Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $40,000
Maximum: $45,000




180 N. Michigan Ave
Suite 600
United States




Resilience (formerly Rape Victim Advocates) is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the healing and empowerment of sexual assault survivors through non-judgmental crisis intervention counseling, individual and group trauma therapy, and medical and legal advocacy in the greater Chicago metropolitan area. Resilience also provides public education and institutional advocacy in order to improve the treatment of sexual assault survivors and to effect positive change in policies and public attitudes toward sexual assault. Established in 1974, Resilience now serves more than 2000 survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones annually through our main office in downtown Chicago and our community‐based offices in Austin, Ravenswood, and on the Stroger Hospital campus.



The Development Associate works directly with the Director of Development engaging in fundraising and development activities that sustain and enhance the mission of the organization. The Development Associate helps the Director meet the organization’s annual fundraising goals and strategic initiatives as they relate to fundraising. The Development Associate plays an integral role in day-to-day development operations, individual donor, corporate and foundation relations, board management, event management, database management and intern management. In addition, the Development Associate provides the Director of Finance and Administration and Office Manager with administrative support for the organization as needs arise. This is a non-exempt, full time position.



Individual, Foundation, and Corporate Donor Cultivation/Stewardship

  • Assist the Director of Development in creating and coordinating all appeals, campaigns, and mailings
  • Segment, develop, and implement acquisition, solicitation, and stewardship for individual and corporate donors
  • Implement an impeccable donor acknowledgement process consistent with development department policies and procedures
  • Conduct research on prospective donors: individuals, foundations, and corporations
  • Engage with donors and prospects as requested by the Director of Development
  • Assist with the development and implementation of department practices, policies, and procedures
  • Assist as appropriate with the creation, development, and printing of collateral materials


CRM Administration

  • Serve as the primary administrator of the customer relationship management software, Salsa, ensuring data accuracy and integrity
  • Prepare, analyze, and interpret a variety of reports regarding fundraising outcomes, trends, and forecasts; provide standardized reporting on a monthly basis
  • Maintain records of grants, donations from individuals, corporations, and foundations, and special events
  • Train other staff on CRM


Grants Management

  • Research new grant opportunities
  • Write select LOIs, grant applications, and grant reports


Special Events

  • Assist the Director of Development and event planning committee in the planning and implementation of all major fundraising events
  • Manage small fundraising events run by internal and external partners

Intern Management

  • Recruit, interview, train, and supervise a development intern
  • Assign special projects and ongoing tasks to the development intern

Administrative Support

The Development Associate will provide back-up support for administrative staff. Tasks may include the following:

  • Answer, screen, and direct phone calls; forward voice mail from the general mailbox to the appropriate staff member; respond to routine phone inquiries
  • Receive and direct visitors and clients
  • Open, log, and photocopy all checks
  • Provide administrative and logistical support for organizational meetings

Other duties as assigned


  • A minimum of two years of experience in non-profit fundraising with an emphasis on CRM administration and data analysis is required – this qualification must be met in order to be considered for the position
  • BA/BS (or equivalent experience) in business, non-profit management, marketing or similar field strongly preferred
  • Exceptional time management, organizational, and project prioritization skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently, as well as in a team environment that includes cross-department coordination
  • Proficiency in CRM platforms, online fundraising, email marketing software, social media, and the Microsoft Office suite; experience with Salsa CRM a plus
  • Passion for Resilience’s mission a must; understanding of and/or experience working on women’s and/or human rights issues, or addressing sexual violence/gender-based violence strongly preferred
  • Completion of a minimum of 40-hours of sexual assault training by an Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault member center within 90 days of hire is required; previous completion of the training is preferred 

Persons of color and LGBTQ persons are encouraged to apply. Resilience is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability in its procedures and policies.


HMO, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance fully covered by employer. Holiday, Vacation, and Sick time.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

To Apply:

Please send your cover letter and resume by e-mail to the following:

Amy O'Keeffe, Director of Development


Include Development Associate and your last name in the subject line


Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

No phone calls, please.