Under the direction of the Chief Development, Marketing & Communication Officer, the Development Specialist oversees the relationship management of the volunteer programs, supports special events and gift processing for the development department. The Development Specialist is part of the fundraising team that builds organization and community’s understanding of the McGaw YMCA’s cause and impact through volunteer engagement and event strategies. This position provides key support and expertise to the Association. This position supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit, charitable organization committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. This positon requires an individual with a deep commitment to diversity and inclusion; access and equity.
The Development Specialist is a critical part of the development, marketing, and communications team and regularly interacts with program leaders and executive leadership across the association.
Volunteers – Relationship management and placement
Partner with program leadership across the association to compile a comprehensive list of volunteer opportunities, job descriptions and orientation needs
Collaborate with the Development Manager on processing volunteer applications and data management
Build relationship with individual and cohorts of volunteers to deepen mission impact and base of support
Collaborate with the CDMCO on execution of institutional events:
Healthy Kids Day
4th of July Parade
Support CDMCO and Gift Officers on logistics and hosting Community Learning Series events:
Admin support on program and leadership preparation
Event data follow-up
Partner with Development Manager on cross department training on:
Support CDMCO on committee management and solicitation preparation
BA/BS degree; 1-2 yrs experience
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to establish and maintain good relationships with a variety of constituents, including volunteers, board members, members, corporate friends, donors, department heads, and external vendors and media representatives
Adept at juggling and prioritizing many projects at once with multiple deadlines, working cross-functionally, while never losing site of the core message
Understanding of database systems; Blackbaud Raiser’sEdge ReNxt is a plus
Extensive knowledge of Microsoft Office (Power Point, Excel, Word)
Experience working within confidential information and being discreet with donor and institutional information
Ability to work quickly, efficiently and with focus in an open-office setting, maintaining a keen attention to detail and accuracy
Capable of self-managing their time, work flow and schedule in order to meet deadlines
Maintain technical knowledge by attending design workshops, reviewing professional publications and participating in professional societies
Self-driven, proactive, and a team player
About McGaw YMCA
Founded in 1885, the McGaw YMCA is an open, charitable membership association. Our mission is to promote growth in spirit, mind and body through programs and services that strengthen community for all people in Evanston. The McGaw YMCA has a long history of supporting youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
While McGaw has all of the features of traditional YMCAs (gym, exercise and aquatic facilities), it has a number of facilities that make it unique among its counterparts nationwide. These include a men’s residence, a NAEYC-accredited children’s center, and a residential camp in Michigan that welcomes more than 1,800 youth every summer.
Among its many offerings for people of all ages, McGaw is a respected provider of programs for all youth in the community. These programs promote academic readiness and success through specialized instruction, enrichment activities, tutoring and mentoring. They include Head Start, a residential camp in Michigan and MetaMedia, a digital media program and maker space for middle school youth.