After School Matters provides Chicago high school teens with high quality, after-school and summer opportunities to explore and develop their talents while gaining critical skills for work, college and beyond. Since 1991, more than 200,000 teens have participated in our hands-on, project-based after-school and summer programs in the arts, communications and leadership, sports and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Programs take place at locations throughout the city including Chicago public high schools, Chicago Park District and Chicago Public Library locations, community organizations, downtown at the Gallery 37 Center for the Arts and in Belmont Cragin at our new Michael and Karyn Lutz Center for After School Matters. For more information, visit www.afterschoolmatters.org.
Summary of Position:
Responsible for collaborating with the Director of Major Gifts and key advancement team members to cultivate, solicit and steward individual donors and prospects. This individual plays a critical role by supporting and leading projects that help reach individual giving fundraising goals.
This is a full-time position.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
Supports the Director of Major Gifts with portfolio work, including donor cultivation, solicitation and stewardship activities.
Conduct thorough research on current and prospective individual donors to prepare CEO, CDO, and ASM leadership as needed for donor visits.
Creates and personalizes leadership gift acknowledgements.
Assists in preparing donor proposals and reports.
Manages the Annual Fund strategy, including targeted multi-channel appeals (direct mail, email, web, etc.).
Coordinates and executes appeals by collaborating with marketing and communications. Creates and adheres to timelines and writing cases for support.
Ensures ASM’s brand and overall marketing and communications strategy is used consistently and effectively through all assigned fundraising appeals.
Ensures that donor engagement activity is accurately recorded in the Raiser’s Edge database; help create, plan and execute stewardship events; manage stewardship matrix; and suggest strategic events and programs to develop donor relationships.
Supports the planning and implementation of donor activities and events, such as luncheons, receptions and dinners.
Actively participates in benchmarking “best practices” to create standardized individual giving processes.
The successful candidate has an incredible eye for detail and brings an exceptional customer service approach. They will have experience with direct mail appeals, fundraising events, a donor CRM database, and an understanding of the fundraising cycle. Exceptional abilities in writing, speaking, and building relationships are critical for success in this position.
Other duties as assigned.
The physical demands here 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 the essential functions.
Must be able to sit and work at a computer for long periods of time.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is not exposed to weather conditions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Strong written and oral communication skills.
The successful candidate must be self-motivated and directed, possessing excellent administrative skills, reliable, a proven ability to meet deadlines and analyze data.
A strong team orientation, toward both internal and external constituencies is required.
Bachelor's degree and a minimum of 2 years fundraising experience required; 3-5 years of relevant experience preferred.
Proficient in fundraising software (Raiser's Edge preferred), social media, Microsoft office.
Commitment to a mission-driven organization, ability to maintain donor confidentiality, and desire to advance the mission and vision of ASM is required.
After School Matters is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, military discharge status, age, marital status, parental status, or source of income.
Internal Number: 3127028972
About After School Matters
After School Matters provides Chicago high school teens with high quality, out-of-school time opportunities to explore and develop their talents while gaining critical skills for work, college and beyond. Since 1991, more than 200,000 teens have participated in our hands-on, project-based after-school and summer programs in the arts, communications and leadership, STEM and sports. Programs take place at locations throughout the city including Chicago public high schools, Chicago Park District and Chicago Public Library locations, community-based organizations, The Michael and Karyn Lutz Center for After School Matters in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood and Gallery 37 Center for the Arts downtown.