Development Associate

Development Associate

National Immigrant Justice Center - Chicago, IL

Heartland Alliance's National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) is a human rights organization committed to advancing justice for immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers through direct representation, impact litigation, advocacy and strategic communications. NIJC has a 30-year track record of protecting the rights of vulnerable immigrants, including low-income asylum seekers, sexual and gender minorities, children, immigrant families, and detained immigrants. NIJC exposes and challenges human rights violations in the immigration enforcement, detention and adjudication system. Drawing on its unique, multi-strategy approach, NIJC is at the forefront of advancing human rights and access to justice for immigrants.

The Development Associate will report to the Associate Director of Resource Development and be tasked with three areas of responsibility: 1. leading logistical support for NIJC's fundraising and cultivation events; 2. supporting individual giving campaigns; and 3. assisting in the organization's grants process, from drafting proposals to preparing grant reports, in an effort to increase public and private foundation support. The successful candidate must be a team player; work well in a fast-paced environment; exercise good judgment; maintain confidentiality as necessary; and manage multiple priorities in a deadline-driven environment. Duties include, but will not be limited to the following:

  • Plan, design and produce events (minimum of four), including scheduling, invitation coordination, logistics, staffing, and post-event follow-up, tracking, and reports.
  • Develop materials for potential funders and current funders demonstrating NIJC's impact and response to emerging environment.
  • Collaborate with the Associate Director of Resource Development and Executive Director to develop strategies, foster relationships, implement activities, and analyze performance of events and individual campaigns to maximize financial return.
  • Support the development of grant applications, including writing, editing and collecting information from staff and publically available data sources.
  • Maintain an electronic grant calendar and track requests, reports, and renewal submissions.
  • Work collaboratively with Project Directors to identify and research government, public, and private funding opportunities to support existing and future programs/projects.
  • Identify and cultivate relationships with new and existing donors and prospects.
  • Collaborate with the Communications team on the design and development of donor marketing materials and strategies for growing the organization's overall on-line fundraising capability.
  • Perform administrative duties including: maintaining the organization's development-related databases (i.e. ensuring information is accurate and current, processing donations and entering gifts into donor database); managing the donor acknowledgement process (including drafting acknowledgement letters); and tracking expenses and reimbursement requests.
  • Maintain a thorough understanding of the organization's services, goals, mission and strategic direction.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Mandatory Job Qualifications

  • Cover letter and writing sample in your application.
  • Bachelor's degree, preferably in journalism, communications, marketing, English, or a related field.
  • Minimum 2 years' experience in grant writing, events, marketing, journalism, or similar area.
  • Familiarity with foundation/corporate solicitations, government funding, non-profit setting, or other issues related to civil/human rights is beneficial.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong organization, research, and analysis skills.
  • Extremely high attention to detail, consistent and reliable follow through, and ability to prioritize.
  • High energy, creative self-starter who will take initiative and work independently to achieve results, but can also collaborate and contribute positively to team efforts.
  • Strong computer skills, particularly in Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Raiser's Edge.
  • Basic photography skills

Bilingual skills desirable. Prior successful experience in events and grant writing strongly preferred.

Heartland Alliance makes all hiring and employment decisions without regard to race, creed, color, age, gender, gender identity, marital or parental status, religion, ancestry, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, sexual identity, immigrant status, political affiliation or belief, ex-offender status (depending on the offense and position to be filled), unfavorable military discharge, membership in an organization whose primary purpose is the protection of civil rights or improvement of living conditions and human relations, height, weight, or HIV infection, in accord with the Organization's AIDS Policy Statement of September, 1987. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation should contact the Employee Services Office at +1 (312) 660-1431.

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