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Job Posting: Development Coordinator

Disability Lead – Chicago, IL

The primary goal of this position is to support fundraising activities and help build a strong culture of philanthropy for a growing organization.

About Disability Lead: Disability Lead is a network of people with disabilities who use our power to create an equitable and inclusive society. Our vision is that people with disabilities will lead with power and influence for full participation and equal opportunity as a vital part of the civic fabric in the Chicago region. And our mission is to increase civic engagement and diverse leadership in the Chicago region by developing and building a network of leaders with disabilities — consistent with the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

To feel engaged, connected, and empowered to make a difference, we know our employees must feel valued. We strive to build a culture where inclusion is a reflex, not a nice idea. We strive to create a place where employees can come and feel a deep sense of pride, passion and belonging that transcends any role, business unit, language, or country and is unified in our shared commitment to supporting new leaders and improving our region’s civic life. We hold to be self-evident that creating a space where different ideas, perspectives, and backgrounds can come together to build something new, that we can create a stronger and more creative work environment that delivers results as unique as our program (the only one of its kind in the nation).

Position Description: Looking for an outstanding team member who is passionate about fundraising for disability inclusion, disability leadership and disability having a strong representation in professional and civic life. This Development Coordinator is responsible for supporting the daily activities of Disability Lead’s development programs, including its grant, major donor, and individual donor fundraising. In addition, this individual will support fundraising campaigns and plans and special events (virtual and in-person) to maximize prospect/donor engagement. This position reports to the Executive Director.

NOTE: This is a work from home position; however, the selected candidate must reside in the Chicago area for when in-person events resume. Safety is a top priority for Disability Lead and we will not be in-person until the pandemic is contained. At that time, this will be a hybrid position of remote and in-person work as needed.

Disability Lead provides employees with equipment that is essential to their job duties, like laptops, headsets, monitors, docking stations. In addition, and as budget allows, Disability Lead will provide a stipend to help cover the costs of telecommunications (internet, phone, etc).

Key Responsibilities:

I. Development

  • Manages donor records, gift processing and recognition.
  • Implements successful individual and collective giving strategies in collaboration with the Executive Director.
  • Implements high quality development campaigns, in-person and online, to build a strong donor base year-over-year.
  • Oversees and maintains robust grant calendar and process, including prospecting for new opportunities.
  • Research new funding opportunities to supplement development campaigns, with an emphasis on national funding opportunities.
  • Maintains effective cultivation tools and communication with donors to support the Executive Director, Board, and overall fundraising.
  • Is a strong champion for Disability Lead’s culture of philanthropy, especially among its Fellows, Members, and Board of Directors.
  • Serves as liaison with the Board Partnership Committee, preparing materials and organizing meetings.
  • Supports board-hosted fundraising breakfasts and other events (when we begin hosting in-person events)

II. Administrative

  • Manages events (in-person and virtual), fundraising or otherwise, under the direction of the Director of Civic Engagement and Marketing and Executive Director.
  • Supports other activities consistent with a small team environment.

III. Skills and Experience

  • This is a virtual position. Internet accessibility and daily usage is required.
  • 1-2 years successful track record in nonprofit, issues-based fundraising.
  • Solid multi-tasker and enjoys working both independently and in a small and collaborative team environment.
  • Fully proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and Outlook).
  • Experience managing virtual events and use of technology and platforms like Zoom.
  • Understands and uses social media to engage donors, like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn.
  • Preferred — familiarity with designing an accessible event (in person and virtual).
  • Experience with databases and understands and extensively utilizes the database that contains donor records and historical gift information.
  • Must have excellent interpersonal, and strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Interest in making a significant contribution to a disability leadership organization.
  • Strong racial equity lens in all aspects of work.
  • A deep commitment to the values of the organization and a passion for the mission.

Salary and Benefits

Disability Leads offers a competitive salary and benefits package that meets industry standards. The pay range is $43,000-$45,000 annually. Pay is commiserate with knowledge and experience.

Benefits include health insurance that is largely organization supported, free vision and dental insurance, up to 10 paid vacation days in the first year, 4 paid personal days, and 9 sick days annually. Disability Lead provides a Simple IRA with up to 3% matching should employees contribute. All employees of Disability Lead are encouraged to pursue educational and professional development goals. Disability Lead may provide financial support, time off, or flextime for development opportunities.

Application process

It is the policy of Disability Lead to provide equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants to employment. Disability Lead prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy or childbirth), gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, and age, physical and mental disabilities, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, order of protection status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, and local laws.

Applications must include the below materials to be considered. Please include your full name in the subject line of the email.

Interested individuals must submit the following materials to application@disabilitylead.org:

Cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for this position

  • Current resume
  • Two writing samples of past material you have written, ideally fundraising specific
  • 3 professional references

The deadline to apply is January 21, 2022. Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis with first round interviews starting the week of January 17. The below is an approximate timeline subject to change based on applicants’ and interviewers’ availability.  

Hiring Timeline

1/5/2022-1/21/2022: Applications are accepted; initial interviews scheduled on a rolling basis

1/24/2022 – 2/4/2022: Final round of initial interviews and second round interviews

2/7/2022-2/18/2022: Final interviews

3/1/2022: Target start date

For questions regarding this announcement, or to request accommodations to participate in the application process, please contact application@disabilitylead.org.