Individual Giving Officer

Job Type

Full Time




180 North Stetson Avenue
Suite 1400
United States


POSITION: Individual Giving Officer

TEAM: Development

REPORTS TO: Assistant Director, Major Gifts


The Individual Giving Officer reports to the Assistant Director, Major Gifts and works with individual donors and prospects ensuring that supporters are contributing to and participating in the Council’s offerings as well as supporting the mission of the organization.  


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Steward and cultivate relationships with current individual donors at levels of $1,000 -$5,000
  • Identify and cultivate new donors and networks through face-to-face meetings, calls, emails, and events
  • Solicit current donors to increase their membership support and/or provide additional support through sponsorships
  • Develop and implement membership promotions to raise money from current donors and prospects expanding the network of supporters at the $1,000 - $5,000 levels
  • Maintain major gifts processes and individual donor records in the Salesforce database; track touch points including emails, calls, and meetings; prepare and track acknowledgments, invoices, and pledges
  • Report individual membership revenue received on a weekly and monthly basis, and reconcile financials with accounting
  • Support call time sessions for senior staff, including pulling call sheets, drafting talking points, sharing the results of the calls and next steps with colleagues, and logging touch points in Salesforce
  • Research donors and prospective donors’ giving history, biographies, and areas of interest
  • Liaise with account managers on the development team to share relevant information, consolidate lists, and manage seating for Council lunches and dinners
  • Provide onsite and logistical support for most leadership events, including some evening and early morning hours; provide additional support at other Council events approximately three times monthly (registration, ushering, etc.)
  • Occasionally assist at front desk to relieve Reception and Database Services Assistant in meeting/greeting Council constituents and handling incoming calls
  • Provide administrative support for the major gifts team (some examples include sending acknowledgements, updating data in Salesforce, running reports, and taking team meeting notes)
  • Perform other projects as assigned


  • A bachelor’s degree and 3+ years of experience in fundraising, membership, prospect research, sales, or related area
  • Ability to build relationships with and solicit funding from individual donors
  • Excellent customer service skills, including courtesy, professionalism, and poise;
  • ability to maintain confidential information, exercise discretion, and use sound judgement
  • Keen attention to detail and well-honed organizational skills
  • Excellent written, verbal, and listening communication skills Expertise in MS Office (Word, Excel, and Outlook); superb web-based research skills
  • Experience with customer relations management software; Salesforce is preferred
  • Ability to work cooperatively as part of a team/willingness to help out as needed on projects on the development team
  • Ability and willingness to work frequent weekday evening and early morning events
  • Interest in international relations preferred

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization that provides insight – and influences the public discourse – on critical global issues. We convene leading global voices, conduct independent research, and engage the public to explore ideas that will shape our global future. The Council is committed to bringing clarity and offering solutions to issues that transcend borders and transform how people, business, and governments engage the world.


Please email a cover letter and résumé as Word documents to Other career opportunities can be found on the Council’s website at EOE

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree