Development Communications Associate

Job Type

Full Time




United States


About the Obama Foundation

Founded in January 2014, the Obama Foundation is a living, working center for citizenship in the 21st century aimed at identifying, training, and connecting the next generation of leaders and engaged citizens. The Foundation is developing the Obama Presidential Center on the South Side of Chicago to serve as headquarters for the projects it will undertake across the city, the nation, and around the world.

As President Obama said in his farewell address, "I am asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change — but in yours.” That concept is one the Obamas championed from the beginning, and it is now a cornerstone of the Obama Foundation’s efforts to support and develop the next generation of active citizens and emerging young leaders at home and around the world.

Real change—big change—takes many years, and requires each generation to believe that its participation matters and embrace the obligations and opportunities that come with the most important office in a democracy: that of Citizen. Together, we have made extraordinary progress. Because there is more to do, this work lives on in the Obama Foundation.

For more information on the Obama Foundation, please visit

About the Role

As a member of the Development team, the Development Communications Associate will serve as the team’s primary proposal and grant report writer, as well as provide essential support in the creation and coordination of the Foundation’s development communications. The Development Communications Associate will report to the the Development Communications Manager.


The Development Communications Associate will be responsible for achieving the following outcomes within the first year:

  • Within three months of hire, write updated grant report and proposal templates
  • Grant report and proposal templates are compelling and current, and updated on a regular basis with relevant programmatic, financial, and operational information
  • Within three months of hire, create calendar of planned development communications for the next 12 months and ensure frontline staff are aware of upcoming announcements and are equipped with the tools (talking points, draft communications, relevant background materials, etc.) to adequately communicate announcements to donors
  • Within four months of hire, build tracking systems and establish clear processes around requests for proposals and grant reports
  • Proposals and reports are delivered on time to stakeholders
  • Fundraising data is accurate and up-to-date in all development reports (leveraging the Salesforce team and Finance team)


The ultimate aim of the Development Communications Associate is to achieve the outcomes listed above. In order to achieve those outcomes, we imagine that the Development Communications Associate will spend their time in the following ways: 

Proposal and Report Management

  • Successfully oversee project management of proposal and report development; coordinate with relevant teams across the Foundation to ensure all information in proposals and reports is up-to-date, relevant, and compelling and proposals and reports are delivered on time
  • Develop updated grant report and proposal templates and ensure they stay updated with most recent Foundation information/metrics
  • Develop tracking and request system for proposals and reports, working with frontline fundraisers to ensure systems are easy to use and intuitive

Development Communications Support

  • Develop a yearly development communications calendar to be shared with frontline development staff members
  • Ensure frontline development staff have the tools they need to do their jobs well (e.g., talking points, background materials, pitch materials, etc.)
  • Support Development Communications Manager in the development of donor collateral, including coordinating with and leveraging assets from across the Foundation to help frontline fundraisers tell the story of the Foundation
  • Draft quarterly newsletters, decks, one-pagers, and other donor collateral used by frontline fundraisers; be a thought-partner with the Development Communications Manager, offering fresh and creative ideas for future communications pieces
  • Support Development Communications Manager in the development of fundraising update materials, ensuring all fundraising reports for the board and other principals are updated with latest fundraising numbers and reflect the latest information in Salesforce; work with the Development Communications Manager to tell the story of our fundraising progress in a creative and interesting way


  • Two years experience writing proposals and grant reports for nonprofits, foundations, or similar organizations
  • Strong track record of creating organizational reports and narratives, using both quantitative and qualitative information
  • Skilled at communicating dense or complicated information in a concise and compelling way and through a variety of mediums, including PowerPoint and/or Google Slides, experience with Adobe Photoshop a plus
  • Experience designing and executing processes around content development, in particular around proposal and report pipelines
  • Effectively plans long-term projects by investing, managing, and communicating effectively with others to achieve objectives and meet deadlines
  • Highly organized, with ability to juggle short-term and long-term tasks/responsibilities
  • Ability to deliver results on time and on budget in a rapidly changing, fast-paced environment
  • Acts without being told what to do
  • Rock steady under heavy pressure or challenging issues
  • Thinks outside the box, is excited to try new approaches, and loves looking for new ideas in the development communications space
  • Takes pride in making even the most dry material exciting and dynamic, whether through a compelling narrative or interesting visual presentation
  • A minimum of three years of professional experience, with experience in fundraising highly preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Committed to our mission of inspiring, empowering, and connecting people to change their world

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Foundation is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. The Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, parental status, veteran status, or any other protected status under applicable laws. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply. If you are a qualified candidate with a disability, please email us at if you require a reasonable accommodation to complete this application.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree