Development and Communications Manager

Company: 
Chicago Debate Commission

Background

The Chicago Debate Commission (CDC) seeks a full-time Development and Communications Manager to support executive and program staff in achieving the mission of advancing the academic success and life opportunities of urban youth through academic debate programs.  The CDC facilitates, promotes and manages academic debate programming, running the Chicago Debate League in partnership with CPS. The CDC’s competitive debate programs serve approximately 1300 students in 60-70 high schools and middle schools. The organization trains and recruits debate coaches, provides comprehensive materials and support to build successful teams, and runs 34-36 tournaments plus a summer camp each year.   

Job Summary

The Development and Communications Manager is engaged in all aspects of organizational fundraising and outreach communications for this small well-regarded non-profit. He/she will have the opportunity to make a deep impact on the lives of thousands of Chicago students. We seek an exceptional project manager, organizer and communicator, who is interested in all areas of nonprofit fundraising, and who can work both independently and collaboratively in a dynamic environment. The Development and Communications Manager will report to the Executive Director.  The position is located at the CDC’s offices in downtown Chicago.  

Reports To

Executive Director

Responsibilities

Development (est. 60-65%)

  • Work closely with Executive Director to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy for fundraising efforts that will continue to expand and diversify the funding base
  • Manage grant program (including supervision of Development Assistant/Grantwriter), including:
    • Oversee grants and reports calendar
    • Supervise and participate in production of high-quality grant proposals and reports
    • Supervise and participate in prospect research for corporate and foundation funders
  • Assist in identification, cultivation, and retention of donors
  • Manage a portfolio of 10-20 supporters or prospects
  • Plan and execute special events including the annual Make Room for Debate fundraiser, Associates Board special events, house parties, and outreach events.
  • Manage annual appeal and other direct mail and email campaigns
  • Engage debate students and alumni as ambassadors in development work, preparing them for successful interactions with donors.
  • Prepare donor correspondence
  • Serve as manager for Neon database
  • Attend Board and Board Development Committee meetings

Communications (est. 25-30%)

  • Manage website and assist with developing website content
  • Manage social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn
  • Schedule, manage, write, edit and disseminate e-newsletter, regular e-blasts and annual report
  • Interact with debate students and coaches to create content for communication materials.
  • Design, manage, and write constituency profiles, marketing materials, reports and event communications.
  • Manage projects with external vendors (including graphic designers, printers, event facilities, etc.).
  • Handle small number of general office administrative tasks on request.
  • The Development and Communications Manager is the principal staff contact for the one-year-old Associates Board (AB) and will have the opportunity to take a major leadership role in growing the significance of this group.  Work will include:
    • Schedule, manage, and staff regular AB and committee meetings
    • Manage recruitment of new AB members.
    • Manage 1-2 AB events per year
    • Recruit and organize AB members to support organizational events and fundraising needs.
  • Supervise the Development Assistant/Grant Writer.
  • Supervise 1-2 summer interns. 

Associates Board (est. 10%)

  • The Development and Communications Manager is the principal staff contact for the one-year-old Associates Board (AB) and will have the opportunity to take a major leadership role in growing the significance of this group.  Work will include:
    • Schedule, manage, and staff regular AB and committee meetings
    • Manage recruitment of new AB members.
    • Manage 1-2 AB events per year
    • Recruit and organize AB members to support organizational events and fundraising needs.

Supervisory responsibilities

  • Supervise the Development Assistant/Grant Writer.
  • Supervise 1-2 summer interns. 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with strong academic record
  • 3-5 years of experience in nonprofit development, communications, and special events management.
  • Professional experience in a nonprofit education organization is a plus.
  • Knowledge of Chicago donor community is a plus.
  • Exceptional organizational skills, with detail orientation and ability to manage multiple activities simultaneously in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong writer with excellent editing and proofreading skills
  • Advanced computer skills including use of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Adobe. Experience with fundraising databases is a plus.
  • Experience with design software (such as Adobe Creative Suite).
  • Experience with website management and social media.
  • Position requires utmost integrity; ethical behavior and appropriate business practices are expected.
  • Must have ability to prioritize multiple assignments.
  • Must have strong interpersonal and communications skills, and ability to work both collaboratively and independently.
  • Commitment to advancing as a professional in nonprofit development and communications.
  • Enthusiasm for mission-driven work and interest in education issues.

Compensation

$40-$50,000, based on experience and skills. Total working hours will be 40-50/week. Rarely, weekends or evenings are required.  The position will begin as early as possible in June 2017.  The CDC provides medical insurance, generous PTO, and professional development opportunities. 

Apply Now: 

Candidates must submit a cover letter, resume, and short writing sample. Please include salary history and requirements. Submit by April 15, 2016 by email to search@chicagodebateleague.org.  If possible, please collect all application materials in a single PDF.  

The Chicago Debate Commission is an equal opportunity employer.

Chicago Debate Commission