Are you interested in using your strong communications and organizational skills to raise funds and accelerate opportunities for positive youth development in Chicago? Join Urban Initiatives' dynamic and active development team that touches all aspects of annual and campaign fundraising with exposure to a robust, engaged, and well-connected network of supporters.
Urban Initiatives seeks a detail-oriented critical thinker with superb written and verbal communication and organizational skills. This person will help the development team manage increased fundraising activity to support our accelerated campaign to achieve the bold vision to impact 100,000 youth across Chicago annually by 2025.
Primary responsibilities include supporting effective relationship management by the Co-Founder and Executive Director (in support of annual fund and campaign activities with donors and prospects), managing Campaign Committee volunteers (composed of Board Members and other supporters), and planning, executing, and tracking fundraising team efforts and activity.
Serve as staff liaison to the Campaign Committee composed of five to ten Board Members and other volunteer leaders who aim to raise $10M to accelerate Urban Initiatives' impact over the next three years
Schedule meetings, work with the Executive Director and Managing Director to set agendas and prepare materials in advance of meetings, take notes during meetings, send follow up action items, generate activity reports, and track committee progress
Support the Chief Executive Officer and other development leadership with their fundraising activity
Complete an array of administrative tasks to support the CEO including, but not limited to: scheduling meetings, composing, preparing, and tracking correspondence, organizing and compiling documents for meetings, and overseeing effective follow-ups and next steps
Manage the CEO's calendar with accurate contact information and meeting locations, whether in person or virtual
Join meetings and participate in conversations with internal and external stakeholders on matters related to the CEO's special initiatives
Assist in the creation of and manage administrative procedures and communications systems to support the CEO in the donor database DonorPerfect
Develop reports to support the CEO in effective external relationship management and use reports to suggest meeting and outreach strategy
Prepare the CEO on upcoming funder meetings through the generation of meeting outlines and practice sessions
Follow up on contacts made by the CEO to support the cultivation of ongoing relationships
Develop materials to support pre and post-meeting communications including but not limited to emails, Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoints
Passion for Urban Initiatives' mission and an opportunity to learn and grow
Embody UI's organizational values: teamwork, commitment, fun, impact, inclusion, and initiative
Desire to be a team player and ability to effectively work both independently and collaboratively
Demonstrated ability to think critically, be forward-thinking, and determine situational strategies
Demonstrated ability to serve as a sounding bound to clarify decisions and strategic steps to reach desired goals
Demonstrated ability to organize and manage projects and manage multiple tasks in a busy environment
Strong administrative skills and attention to detail
Excellence in both written and verbal communications and the ability to effectively communicate through an array of approaches (emails, phone, in-person, presentation, deck, one-pager, soundbites, etc.)
Commitment to join the UI team on our anti-racist journey, which includes interrupting oppression in our work whenever we encounter it
Experience with relationship management software or a similar databases
$55,000 base salary
Health, dental, and vision insurance premiums paid 100% by Urban Initiatives (for employees and for their children)
Life, short term disability, and long term disability insurance paid 100% by Urban Initiatives
Option to contribute to a 401K with up to a 3% match of your salary after one full year of employment
Flexible work from home environment
120 hours of paid time off (PTO), accrued monthly (PTO may be prorated based on start date.)
Paid holidays (Martin Luther King Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve through New Year's Day)
How to Apply
Apply on our Urban Initiatives Job Board no later than December 31, 2021.
Urban Initiatives is dedicated to intentionally fostering a climate of purposeful inclusion in our workplace, and candidates of diverse backgrounds and identities are strongly encouraged to apply. Urban Initiatives is an Equal Opportunity employer. Personnel are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. This is in accordance with federal and state law.
Start Date is February 15, 2021.
Urban Initiatives Overview
Founded in 2003, Urban Initiatives is a nonprofit organization that runs youth development programs in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Urban Initiatives' mission is to use the power of sport and play to empower Chicago's youth to achieve academic success, develop social-emotional skills, and build social capital. Currently, Urban Initiatives serves an estimated 60 schools throughout the City of Chicago.
Urban Initiatives is preparing to scale program operations to have a significantly greater impact across Chicago. Our programs support social emotional learning (SEL) and demand for these services is greater than ever. Maturing the administrative capacity of our fundraising team is critical to raise the funds necessary to accelerate our impact.