Since 1982, LUCHA (Latin United Community Housing Association) has served thousands of moderate and low-income families with Affordable Housing Development, Emergency Housing Repair and Assistance, First-time Home Buyer Counseling, Foreclosure Prevention and Legal Assistance. LUCHA owns and operates what will soon be 200 units of affordable housing in the West Town, Humboldt Park and Logan Square Communities, and counsels 7,000 families annually in Chicago and the Midwest region. LUCHA also partners with residents, community organizers, financial institutions and government agencies to maintain its current $22 million in real estate assets and to advocate for greater affordable housing options in the region.
Position Purpose: In support of its mission, LUCHA seeks the ideal Development team member that will combine energy, data skills, philanthropic or grant-writing experience and passion for community development to creatively address the funding and branding needs of our growing and dynamic nonprofit organization. The Development Associate will assist in the strategic fundraising agenda to achieve revenue goals through solicitation of individual and major gifts, corporate and foundation support, government grants and the development of special events.
Moreover, the Development Associate will facilitate LUCHA’s marketing and communications efforts to promote awareness and further raise LUCHA’s profile in the community and in the region. This role also network with external stakeholders and the community, with duties to include the drafting press releases to the media as appropriate, and annual activities planning for the organization.
Role and Responsibilities
Assists in the preparation of materials for grant proposals and reports, contracts, and Development budgets.
Coordinates and maintains personal and departmental fundraising calendar with proposal report deadlines.
Researches and fact-checks housing, economic and fundraising statistics and trends relevant to LUCHA and its programs.
Implements and administers the timely acknowledgement of donor thank you letters and donor communication plan.
Coordinates with accounting department to provide accurate donor and gift reports.
Creates and distributes mailings to current and prospective donors including annual appeal under the direction of the Director of Development and Fundraising.
Under the direction of the Director of Development and Fundraising and the LUCHA Board of Directors, coordinates friend-raiser and fundraising activities and events.
Assists with implementing strategies designed to expand the donor base, including prospect research, presentation of organizational programs, and identification of past beneficiaries of LUCHA’s work.
Coordinates logistics for donor meetings and prepares informational packets.
Helps cultivate LUCHA’s brand identity and marketing through LUCHA’s website and social media, including Facebook and Twitter.
Assists with the production of LUCHA’s quarterly newsletter and E-Newsletter.
Performs additional duties for the organization as necessary, including working with LUCHA community organizers, counselors and social service providers to promote LUCHA and its programs and services.
Performs other duties as assigned by the Director of Development or the Executive Director.
Qualifications and Education Requirements
Bachelor’s degree and/or post-secondary education with a minimum of two years relevant experience.
Excellent written, verbal, organizational and research skills, with attention to detail.
Ability to organize, manage and meet deadlines for a variety of job assignments.
A self-starter, with ability to work both independently and as a member of a team.
Strong computer skills, including but not limited to MS Office, Excel, and Power Point.
Experience with mail-merge and/or Constant Contact, with CRM and with web-based platforms preferred.
Understanding of the basic concepts of philanthropy with interest in pursuing professional development to improve LUHA’s grant proposals and fundraising.
Familiarity with federal, state, and city RFP’s and contracts highly preferred.
Solid relationship-building skills.
Spanish speaking skills or Spanish bilingual preferred.
Applicant should see community residents as the main actors and decision-makers in the redevelopment of their community.
Nonprofit and Grants Management: Knowledge of 501(c)(3) principles, organizational grants management strategies, as well as general grant and regulatory requirements for nonprofit organizations. Previous experience.
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): Knowledge of HUD programs, offices, resources, applications processes, and public and private partnerships. Previous experience & On the Job Training.
Software systems: Extensive knowledge of Client Relations Management software, grants calendaring and budgeting. Previous experience.
Customer and Client Service: Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and client (internal) services; including client assessment, meeting quality of standards for services, and evaluation of client satisfaction. Previous experience.
English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. Fluency and Previous experience.
Spanish Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the Spanish language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. Experience helpful, though not required.
Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience. Previous experience.
Interpersonal: Highly-developed interpersonal, oral and written communication skills; excellent presentation skills. Ability to communicate and actively listen at all levels with staff, Board of Directors and external relationships in a professional manner. Previous experience.
Management: Excellent management of relationships with staff, Board of Directors, Foundation and Corporate partners, government agencies, lending institutions and other LUCHA stakeholders. Experience leading people in a development department. Previous experience.
Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex management and program issues and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. Previous experience.
Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. Previous experience.
Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential organizational actions to choose the most appropriate course of action in collaboration with the Executive Director. Previous experience.
Negotiation: Bringing others together to try to reconcile differences, whether strategic or tactical, organizational or departmental. Previous experience.
Time Management: Managing one's own time and the time of others. Previous experience.
Ethics: Genuine and deep-rooted ethical approach to all business, finance, interpersonal and mission-related matters. Previous experience.
Task Management: Ability to prioritize multiple and varied tasks within broad guidelines. Previous experience.
Fluency of Ideas: The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic, and the ability to inductively or deductively come about to solutions or resolutions. Previous experience.
Mathematical Reasoning: The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem, particularly as it relates to grant matching requirements. Previous experience.
Problem Sensitivity: The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. Previous experience.
Written Comprehension and Expression: The ability to read and understand information and idea presented in writing; and the ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so that others understand. Previous experience.
Majority of work performed in a general office environment, with some field work required to assess LUCHA fundraising programs and activities.
Position may require availability for extended hours plus non-traditional hours to perform job duties.
Requires participation and attendance at conferences, meetings or organization-sponsored events and meetings across the city, region and country.
Nature of work requires an ability to operate standard business office equipment.
This position regularly requires the incumbent to sit, stand, speak and operate a personal computer.
Occasional walking and lifting up to 25 pounds. Accommodations may be made for individuals with disabilities who otherwise meet the position qualifications and requirements.
Requires the ability to communicate and exchange information, collect, compile and prepare work document, set-up and maintain work files.
Local travel to meet with community members, funders, corporate partners or government agencies will be required.
Occasional local travel to LUCHA facilities and satellite office(s) will be required.
Occasional day and overnight travel by air and/or automobile to conferences may be required.
LUCHA is 501(c) (3) nonprofit corporation and an equal opportunity employer. To learn more about LUCHA, please visit www.lucha.org.
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