Skills for Chicagoland’s Future (Skills) is a public-private partnership driven to meet the talent demands of businesses, and to be a catalyst for systemic change and innovation. The force behind this drive is centered on our mission to get the unemployed and underemployed back to work. By focusing on the hiring demand of employers, Skills has created a paradigm shift in the general supply-driven approach to workforce development. The impact of this demand-driven approach can be seen through both the employers’ skilled and diverse workforce, and the economic mobility provided to the job seekers who are no longer unemployed/underemployed. Launched in 2012, Skills’ foundation is built on its strong employer partner relationships, dedicated Board of Directors, and funding support from both the City of Chicago and private donors. To date, Skills has directly impacted the lives of more than 3,400 job seekers by placing them in positions at over 50 employer partners across Chicagoland.
The Development Associate is primarily responsible for developing and writing grant proposals that persuasively communicate Skills’ mission and programs to potential foundation and corporate funders. Working in close conjunction with the Manager, Corporate & Foundation Relations and reporting to the Vice President of Development, this position serves as a project manager to assemble and submit grant requests, establish and maintain personal contact and relationships with foundation contacts, conduct prospect research, and maintain a calendar of submissions and other deadlines.
The following is a break down of the duties: 50% grant writing, 25% prospect research, and 25% administrative. Skills is located in downtown Chicago and thus the Development Associate will be expected to work at the Skills office 40 hours per week.
Manages grant development process, applying knowledge of program areas, funder priorities, and proposal requirements
Monitors websites regularly for funding opportunities and announcements, providing recommendations on eligibility and alignment of opportunities with needs and priorities
Provides writing assistance that can range from critiquing and editing, to developing and writing full proposals
Ensures submission of complete and accurate applications within grant deadlines
Maintains calendar to ensure timely submission of letters of inquiry, proposal deadlines, reports, prompt acknowledgement of gifts and awards, and other pertinent information
Provide additional support as needed in a fast-paced, growing organization
Demonstrated ability to develop strategic and successful foundation grant proposals is required
Excellent writing and oral communication skills
Ability to work effectively independently as well as in a team environment
Experience developing grant proposals with knowledge of basic fundraising sources, strategies and techniques
Ability to work on multiple deadline-driven projects simultaneously
Minimum 1-2 years of grant writing experience with proven success
Ability to work 40 hours per week at the Skills for Chicagoland's office in downtown Chicago
Submission of a writing sample
Additional Salary Information: Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience.
Skills for Chicagoland’s Future (SCF) is a nonprofit organization that creates demand-driven solutions for employers to get the unemployed and underemployed back to work. We work to improve the trajectory and economic mobility of the under and unemployed by meeting the talent needs of employers.Launched in 2012, SCF has placed more than 3,400 unemployed and underemployed job seekers into employme...nt through strong partnerships with nearly 50 local employers. SCF is chaired by Greg Brown, CEO of Motorola Solutions, and governed by a Board of Directors comprised of 22 chief executive and human resources officers from Chicago-area corporations. The public-private partnership is funded by the City of Chicago and The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, as well as a wide range of foundations and corporations. For more information, please visit www.skillsforchicagolandsfuture.com.