Sarah’s Inn is a community-based non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of those affected by domestic violence and to break the cycle of violence for future generations. Our services and initiatives focus on ending relationship violence through domestic violence crisis intervention, community education, and violence prevention programs for youth.
Job Title: Development Associate
Reports To: Development Director
Position Summary: The Development Associate will facilitate the success and growth of development goals by providing a range of support on all aspects of Sarah’s Inn fundraising activities including donor relations, grant management, event management and communications (print and digital). The successful candidate will have relevant experience and a demonstrated interest in joining a dynamic team to help strengthen and expand the development and communications capacity for Sarah’s Inn. The Development Associate reports to the Development Director and will also work closely with agency leadership (Executive Director, Directors) and community volunteers (Board of Directors, Associate Board members, committee members, etc.).
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Other duties may be assigned.
Facilitate and assist with agency development plans.
Maintain accurate records of all contributions in donor database (Little Green Light)
Ensure timely and accurate acknowledgement of all contributions
Prepare and synthesize donation reports
Respond to inquiries regarding in-kind donations and coordinate receipt of donations
Assist with grant applications and reports
Coordinate special events and act as staff liaison to events committees with Development Director
Direct in-house mailings (appeals, event invitations)
Assist with prospect research on potential corporate, foundation, and other funding sources
Assist Development Director with supporting Associate Board meetings and events
Provide other assistance to staff and board regarding fundraising efforts and community outreach
Community outreach and involvement activities, as assigned
Coordinate agency communication efforts.
Draft and manage production of agency communications content for a variety of platforms (print, web and social media)
Maintain regular updates of organization website, Facebook & Instagram pages, and related media
Manage monthly newsletter content, including written content, graphic layout and distribution
Maintain an updated PR/media contact list, field media inquiries, and coordinate press releases
Actively seek out and suggest opportunities for expanding and improving agency communications, marketing and public relations
Position Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and/or Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in relevant area
3-5 years of nonprofit experience in relevant areas such as fundraising, communications, marketing/PR
Experience with database management and donor relations
Knowledge and Skills:
Strong organizational skills and project management experience
Demonstrated initiative, self-motivation, ability to prioritize multiple tasks
Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, and editing experience a plus
Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, etc.) and Donor Databases (i.e., Little Green Light)
Familiarity with Adobe InDesign or related design programs a plus
Availability to work some evening and weekend hours
Commitment to women’s rights, anti-violence, and the mission of Sarah’s Inn
Collaboration & Teamwork – embraces an inclusive workplace
Innovation/Continuous Improvement – finds innovative ways of executing work
Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise – demonstrates a clear understanding of and executes roles and responsibilities
Time Management/Productivity/Accountability – manages time and resources effectively
Problem Solving/Decision Making – demonstrates proper judgment, problem solving and decision making
Communication – Strong written and oral skills
Colleague Development - provides guidance, encouragement and feedback to subordinates for professional growth
Physical demands and work environment:
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Physical demands: While performing duties of job, incumbent is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects; reach with hands and arms; talk and hear. Employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
Work environment: The noise level in the work environment is usually minimal.
Annual performance evaluation
Attainment of annual goals
How to Apply:
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and salary history/requirement to the Attention of the Development Director to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is based on experience
Sarah’s Inn is a community-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of those affected by domestic violence and to break the cycle of violence for future generations. Our services and initiatives focus on ending relationship violence through domestic violence crisis intervention, community education, and violence prevention programs for youth.
Founded in 1981... by Oak Park residents, Sarah’s Inn works throughout the socioeconomically diverse region of Chicago’s West Side neighborhoods and Western suburbs. We believe in hopeful futures for survivors of domestic violence through the strength that comes from a networked and supportive community. The vision of Sarah’s Inn is to be a nationally recognized leader for community-based solutions that will end relationship violence.