Accion (us.accion.org) is a nationwide nonprofit community lender dedicated to helping entrepreneurs generate income, build assets, create jobs and achieve financial success through business ownership. Our network serves small businesses in communities across the U.S. and is made up of four certified Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and a U.S. Network office. Globally, for more than 50 years Accion has helped over 90 partners serve the financial needs of tens of millions of people in 40 countries.
Events and Development Specialist Position:
The Events and Development Specialist is a salaried, exempt position that reports to the Director of Marketing and Communications. The Events and Development Specialist is responsible for supporting the planning and execution of all Accion events. This includes fundraising events, coaching and lending events, and support as a liaison to external planners hosting events at The Hatchery. In addition, this position supports the general fundraising and development activities for the organization by researching grant opportunities, processing donations, executing grant reporting requirements, and ensuring accurate record-keeping for audits.
Work with team members to plan and execute successful Accion-led events including Accion’s annual fundraiser, the Taste of Accion, lending focused events such as Accion in Your Neighborhood, and coaching workshops
Work with team members to establish event processes, track event metrics and manage event reporting
Work with external event planners to ensure successful event experiences at The Hatchery
Support the organization’s general fundraising by finding potential new sources of support and maintaining accurate and timely records
Contribute to the budgeting process annually and carefully remain within budget for the year
Contribute to a net surplus each year
Assist in the planning and successful execution of Accion-led events, coordinating logistics with appropriate team members, clients, and partners, and ensuring best in class hospitality and expected outcomes
Track event matrix and assist with relationship data management
Serve as the on-site point person for community events at The Hatchery by assisting with run of show and all logistics, including room set-up, technology, catering, room clean-up and more
Research potential new funders and partners
Process all donations, including data entry and correspondence
Maintain accurate and up-to-date fundraising records, including contract management and reporting requirements
Accion requires its staff to:
Solve problems creatively
Manage time efficiently
Attend to details meticulously
Communicate effectively in writing and verbally
Collaborate flexibly with colleagues in a diverse and changing environment
Believe strongly in Accion’s mission
The Events and Development Specialist should have experience in:
Planning and executing events, preferably at a nonprofit organization
Working with events vendors
Grant-writing or relevant work with funders
Using Customer Relationship Management software (a plus, but not necessary)
In addition, the Events and Development Specialist:
Must frequently move objects up to 25 pounds and occasionally move objects up to 50 pounds including office furniture, AV equipment and catering supplies
Occasionally must be available to staff evening and weekend events
How to Apply:
Email Jobs @ accionchicago.org with a resume and cover letter. Please include the position title in the subject line. NO PHONE CALLS.
Accion in Illinois & Northwest Indiana is a certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), SBA microlending intermediary, and SBA Community Advantage lender. We provide loans ranging from $500 up to $100,000 to qualified borrowers.