Literacy Works strives to build a strong network of adult literacy programs, connect learners and tutors to opportunities, and empower diverse organizations to effectively serve adults with low literacy. Each year, we train hundreds of volunteer tutors to teach reading, writing, math, and English language skills; strengthen organizations to meet the needs of their low-literate participants; and directly teach adult learners via innovative residency programs.
About the Position:
Literacy Works is seeking a creative and self-directed development professional to lead and implement all fundraising efforts.
Literacy Works promotes a strong work/life balance for our employees including generous paid time off. The Development Director will work primarily from home. While this is a 40 hour/week position, we allow for a flexible schedule within reason. We pride ourselves on a team-oriented and supportive workplace culture.
The Development Director reports directly to the Executive Director. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Create and implement strategies for foundation and corporation giving, including writing grant proposals, tracking requests, submitting reports, and acknowledging donations.
Conduct prospect research for further funding from institutional donors; maintain a grants calendar.
Cultivate and steward relationships with donors and prospective donors, including individuals, major donors, corporations, and foundations.
Manage external print and electronic communications projects from concept to completion, including mail appeals, e-blasts, annual reports, videos, press releases, brochures, event invitations, and appeals. Update donor-related content on our WordPress website.
Work closely with Executive Director and program staff to identify program goals, outcomes, activities and budgets.
Play a key role in program evaluation to ensure robust data is available to funders.
Lead the board and staff in producing fundraising events.
Participate in organizational budgeting.
Maintain a donor database; create queries and reports that inform individual giving strategies.
Report to the board of directors on fundraising-related matters and serve as the staff liaison on the board fundraising and marketing committees.
Recruit and supervise in-kind professionals who assist with photography, graphic design, and other branding/communications initiatives.
Qualifications: Ideal candidate will have:
Five years of nonprofit development experience, including grant writing.
Outstanding writing, creative communication, and organizational abilities.
Strong attention to detail.
Proven ability to work under deadlines with little supervision and to maintain close adherence to funding/reporting schedule.
A pro-active, visionary, and independent work style.
Familiarity with institutional giving in Chicago.
Proficiency with MS Office, Google apps, and social media platforms. Experience with Constant Contact and WordPress a plus.
Knowledge of CRM databases. Experience with Salesforce a plus.
Experience in program planning and evaluation.
Positive outgoing personality; ability to work closely with small staff and board.
Eagerness to network on behalf of Literacy Works and the field of adult education.
Experience with community-based organizations a plus
A bachelor’s degree (required).
Submit cover letter, resume, and a brief writing sample (recent grant proposal) to firstname.lastname@example.org
About Literacy Works:
Literacy Works’ mission is to strengthen adult literacy, parent education, and workforce development programs by developing and providing innovative training and knowledge-sharing opportunities for professionals and volunteers. Literacy Works is a growing organization that trains over 700 volunteers and staff from our 50 member agencies.
Literacy Works’ vision is that o...ne day, all people will be able to realize their full potential through the ability to read, write, and interpret the world. This ideal inspires our team and drives our work.