The Board of Directors of South East Chicago Commission (SECC) is in process of finalizing a strategic planning process that will define the organization’s direction for the next three years. The SECC is looking to hire a part time Development Consultant that will formulate an organizational development plan, work to increase funding for the organization through grant writing, relationship development and prospect research.
South East Chicago Commission Overview
Founded in 1952, the SECC is a community-based organization focused on enhancing the quality of life in five neighborhoods on the south side of Chicago Woodlawn, Washington Park, Hyde Park, Kenwood and Oakland.
The SECC is dedicated to improving quality of life for Mid-South Side residents and collaborating with residents, elected officials, local organizations and community stakeholders. The SECC will continue to support stakeholders in community planning, civic engagement, shop local and shop small initiatives, and programs that keep local communities safe and vibrant through economic development initiatives which include Special Service Area #61 Downtown Hyde Park and the Neighborhood Business Development Center; and through community development initiatives to include the Neighborhood Enhancement Grant, Woodlawn Community Summit, and more.
Governed by a board of community leaders, business owners, and neighborhood residents, the SECC works closely with residents and organizations throughout our communities to build consensus and advance our goals. Currently the organization has three (3) employees and an organizational budget of approximately $400,000. The SECC engages in a variety of partnerships with other non-profit organizations, government agencies and private corporations, and receives funding from a diverse range of sources, including government grants, foundations, the University of Chicago, corporate contributions and individual donors.
In January 2017, the SECC and the University of Chicago announced a new era of their longstanding partnership as the SECC transitions to an autonomous, self-governing organization. The separation is an opportunity to rebrand the organization and reposition itself to meet the changing needs of the communities it serves within its footprint.
Scope of Work
In collaboration with Board and Staff, the contracted Development Consultant will conduct a development planning and implementation process to include, but not be limited to, the following key areas of work:
The Development Consultant will create a formal Development Plan for the organization with timelines and benchmarks.
Responsible for researching, identifying, and applying for new government, corporate, foundation, and private funding opportunities. The Development Consultant will generate proposals and supporting documents in response to solicitations. Identify, define, and develop funding sources to support existing and planned program activities as well as manage and implement the development, writing, and submission of grant proposals to third-party entities.
The Development Consultant will also be responsible for collecting, analyzing, and reporting data on the performance of program activities that are funded by third-party public and private sources. Position will maintain a database of grant application and reporting deadlines and work with colleagues at SECC to ensure that all deadlines are met. Position will create and maintain a robust set of standard texts about SECC, its fundraising priorities, and its upcoming programs.
Develop and support new and existing fundraising events.
The Development Consultant should have relevant experience working with nonprofit, public, and private sector organizations to develop strategic development plans that respond effectively to internal, environmental, political, and fiscal realities. Experience working with agencies that deliver impactful services in the economic development field is preferred, but not required. The South East Chicago Commission requests electronic proposals of no more than 5 (five) pages in length that describe your experience providing Development services to similar organizations, your proposed process for providing these services, and a proposed budget for these services.
The submission should include the following components:
Name and contact information and the names of any other participating consultants or firm;
Statement of qualifications;
Summary of similar work conducted, highlighting specific accomplishments;
A narrative description of the proposed process, activities and approach;
Timeline for the work;
Fee & Budget (including number of estimated hours for each activity, billing rate, and estimated out of pocket costs);
On a separate addendum (which will not count toward the 5-page limit), please provide a copy of current resume(s), and the names and contact information for up to three references – preferably organizations for whom you have recently provided similar services.
Please submit electronically by 5PM Central Standard time Friday April 9, 2018 to Diane Burnham, firstname.lastname@example.org
Exceptional writing skills. Exceptional command of English language, grammar, and style.
Ability to write strategically, persuasively, and efficiently.
Ability to understand and engage with current ideas in community and economic development programs, community engagement and midsouth community regional focus.
Ability to present information in a relevant way.
Ability to meet deadlines.
Ability to work in a team as well as independently, to prioritize among multiple concurrent projects.
Organizational and human relations skills with ability to collaborate well and supportively and cultivate good relationships with colleagues within SECC and Board of Directors.
The temperament to work with a diverse and demanding population is expected.
Must be self-directed and self-motivated, able to set goals and develop projects.
Clear, effective, and tactful oral and written communication skills; ability to handle sensitive information with discretion.
Ability to prioritize and execute multiple tasks simultaneously with an ability to view a project in its entirety.
Proficiency with MS Office Suite, including Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint preferred.
Ability to maintain confidentiality required.
A minimum of two years of professional writing experience required, preferably in a development, fundraising, higher education, or other non-profit position.
Must be able to demonstrate proven track record of securing new and renewing existing grants in previous nonprofit organizations.
Proven success in writing effective grant applications strongly preferred.
Ability to write strategically, persuasively, and quickly required.
Ability to engage in a rigorous and questioning way with texts prepared by colleagues, and to edit and/or adapt their work to suit a variety of formats required.
Ability to work independently, to work on multiple projects simultaneously, and to set priorities and meet deadlines required.
Familiarity with the community and economic development sector preferred.
Exceptional organizational skills required. Must be able to oversee complex projects and schedules, maintain deadlines with the ability to set priorities and manage several projects simultaneously required.
Ability to successfully manage a workload that balances long-range planning with the unanticipated daily demands of art museums required.
Excellent written and spoken communication skills with the ability to synthesize and accurately present relevant information required.
Additional Salary Information: Work Location: South East Chicago Commission and Remote (split time as schedule requires)
Work Schedule: Part Time/Consultant
Benefits Eligible: No
Pay Frequency: Monthly and/or Bi-monthly as contracted
About South East Chicago Commission
Founded in 1952, the South East Chicago Commission is a community-based organization focused on enhancing the quality of life in five neighborhoods on the south side of Chicago Woodlawn, Washington Park, Hyde Park, Kenwood and Oakland.
The South East Chicago Commission is dedicated to improving quality of life for Mid-South Side residents and collaborating with residents, elected officials, local organizations and community stakeholders. The SECC supports stakeholders in community planning, civic engagement, shop local and shop small initiatives, and programs that keep local communities safe and vibrant through economic development initiatives which include Special Service Area #61 Downtown Hyde Park and the Neighborhood Business Development Center; and through community development initiatives to include the Neighborhood Enhancement Grant, Woodlawn Community Summit, and more.