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 dozens of literacy professionals from across the city and 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. In 2018, Literacy Works launched a new division: the Clear Language Lab. The Lab is a consulting group that works with organizations to deliver their message in a clear way. This makes sure that the people who need the information can actually understand it.
About the Position:
Literacy Works is seeking a creative and self-directed development professional to lead and implement all fundraising efforts. This is an exciting opportunity to engage a committed base of institutional and individual supporters in building a new program division, the Clear Language Lab. This also offers the right candidate the chance develop relationships with new funders and help create a fee-for-service revenue stream.
Literacy Works promotes a strong work/life balance for our employees including generous paid time off. The Development Director will work primarily from home but must be available to regularly meet at the west loop office. 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:
Maintain and grow institutional giving: 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.
Maintain and grow individual giving: 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 web content, mail appeals, e-blasts, annual reports, videos, press releases, brochures, event invitations, and appeals.
Lead the development of online and print marketing materials for the Clear Language Lab.
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, associate 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.
Experience in program planning and evaluation.
Understanding of and experience with nonprofit financial documents.
Proficiency with MS Office, Google apps, and social media platforms. Experience with Constant Contact and WordPress a plus.
Knowledge of CRM databases. Experience with Sumac a plus.
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).
Additional Salary Information: Salary: $52,000
This position will likely be filled January 2019
About Literacy Works
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 one 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.