Search

Job

Development Communications Manager

Posted by
New
|
Published 19 days ago

Job Summary

The Chicago Public Library Foundation is seeking a skilled writer, editor, and communicator to join its fundraising team as the Development Communications Manager. This position works across the development team to produce strong and effective copy in a wide range of formats, including narrative proposals, direct-mail solicitations, gift acknowledgments, letters of intent, reports, online grant applications, briefings, event invitation text, and other written materials. The Development Communications Manager is responsible for researching and generating a high volume of individual, foundation, and corporate funding proposals and reports each year, and may work directly with program officers and foundation representatives to identify, research, cultivate, solicit, and steward grants from institutional donors. This staff member plays an important role in crafting and editing overall strategic fundraising communications for cultivation, stewardship, and program-specific efforts. 


The Development Communications Manager reports to the Chief Development Officer and works closely with the Library Foundation’s marketing and operations teams as well as Chicago Public Library staff.


Research tells us that women and candidates from marginalized groups often hesitate to apply for jobs unless they meet 100% of the qualifications. The Chicago Public Library Foundation encourages you to be the exception to this rule and to apply. If you are unsure that you meet every criterion but believe you have what it takes to enhance the Library Foundation as we grow our team, we want to hear from you!

 

About the Chicago Public Library Foundation

Established in 1986, the Chicago Public Library Foundation (CPLF) is an independent nonprofit that exists to accelerate the potential of our public library by investing in resources that transform lives and communities. For more than 30 years, we have connected individuals and corporations, neighborhood organizations, and City agencies committed to building a stronger and more equitable Chicago. Together, we make pathways to learning, creativity, and civic engagement accessible to Chicagoans of all ages through investment across three funding priority areas: Close the Academic Opportunity Gap; Activate Creativity & Connection for All; and Bridge the Digital Divide.


Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging


The Chicago Public Library Foundation aspires to be in every neighborhood, for every Chicagoan. To achieve this vision, we must commit to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) for the Chicagoans we serve. As an organization rooted in public-private partnership, we believe that achieving change in DEIB requires us to invest thoughtfully in Library programs, engage collaboratively with our community and our Library partners, and continuously develop a workplace culture that values and supports every employee.


We want to create as many opportunities as possible for everyone who works with the Library Foundation to participate in—and benefit from—our DEIB work. We are working to incorporate ongoing DEIB learning into the fabric of our culture, embrace transparency and information sharing across the organization, and implement structures that facilitate equitable access to growth and career development.

 

Work Environment

·        In response to the evolving public health situation, Library Foundation employees currently work remotely for up to three days per week. Otherwise, this position operates within an accessible office environment. Please note that the balance of remote and onsite work may in the future change as required by CDC and City of Chicago Department of Public Health recommendations.

·        In alignment with the Chicago Public Library Foundation’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace free of known hazards, we require all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

·        This role’s typical working hours are from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Rare but occasional night and weekend hours are required.

·        This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as a laptop computer, phone, photocopier/scanner, filing cabinets, and fax machines

·        While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to handle, feel, or manipulate things; and reach with hands and arms.


Major Responsibilities

·        Researches and identifies opportunities to apply for individual, corporate, and foundation grants to support the Foundation's program priorities, special initiatives, and general operations; works directly with program officers and foundation representatives when necessary.

·        Writes and edits letters of inquiry, proposals, and reports for all grants.

·        Writes customized acknowledgment and stewardship correspondence signed by chair of the Board of Directors, President & CEO, and Chief Development Officer, as well for other senior leadership as needed.

·        Assists in the development of goals, logic models and outcomes for grant submissions

·        Assures compliance with all funder-specific guidelines and requirements.

·        Researches funding opportunities to meet identified funding needs; recommends prospects and solicitation strategies to development team.

·        Develops a strong working knowledge of Foundation-funded programs and program outcomes by attending regular meetings with Chicago Public Library staff.

·        Maintains a calendar of proposal application and reporting deadlines and works with colleagues at CPLF, Chicago Public Library, and external partners to ensure that all deadlines are met.

·        Assists in the maintenance of the Raiser’s Edge database, tracking and updating funding prospects, submission/renewal and reports deadlines, grant documentation, and deliverables.

·        Seeks opportunities for professional development that will enhance job performance.

·        Manages the content development process for CPLF’s annual impact report.

·        Ensures overall consistency, clarity, and effectiveness of development messaging.

·        Provides editing support to the marketing team as needed.

·        Assists with donor recognition and engagement efforts, as needed.


Key Competencies

·        Exceptional writing skills in both long and short copy formats required.

·        Ability to write strategically, persuasively, and quickly required.

·        Ability to write in a variety of registers (institutional, personal) and to capture the idioms of several different signers required.

·        Ability to engage in a rigorous and questioning way with texts prepared by colleagues, and to edit and/or adapt their work to suit a variety of formats required.

·        Ability to work independently, to work on multiple projects simultaneously, and to set priorities and meet deadlines required.

·        Ability to work collegially and collaboratively with a diverse staff of highly motivated individuals preferred.

·        Familiarity with the work of public-private partnerships and public libraries is preferred.

·        Familiarity with Raiser’s Edge a plus.


Role Roadmap

30 Days

During your first month at the Library Foundation, you will focus on getting to know the organization, learning our editorial style, meeting our partners at Chicago Public Library, familiarizing yourself with our internal processes and systems, and developing working relationships with your colleagues.

 60 Days

After your first two months, you will have met with our key Library partners to learn about their work and begun to make both strategic and prospect recommendations. You will begin to manage the full scope of development communication needs in collaboration with the Chief Development Officer.

 90 Days and Beyond

By the end of your first three months on the job, you will have developed a strong working relationship with the marketing, operations, and development teams. You will independently manage all aspects of the development communications process and play an active role in implementing departmental strategies for 2022. You will also be involved in planning discussions regarding CPLF events, marketing campaigns, and seasonal appeals. 


Education and Experience

·        A minimum of five years of professional writing experience is required, which may include student internships and/or work-study positions.

·        Professional experience and proven success in writing effective direct response copy and/or grant applications strongly preferred.

·        Previous experience fundraising for educational and/or cultural nonprofits desired.


Salary Range: $58,000 – 63,000

Generous Benefits Package includes:

  • Health and dental insurance coverage
  • 403(b) retirement plan
  • Paid time off including vacation and wellness days
  • Professional development allowance

To apply please email cover letter and resume: Employment@cplfoundation.org

 

Note: All hired candidates will need to submit to a background check and provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. The start of the position will be dependent on background check clearance.

Job Summary

The Chicago Public Library Foundation is seeking a skilled writer, editor, and communicator to join its fundraising team as the Development Communications Manager. This position works across the development team to produce…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Compensation

USD 58,000 - USD 63,000

Benefits

  • Health and dental insurance coverage
  • 403(b) retirement plan
  • Paid time off including vacation and wellness days
  • Professional development allowance


  • Health and dental insurance coverage
  • 403(b) retirement plan
  • Paid time off including vacation and wellness days
  • Professional development allowance


Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Chicago, IL
Associated Location
200 W Madison St, Chicago, IL 60606, USA
3rd Floor

Apply to This Job

Instructions:

Research tells us that women and candidates from marginalized groups often hesitate to apply for jobs unless they meet 100% of the qualifications. The Chicago Public Library Foundation encourages you to be the exception to this rule and to apply. If you are unsure that you meet every criterion but believe you have what it takes to enhance the Library Foundation as we grow our team, we want to hear from you!

Please submit a resume and cover letter

All fields are required
Resume must be uploaded in PDF format
Drag file here or browse
No file chosen
Drag file here or browse
No file chosen
By using the Idealist Application system, you consent to sharing your resume and other personal data with potential employers in accordance with Idealist’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

Join Idealist

Sign up today to save your favorite jobs and get email alerts when new ones are posted.