The role of the Development Assistant is to support the Development Department as well as Growing Home’s administrative office as a whole by providing administrative, clerical, and customer service support to Growing Home’s executive and fundraising staff.
Growing Home, Inc. is a Chicago-based nonprofit with a mission to operate, promote, and demonstrate the use of organic agriculture as a vehicle for job training, employment, and community development. The administrative office at 2732 N. Clark Street is responsible for the fundraising and management of the Employment Training, Urban Farming, and Outreach departments.
Social Media & Communications
Manage Growing Home’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube accounts. Collect and organize pictures and material for communications, create and schedule daily posts
Develop and implement social media goals and plans, analyze the efficacy of our social media presence, and prepare reports
Support development team in other communications including e-newsletters, website, and mailers
Update and maintain GiftWorks donor database on a daily basis
Support the development team in donor reporting and research; develop and maintain tracking systems as needed
Collaborate with development team to support event management, including creating and managing event ticket sales web pages, promoting events, soliciting raffle and auction items, creating guest lists, managing check-in stations, etc…
Accounting and Financial Tracking
Assist in paying bills; processing and filing accounts receivable and accounts payable; making deposits and deposit reports
Collect and process credit card receipts and reimbursement requests from all staff
Reception-related duties, including answering and screening calls, responding to and appropriately forwarding emails and media inquiries, managing mail
Basic office support tasks, including placing orders, making copies, filing, ordering office supplies, and maintaining general office organization and cleanliness
Six months or more of demonstrated experience performing related duties in a non-profit/social service setting, with a proven track record of excellence in organization, time management, and attention to detail
Superior written and verbal communication skills and a good eye for design
Familiarity with social media and current social media trends
Professional computer skills, proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and GiftWorks or similar donor management system
Commitment to Growing Home’s mission
Ability to work some evenings and weekends
Ability to travel to, and work from, our program site at 5814 S. Wood St. an average of once a week
Submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample of 1-3 pages to Vicky Nurre, Director of Development, at email@example.com. The subject line should read “Development Assistant” and all three components should be attached as a single pdf titled, “[first initial, last name]DA.pdf” example: “VNurreDA.pdf”. Mailed, hand-delivered, or messengered applications, and incomplete applications will not be considered. No calls please.
Additional Salary Information: Health Insurance and generous vacation benefits
About Growing Home, Inc.
Growing Home works to build healthy people and communities in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood through their innovative work in urban agriculture. Their farm-based employment training program helps individuals with barriers to employment such as criminal records, homelessness, and lack of experience, find and keep stable full-time jobs. Their USDA-certified organic farms also provide healthy food and food education to families living in an area considered a food desert. Through farming, Growing Home seeks to bring good jobs and good food to all.