JOB POSTING: Development Associate

Development Associate Job Description


Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago builds power through collective advocacy and organizing to achieve racial equity.

For nearly 30 years, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago has worked to bring together the Asian American community and create change in our communities. We are deeply committed to grassroots community organizing and we invest in the leadership of grassroots community members through trainings, community education, civic engagement, and collaborative issue-based campaigns. In order to strengthen our work and transform the inequities in our city, state, and Midwest region, we work with multiracial coalitions that emphasize racial equity, accountability to those most impacted, and an infrastructure of grassroots leadership. Our advocacy work focuses on promoting racial, economic, and immigrant justice, including initiatives in the areas of voting rights, language access, and immigrant rights.

As part of the national Asian Americans Advancing Justice affiliation, Advancing Justice | Chicago is a leader in the nationwide Asian American movement. Regionally, Advancing Justice | Chicago is prioritizing the Midwest, and collaborating with partners across the Midwestern states to tackle common struggles and build power.


Working closely with the Development Manager and development team, the Development Associate will play a key role in donor database management, support external affairs, donor prospecting, cultivation and stewardship, reporting on key metrics, and other projects as needed.

At this critical time in our nation’s history, when the rights of immigrants and other communities have been questioned by our government and white nationalism seeks to destroy communities of color, Advancing Justice | Chicago continues to be a leader in protecting the rights of Asian American and immigrant communities in our city, state, and region. This is also a critical time for our organization, and we are now positioned, both financially and strategically, to grow and build on our past victories.

The Development Associate position is responsible for assisting and supporting fundraising operations for Advancing Justice | Chicago. This person will manage, track, and support the organization and development goals. This position presents a unique opportunity for a flexible, dynamic, detail-oriented, and organized individual to advance this organization’s fundraising commitment to building power through coalition building, base building, and grassroots leadership development.


Reports to: Development Manager

  • Ensure ethical and appropriate financial administration of all contributed income, including
    overseeing the donor and prospect records, processing gifts in an accurate and efficient manner, and donor stewardship;
  • Support annual giving, board giving, major gifts, foundation, corporate, and donor cultivation
  • Implement and manage the use of donor database, maintain a suite of reports and queries to
    provide timely and accurate data to help the development team achieve donor engagement,
    solicitation, and budget goals;
  • Manage donor acknowledgment process, including processing outgoing mail (electronic and
    paper), conducting and assigning thank you calls and texts, and updating the donor database upon completion;
  • Plan, lead, and execute annual end of year campaign;
  • Manage third party fundraisers;
  • Manage logistics and follow up for corporate sponsorships and speaking engagements, including processing honorariums, invoicing, scheduling, following up via email, and meeting with potential partners;
  • Research foundation, corporate, and major donor prospects (using foundation websites or
    donor research databases as necessary);
  • Support site visits with research and preparing materials for meetings;
  • Other duties, such as general administrative support and other responsibilities as assigned.


As the Development Associate, they should demonstrate a unique blend of qualities and skills that reflect a passion and commitment to the organization’s mission, including the following:

    • Strong commitment to social justice, racial equity, and civil rights;
    • 1-2 years of professional experience;
    • Passionate about data management and analysis;
    • Commitment to maintaining good donor relations, confidentiality, and accurate records;
    • Experience with donor relationship management systems, preferably Salesforce;
    • Willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends for events and special projects as needed;
    • Strong organizational skills, multitasking, and problem-solving skills with the ability to work independently as well as part of a team, showing grace and willingness to help;
    • Ability to prioritize and meet deadlines;
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and Canva;
    • Excellent written, interpersonal, and verbal communications skills.


Exempt, full-time union position. This position is represented by a collective bargaining unit and is subject to the terms and conditions of the contract between Advancing Justice | Chicago and the Chicago News Guild.

The salary range is $44,000 – $50,000 depending on experience. A full benefits package is included.


Applications should be submitted electronically via email to  and include:

  • Cover letter describing interest in the position, qualifications, and expectations,
  • Resume;
  • Two writing samples of your choosing; and
  • Names of three references who can speak to the range of qualifications sought.

Please include “Development Associate Application” in the subject line of your email. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, but applications received by July 3, 2022 will be prioritized.

Note: Given the COVID-19 pandemic, Advancing Justice | Chicago staff are currently working hybrid, remotely and in-person in our Uptown office, which is subject to change.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  All qualified persons are encouraged to apply, regardless of race, color, creed, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, age, height, weight, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, marital or domestic partner status, or religious affiliation.