The Development and Grants Manager is responsible for managing the Chicago Artists Coalition’s fundraising and revenue-generating initiatives, as well as providing bookkeeping support. They report to the Director of Development and External Affairs and will work closely with the Executive Director.
Established in 1974, the Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC) is a non-profit organization that supports emerging Chicago artists through education, artist residencies, and exhibitions—providing them with the resources to live, work, and thrive in the city. CAC is committed to building a diverse community of artist leaders who define the place of art in our city’s culture and economy, and to cultivating a wide-reaching civic, philanthropic, and public support network that enhances the impact of contemporary artists in Chicago.
Development and Grants Manager
The Development and Grants Manager is a key member of CAC’s Development team whose primary responsibilities are managing institutional giving and providing general support across all areas of fundraising. The position is responsible for maintaining and helping to grow the organization’s current portfolio of foundation, government, and corporate grants. This position will also research and solicit new opportunities for foundation support, as well as assist with events, communications, financial management and other duties as necessary.
• Manage institutional fundraising, including writing grants to foundations, government and corporate entities.
o Maintain calendar of grant deadlines, reporting obligations and stewardship strategies.
o Track grant budgets and prepare financial reports.
o Cultivate and steward strong relationships with institutional funders.
o Conduct regular prospect research.
• Manage CAC’s membership programs and participate in regular evaluation of the program’s impact and goals.
• Provide Individual Giving and Campaign support to Director of Development as needed
• Supervise and participate in maintaining CAC’s e-Tapestry database of donors, supporters, and prospects.
• Implement CAC’s Annual Fund campaigns, including writing solicitations and pulling mailing lists from database.
• Prepare and send acknowledgement letters for donors as needed.
• Assist with the facilitation/support of all fundraising and cultivation events, including annual benefit
• Assist with CAC’s financial management/bookkeeping in consultation with Executive Director and offsite bookkeeper.
• Other duties as necessary.
Experience / Qualifications:
The successful candidate must possess a proven track record in leading effective development and fundraising efforts, with proficiency in grant writing, donor cultivation, and overall communications. Other key skills and qualifications include:
• BA in arts-related field, or equivalent degree in arts administration or nonprofit management.
• At least 2-4 years of professional work experience in the nonprofit arts sector, preferred.
• Excellent writing, speaking, and overall communication skills.
• Detail-oriented and well-organized; ability to multi-task.
• Knowledge of the Chicago arts and nonprofit community, a plus.
• Confidence in working with and communicating with high-profile individuals in the corporate, philanthropic, and arts sectors.
• Ability to set and manage deadlines, and communicate and plan for necessary adjustments clearly and in a timely manner.
• Must be self-motivated, creative problem solver, and team-builder.
• Must be willing and available to work some evenings and weekends.
• Knowledge of Microsoft Office, multiple Google platforms, and ability to learn and utilize other programs including e-Tapestry database and Campaign Monitor helpful.
• Basic graphic design skills are helpful.
The physical demands of this position are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms balance, stoop, kneel or crouch.
This position offers a competitive full-time salary with benefits.
Submit cover letter, résumé, and salary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, April 20, 2018. In order to expedite the reviewing process, please write the job title and your name (Last name, First name) as the only contents in the subject line of the e-mail. Faxed, mailed, or incomplete applications will not be accepted. No phone calls please.