The Development Associate position is an entry-level position that is primarily responsible for assisting the Finance Director carry out the implementation of fund development activities for LVEJO. The Development Associate and will provide support to and work in collaboration with the Finance Director. This position requires strong organizational skills and an ability to prioritize, as well as multi-task. Fund development is essential to the overall success of the organization. Therefore, it is imperative that the person in this role be dedicated to providing the support needed by the Finance Director to assist in securing the critical resources necessary for the financial health and stability of LVEJO, and providing support to community members accessing LVEJO policy and organizing programs.
Duties & Responsibilities
Help write grant applications and contracts
Data entry to database
Timely administration of donor acknowledgement letters
Participate as an active member of the organization’s development committee
Research foundation, city, county, state, federal and corporate grant opportunities
Help to identify, research, and build relationships with individual donors and local businesses
Provide basic grant administration functions
Coordinate agency mailings and promotions
Assist with special organizational events and logistics, including for agency fundraisers
Other duties as assigned
LVEJO is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, nationality, ethnicity, disability, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief system, pregnancy status or related medical conditions, or any other status protected by law. People of color, people with disabilities, working-class people, and LGBTQ2IA people are highly encouraged to apply.
Have excellent written and verbal communication skills required
Be computer literate and technologically proficient in:
Standard word processing and spreadsheet software applications required, including Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, Publisher, Power Point)
Database software to manage and track grants required
Be highly organized and motivated and can multi-task required
Have experience in web development preferred
Have local knowledge of and commitment of Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood and/ or environmental or social justice helpful
Have commitment to social justice helpful
Able to speak conversational Spanish helpful
Associate degree in social services, public administration, or related field preferred
Additional Salary Information: Salary: depending upon experience
IF INTERESTED, please submit resume and two writing samples to Ms. Mayra Galvez, LVEJO Office Coordinator: email firstname.lastname@example.org, phone (773) 762-6991. Please email or call if you have any questions regarding job description. This position is open until filled.
About Little Village Environmental Justice Organization
LVEJO was founded in 1994 by public school parents who learned about the potential exposure of their children to dangerous particles during school renovations at Joseph E. Gary Elementary. After forcing the school administration to change their plans, these parents turned their attention to other issues of environmental justice in Little Village.
Under the leadership of the organization’s first Executive Director, Victor Ceballos, LVEJO worked with neighborhood youth on local campaigns against polluting factories. LVEJO soon developed a campaign to remediate the Celotex superfund site and developed a strong youth leadership development program. With an organized youth base LVEJO conducted important surveys and maps of the neighborhood to understand the environmental problems that the community needed to address. Through this grassroots process, LVEJO identified the Crawford Coal Power Plant, Celotex, and the 31st CTA bus line as important environmental justice struggles.
In 2005 LVEJO’s community organizer Kim Wasserman-Nieto became the Executive Director, a position she would hold for eight years. Working alongside courageous community leaders, Wasserman and LVEJO’s organize...rs waged tireless grassroots campaigns to close down the Crawford and Fisk coal power plants, to remediate and convert the Celotex site into a new public park, and to permanently re-establish the 31st bus route in the neighborhood. LVEJO also formed strong alliances with other environmental and social justice organizations through the Clean Power Coalition.
Led by LVEJO and PERRO, another environmental justice group in Pilsen, the Clean Power Coalition was successful in retiring the Crawford and Fisk plants in 2012. This tremendous community victory represented a resounding example of community power and the necessity of community organizing. For her exemplary leadership and commitment Kim Wasserman-Nieto was awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize in April of 2013.
In 2013, LVEJO also won the Celotex superfund campaign and worked with the Chicago Park District to design the first public park to be built in Little Village in 75 years. To be opened in December of 2014, the new park will be named La Villita Park and will address the great need for open space in the community. In October of 2013 LVEJO’s long-standing campaign to re-establish the 31st bus route was also completed, ensuring that the neighborhood has adequate transit access for the first time in years.
After twenty years working for environmental justice in Little Village, LVEJO continues to organize for a healthier community in Little Village and beyond. Building upon the successful clean power, public transit, and open space campaigns LVEJO remains committed to organizing with those most impacted by industrialization and climate change.