Located in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood, the American Bar Foundation is a nonprofit, independent international research institute committed to empirical, interdisciplinary research on law, legal institutions, and legal processes. The ABF offers a rich intellectual community of scholars with expertise in a wide range of disciplines, and staff have ample opportunities to interact with scholars and attend research presentations, such as a weekly Wednesday seminar series. We offer a comprehensive benefits package to eligible employees that includes generous paid time off, health insurance, and retirement.
Integral support to the ABF is provided by The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, an honorary organization of lawyers, judges, and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession.
About the Position
The Gift Processing & Development Support Specialist is responsible for all functional activities of the ABF’s donor database (Raisers Edge). The Specialist is part of a five-person team that generates nearly $3 million annually for the American Bar Foundation through gifts of The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation.
Under the supervision of the Director of The Fellows, the Specialist will:
be responsible for the efficiency and accuracy of the database;
manage and execute timely entry of all gifts to the Foundation;
generate reports, including comparative analyses, giving reports, invitation lists, etc.;
design and run queries and provide exports to staff as requested;
reconcile revenue on a monthly and annual basis with finance department;
manage data imports and adding actions to constituent records
generate segmented constituent lists to meet criteria of quarterly appeals;
produce accurate donor information for Annual Report and other print and online publications and event signage;
create event registration pages in Raisers Edge/Net Community;
process event RSVPs online;
assist with gift acknowledgements;
perform ongoing data cleanup;
investigate any system errors and communicate procedures to resolve issues;
assess and, if necessary, periodically modify data entry conventions to guarantee consistency and accuracy;
act as liaison with Blackbaud account manager;
assist with mailings; and,
be responsive to requests from the Director of Development and other managers and work collaboratively with colleagues across all departments of the Foundation.
Minimum of an Associate’s degree required; Bachelor’s degree preferred.
Advanced Excel skills required including data sorting, formulas, and conditional formatting
Proficient with other Microsoft Office suite products, especially with mail merge tools
Experience with Raiser’s Edge required
Experience with Net Community desirable, but not required
Experience with Crystal Reports desirable, but not required
Demonstrable expertise in running complex queries, exports, and imports
Superb organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail
Excellent understanding of donor relations and ability to think strategically and creatively
Ability to communicate effectively, in writing and orally
Ability to track and manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines
Ability to work independently and in a team environment
Ability to interact with attorneys, judges, scholars and academic professionals
Strong customer service skills, especially on the telephone
May require some evening and weekend work for events
This position is highly responsible and depends on maintaining confidentiality and discretion in all areas of Foundation business.
This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets, and fax machines.
This is largely a sedentary role; however, some filing is required. This would require the ability to lift files, open cabinets, and bend or stand as necessary. This position requires the ability to move/lift up to 10 pounds.
Position Type and Expected Hours of Work
This is a full-time, non-exempt position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.
The ABF is firmly committed to providing equal employment opportunities. All decisions regarding the terms, privileges, and/or conditions of employment, including but not limited to hiring, classification, grading, recruitment, discharge, discipline, compensation, selection for training or apprenticeship, promotion, renewal of employment, tenure or terms, and benefits, will be made without unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, age, order of protection status, marital status, disability, military status, unfavorable discharge from the military, sexual orientation, pregnancy, gender, gender identity, housing status, parental status, source of income, certain arrest or criminal history records, genetic information, protected activity (such as opposition to or reporting of prohibited discrimination or harassment), or any other status or classification protected by applicable federal, state, and/or local laws. The ABF prohibits discrimination, retaliation, and harassment of individuals on any of the bases listed above and any other basis protected by applicable federal, state and/or local law.
To receive consideration, please send a cover letter and résumé to email@example.com as follows:
Email subject line: Gift Processing & Development Support Specialist
American Bar Foundation
750 North Lake Shore Drive 4th floor
Chicago, IL 60611
No phone calls, please.
Internal Number: 3125541206
About American Bar Foundation
Located in Chicago, the American Bar Foundation (ABF) is a nonprofit, independent international research institute committed to empirical and interdisciplinary research on law, legal institutions, and legal processes. The research program is conducted by a residential and external research faculty of leading scholars who are appointed full time at the ABF or jointly with Chicago-area universities. The research program is supported by an annual grant from the American Bar Endowment, contributions from The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation and other supporters, and grants for specific projects from government agencies and private foundations. The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation is an honorary organization of practicing lawyers, judges, and law professors whose professional, public, and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession.