Job Summary: The Development Assistant position at CEL provides a solid base of fundraising experience in a well-established, friendly nonprofit development department. If you are a detail oriented person, able to check your own work for accuracy, this is an ideal position to be part of a great organization with a compelling mission. You will learn Raiser’s Edge Donor Software and/or increase your competency with the database. Daily responsibilities are gift data entry and producing thank you letters, supporting gift solicitation activities, and stewardship of donors. You’ll also do donor research, spread sheet-based activity analyses, and generate reports. The successful candidate enjoys talking with donors and presents a professional appearance and manner to the public.
Position Responsibilities: Donor Database
Process gift/data entry/acknowledgements for all donations
Run reports for analysis and mail merges
Assist with the integrity and security of the Raiser’s Edge system;
Work with the development team on targeted mailings and a comprehensive moves-management system
Maintain lists of board members and committee rosters
DONOR RELATIONS AND STEWARDSHIP
Assist gift acknowledgment program, with prompt thank you letters, appropriate to the season and gift
Administer the memorial/tribute program and corporate matching gifts program
Maintain and update solicitor lists from CEL leaders, staff and members’ families and generate donation request letters
Assist with donor cultivation events and special events, as needed.
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
Professional or volunteer experience in a non-profit organization
Demonstrated experience with database systems, Outlook, Excel, and mail merges. Raiser’s Edge a plus
Accurate data entry and ability to proof own work
Demonstrated critical thinking skills to analyze data and understand its relationship to overall fundraising objectives
Curiosity and eagerness to learn and take on special projects
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Ability to work both independently with minimal supervision and collaboratively with colleagues in a team environment
Maintain cordial, professional, and service-oriented relationships with donors, board members, vendors, staff, and volunteers
Successful candidate will have attention to detail, ability to coordinate and manage multiple tasks, honesty and integrity, commitment to public service, enthusiasm, flexibility, energy
Candidate must have valid driver’s license, speak clearly, lift and carry and have stamina to participate in events from opening to close and clean-up.
Additional Salary Information: Benefit package includes medical/dental/vision, 403(b), short-term and long-term disability, life insurance, and PTO time.
About Center for Enriched Living
The Center for Enriched Living is a privately funded non-profit organization serving the social and recreational needs of people of all ages with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The Center is the place that brings friends and peers together – to benefit from life-long learning and enrichment, to enjoy social activities, and to be an active part of the community. The Center has been serving the Chicago-area for 50 years, and was voted one of the top 20 standout nonprofits by Chicago magazine.