Did you know there’s a planet in our galaxy where it rains glass? Or that light bounces around inside the Sun for 175,000 years before shooting off into space? If you think that’s freaking awesome, and you’re passionate about STEM, community outreach, education, and working in a welcoming environment, this might be the place for you!
The Adler Planetarium is seeking a Development Communications Specialist to join our dynamic team located on Chicago's Museum Campus.
Reporting to the Manager of Development, the Development Communications Specialist is responsible for the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage proposals and reports to all corporate, foundation, and individual donors. This individual will contribute their outstanding communication skills to the Adler Development Team, which oversees fundraising, membership, and select events for the institution. This individual will also be responsible for:
Under the direction of the Manager of Development, researching, drafting copy, and executing creative, donor-centered communications that are on-brand and strategically sound, including grant proposals and reports, corporate funding and sponsorship proposals, stewardship reports, special fundraising and membership appeals, acknowledgment letters, and other materials as needed for donors and members
Tracking deadlines, gift agreement documentation, and reporting requirements for major gift, sponsorship, and grant proposals and impact reports, communicating these to building partners and internal stakeholders including Marketing, Finance, and Programs departments; and preparing information for Gift Notification Forms and cross-departmental Quarterly Grants Meeting
In partnership with the Manager of Development, preparing materials for major gift, sponsorship, and grant proposals and impact reports, and acting as liaison for other departments in the collection of documentation including program narratives, financial and budget reports, and recognition fulfillment
We are looking for an experienced communicator with a specialty in writing. This person is creative, detail-oriented, and self-starting, comfortable working both independently and as a member of a team. An ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously is critical, as is a passion for communicating a number of different programs and initiatives to a wide variety of audiences.
Bachelor's Degree or equivalent relevant experience
Two to three years in a nonprofit fundraising setting, as well of basic knowledge of fundraising techniques and strategies
Knowledge of grant components; research, analytical, and strong written communication skills, primarily the ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals and reports
Ability to handle sensitive information with discretion
Bachelor's Degree in field relevant to position
Experience in a writing and/or editing position in a science, museum, or academic setting
Proficiency in Google Suite, Raiser's Edge, Adobe, and inDesign
The Development team of the Adler Planetarium is quickly evolving, and our stellar team is passionate about creating innovative fundraising initiatives, building an outstanding team culture of collaboration and learning, and fostering deep connections between our donors and the Adler mission. They are champions for science and technology, megaphones for our incredible programs, and advocates for science literacy. All of this in service of inspiring exploration of that mind-blowing thing we call our Universe.
Please submit a resume, cover letter, and writing prompt (outlined below). Only complete applications will be reviewed. During review, both content and presentation will be considered.
Please complete the following three questions in a single separate document:
What are your career goals?
What are your professional strengths?
What professional accomplishment are you most proud of?
The Adler Planetarium is dedicated to complying with its obligations as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Our recruiting and hiring procedures are free of discrimination based on race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, covered veteran status, including disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, other protected veterans, and Armed Forces service medal veterans or any protected group status as defined by law.
Internal Number: 1142
About The Adler Planetarium
The Adler Planetarium—America’s First Planetarium—was founded in 1930 by Chicago business leader Max Adler. As a recognized leader in public engagement, the Adler Planetarium’s scientists, historians and educators inspire the next generation of explorers. The Adler is home to three full size theaters, extensive interactive exhibitions, and a significant collection of antique scientific instruments and print materials. In addition, the Adler boasts the lakeside Doane Observatory, one of the only research-active, public urban observatories, and the only place in Chicago where the public can see planets, stars, and galaxies up-close and in person.