The GI Research Foundation is seeking a full-time Development Associate to support its fundraising efforts. Reporting to the Executive Director this position will provide the successful candidate with the opportunity to learn and gain experience in all aspects of development including events, mail appeals, major gifts, stewardship and gift administration. They will assist with strategies and procedures around our donor database enhancement and upkeep, as well as with expanding our overall communications and events.
A strong attention to detail
A sense of ownership over projects in their area of responsibility
Ability to manage project timelines and deadlines.
Ability to manage priorities and problem solve.
Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.
Time management skills imperative to success.
Ability to both work and thrive in an evolving fast past environment.
Self-motivated to learn increasingly complex skills and subject matter.
Respectful of the sensitive and confidential nature of donor information.
Competent with range of software and technology necessary to support organization's initiatives.
Database management and gift administration
Manage donor database (Little Green Light) ensuring that donor data is entered accurately and in a timely fashion including demographic updates, gifts, contacts and proposals.
Process gifts appropriately by recording them in the donor database (Little Green Light) and producing appropriate acknowledgements.
Key member of the GI Research Foundation events team for all events, including the Annual Ball, our signature event. The development associate will manage rsvps, track auction items, acknowledge gifts and work with outside event consultants to help ensure smooth running and successful events.
In collaboration with the Executive Director, support the Associates Board events with communication, registration, logistics as appropriate.
Communications and stewardship
Website management: Using WordPress make or manage changes as necessary (e.g., board list, events, blog posts, etc.).
Communications: manage MailChimp account, design and send emails in collaboration with the Executive Director. Use the data in the database to segment communications and help inform communications strategies.
Be the first line of communication with donors and the public via phone and email. Will convey our mission and help resolve any questions with donors.
Meeting management: This includes working with hosts of board meetings (approx. 7/year) to make arrangements for appropriate AV and refreshments, and taking minutes at those meetings. Also, handle logistics for committee meetings and others that come up throughout the year, including sending out notices, space arrangements, etc.
Functions as an assistant to both the Executive Director and Director of Finance and Operations. At their direction, serve as liaison with vendors.
Office maintenance: Maintain files, including organization financial files, event files and donor records. Ensure office has adequate supplies.
Other duties that arise as a result of being a dynamic and growing organization.
Bachelor's degree from an accredited 4 year college
Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and donor databases, or the ability to quickly learn new software.
Experience with WordPress and Mailchimp (or other email service) a plus.
One to two years' experience in an office environment
Demonstrated interest in nonprofit management or fundraising desired
Candidates who possess flexibility, maturity, and a sense of humor will find it a pleasure to work at the GI Research Foundation.
Additional Salary Information: This is a full-time, salaried position based in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. Salary commensurate with experience. The GI Research Foundation offers a complement of benefits for its employees. Interested candidates should apply online and include a cover letter and resume.
About GI Research Foundation
The GI Research Foundation (GIRF) is dedicated to raising funds to support the physicians and scientists at the University of Chicago Medicine Digestive Diseases Center in their efforts to provide outstanding care, train future leaders and perform innovative clinical and laboratory research in order to treat, cure, and prevent digestive diseases.