The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights invites applications for the position of Development Manager, to be based in Chicago.
The Young Center protects and advances the rights and best interests of unaccompanied and separated immigrant children in the United States through its two pzrograms: the Child Advocate program and the Policy program. The Child Advocate program provides independent, best interests guardians ad litem for immigrant children pursuant to the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act and the Violence Against Women Act. The Policy program advocates with legislators, federal agencies, and other stakeholders to ensure that federal laws, policies, and practices promote consideration of immigrant children’s best interests—their safety and well-being, with due regard for their expressed wishes—in all decisions. The organization is headquartered in Chicago, and operates programs in Chicago, Harlingen, Washington DC, New York, Houston, San Antonio, Phoenix, and Los Angeles.
About the job. The Young Center seeks to hire a Development Manager to do grant writing and donor engagement. The Development Manager will report to and work in partnership with the Development Director. The Development Manager will have an extensive portfolio of existing grants and will continue to build the Young Center’s institutional foundation support, while also managing a small portfolio of mid-level donors. A passion for the mission of the Young Center is crucial. The Development Director will be based at the South Loop office of the Young Center.
Manage grants program, including the grant calendar
Draft LOIs, proposals, and reports for foundations and corporate sponsors
Research grants and corporate support, including developing new areas of potential support in fields outside of immigration
Maintain up-to-date communication with the finance team to ensure speedy recognition of funds upon receipt
Develop creative engagement plan for reporting and develop strong relationships with program officers
Create quarterly updates for a more general audience including major individual donors and foundations without interim reporting requirements
Manage a small portfolio of mid-level donors via phone calls, email, notes, personal meetings, and targeted engagement activities (~15% of the position’s time)
Support the Development Director with forward-looking reporting on the Young Center’s grants-related financials to aid in 3-to-5-year strategic planning
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: We are seeking an exceptional professional with 3-7 years of fundraising experience. We are looking for a unique set of characteristics:
Significant experience and demonstrable success in grant writing/management
Knowledge of foundations and corporations, locally as well as nationally
Demonstrated ability to research new foundation prospects, as well as write successful proposals
Excellent writing and communications skills.
Ability to work with little direct supervision, manage multiple tasks simultaneously and take ownership of the job
Highly organized, detail oriented, ability to maintain a high level of follow through and confidentiality
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Physical demands include regular attendance; keyboarding; sitting for long periods (at least 5 hours a day); driving. Ability to use computer, telephone, and copy machine. Ability to travel by plane, car and other conveyances within U.S.
The Young Center is an "at-will" and equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and actively seeks a diverse applicant pool. Young Center encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, or veterans’ status. Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with experience. The Young Center provides excellent benefits including health/dental/vision insurance (employee & dependents) at no cost to the employee, paid vacation and sick time, and a 401(k) plan with employer matching contributions.
About Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights
The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights is dedicated to promoting the best interests—safety and well-being—of unaccompanied and separated immigrant children in the United States. The immediate focus of the Young Center’s work is to serve as Child Advocate (best interests guardian ad litem in immigration proceedings) for unaccompanied and separated children pursuant to the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) and the 2013 Violence Against Women Act. The Young Center is at the forefront of best interests advocacy for unaccompanied immigrant children and is the only organization in the country serving as Child Advocate for detained, unaccompanied children pursuant to the TVPRA.