apply: 
Send cover letter and resume by email, fax, or mail to: edp@readinginmotion.org; Reading In Motion, 65 East Wacker Place, Suite 305, Chicago, IL 60601; Fax: 312-357-0130. No phone calls or walk-ins to Reading In Motion, please.

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The Chicago Home Tutor
Special Education Tutor


Posted: August 7, 2018
Closes: no known end date

The Chicago Home Tutor provides a positive and collaborative working environment for passionate educators. We are looking for special education tutors (learning behavior specialists, reading specialists, math specialists, school psychologists, special education teachers, teachers with experience in effective academic interventions) for in-home tutoring services (tutoring also sometimes takes place in other settings such as private schools and medical settings). If you are any of the above we look forward to receiving your application. We are particularly looking for tutors who have availability in all of Chicago as well as in the North Shore, Western Suburbs (all the way from Oak Park to Aurora), and the Hyde Park area.
Job Type: Contract
Compensation: $40.00 to $50.00 /hour starting

 

Especially encouraged to apply:

  • Tutors with specific intervention training experience such as Touch Math, Reading Recovery, Orton-Gillingham, and Wilson
  • Special educators (LBS1 certified/School Psychologists) who want flexible work with students during the school day in their private and home school settings.
  • Educators who can support students with executive functioning needs (organization, time management, task completion, on task behavior)
  • Special educators who teach high school level math and science

 

Job Requirements

  • Design and Deliver evidenced-driven academic support for students (K-12).
  • Conduct assessments of current student skills to determine academic needs (using interviews, record reviews, curriculum-based assessments, etc.).
  • Design and Deliver evidence-driven social emotional support if needed (behavior plans, social stories, on/off task monitoring, etc.).
  • Monitor student progress and communicate progress to clients and parents (and school if requested by parents).
  • Collaborate with other interventionists about specific cases to offer and receive support.
If interested, please send cover letter and resume to Laura Reber at info@chicagohometutor.com (no phone calls please). If available, also send graphs representing student progress. Please specify to which areas of Chicago and/or suburbs you would be willing to travel and any training and expertise relevant to the position.

Chicago Cares
Senior Manager, IT Services


Posted: July 16, 2018
Closes: no known end date

Established in 1991, Chicago Cares mobilizes volunteers to create a stronger, more unified Chicago. Chicago Cares empowers people to roll up their sleeves to solve the city’s most pressing challenges. Through the power of the volunteer experience, we bring people together from all Chicago neighborhoods. Volunteers meet immediate needs while simultaneously breaking down barriers and creating a movement for longterm change, connecting with new people and building trust, empathy and understanding. What’s the ultimate goal? Chicago Cares envisions a city where we’re all active participants, fully invested in the city we call home and the success of all of our neighbors. Visit chicagocares.org to learn more.

The Senior Manager, IT Services provides leadership and expertise to guide the organization’s information technology consistent with Chicago Cares’ mission and strategy. He/she is responsible for leading organizational efforts related to technology project management, infrastructure and security, including ensuring service providers and managed service vendors deliver optimum performance to our internal staff and volunteers.

Key responsibilities include contract management, client relationship management, escalation management, service level agreement management, vendor management, demand planning, security management and project management.

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Quality Assurance: Ensure that Chicago Cares staff, departments and programs receive effective delivery of IT services. Fully understand the requirements of the Chicago Cares as it continue to evolve and implement changes needed.
  • Compliance & Security: Establish policies and procedures and leverage tools, apps and resources to ensure consistently high IT service performance, aligned to Chicago Cares mission and strategy. Ensure compliance with all regulatory and security measures related to IT data or security.
  • Resourcing: Monitor employee satisfaction and feedback to develop improved processes and train, equip, and resource staff appropriately to leverage IT infrastructure. Promote a collaborative, creative and efficient working environment.
  • External Relationship Management: Build and maintain a strong professional relationship with vendors and managed services providers, following up if our service providers are not meeting expectations set out in the service level agreement, ensuring improvements or any changes needed are action on.
  • Troubleshooting: Oversee all ticket requests; escalate and act, as necessary. As the single point of contact for escalating cases, practice accountability with peers, vendors or pro-bono/skilled based volunteers. Part of 24/7 situation management duty – “on call” during necessary weekends
  • Project Management: Manage projects related to IT and serve as point person for pro-bono technology services. On-board/off-board and project manage the firms, processes, and project implementation relevant to IT.
  • Strategy: Participate in IT road mapping and planning processes to establish an inclusive and comprehensive IT services program. Establish annual and long-range IT services goals, define security strategies, metrics, reporting mechanisms and program services.
  • Complete other duties as assigned

Other Expectations

  • Advance Chicago Cares’ brand identity by reinforcing strategic messages and company values.
  • Ensure quality and economic viability of all programming.
  • Participate in cross-departmental committees and task forces as appropriate.
  • Participate in and provide support and stewardship of fundraising activities.

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Umoja Student Development Corporation
Development and Communications Associate


Posted: July 16, 2018
Closes: as soon as position is filled

Umoja Student Development Corporation (Umoja) is a premiere on-the-ground partner for high schools and districts focused on ensuring that all students graduate from high school equipped for college, career and life success. Umoja’s core competencies include college & career readiness, social & emotional learning and restorative justice–each of which Umoja believes is essential to students and schools reaching their academic and postsecondary goals. Through our Seminar and Peace Room models and professional development, Umoja currently partners with 20 public high schools across the city of Chicago. For more information, please visit www.umojacorporation.org.

Position Summary

The Development and Communications Associate is a member of the four person development team of a growing Chicago-based nonprofit with an annual budget of $3.3M. The position is responsible for supporting the entire development function: individual fundraising, major gifts, foundation and corporate fundraising, special events, and maintaining the fundraising database and ensuring accurate donor records. In addition, they are responsible for donor communications and targeted social media.

Essential responsibilities and duties include but are not limited to:

Communications and Social Media (approximately 25% of the position)

  • Execute donor and prospect communications and social media plan as planned for the year by the development team. May include e-newsletters, annual report, e-blasts, social media posts, etc. Write content
  • Write press releases, write and submit articles on behalf of the CEO. Track press
  • Provide analysis reports
  • Develop improved ways to increase effectiveness of social media and crowd funding
  • Gather and prepare appropriate materials for external speaking engagements

Individual Fundraising Strategies (approximately 20% of the position)

  • Execute mail appeal program as planned for the year by the development team, produce list segmentation, provide analysis reports
  • Serve as production manager for appeals and invitations
  • Provide administrative, editing, and research support for major gift fundraising
  • Coordinate logistics when volunteer opportunities arise for donors (Student Days of Action, etc.)

Database Management and Donor Tracking (approximately 20% of the position)

  • Support overall development efforts by serving as lead staff managing the donor and volunteer database and generating reports
  • Conduct tracking of all requests and contributions, providing timely donor acknowledgement letters and communication
  • Ensure accurate record-keeping of all contributions and pledges
  • Manage all mailing and contact lists ensuring their accuracy
  • Identify opportunities for analysis, producing reports and evaluations
  • Write and revise CRM procedures
  • Responsible for upholding best practices in database management, updating of all records and train staff on said practices, as needed

Institutional Giving Support (approximately 20% of the position)

  • Assist with the preparation or submission of proposals, budgets, and reports, as directed by the Institutional Giving Manager
  • Conduct foundation and corporate data entry, records, and manage all mailing and contact lists ensuring their accuracy
  • Produce acknowledgement records
  • Record data in the moves management system
  • Produce reports and analysis
  • Assist with the solicitation of event corporate sponsors and in-kind donations as directed by the Institutional Giving Manager

Special Events (approximately 10% of the position)

  • Actively participate in the planning for the Spring Fling Gala annual event and other special events
  • Assist with logistics for the Spring Fling Gala
  • Assume lead role in coordinating logistics of small major donor events
  • Coordinate all record-keeping and data base management for event invitees and attendees

Other (approximately 5% of the position)

  • Provide staff and logistical support to the Board Development Committee
  • Photograph Umoja events, including Student Days of Action, school-based staff visits, and school-based events for development and donor cultivation communications and social media
  • Attend and actively participate in required educational programs and departmental and staff meetings
  • Protect organization by keeping information confidential
  • Update job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading professional publications; participating in professional organizations
  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor

Work Environment

  • West loop office is accessible. Work at off-site locations is required and those may not necessarily be fully accessible
  • Occasional evening and weekend work may be required
  • This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, and scanners
  • Employee is regularly required to talk, hear, see, and communicate effectively via computer
  • The employee must frequently lift and/or move objects up to 25 pounds
  • Smoke- and drug-free environment
  • Umoja Student Development Corporation is an equal opportunity employer and believes in fostering a diverse and inclusive staff. To do this, we not only recognize each individual’s diverse identity but also actively create and maintain a culture of inclusion where all Umoja employees feel involved, respected, and supported for their diverse identities. Candidates from communities that traditionally experience discrimination are encouraged to apply.
  • Please let us know if there are any accommodations you require.

Education, Experience, and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree (BA) or equivalent experience
  • One to two years of development experience or equivalent experience. Basic understanding of nonprofit fundraising principals required
  • Previous experience working in an administrative role required
  • Experience with coordinating events helpful
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel and database necessary
  • Experience with fundraising software helpful
  • Strong writing skills
  • Strong database skills and research skills
  • Ability to operate with purpose, urgency, and accuracy in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment
  • Detail-oriented, organized, and deadline-driven
  • Capacity to see the “big picture” and manage details simultaneously
  • Ability to take direction well, multi-task and prioritize projects
  • Ability to work in a team and individually
  • Excellent problem solver and ability to “think outside the box”
  • Proven and exemplary customer service focus, with strong internal and external relationship management and cultivation skills
  • Experience working with diverse groups of people including donors, students, parents, teachers, school administration, business and community partner

To Apply

  • Send in cover letter, resume, salary range requirement to devcareers@ umojacorporation.org
  • Please write “Associate” then your name (Last, First) in the re: line of your e-mail
  • Incomplete applications will not be accepted
  • Candidates will be considered immediately and the position begins as soon as possible
  • NO PHONE CALLS

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Umoja Student Development Corporation
Individual Giving Manager


Posted: July 16, 2018
Closes: as soon as position is filled

Umoja Student Development Corporation (Umoja) is a premiere on-the-ground partner for high schools and districts focused on ensuring that all students graduate from high school equipped for college, career and life success. Umoja’s core competencies include college & career readiness, social & emotional learning and restorative justice–each of which Umoja believes is essential to students and schools reaching their academic and postsecondary goals. Through our Seminar and Peace Room models and professional development, Umoja currently partners with 20 public high schools across the city of Chicago. For more information, please visit www.umojacorporation.org.

Role Summary 

The Individual Giving Manager is a member of the four person development team of a growing Chicago-based nonprofit with an annual budget of $3.3M. The position is responsible for: coordinating the individual donor fundraising strategies; coordinating donor stewardship and alumni volunteer opportunities; coordinating the Associate Board’s fundraising strategies; overseeing the special event firm that coordinates the Spring Fling Gala.

Essential responsibilities and duties include but are not limited to:

Individual Donor Fundraising (approximately 60% of the position)

  • Create strategic individual giving and communications annual plan with development team for donors up to $1,000. Serve as lead staff to execute that plan
  • Plan and execute both the mail and online appeal programs; develop narrative and write appeal letters and solicitation materials; serve as production manager for all aspects of the annual campaign
  • Conduct analysis of annual campaign by market segment, value of contributions and change in value of contributions. Develop custom reports and provide recommendations for future changes. Research, develop and implement web and social media-based fundraising strategies
  • Coordinate Board of Director’s participation in their efforts to fundraise from donors up to $1,000, personalizing donor correspondence and communication – including phone calls and invitations
  • Integrate new approaches and strategies into individual giving through ongoing research of best practices and innovation among nonprofit peers
  • With program staff and development team, create strategic volunteer opportunities as donor stewardship vehicles (Student Days of Action, potential Alumni Bureau). Serve as lead staff to execute and provide logistics for that program
  • Work with the development team to integrate consistent messaging and outreach to donor segments via the web, social media and e-newsletters

Spring Fling Gala (approximately 20% of the position)

  • Serve as liaison to the special events firm providing project management
  • Provide staff support to the Spring Fling committee and board
  • Work with development team to fundraise for event, manage a portfolio for table sales
  • Lead the evaluation of the event
  • Assist in planning and executing organizational strategies for converting event attendees to donors

Associate Board’s Fundraising Strategies (approximately 15% of the position)

  • Manage the Associate Board membership and serve as lead staff for recruitment and membership
  • Increase Associate Board giving and engagement in fundraising (via matching gifts, year-end appeal, specific campaigns, etc.) and coordinate Associate Board member participation in personalizing donor correspondence and communication — including phone calls and invitation
  • Oversee logistics for Associate Board events. Ensure adequate staff and Associate Board coordination for key events

Other (approximately 5% of the position)

  • Photograph Umoja events, including Student Days of Action, school-based staff visits, and school-based events for development and donor cultivation communications and social media
  • Attend and actively participate in required educational programs and departmental and staff meetings
  • Protect organization by keeping information confidential
  • Update job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading professional publications; participating in professional organizations
  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor

Work Environment

  • West loop office is accessible. Work at off-site locations is required and those may not necessarily be fully accessible
  • Occasional evening and weekend work may be required
  • This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, and scanners
  • Employee is regularly required to talk, hear, see, and communicate effectively via computer
  • The employee must frequently lift and/or move objects up to 25 pounds
  • Smoke- and drug-free environment
  • Umoja Student Development Corporation is an equal opportunity employer and believes in fostering a diverse and inclusive staff. To do this, we not only recognize each individual’s diverse identity but also actively create and maintain a culture of inclusion where all Umoja employees feel involved, respected, and supported for their diverse identities. Candidates from communities that traditionally experience discrimination are encouraged to apply
  • Please let us know if there are any accommodations you require

Education, Experience, and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree (BA) or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of 6 years of related development experience
  • Demonstrated success fundraising from individuals
  • Demonstrated success managing fundraising events
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel and donor databases
  • Previous experience supporting an Associates Board or Board of Directors as fundraisers
  • Experience with, and preference for, working in a small, growing development department
  • Strong writing skills
  • Strong database skills and research skills
  • Ability to operate with purpose, urgency, and accuracy in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment
  • Detail-oriented, organized, and deadline-driven
  • Capacity to see the “big picture” and manage details simultaneously
  • Ability to take direction well, multi-task and prioritize projects
  • Ability to work in a team and individually
  • Excellent problem solver and ability to “think outside the box”
  • Proven and exemplary customer service focus, with strong internal and external relationship management and cultivation skills
  • Experience working with diverse groups of people including donors, students, parents, teachers, school administration, business and community partners

To Apply

  • Send in cover letter, resume, salary range requirement to devcareers@umojacorporation.org
  • Please write “Manager” then your name (Last, First) in the re: line of your e-mail
  • Incomplete applications will not be accepted
  • Candidates will be considered immediately, and the position begins as soon as possible.
  • NO PHONE CALLS

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