ARISE Chicago

ARISE Chicago

Development Associate

Based in Chicago, IL


Arise Chicago, a leading workers’ rights organization, seeks a Development Associate to develop, coordinate, and lead organizational fundraising efforts.

Arise Chicago builds partnerships between faith communities and workers to fight workplace injustice through education, organizing, and public policy changes. Arise organizes low-wage, primarily immigrant workers to take power in their workplaces and organizes workers and their allies to win policies that benefit the working class.

Position Description
Full time development position to lead and grow fundraising efforts.

80% of responsibilities will focus on grant/fund development and management, including:

  • Coordinate organization’s comprehensive fundraising plan
  • Lead writing and submission of all application-based fundraising efforts
  • Maintain organizational grants calendar and track all funder information in database
  • Coordinate foundation site visits, including the preparation of worker-members’ participation
  • Deepen current and develop new funder relationships
  • Facilitate quarterly meeting with directors to carry out fundraising plan
  • Direct individual giving program, including annual appeal
  • Assist Communications Director to create annual report of accomplishments to share with funders
  • Assist Executive Director in coordinating annual fundraising event that draws 500+ supporters
  • Coordinate with directors the organization’s financial planning and budgeting
  • Help prepare materials for quarterly board meetings
  • Review financial activity, including cash flow and annual audit with Accounts Manager

20% of responsibilities include:

  • Support organizational work and mission at press conferences, worker actions, etc.
  • Other administrative tasks to support the organization’s mission, as needed

Required Qualifications:

  • Outstanding writing skills, with ability to write in an engaging manner; ability to summarize complex concepts in compelling, accessible language
  • Excellent verbal communication skills, with ability to concisely summarize key concepts
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Demonstrated ability to set and achieve multiple goals under deadlines
  • Keen attention to detail
  • Ability to work both independently with minimal supervision and effectively in a team environment
  • Ability to plan ahead and assist organization in projecting funding cycle activity
  • Computer proficiency, including MS Word, Excel, Google Drive, and basic social media
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice values including race, gender, and economic justice

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Work experience at nonprofit organizations
  • Experience with and/or demonstrated understanding of community organizing
  • Experience with fundraising or philanthropy, with ability to research and attract new funders
  • Master’s degree with advanced writing requirements
  • Published writing
  • Familiarity with local philanthropy institutions
  • Experience in planning annual in-person fundraising event
  • Experience in producing videos for fundraising
  • Experience interacting with immigrant communities, faith communities, and labor unions
  • Experience with databases (NationBuilder, Raiser’s Edge, Salsa etc)
  • Bilingual verbal and written fluency in English and Spanish

Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits, including family health and dental coverage and sabbatical policy. Unique, collaborative, and supportive work environment with a talented and dedicated team.

To Apply:

  • Send résumé, cover letter, and 3 writing samples (published, if available) to: jobs@arisechicago.org
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered
  • Include “Development Associate Application” in the subject line

Arise Chicago is an equal opportunity employer.  In order to best reflect our membership, immigrants, people of color, and women are especially encouraged to apply.  

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