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ORGANIZATIONAL SUMMARY: Grassroots Collaborative (501c3) is a woman of color led, BIPOC-centered coalition that builds power with working families through strategic community-labor organizing, grassroots leadership development, civic engagement, and research in Chicago and Peoria, IL. We aim to create bold change through building united fronts to win progressive policies and transformative systems-change centered on low-to-moderate income residents and communities of color. We utilize popular education to build consciousness, and build a coalition that unites residents to create transformative change for a more just society. Our affiliated 501c4, Grassroots Illinois Action, works to build community political power through issue advocacy and electoral strategies. We have a strong record of leading cutting edge campaigns that shift the narrative of white supremacy, austerity and corporate power. Currently our campaigns focus on taxing the rich, defunding the police, and winning a Green New Deal.

POSITION SUMMARY: Grassroots Collaborative seeks a highly organized and energetic leader to dynamically support and grow the organization’s financial resources. The Development Director leads the fundraising program of both 501c3 and 501c4 organizations by sustaining current funder relationships and developing new paths for funding. The fundraising program includes grassroots fundraising, grant writing, online fundraising, and events. The Development Director leads a development team consisting of the Executive Director and Deputy Director, with increasing involvement of many campaign staff. They are a key part of the Leadership Team, which meets weekly to drive direction on integrated campaigns, communications and resource development, and reports directly to the Executive Director.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Multi-pronged Strategy Development: The Development Director coordinates and leads fundraising activities, including institutional giving (foundation and labor) and individual donors. Essential to this is the creation and implementation of a smart and bold development strategy in collaboration with the Executive Director that enables the organization to continue to expand its power. 
  • Build a fundraising culture: Level up the work started this past year to create a team culture of fundraising, leveraging the deep skills and talents of the development team and the entire staff. Coordinate development activities with other facets of the organization, particularly communications and finance. Engage, inspire, and support staff and board in their role in fund development.
  • Grant Writing: Open new philanthropic proposals every year, and craft effective renewal applications. Work with the Operations and Finance Manager on budgets and financial reports. Write compelling and accurate reports and submit them on a timely basis. Maintain a foundation calendar, and plan work with all needed staff to execute that work. Actively support the ED to manage relationships with funders. Prospect new grant opportunities, prepare staff for funder meetings, and follow best advancement practices.
  • Individual Giving: Set strategy for and oversee individual giving, including online, direct mail, and annual events, working closely with the ED and Communications team. Craft online solicitations and thank you letters that reach new donors and acknowledge all contributions. Work with Communications Director to ensure messages are on-point and timely.
  • Donor Management and Effective Systems:  Oversee the evaluation of systems to support development and inform data-driven planning, in a time of dynamic organizational growth. Ensure excellent donor tracking and acknowledgement. Build relationships with prospective donors and funders, and support the Executive Director in cultivation and solicitation work.
  • Materials and communications: Develop grant proposals and reports. Supervise all other grant writing and reporting to funders. Oversee design production and distribution of all development materials.
  • Organizational leadership: Serve as a key member of the Leadership Team with shared responsibility for achieving the organization’s vision and goals.
  •  Other roles: Other roles and responsibilities as assigned by Executive Director

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Minimum 3 years applicable experience, ideally with proven success in building or expanding a fundraising program. However, seasoned organizers with key relational organizing skills should also apply.
  • Demonstrated experience setting strategy, managing goals, and developing and implementing plans for a team or department.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to clearly articulate GC’s core values, organizational strategies, and programmatic details and align these with a foundation’s priorities and goals. (Bonus: proven experience in crafting proposals and donor or funder correspondence).
  • Excellent team player, with the ability to work well with diverse individuals and support their growth and development. Interpersonal skills to develop relationships with staff to foster collaboration and mutual accountability.
  • Super organized, excited about details, and able to meet deadlines with ease
  • A broad knowledge of community and/or labor organizing.
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment, with a strong ability to handle overlapping deadlines.
  • Proficient in Excel, Word, Google Suite, and Salsa, and working knowledge of Quickbooks.
  • Strong support for the mission of Grassroots Collaborative and Grassroots Illinois Action, and an understanding of the legal differences between the c3 and c4.
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial, social, and economic justice.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

  • This position can be located in Chicago or Peoria, IL. Ability to travel statewide occasionally.
  • This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, scanners, filing cabinets.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: 

The salary for this position ranges from $65,000-72,000, and benefits include medical, dental, vision and life insurance, plus holidays and generous vacation.

For the duration of the pandemic, we are implementing a remote, 4 day work week, with Full Time Employment defined as 32+ hours, with Fridays off. (There will be exceptions where more working hours are required, including on Fridays or over the weekend.)

Grassroots Collaborative is an equal-opportunity employer. Black, Latinx and Indigenous people strongly encouraged to apply. For consideration, send a resume, cover letter, and three references to Amisha Patel, Executive Director, hiring@thegrassrootscollaborative.org. No calls, please. Position open until filled.

ORGANIZATIONAL SUMMARY: Grassroots Collaborative (501c3) is a woman of color led, BIPOC-centered coalition that builds power with working families through strategic community-labor organizing, grassroots leadership development…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule

Salary

$65,000 - $72,000

Benefits

Benefits package that includes medical, vision, dental, life insurance, holidays and generous vacation.

Benefits package that includes medical, vision, dental, life insurance, holidays and generous vacation.

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Chicago, IL
Associated Location
637 S Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60605, USA
Third Floor

How to Apply

Grassroots Collaborative is an equal-opportunity employer. Black, Latinx and Indigenous people strongly encouraged to apply. For consideration, send a resume, cover letter, and three references to Amisha Patel, Executive Director, hiring@thegrassrootscollaborative.org. No calls, please. Position open until filled.

Grassroots Collaborative is an equal-opportunity employer. Black, Latinx and Indigenous people strongly encouraged to apply. For consideration, send a resume, cover letter, and…

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