BACKGROUND AND MISSION
For over 25 years, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago has worked to bring together the Asian American community and empower them to create change in their communities. In 2017 we finalized a five-year strategic plan and are now guided by a new mission statement:
Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago builds power through collective advocacy and organizing to achieve racial equity.
Advancing Justice | Chicago is deeply committed to its grassroots community organizing. 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, a fierce accountability to those most impacted, and an infrastructure of grassroots leadership. Asian Americans have a unique experience and voice that can make an even more significant contribution to the progressive movement.
Together, we equip the community with the knowledge and resources to regularly engage with power-brokers and decision-makers at all levels of society for the advancement of social justice, equal rights, political representation, and human dignity. Simultaneously, we align, convene and collaborate with like-minded organizations to advocate for laws and policies that promote social, economic, political, and racial equity including initiatives in the areas of voting rights, language access, hate crimes and discrimination.
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.
Whether locally, regionally, or nationally, Advancing Justice | Chicago is building a powerful Asian American voice for racial equity.
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 open a powerful, new chapter in Advancing Justice | Chicago’s history.
The Director of Development position presents a unique opportunity for a strategic and proactive individual to advance this organization’s mission, expand the organizations brand awareness, grow and diversify our funding base, amplify our work, and attract new supporters.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
Advancing Justice | Chicago is a highly collaborative organization made up of capable leaders who excel at their jobs. As a senior-level manager you will have three direct reports: Development Associate, Grant Writer, and Communications Specialist. The department is efficient and effective, and thrives on a highly operationalized approach to the work in order to maximize ROI. This role requires strong management skills, a creative mind and approach to fundraising, and the ability to serve as a public-facing representative of the organization that can speak with confidence on our work, our mission, and current affairs that impact our community on a local, state, and national level.
The Director of Development will work with Senior Management on budgeting and fundraising to meet Advancing Justice | Chicago’s operational and program needs. They will have particular responsibility for individual and major donor fundraising, including events, and giving programs.
- Provide strategic, visionary leadership to enhance the scope and reach of the current donor base, to diversify the current funding base, and maintain an annual budget of approximately $1.3 million;
- Work effectively with the Board, Executive Director, development department, and Communications Specialist to identify, develop, and tap new donor prospects to fund the mission and specific programs. This includes managing donor relations, Board training and support, developing an individual donor base, as well as major donor development;
- Manage the development department team and the Communications Specialist;
- Evaluate and report the success of fundraising campaigns, including data on gifts, donor retention, acquisition costs for funds acquired, etc.;
- Manage the resource development infrastructure, including budgeting, donation payment methods, donor data management, mailings, etc.;
- Oversee all grant applications and reports created by the Grant Writer;
- Perform additional support functions and other related assignments as needed; and
- Requires working occasional evenings and weekends.
The Director of Development will serve as a brand manager, creating strategy with Senior Management and in partnership with the Communications Specialist to increase awareness among target audiences locally, regionally, and nationally, sometimes in collaboration with our national affiliates.
- Develop and execute annual marketing and communications plan in coordination with the Communications Specialist to support Advancing Justice | Chicago’s strategic goals;
- Coordinate external marketing material development as needed;
- Work with program staff to ensure external communication is clear, effective, consistent with plans, and serves organizational goals;
- Represent the organization at external events and potentially in the media.
- At least 5 years progressive and measurably-proven experience in fundraising;
- At least 3 years of experience leading and managing teams;
- Marketing, public relations, media relations, and/or social media communications experience;
- Proactive with a commitment to innovation and creativity;
- Proven ability to write accessibly for a wide variety of audiences and outlets;
- Exceptional interpersonal skills;
- Highly organized with the ability to manage multiple projects/tasks with deadlines;
- In-depth understanding of local and national Asian American community and history;
- Outlook, Salesforce, Mailchimp, Hootsuite, and WordPress experience helpful.
This is a full time, exempt position. The salary range is $50,000 – $65,000 based on experiences. Position includes a full benefits package.
INQUIRY AND APPLICATION PROCESS
Applications should be submitted via email to Shannon Downey at email@example.com and include:
- Letter of interest
- 2 writing samples of your choosing; and
- Social media handles
Please include “Director of Development Position – Your Name” in the subject line of your email. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
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.