Career Opportunities

Development Director

I. About the Organization


Asian Americans Advancing Justice|Chicago, a member of Advancing Justice, has a mission to empower the Asian American community through advocacy, by utilizing education, research, and coalition-building.


Advancing Justice|Chicago was established in 1992 by a group of visionary Chicago community activists, academicians, and business leaders in response to the growing need to build a pan-Asian policy agenda among Chicago’s diverse Asian American communities. Advancing Justice|Chicago projects a united voice on the most pressing issues of concern to Asian Americans in metropolitan Chicago. Its staff and board work closely with a broad network of established community leaders and emerging activists who have bridged ethnic and cultural differences to find solutions to shared concerns.

II. About the Position

The Director of Development will provide strategic leadership in the creation and implementation of a comprehensive plan that incorporates individual, corporate and foundation solicitation, annual appeals, and special events. The Director of Development will take the lead on developing and implementation of the annual fundraising plan that engages key organizational stakeholders in activities that increase the financial resources and support to the organization. The Director of Development will also ensures that fundraising activities are consistent with the organization’s mission and Strategic Plan, and analyzes and evaluates systems and structures for tracking and reporting fundraising data.

This is a full-time, exempt position. The Director of Development supervises all Development staff and interns, and reports to the Executive Director. Duty areas include: individual and corporate donor cultivation and stewardship, grants management, special events, communications, and board engagement.

Applicants of all racial and ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Compensation and benefits are commensurate with experience in field.

III. Qualifications

  • Experience in non-profit fundraising and communications with demonstrated accomplishments, including a proven track record in achieving fundraising goals and experience in developing and managing a portfolio of major donors and foundations.
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in data collection and analysis is required. This includes experience in data mining donor lists, both for improvement of their quality, but also to gain analytical insights into organizational fundraising patterns.
  • Experience in creating, evaluating and tracking development systems and processes that maximize efficiency of work.
  • Well-documented and successful history of working with boards and committees.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with Chicago philanthropic community and an ability to analyze the advocacy fundraising landscape is highly desired.
  • BA/BS (or equivalent) in a related field required.
  • Internet and computer savvy, with experience utilizing Word, Excel, website management and e-communications software social media platforms and donor databases.
  • Superior responsiveness and verbal/written communication skills.
  • Ability to clearly communicate about social justice and advocacy issues in both written and verbal forms.
  • Supervisory and project management experience preferred.
  • Non-profit programmatic experience highly preferred.
  • Knowledge of NationBuilder database software and online fundraising strongly preferred.
  • Understanding of and/or experience with racial justice work and issues affecting Asian American communities is preferred.
  • Independent, results-focused, highly organized self-starter.
  • Excellence in time management and prioritization.
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work independently, manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to function well within a team environment, which includes cross-department coordination.
  • Comfort with giving and receiving honest, constructive feedback.
  • Flexibility to work occasional evening and weekend hours.

How to apply


Send resume and cover letter to Kelsey Sill at

Please reference “Development Director Search” in subject line.

Your cover letter will serve as a writing sample.

Advancing Justice | Chicago is an equal opportunity employer and seeks applicants of diverse backgrounds for this position. Persons of color are especially encouraged to apply.

No phone calls, please.

AmeriCorps VISTA – 6 positions

Deadline: Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. Start dates TBD.

About AmeriCorps VISTA and the Asian American Community Empowerment Project

AmeriCorps VISTA is a national service program with a goal to end poverty in the United States. The AmeriCorps VISTA Asian American Community Empowerment Project works to eliminate poverty in the Asian American community in Chicago and beyond. Currently we have 12 VISTA members placed in 9 organizations around Chicago that serve the Asian communities every day.

VISTA members sign up for one year of service with a nonprofit organization in our collaborative where they build capacity to address the root causes of poverty in the community. The Asian American Empowerment Project cohort meets monthly for issue-and-skill-based trainings, professional development, and self-care workshops.


The Asian American Community Empowerment Project is seeking SIX AmeriCorps VISTA members to serve for one year, building capacity at Asian American community organizations across the city of Chicago and its suburbs. (Full list of available positions is below)


The AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer Management Coordinator will continue implementing a volunteer recruitment and retention strategy for Advancing Justice | Chicago, to expand the pools of volunteers. The member will work with staff members to recognize the need for and use of volunteers, and engage in regular volunteer recruitment team meetings to develop a shared recruitment plan.

AmeriCorps VISTA Resource Development Associate will work with the organization’s fundraising team to develop and expand funding streams for the host site to increase the number of donors and community members; research funding opportunities; build relationships; create documents and systems necessary to pursue and track these opportunities; and work with staff to develop/fine-tune outreach messaging, strategy, and materials to potential funders.

The AmeriCorps VISTA Community Outreach Coordinator will expand the pool of constituent targets who know about site organization services, and develop/improve presentations, communication tools and methods of conducting outreach to potential participants/clients. They will build relationships with current constituents and participants of site organization’s programs and services, develop an outreach plan for target beneficiaries/participants and train site organization staff to manage community outreach plan.


Apply by online via the AmeriCorps VISTA portal (links below). For questions, contact Bryan Hara at


For more information about AmeriCorps VISTA visit their website

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