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The Development Researcher is a full time position responsible for working in collaboration with the development team to drive donor research and prospect management efforts to strengthen major giving across the organization. This position is also responsible for coordinating the research, development, and completion of grant proposals and for providing general support to further the success of the development team.
Essential Job Functions
Research and Prospect/Pipeline Management
Research potential new donors, using Raiser’s Edge as well as external databases and resources, and prioritize for outreach by the development team
Lead effort to capitalize on new leads by identifying significant donors acquired through our direct mail campaign and manage follow up process to ensure that they are acknowledged appropriately
Identify lapsed and uncultivated donors from donor database, and prioritize for outreach by development team
Conduct research on unsolicited major donors and prioritize leads for outreach
Implement and oversee internal portfolio management system; to include identification of key prospects and donors to be maintained in tracking system, managing prospect strategy process, producing action plans in conjunction with fundraising team, and tracking status of proposals and gifts
Utilize donor database as well as external resources to gather information on donors and prepare donor briefing profiles to prepare development and leadership teams for donor meetings and events
Ensure all new donor information is recorded in Raiser’s Edge database
Manage receipt and logging process of gifts on a daily basis. Create and distribute weekly gift log to ensure appropriate development team members are aware of incoming donations, and flag donors for follow up as appropriate
Support preparation for meetings with leadership, in particular the Development Committee of the Board of Directors
Manage grants calendar to ensure all submission and reporting deadlines are met, keep up to date files on grant attachments and data on programs and progress toward goals
Maintain library of grant attachments, ensuring up to date documents are available
Work with Charity leadership to understand the programmatic needs of the organization in order to create correspondence and solicitation materials (to include budgets, program data, etc.)
Proactively work with operations team members to identify areas and programs to seek funding for, maintaining up to date library of opportunities
Coordinate and manage grant and report writing and submission processes
Ensure accurate records are kept of grant related correspondence and submissions
Education and Experience – An equivalent combination of education, training and experience will be considered.
Bachelor’s degree required
1-3 years of non-profit development experience required
Proven administrator with multi-tasking experience
Strong knowledge of database and research methodology required, as well as proven experience (3 or more years) conducting donor and prospect research and portfolio management
Grant writing and foundation fundraising experience strongly desired.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities which may be representative, but not all-inclusive of those commonly associated with this position.
Must possess excellent organizational and planning skills. Ability to work within tight deadlines, multitask and adjust to changes in priorities, and balance short-term needs with long-term strategic initiatives.
Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills
Sincere commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, board members, volunteers, donors, program participants, and other supporters.
Self-starter, able to work independently, and entrepreneurial; enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives.
Working knowledge with the Microsoft Office suite of applications. Skills with Publisher, Adobe Suite, web content management systems, and Blackbaud/CRM/Raiser’s Edge software preferred.
Work Environment – Environmental or atmospheric conditions commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job.
Some evening and weekend work will be required.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Ability to travel throughout Chicagoland area is required.
Regular and predictable attendance is required.
Physical Abilities that are commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job. The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
Light sedentary office work. Frequently required to sit
Ability to travel to other program sites or events as needed
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel; talk or hear.
Must be physically capable of carrying 35 lbs.
Internal Number: 3128882501
About Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana, Inc. - Oak B
For over 40 years the mission of RMHC-CNI has been to care for families of children with complex medical needs by providing comfort, compassion and a sense of community. RMHC-CNI keeps families of hospitalized children together in a ‘home away from home’.