The Chicago Humanities Festival connects people to the ideas that shape and define us, and promotes the lifelong exploration of what it means to be human. CHF fosters curiosity, celebrates creativity, explores the boundaries of contemporary knowledge and culture, and challenges us to see ourselves and the world anew.
CHF produces over 100 events annually across Chicago, collaborating with the city’s many cultural, civic, and educational and community organizations. CHF has an international reputation for innovation and creativity, featuring an exceptional roster of artists, authors, journalists, policy makers and thinkers both on stage and online. We program across Chicago neighborhoods and bring people together with ideas that invite participation and dialogue amongst audience members. CHF is committed to diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion throughout the institution and within its audiences.
The Development Manager is an integral part of CHF’s development team and will be involved across the department in identifying, soliciting, stewarding and engaging donors. A detail-oriented, creative and strategic thinker, they will work alongside the Associate Director, Individual Giving to build a robust pipeline of new and returning donors. They will be responsible for managing calendars, portfolios and the successful and timely submission of proposals. They will engage with staff, board members and donors to build successful relationships. The Development Manager will bring a keen eye for design and written communications in crafting materials for donor engagement and stewardship, and member benefit materials.
With Associate Director, Individual Giving work to identify, cultivate, steward and personally solicit new and existing major individual donors.
Oversee prospect research efforts; building database, reports and tracking systems.
Serve as key department liaison for Shortlist member program, directed by Associate Director, Membership.
Donor Stewardship and Engagement
Create and execute communications calendar and messaging for all levels of donor stewardship.
Collaborate and execute communication plans for Humanist Circle donors ($3,000+). Ensure timely planning and delivery of all aspects of program, including marketing and communications, cultivation events and stewardship activities, and Red Badge VIP materials and RSVP process.
Manage introducer scripts and scheduling for all program sponsors.
Develop materials along with Managing Director, Development for solicitation.
Serve as primary contact for institutional partners to ensure delivery of donor benefits.
Ensure timely submission of proposals and reports, working across the organization to assemble necessary data.
Primary staff liaison for Board Governance and Nominating Committee--manage agenda, minutes, tracking.
Manage calendars, tracking systems and data entry for various donor portfolios.
Work with marketing and development teams to develop solicitation materials.
Other duties as assigned by the Managing Director, Development.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
5+ years increasing development experience.
Excellent writing, editing, proofreading and design skills.
Ability to maintain a high level of poise and professionalism in all circumstances.
Excellent data organization skills.
Ability to work collaboratively in a team setting.
Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge or Tessitura.
Working familiarity with InDesign, Photoshop and/or similar software.
Ability to work nights and weekends as needed, based on Festival program schedule.
Electronic submission only. No phone calls, please.
The Chicago Humanities Festival is an Equal Opportunity Employer
About Chicago Humanities Festival
The Chicago Humanities Festival connects people to the ideas that shape and define us, and promotes the lifelong exploration of what it means to be human.
We present smart and entertaining programming about ideas that matter. We shape ideas, helping our audiences see the world differently. We help them challenge the boundaries of contemporary knowledge and culture. We help them understand what it means to be human.
Over the past several years, we have grown from a one-day celebration of the humanities into a year-round festival of arts and ideas. We present more than 100 events annually, in venues across the Chicago area (from Evanston to Englewood, the Loop to the South Shore), including two festivals (Fall Festival, Spring Festival), and partnerships with the region’s most prestigious cultural institutions and universities.
Festival programs bring people together to explore ideas that go beyond their personal experiences, enabling them to live more empathetic and connected lives. Our events feature thinkers at the heart of contemporary civic and cultural conversations, including authors, artists, journalists, policy makers, and others shaping our understanding of the mom...ent, the past, and the future. Festival programs leave you with thoughtful insights and compelling questions, and often feature Nobel Laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, MacArthur Fellows, and Oscar, Grammy, and Tony award winners.
Our hope is that audiences leave Festival programs transformed—inspired by a shared experience and with new insights and perspectives.
We are committed to eliminating barriers to participation related to age, income, race, and physical ability. To this end, we carefully and actively consider the programs we present (their topics, presenters, and areas of interest), the partners we engage with (from neighborhood organizations to universities to major cultural institutions), our program prices (the vast majority are under $20), and the accommodations and resources we offer to our audiences.